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.
The Australian Captain will again don the magenta in the 2015/16 Big Bash League season. His consistent performance across all formats, from Test matches to One Day Internationals, has seen him rise to become one of the world’s premier cricket players. Since debuting for the Sydney Sixers in 2008, he has averaged a Strike Rate of 125.74, hit four 50’s in 20 matches and totalled over 500 runs in his Big Bash career.
The outspoken former English batsman returns to Australia for another crack at the Big Bash League. Again suiting up for the Melbourne Renegades, KP will look to add another trophy to his impressive cabinet, which includes multiple ODI Player of the Year & Cricketer of the Year awards and let’s not forget the times he stopped us from reclaiming the Ashes. With a strike rate of 114.38 last year, he is sure to make an impact from week one.
The ever impressive Watson will be ready and raring to go come Thursday, the 17th of December, when the Sydney Thunder face the Sydney Sixers in the first game of the Big Bash League. Given he officially retired from Test cricket earlier this year, he is sure to be more than refreshed to make his mark on the T20 format. He may have missed a lot of Big Bash cricket through injury and Test commitments, but in his short stint, he did manage an impressive strike rate of 121.43.
For a while now, Gayle has been dominating the headlines both on and off the pitch. The West Indies opening batsman brings his flamboyant attitude back to Australia to see if he can dominate the Big Bash League. After spending four years with the Sydney Thunder, he will don the red jersey of the Melbourne Renegades in 2015. Holding the record for the highest score in T20 cricket (175), Gayle is a massive coup for the Renegades.
The former Australian Captain has been a mainstay in Sixers line-up since 2011, and will again suit up for Sydney based club in the 2015 Big Bash League competition. A middle order batsman, Haddin’s strike rate of 121.55 is something the Sixers will no doubt depend upon if they hope to win their second Big Bash title, and let’s not forget his quick reflexed behind the stumps.
|DATE||HOME TEAM||AWAY TEAM||VENUE||TIME|
|17/12/2015||SYDNEY THUNDER||SYDNEY SIXERS||SPOTLESS STADIUM, SYDNEY||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|18/12/2015||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||MELBOURNE STARS||ADELAIDE OVAL, ADELAIDE||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|19/12/2015||BRISBANE HEAT||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||GABBA, BRISBANE||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|20/12/2015||SYDNEY SIXERS||HOBART HURRICANES||SCG, SYDNEY||15:20 PM (AEST)|
|20/12/2015||MELBOURNE STARS||SYDNEY THUNDER||MCG, MELBOURNE||18:25 PM (AEST)|
|21/12/2015||PERTH SCORCHERS||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||WACA, PERTH||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|22/12/2015||HOBART HURRICANES||BRISBANE HEAT||BLUNDSTONE ARENA, HOBART||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|23/12/2015||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||SYDNEY SIXERS||ETIHAD STADIUM, MELBOURNE||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|26/12/2015||PERTH SCORCHERS||BRISBANE HEAT||WACA, PERTH||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|27/12/2015||SYDNEY SIXERS||MELBOURNE STARS||SCG, SYDNEY||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|28/12/2015||SYDNEY THUNDER||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||SPOTLESS STADIUM, SYDNEY||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|29/12/2015||BRISBANE HEAT||HOBART HURRICANES||GABBA, BRISBANE||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|30/12/2015||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||PERTH SCORCHERS||ETIHAD STADIUM, MELBOURNE||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|31/12/2015||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||SYDNEY SIXERS||ADELAIDE OVAL, ADELAIDE||17:40 PM (AEST)|
|01/01/2016||HOBART HURRICANES||SYDNEY THUNDER||BLUNDSTONE ARENA, HOBART||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|02/01/2016||MELBOURNE STARS||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||MCG, MELBOURNE||17:10 PM (AEST)|
|03/01/2016||BRISBANE HEAT||SYDNEY THUNDER||GABBA, BRISBANE||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|04/01/2016||HOBART HURRICANES||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||BLUNDSTONE ARENA, HOBART||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|05/01/2016||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||PERTH SCORCHERS||ADELAIDE OVAL, ADELAIDE||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|06/01/2016||MELBOURNE STARS||HOBART HURRICANES||MCG, MELBOURNE||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|07/01/2016||SYDNEY THUNDER||PERTH SCORCHERS||SPOTLESS STADIUM, SYDNEY||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|08/01/2016||BRISBANE HEAT||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||GABBA, BRISBANE||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|09/01/2016||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||MELBOURNE STARS||ETIHAD STADIUM, MELBOURNE||18:10 PM (AEST)|
|10/01/2016||HOBART HURRICANES||PERTH SCORCHERS||BLUNDSTONE ARENA, HOBART||15:20 PM (AEST)|
|10/01/2016||SYDNEY SIXERS||BRISBANE HEAT||SCG, SYDNEY||18:25 PM (AEST)|
|11/01/2016||SYDNEY THUNDER||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||SPOTLESS STADIUM, SYDNEY||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|13/01/2016||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||HOBART HURRICANES||ADELAIDE OVAL, ADELAIDE||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|14/01/2016||MELBOURNE STARS||BRISBANE HEAT||MCG, MELBOURNE||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|16/01/2016||SYDNEY SIXERS||SYDNEY THUNDER||SCG, SYDNEY||17:10 PM (AEST)|
|16/01/2016||PERTH SCORCHERS||MELBOURNE STARS||WACA, PERTH||20:15 PM (AEST)|
|18/01/2016||MELBOURNE RENEGADES||ADELAIDE STRIKERS||ETIHAD STADIUM, MELBOURNE||18:40 PM (AEST)|
|21/01/2016: SEMI FINAL||TBD||TBD||TBC||TBC|
|22/01/2016: SEMI FINAL||TBD||TBD||TBC||TBC|
|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|