Australian Big Bash League
The Big Bash League (BBL) is a professional Twenty20 tournament held in Australia in December-February each year since its inception in 2011.
The tournament has been a huge hit, with fans turning out in massive numbers and punters turning over tens of millions on the many betting options on each match and on season-long wagers.
Eight teams will contest the 2019-2020 Big Bash League: defending champions Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Strikers, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Thunder, Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Stars, Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes.
The full 2019-2020 draw: The tournament runs in a round-robin format over 56 matches, before the top five teams advance to the finals, with a changed format from the four teams which had previously advanced to semi-finals (see finals draw below).
(All Australian Eastern Daylight Times)
Tuesday, December 17: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder, Gabba, 7:10pm
Wednesday, December 18: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, SCG, 7:10pm
Thursday, December 19: Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder, GMHBA Stadium, 7:10pm
Friday, December 20: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers, Traeger Park, 2:45pm
Friday, December 20: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, Metricon Stadium 7:10pm
Saturday, December 21: Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers, (tbc), 6:10pm
Saturday, December 21: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades, Optus Stadium, 9:10pm
Sunday, December 22: Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes, (tbc), 2:45pm
Sunday, December 22: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, SCG, 7:10pm
Monday, December 23: Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm
Tuesday, December 24: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades, Blundstone Arena, 2:45pm
Thursday, December 26: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers, Optus Stadium, 7:10pm
Friday, December 27: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers, Metricon Stadium, 7:10pm
Saturday, December 28: Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder, SCG, 7:10pm
Sunday, December 29: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers, Marvel Stadium, 7:10pm
Monday, December 30: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars, University of Tasmania Stadium, 7:10pm
Tuesday, December 31: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm
Wednesday, January 1: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, Metricon Stadium, 7:10pm
Thursday, January 2: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars, Sydney Showground Stadium, 3:40pm
Thursday, January 2: Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers, Marvel Stadium, 7:10pm
Friday, January 3: Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, Blundstone Arena, 7:10pm
Saturday, January 4: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades, MCG, 7:10pm
Sunday, January 5: Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers, (tbc), 6:40pm
Sunday, January 5: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes, Optus Stadium, 9:40pm
Monday, January 6: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, Sydney Showground Stadium, 7:10pm
Tuesday, January 7: Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers, GMHBA Stadium, 7:10pm
Wednesday, January 8: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers, Adelaide Oval, 3:40pm
Wednesday, January 8: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, MCG, 7:10pm
Thursday, January 9: Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, Gabba, 7:10pm
Friday, January 10: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, Marvel Stadium, 7:10pm
Saturday, January 11: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Showground Stadium, 6:10pm
Saturday, January 11: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, Optus Stadium, 9:10pm
Sunday, January 12: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Oval, 3:40pm
Sunday, January 12: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, MCG, 7:10pm
Monday, January 13: Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers, Blundstone Arena, 7:10pm
Tuesday, January 14: Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers, Gabba, 3:40pm
Wednesday, January 15: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades, (tbc), 6:10pm
Wednesday, January 15: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars, Optus Stadium, 9:10pm
Thursday, January 16: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes, SCG, 7:10pm
Friday, January 17: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Oval, 3:40pm
Saturday, January 18: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers, MCG, 3:40pm
Saturday, January 18: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, Sydney Showground Stadium, 7:10pm
Sunday, January 19: Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers, University of Tasmania Stadium, 2:45pm
Sunday, January 19: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, Gabba, 7:10pm
Monday, January 20: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars, SCG, 6:40pm
Monday, January 20: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, Optus Stadium, 9:40pm
Tuesday, January 21: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, Marvel Stadium, 7:10pm
Wednesday, January 22: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm
Thursday, January 23: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, Gabba, 7:10pm
Friday, January 24: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, Blundstone Arena, 6:10pm
Friday, January 24: Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, Optus Stadium, 9:10pm
Saturday, January 25: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades, SCG, 3:40pm
Saturday, January 25: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat, MCG, 7:10pm
Sunday, January 26: Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers, Sydney Showground Stadium, 2:45pm
Sunday, January 26: Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm
Monday, January 27: Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, Marvel Stadium, 2:45pm
Thursday, January 30: Elimination final (4th v 5th)
Friday, January 31: Qualifying final (1st v 2nd)
Saturday, February 1: Knockout final (3rd v winner of elimination final)
Thursday, February 6: Challenger final (Loser of qualifying final v winner of knockout final)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8: FINAL (Winner of qualifying final v winner of challenger final)
TV: Channel Seven and Fox Sports in Australia, with Fox Sports covering all matches. Broadcast partners include: Sky Sport in New Zealand; BT Sport in Britain; Sony ESPN in India; PTV Sports in Pakistan; Sony Six in Sri Lanka; Willow TV and NBC Sports Gold in the US; SuperSport in South Africa; CBN and ATN Cricket Plus in Canada; NBC Papua New Guinea in New Guinea; Fox Sports Asia in South-East Asia; SPN Sports India in Central Asia; Kwese Sports in Africa; Sports Max and Flow Sports in the West Indies.
Quick guide to the 2019-20 Big Bash League
First match: Tuesday, December 17: Brisbane Heat v Thunder, Gabba, 7:10pm
Defending champions: Melbourne Renegades
List of Big Bash League champions
|Year||Winners||Runners-up||Top run-scorer||Top wicket-taker||Player of series|
|2011-12||Sydney Sixers||Perth Scorchers||Travis Birt (Hobart) 309||Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (Hobart) 15||David Hussey (Melb Stars)|
|2012-13||Brisbane Heat||Perth Scorchers||Shaun Marsh (Perth) 412||Ben Laughlin (Hobart) 14||Aaron Finch (Melb Renegades)|
|2013-14||Perth Scorchers||Hobart Hurricanes||Ben Dunk (Hobart) 395||Cameron Gannon (Brisbane) 18||Ben Dunk (Hobart)|
|2014-15||Perth Scorchers||Sydney Sixers||Michael Klinger (Perth) 326||John Hastings (Melb Stars) 16||Jacques Kallis (Sydney Thunder)|
|2015-16||Sydney Thunder||Melbourne Stars||Chris Lynn (Brisbane) 378||Clint McKay (Syd Thunder)18||Chris Lynn (Brisbane)|
|2016-17||Perth Scorchers||Sydney Sixers||Ben Dunk (Adelaide) 364||Sean Abbott (Syd Sixers) 20||Chris Lynn (Brisbane)|
|2017-18||Adelaide Strikers||Hobart Hurricanes||D’Arcy Short (Hobart) 572||Rashid Khan (Adelaide), Dwayne Bravo (Melb Renegades) 18||D’Arcy Short (Hobart)|
|2018-19||Melbourne Renegades||Melbourne Stars||D’Arcy Short (Hobart) 637||Kane Richardson (Melb Renegades) 24||D’Arcy Short (Hobart)|
How the BBL teams shape up for 2019-2020
The hot and cold Thunder have been cold since winning the title in 2015-16 and they have had a changing of the guard for this season. Most notably they say goodbye to champion short-form skipper Shane Watson and also lose English stars Joe Root and Jos Buttler. On the positive side they have brought in South African all-rounder Chris Morris and English batsman Alex Hales. But they could use a couple of late signings to boost their squad.
Home ground: Sydney Showground Stadium, Manuka Oval. Captain: Callum Ferguson Coach: Shane Bond. Key player: Chris Morris.
Ladbrokes odds: $10
Reached the semi-finals last season and they have kept most of the squad intact as they look to go a little deeper this time. They just seem to lack a little X factor. They have many good, solid players but they need someone to emerge this season to add the bit of brilliance they have been missing. Always competitive but we can’t see them lifting the title this time.
Home ground: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Captain: Moises Henriques. Coach: Greg Shipperd. Key player: Daniel Hughes.
Ladbrokes odds: $9
The most successful team in this league but have lost a few of their mainstays so it will be interesting to see how they fare. They say farewell to Shaun Marsh (Renegades), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Stars), Hilton Cartwright (Stars) and the retired Michael Klinger, who has been one of the Big Bash’s best batsmen since its inception. Mitch Marsh will need to lead from the front.
Home ground: Optus Stadium. Captain: Mitchell Marsh. Coach: Adam Voges. Key player: Mitchell Marsh.
Ladbrokes odds: $8
Have never really delivered on all their promise in this league but they came so close last season before falling in the final to their cross-town rivals. That was a bitter blow. They have changed things up a little this season, with veteran South African paceman Dale Steyn an interesting recruit, although he may be required for Proteas duties and his stint could be short-lived. So many all-rounders in this line-up led by short-form ace Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Seb Gotch and Marcus Stoinis. One of the teams to beat.
Home ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Metricon Stadium. Captain: Glenn Maxwell. Coach: David Hussey. Key player: Glenn Maxwell.
Ladbrokes odds: $6.50
The Renegades shocked many when they upstaged the Stars to become the first team from the Victorian capital to claim the title. Their squad this time is largely the same although they have an interesting addition in Shaun Marsh, who makes a shock switch from Perth Scorchers. He will be handy to lead the batting when captain Aaron Finch is required on international duty.
Home ground: Marvel Stadium, GMHBA Stadium. Captain: Aaron Finch. Coach: Michael Klinger. Key player: Aaron Finch.
Ladbrokes odds: $6
The Heat have a very different but still explosive look for 2019-20. They hope to have a fit Chris Lynn working his magic at the top of the order but have also recruited South African superstar AB de Villiers. That and the signing of rising Englishman Tom Banton has helped propel them to the top of betting to win the tournament. Another huge change is former Australia coach Darren Lehmann taking over from the Kiwi Dan Vettori. We think they are clearly the team to beat this season as their bowling has great variety and their batting line-up is capable of massive totals.
Home ground: Gabba, Metricon Stadium. Captain: Chris Lynn. Coach: Darren Lehmann. Key player: AB de Villiers.
Ladbrokes odds: $5
The Strikers finally broke through to win the title in 2017-18 and were OK again last season. They may be a victim of their success with players such as keeper Alex Carey and Travis Head called on for more national duty. Likewise Billy Stanlake can be devastating with the ball but may be required in Australian colours.
Home ground: Adelaide Oval. Captain: Travis Head. Coach: Jason Gillespie. Key player: Rashid Khan.
Ladbrokes odds: $7
The team from the Apple Isle finished runner-up in 2017-18 and then dominated the 2018-19 season before stumbling in the finals. The World Gambling List cricket gurus believe they have missed their best chance for a while to win a title as they will lose superstar paceman Jofra Archer to England duties. Still they have three of the best and most powerful strikers in the event in Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short and captain Matthew Wade. They just need someone to step up to lead the bowling attack or you can expect some high-scoring losses in 2019-20.
Home ground: Bellerive Oval (Blundstone Arena), University of Tasmania Stadium. Captain: Matthew Wade. Coach: Adam Griffith. Key player: Ben McDermott.
Ladbrokes odds: $5.50