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T20 BBL ready to sizzle in season six

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Justin Chadwick

He's terrorised batsmen all over the world, but Mitchell Johnson will feel like the new kid on the block when the sixth edition of the Big Bash League tees off this summer.

Johnson has been a fixture on the international scene for the best part of a decade.

But amazingly, he has never played a single BBL match, despite having been on the books of Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers in previous seasons.

That will all change this summer when he lines up for the Scorchers in what's shaping up to be another cracker of a BBL campaign.

While Johnson is more than happy to use the BBL as a wind-down to his glittering career, Hurricanes allrounder Stuart Broad is aiming to use the competition to reignite his white-ball hopes with England.

Broad hasn't played an ODI since February, and his last T20 international came back in 2014. The 30-year-old has a point to prove, and the Hurricanes are set to reap the rewards if Broad finds his groove.

The rivalry between the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars was one of the highlights last season.

Over 80,000 turned out to see the cross-town rivals slug it out last January, and a similar crowd could be on offer when they lock horns again at the MCG on New Year's day.

But the feel-good story of last season belonged to the Sydney Thunder, who ended four years of misery by beating the Renegades in a pulsating final.

Usman Khawaja was the hero in the decider with 70 off 40 balls, but he could miss the upcoming BBL campaign because of Test and ODI duties.

The Stars, boasting the likes of Kevin Pietersen, David Hussey, James Faulkner, and Glenn Maxwell, will start as one of the title favourites this summer.

And their cross-town rivals are also expected to fair well, despite losing West Indies superstar Chris Gayle.

Brad Hogg's defection to the Renegades left a bitter taste in the mouth of Scorchers coach Justin Langer, and the December 29 showdown between the two teams at Etihad Stadium looms as an intriguing affair.

Injuries to pace duo Nathan Coulter-Nile (back) and Jason Behrendorff (fractured leg) are major blows.

But with Adam Voges, Mitch Marsh, and Shaun Marsh currently out of the Test picture and available for BBL duties, Perth's batting line-up looks strong.

West Indies blaster Kieron Pollard was ruled out of last summer's BBL with a knee injury.

But the 29-year-old is back in action and ready to repay the faith of the Adelaide Strikers, who have also added England's Chris Jordan to their squad.

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