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The KFC T20 Big Bash League contracting process has entered its final stage with one month remaining until teams have to submit their final squads.
With Mitchell Johnson signing with the Brisbane Heat today, there are 15 spots still to be announced. Perth Scorchers is the only team to have completed its list, while Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers have the most room to add new talent with three spots each.
Englishman Michael Lumb, the player of the match for the Sydney Sixers in the CLT20 Final and leading run scorer for the tournament, remains unsigned for BBL|02. However 16 of the world's leading international T20 players will take the field, including BBL debutantes Muttiah Muralidaran, Albie Morkel, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine, Lasith Malinga and Scott Styris.
"It's just 38 days until the world's toughest T20 competition, featuring the world's best T20 team, starts its second season," League manager Anthony Everard said.
"The squads contain more than 70 players with international experience and some teams will be able to field international-strength line-ups when the opening round is played from 7-9 December.
"Fans couldn't ask for more as the eight teams prepare to chase the BBL trophy and CLT20 qualification."
A feature of the signings for BBL|02 has been the number of players enticed to move teams, with high levels of competition among teams to secure their services. The biggest turnover has been at the Melbourne Renegades with 10 changes from their BBL|01 squad. Sydney Thunder has nine changes and Perth Scorchers eight from season one.
Sydney Thunder have filled their full quota of overseas players, with Matt Prior and Martin Guptill the replacements when Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle are unavailable due to international duty.
Number of signings to be announced per team
Adelaide Strikers - 3
Brisbane Heat - 2
Hobart Hurricanes - 2
Melbourne Renegades - 2
Melbourne Stars - 2
Perth Scorchers - 0
Sydney Sixers - 3
Sydney Thunder - 1
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