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; Sky Sport in New Zealand and Britain; Star Sports in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; Willow TV in the US.
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. On paper they look a good side, but last year could only muster a 4-6 record. Joe Root is a great addition to a line-up that already includes T20 superstars Jos Buttler and Shane Watson.
Home ground: Spotless Stadium. Captain: Shane Watson. Coach: Shane Bond. Key player: Joe Root.
Bet365 odds: $10
Not in the hunt last season and they have said farewell to hard-hitting Nic Maddinson. Look to have a strong bowling attack, but the batting again could be a problem.
Home ground: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Captain: Moises Henriques. Coach: Greg Shipperd. Key player: Daniel Hughes.
Bet365 odds: $9
The most successful team in this league and had an 8-3 record before finishing third last season.They will again call on the powerful hitting of the Marsh brothers, though they will be missing quite a few players on international duty. Lose Mitchell Johnson but again have a powerful squad for their first season at Optus Stadium.
Home ground: Optus Stadium. Captain: Mitchell Marsh. Coach: Adam Voges. Key player: Michael Klinger.
Bet365 odds: $5
Have never really delivered on all their promise in this league and last season was their worst, leading to a mass clean-out. Expected to sign short-form superstar Dwayne Bravo but he is in the twilight of his career and may not be the answer. Could be another lean season ahead.
Home ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Captain: TBA. Coach: Stephen Fleming. Key player: Glenn Maxwell.
Bet365 odds: $5.50
The little brother to the Stars and would love the beat the Stars to become the first team from the Victorian capital to claim the title. Captain Aaron Finch will again carry a lot of the burden though he will be required on international duty.
Home ground: Marvel Stadium. Captain: Aaron Finch. Coach: Andrew McDonald. Key player: Aaron Finch.
Bet365 odds: $7.50
The Kiwi connection is back at the Heat for 2018-19. And they hope to have a fit Chris Lynn working his magic at the top of the order. James Pattinson is also trying to revive his career after a long run of injuries and if the paceman can stay fit would make an enormous difference to the Queenslanders.
Home ground: Gabba. Captain: Brendon McCullum. Coach: Daniel Vettori. Key player: Chris Lynn.
Bet365 odds: $6.50
The Strikers finally broke through to win the title in grand style and have retained most of their stars. 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.
Bet365 odds: $5
The team from the Apple Isle gave it a shake last season and finished runner-up. We at the WGL believe they are great value in betting for this season’s title, with powerful strikers in Ben McDermott and D’Arcy Short spearheading the batting, Jofra Archer back again to lead the bowling, and experience from George Bailey plus newcomers Johan Botha and James Faulkner. Get on and enjoy the ride!
Home ground: Bellerive Oval (Blundstone Arena). Captain: George Bailey. Coach: Adam Griffith. Key player: Ben McDermott.
Bet365 odds: $8