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 2018-2019 Big Bash League: defending champions Adelaide Strikers, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Thunder, Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Stars, Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes.
The draw: The tournament runs in a round-robin format over 56 matches, before the top four teams advance to the semi-finals, the winners of which contest the final.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018: Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers, Gabba
Thu, Dec 20: Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers, Marvel Stadium
Fri, Dec 21: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars, TBC
Sat, Dec 22: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, SCG
Sat, Dec 22: Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, Metricon Stadium
Sun, Dec 23: Perth Strikers v Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Oval
Mon, Dec 24: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars, Blundstone Arena
Mon, Dec 24: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, Spotless
Wed, Dec 26: Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, Optus Stadium
Thu, Dec 27: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars, SCG
Sat, Dec 28: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, Blundstone Arena
Sun, Dec 29: Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers, Marvel Stadium
Mon, Dec 30: Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers, UTAS Stadium
Mon, Dec 31: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder, Adelaide Oval
Tue, Jan 1: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, Metricon
Tue, Jan 1: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades, MCG
Wed, Jan 2: Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers, Spotless
Thu, Jan 3: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers, TBC
Fri, Jan 4: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers, Blundstone Arena
Sat, Jan 5: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Metricon Stadium
Sat, Jan 5: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, Optus Stadium
Sun, Jan 6: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers, Adelaide Oval
Mon, Jan 7: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, Marvel Stadium
Tue, Jan 8: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, Spotless
Wed, Jan 9: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers, MCG
Thu, Jan 10: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, Gabba
Fri, Jan 11: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars, Adelaide Oval
Sun, Jan 13: Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers, Spotless
Sun, Jan 13: Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, TBC
Sun, Jan 13: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers, Optus Stadium
Mon, Jan 14: Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes, MCG
Wed, Jan 16: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades, SCG
Thu, Jan 17: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder, Gabba
Fri, Jan 18: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes, Optus Stadium
Sat, Jan 19: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, Marvel Stadium
Sun, Jan 20: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, SCG
Mon, Jan 21: Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes, Adelaide Oval
Tue, Jan 22: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades, Spotless Stadium
Wed, Jan 23: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers, TBC
Wed, Jan 23: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes, SCG
Thu, Jan 24: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, Optus Stadium
Sun, Jan 27: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat, MCG
Mon, Jan 28: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades, Optus Stadium
Tue, Jan 29: Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, Blundstone Arena
Tue, Jan 29: Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers, SCG
Wed, Jan 30: Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder, Marvel Stadium
Thu, Jan 31: Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers, UTAS Stadium
Fri, Feb 1: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, Gabba
Sat, Feb 2: Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder, SCG
Sun, Feb 3: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Oval
Sun, Feb 3: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars, Optus Stadium
Thu, Feb 7: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades, Blundstone Arena
Fri, Feb 8: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, The Gabba
Sat, Feb 9: Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers, Traeger Park, Alice Springs
Sat, Feb 9: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes, Manuka Oval
Sun, Feb 10: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, MCG
Thu, Feb 14: BBL Semi-final 1
Fri, Feb 15: BBL Semi-final 2
Sun, Feb 17: BBL Final
TV: Channel Ten 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 2017-18 Big Bash League
First match: Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers, Gabba, Wed, December 19.
Defending champions: Adelaide Strikers
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)|
How the BBL teams shape up for 2018-2019
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