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Canberra's Big Bash stars

Jason Floros. Photo: Quentin Jones

  • Jason Floros.
  • Aaron Ayre.
  • Jason Behrendorff.
  • Blake Dean.
  • Ryan Carters.
  • Jono Dean.
  • Brad Haddin.
  • Nathan Lyon
  • Ben Oakley
  • Will Sheridan.

They're spread across the country from Sydney to Perth - introducing the Canberra XI set to light-up the Big Bash League.

As the ACT continues to push for inclusion in the national Twenty20 competition, the region has produced enough players to field its own team.

Test stars Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon are with the Sydney Sixers, while Ryan Carters, Jason Floros and Blake Dean will line up for their cross-town rivals the Sydney Thunder.

On Friday, Dean was elevated to the Thunder's 13-player squad for Saturday's match with the Sixers as a replacement for the injured Luke Doran.

Will Sheridan has retained his spot with the Melbourne Renegades, as has Jason Behrendorff at the Perth Scorchers.

Late bloomers Ben Oakley, 31, and Jono Dean, 29 have finally been given their chance with the Adelaide Strikers, drafted directly out of the ACT Comets after dominating the Canberra club scene for several years.

There are also players on the supplementary lists, Greg West at the Thunder, and former Queanbeyan batsman Aaron Ayre at the Renegades.

Behrendorff, a 23-year-old left-arm quick, came through the junior ranks with Floros at Tuggeranong and Carters in ACT junior representative teams.

''It's fantastic to see so many Canberra guys in the competition,'' said Behrendorff, preparing for his second edition of the BBL with the Scorchers.

''It shows there's some really good work taking place in Canberra.

''Canberra can definitely have its own Big Bash team in the future, especially now they have the lights at Manuka Oval.''

Floros added: ''It's definitely been an untapped source for a while and there's some talent there.

''There's a few guys across the country in almost every team.

''Hopefully we can all get a few games and go really well.''

Carters is first-choice wicketkeeper for the Thunder and is enjoying a breakout summer for NSW after moving from Victoria in the off-season.

The 23-year-old has made two first-class centuries to go with a 94 for an invitational XI against England in a tour match.

Behrendorff knows the opportunities the T20 format can present.

He claimed the prized scalp of the great Sachin Tendulkar in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India earlier this year and has become a regular in Western Australia's Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup teams.

It has put him in contention for a spot in the Prime Minister's XI team to take on England at Manuka Oval on January 14.

''I would love to play in the PM's XI game and get the opportunity to play in front of my friends and family in Canberra,'' he said.

''It's been a very busy start to the season, with six one-day games, the Champions League Twenty20 and six Sheffield Shield games in the space of the past seven weeks.

''The Big Bash was a great experience last season and I'm really looking forward to it.''

The Scorchers open their campaign against the Brisbane Heat on Sunday at the Gabba, but the one to watch will be the match with the Thunder in Perth on January 3.

Floros predicted he would get the last laugh over his good mate on the bouncy WACA Ground pitch.

''It'll be a lot of fun, a lot of smiles, a lot of giggles and hopefully a lot of sixes if I'm batting,'' Floros laughed.

''He's picked up a bit of pace since our Tuggeranong days.

''He lost his swing for a little bit, but in the last season he's got that back and you can see that through his results, he's getting a lot of wickets and bowling really well.''

Floros is aiming to make amends for a lost summer when the Thunder kicks off its campaign against the Sixers on Saturday night.

The all-rounder missed all of the last Big Bash season recovering from a broken finger, suffered while playing for Queensland in a one-day game.

He has only bowled two overs in his seven T20 games so far, but has been working hard on his off-spin bowling so he can play a more substantial role with the ball.

''This year, at least for the first two games, we haven't got too many spinners, so hopefully I get an opportunity and I take it,'' he said.

''I've bowled a lot more in Ryobi Cup and hopefully that rolls over into the shorter form of the game.

''I've been working on my changes of pace, quicker balls and even slower in the shorter form.''