Ultimate guide to the JLT Cup
AUSTRALIA'S domestic one-day tournament - the JLT Cup - will be played in four states this year, with Queensland and Western Australia sharing eight matches, New South Wales 12 round-robin fixtures and Tasmania three games.
This year's edition will run from September 27 to October 21, with Brisbane's Allan Border Field to host the season-opener between South Australia and Cricket Australia XI, a team made up of the country's best young talents that will feature in the tournament for the third year running.
That is one of three fixtures that will be played there, with five to be played at the WACA Ground in Perth, between September 29 and October 7.
Twelve of the remaining 13 pool games will be played in NSW, before Tasmania hosts the last round-robin match against Queensland. The preliminary final and the final will both played at Hobart's Blundstone Arena.
Ahead of the start of this summer's domestic season, get everything you need to know about the JLT Cup in our Ultimate Guide.
The pool stage runs from September 27 to October 17, before a preliminary final between the second- and third-placed teams is played on October 19. The winner of that match takes on the team that finished first on the table for the right to be crowned JLT Cup champion on October 21.
HOW TO WATCH IT
Do yourself a favour and get out and watch the games live and in the flesh - it won't cost you anything, with every match free to attend.
If you're stuck inside, you can stream it on cricket.com.au.
New South Wales
Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Harry Conway, Ed Cowan, Mickey Edwards, Ryan Gibson, Daniel Hughes, Jay Lenton, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Arjun Nair, Peter Nevill, Kurtis Patterson, Gurinder Sandhu
Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Jason Floros, Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, James Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth
Callum Ferguson, Tom Andrews, Alex Carey, Tom Cooper, Michael Cormack, Jake Lehmann, Joe Mennie, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers (Spencer Johnson), Kelvin Smith, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Nick Winter, Daniel Worrall
George Bailey, Jackson Bird, Cameron Boyce, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Ben Dunk, Andrew Fekete, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Jordan Silk, Charlie Wakim
Cameron White, Wes Agar, Scott Boland, Travis Dean, Seb Gotch, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, John Hastings, Jon Holland, Will Pucovski, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Blake Thomson, Chris Tremain
Mitch Marsh, Cameron Bancroft, Will Bosisto, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Jhye Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Jonathan Wells
Cricket Australia XI
Max Bryant (Qld), Jake Carder (WA), Jackson Coleman (Vic), Daniel Fallins (NSW), David Grant (SA), Clint Hinchliffe (WA), Jonathan Merlo (Vic), Harry Nielsen (SA), Ben Pengelley (SA), Mark Steketee (Qld), Henry Thornton (NSW), Param Uppal (NSW), Beau Webster (Tas), Mac Wright (Tas)
PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Mickey Edwards (NSW): He made headlines last summer as a substitute fielder for Australia at the New Year's Test and now he's in line to make a long-awaited splash on the domestic scene. Curtailed by back injuries for the past two seasons, the Blues are expecting big things from the long-haired quick.
Sam Heazlett (Queensland): A surprise debutant during Australia's one-day tour of New Zealand earlier this year, 22-year-old Heazlett is a batsman tipped to go far in the game. Aside from that match against New Zealand, the only List A cricket Heazlett has played was as part of a National Performance Squad in 2016, for whom he notched 289 runs at 72.25 across five matches.
Jake Weatherald (South Australia): Rated as one of the hardest hitters of a ball in the county by coach Jamie Siddons, Weatherald dominated his maiden List A campaign for South Australia last summer (284 runs at 47.33, strike rate of 108.81).
George Bailey (Tasmania): Yes, Bailey's 35 years old and he'll be nearly 37 by the time the next World Cup comes around, but Australia's ODI middle-order hasn't looked half as secure since selectors dropped him at the end of 2016. Had a handy enough winter in England with Hampshire.
Will Pucovski (Victoria): How much potential does in 19-year-old batsman Pucovski have? Over to you, Cameron White. "I think Will is in that sort of class of player (as Peter Handscomb and Aaron Finch), if not better at the same stage,” the Victoria captain told RSN.
Jhye Richardson (Western Australia): He's only played 15 professional matches to date - including two Twenty20s for Australia - but 21-year-old Richardson is already rated as one of the country's most exciting quicks. The word from the WA camp is that he has been bowling seriously fast in pre-season.
Param Uppal (Cricket Australia XI): On a NSW rookie contract, Uppal made a splash with the bat as captain of Australia's under-19s side against Sri Lanka earlier this year, scoring 202 runs at 50.50 across five matches.
Trent Johnston (NSW): Took over two seasons ago and has led the Blues to back-to-back one-day cup titles. Former Ireland captain who played one Sheffield Shield match for NSW in 1999.
Wade Seccombe (Queensland): One of the finest wicketkeepers to never play Test cricket for Australia, Seccombe played over 200 games (115 first-class, 90 List A) for Queensland between 1992 and 2005. The 45-year-old, who has replaced Phil Jaques as coach, has been involved in Queensland cricket all his life, having served as the state's youth coach, Darren Lehmann's assistant at the Bulls and having had a brief stint on the board last year.
Jamie Siddons (South Australia): A legend of South Australia cricket and often referred to as one of the best batsmen to never play Test cricket (he played one ODI for Australia). Coached Bangladesh's national team and the Wellington Firebirds in New Zealand before taking charge of the Redbacks in 2015.
Adam Griffith (Tasmania): After six years as Justin Langer's assistant coach at Western Australia, former fast bowler Griffith has returned home to coach the Tigers. A part of the Tasmanian side that won its first ever Sheffield Shield title in 2006-07, he is looking to lead the state to its first domestic title in either format since 2012-13.
Andrew McDonald (Victoria): Took over from David Saker as Victoria coach at the start of the 2016 domestic season, having enjoyed a stint with Leicestershire in England. A seam-bowling all-rounder who played four Tests in 2009, McDonald was still playing as recently as the 2015-16's Big Bash League. Led the Bushrangers to a third straight Sheffield Shield title in his first season in charge.
Justin Langer (Western Australia): Legendary opening batsman who was the heart and soul of one of the greatest Test teams of all time. Has been in charge of the Warriors since November 2012 and is seen as the natural successor to Australia coach Darren Lehmann.
Matthew Elliott (Cricket Australia XI): Elliott played 21 Tests for Australia between 1996 and 2004 but never enjoyed an extended run in the side due to form and injury. The Sheffield Shield's sixth-highest ever run-scorer, Elliott spent the winter working with the National Performance Squad and coaching Australia's under-19s side against Sri Lanka.