The Big Bash League is a domestic Twenty20 cricket competition held in the Australian summer across December and January. There are games scheduled on most nights per week, adding an exciting spectacle to the Australian cricket calendar. The league consists of eight teams with two each from Sydney and Melbourne, along with sides from Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and Perth.
These sides generally consist of promising young talent, well-credentialed locals, representative players and star imports from across the world. The format, and the talent assembled, ensures a high level of entertaining cricket is on show for enthusiastic fans.
With the Big Bash League’s inauguration coming in 2011, it’s still relatively new and fresh, gaining momentum and popularity each summer. The format of the tournament is a round-robin, with knockout finals to determine the winner.
Over the four BBL seasons to date, the Perth Scorchers have been the most successful side. They’ve reached the final every year and have won the competition in the past two years, 2013-14 and 2014-15. The top two sides had previously gone on to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament against the world’s top Twenty20 sides, however as of July 2015, this competition was cancelled for a variety of reasons including poor audience attendance and viewership.
This couldn’t be further from the case on Australian shores as crowds reached record numbers last summer, averaging over 23,000 people per match. The competition has been guaranteed coverage on Network Ten until 2018, ensuring the Big Bash is here to stay.
Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara didn't make the waves he would have liked for the Hobart Hurricanes in his debut BBL campaign last summer but the classy 39-year-old is capable of things most players could only dream of. The Canes' key import will have plenty of fringe international players after his wicket but Sangakkara has shown in the past he is up for any challenge.
Travis Head burst on to the scene in last season's Big Bash League, playing some innings' a lot of players would envy; none better than his six off the last ball to win the game for the Strikers and in the process bringing up a marvellous century. That tournament earned Head his first international cap for the Australians and with a highly succesful season behind him, the 22-year-old is more than capable of a repeat performance this season.
The man known as 'Dre Russ' lit up the BBL last season with some sizzling displays with both bat and ball in hand. Russell's explosive hitting, combined with his 150km/h thunderbolts make him the most complete all-rounder in the league. On any day, Russell is capable of almost anything and his love of the shortest format was never more evident last year as he helped guide the Sydney Thunder to its maiden Big Bash League trophy.
Retired Aussie quick Mitchell Johnson is back and his presence for Perth Scorchers is a huge boost to a team that had to let wily veteran Brad Hogg, who defected to the Melbourne Renegades. Johnson is one of the fastest bowlers in the Big Bash League this season and with the majority of his matches to be played on a bouncy WACA wicket, batsman will be shaking in their boots at the thought of facing up to a trademark Johnson bouncer.
He may hate the nickname but if ever there was a player deserving of the 'Big Show' tag it is Maxwell. Overlooked for Australia's recent ODI tour of South Africa, Maxwell has a point to prove to selectors that he is ready and mature enough to be a dependable batsman and consistent bowler. This BBL campaign will go a long way to showing off a maturity that isn't often associated with Maxwell's all-round displays.
|DATE||HOME TEAM||AWAY TEAM||VENUE|
|20/12/2016||SYDNEY THUNDER||SYDNEY SIXERS||SPOTLESS STADIUM, SYDNEY|
|21/12/2016||ADELIADE STRIKERS||BRISBANE HEAT||ADELIADE OVAL, ADELAIDE|
|22/12/2016||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||SYDNEY THUNDER||ETIHAD STADIUM, MELBOURNE|
|23/12/2016||SYDNEY SIXERS||HOBART HURRICANES||SCG, SYDNEY|
|23/12/2016||PERTH SCORCHERS||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||WACA, PERTH|
|26/12/2016||HOBART HURRICANES||MELBOURNE STARS||BLUNDSTONE ARENA, HOBART|
|27/12/2016||SYDNEY SIXERS||PERTH SCORCHERS||SCG, SYDNEY|
|28/12/2016||SYDNEY THUNDER||BRISBANE HEAT||SPOTLESS STADIUM, SYDNEY|
|29/12/2016||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||PERTH SCORCHERS||ETIHAD STADIUM, MELBOURNE|
|30/12/2016||BRISBANE HEAT||HOBART HURRICANES||GABBA, BRISBANE|
|31/12/2016||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||SYDNEY SIXERS||ADELIADE OVAL, ADELAIDE|
|01/01/2017||MELBOURNE STARS||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||MCG, MELBOURNE|
|01/01/2017||PERTH SCORCHERS||SYDNEY THUNDER||WACA, PERTH|
|02/01/2017||HOBART HURRICANES||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||BLUNDSTONE ARENA, HOBART|
|03/01/2017||BRISBANE HEAT||SYDNEY SIXERS||GABBA, BRISBANE|
|04/01/2017||SYDNEY THUNDER||MELBOURNE STARS||SPOTLESS STADIUM, SYDNEY|
|05/01/2017||PERTH SCORCHERS||BRISBANE HEAT||WACA, PERTH|
|06/01/2017||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||HOBART HURRICANES||ADELIADE OVAL, ADELAIDE|
|07/01/2017||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||MELBOURNE STARS||ETIHAD STADIUM, MELBOURNE|
|08/01/2017||HOBART HURRICANES||SYDNEY THUNDER||BLUNDSTONE ARENA, HOBART|
|09/01/2017||SYDNEY SIXERS||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||SCG, SYDNEY|
|10/01/2017||MELBOURNE STARS||ADELIADE STRIKERS||MCG, MELBOURNE|
|11/01/2017||BRISBANE HEAT||PERTH SCORCHERS||GABBA, BRISBANE|
|12/01/2017||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||HOBART HURRICANES||ETIHAD STADIUM, MELBOURNE|
|14/01/2017||SYDNEY SIXERS||SYDNEY THUNDER||SCG, SYDNEY|
|14/01/2017||PERTH SCORCHERS||MELBOURNE STARS||WACA, PERTH|
|16/01/2017||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||ADELIADE OVAL, ADELAIDE|
|17/01/2017||MELBOURNE STARS||BRISBANE HEAT||MCG, MELBOURNE|
|18/01/2017||SYDNEY THUNDER||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||SPOTLESS STADIUM, SYDNEY|
|20/01/2017||BRISBANE HEAT||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||GABBA, BRISBANE|
|21/01/2017||HOBART HURRICANES||PERTH SCORCHERS||BLUNDSTONE ARENA, HOBART|
|21/01/2017||MELBOURNE STARS||SYDNEY SIXERS||MCG, MELBOURNE|
|2015/2016||SYDNEY THUNDER||MELBOURNE STARS||3 WICKETS|
|2014/2015||PERTH SCORCHERS||SYDNEY SIXERS||4 WICKETS|
|2013/2014||PERTH SCORCHERS||HOBART HURRICANES||39 RUNS|
|2012/2013||BRISBANE HEAT||PERTH SCORCHERS||34 RUNS|
|2011/2012||SYDNEY SIXERS||PERTH SCORCHERS||7 WICKETS|