The Big Bash League (BBL) has, over the last 7 years, become a juggernaut in Australian sport. Australians love their sport and the BBL has certainly captivated the Australian public. The league continues to go from strength to strength. With the fixture expanding for the 2018/19 season, the demand for cricket’s shortest format is at an all time high.
The BBL is non-stop entertainment from start to finish, with something to keep everyone in the family entertained. As well as fast paced cricket on-field, the off-field entertainment is just as engaging with great music, phenomenal fireworks, and unique boundary performances. BBL clubs come together every night to create a highly entertaining experience, all packed into just a few short hours.
Comprising of eight city-based teams, including two in both Melbourne and Sydney, the BBL has been an extremely competitive tournament each year. The Perth Scorchers have been the benchmark throughout the years, playing finals in each of the 7 previous seasons and winning 3 championships. Brisbane Heat, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder join Adelaide Strikers, the reining champions, as previous champions, while the Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars are yet to win their inaugural title.
The 2018/19 KFC Big Bash is shaping up to be a fascinating one.
Adelaide Strikers - The reining Big Bash League champions will be looking for more success in BBL08 after claiming their maiden BBL title last season. Led by 3 of the top 4 run scorers in the competition last year – Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald & Travis Head – the Strikers pose a major threat with bat and ball. With a potent bowling lineup boasting the leading wicket taker of last season Rashid Khan & the leading wicket-taker of all time in BBL Ben Laughlin plus a host of other names including Billy Stanlake and Peter Siddle, Adelaide will once again be the team to beat in BBL08.
Brisbane Heat - The “Bash-Brothers” of Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn will once again be looking to put on a show for all cricket lovers as the Heat aim to whack their opponents out of the park in BBL08. Armed with a destructive batting line up that includes the “Bash Brothers”, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting plus more, Brisbane’s bowling attack is just as devastating with the pace men James Pattinson, Mark Steketee and spin duo Mitchell Swepson and Pakistan’s Yasir Shah. Determined to win their second BBL title, fans will be flocking in large numbers to the Gabba to see big hitting and exciting action from the world’s best T20 players.
Hobart Hurricanes - After finishing runners-up for the second time in their history, the Hobart Hurricanes will be resolute in going one step further in BBL08. Hobart is historically a high scoring team, owning a number of records that include: the highest team score in BBL history, co-holding the third and fourth highest scores as well as being the team with the three highest run chases in Big Bash history. With an extremely talented squad, expect more fireworks this season from the Hurricanes.
Melbourne Renegades - Success has eluded the “Gades” so far in BBL history. Having only played finals twice and never reaching the final, the Renegades will be resolute in performing for their loyal fan base. With a number of Australian international representatives including Aaron Finch, Cameron White and new recruit Dan Christian, there is no shortage of talent amongst the squad. BBL08 is looking bright for the Renegades with some more big names to be announced as well as International marquee players. If Melbourne can produce consistent cricket, there is no reason why they can’t reach the pinnacle of BBL cricket.
Melbourne Stars - Finishing outside the top 4 for the first time in BBL history in 2017/18, Melbourne Stars will be determined to enter back into the finals race in season 8 of the Big Bash. Although having never won a Big Bash title, the Stars have been one of the most consistent franchises of the competition. As a marquee club, the Stars regularly attract the biggest international players. With Kevin Pietersen now retired after 4 seasons with the club, Melbourne will be sure to add another household name to their roster. Watch for Melbourne Stars to bounce back in BBL08 and climb off the bottom of the table to once again become a juggernaut of the competition.
Perth Scorchers - The most successful side of BBL history, the Perth Scorchers are once again a team to beat in BBL08. Having played finals every year and claiming 3 titles and losing 2 finals, Perth have the recipe for success. Perhaps their downfall will be moving away from their fortress that was the WACA. After moving to the new Optus Stadium post the regular season last year, Perth were blown off the park in the semi final, losing their only game at the state of the art stadium to Hobart by a whopping 71 runs. With a raucous crowd behind the Scorchers I’m sure it won’t take too long for them to re-establish their home ground advantage.
Sydney Sixers - The men in magenta, who were in the inaugural winners of the BBL way back in 2011/12, have failed to win the competition since with losses in the final twice, both to the Perth Scorchers. The Sixers will be looking to rebound from a disappointing year last season, when they missed the finals. Forming a strong roster will be key to turning their fortunes around and already boasting a number of big name players such as Nathan ‘the GOAT’ Lyon, Moises Henriques and Sean Abbott, attracting marquee players ahead of the season should be relatively easy.
Sydney Thunder - With a talented list and a useful mix of experience and fresh faces, the Thunder will hope they can replicate their 2015/16 season glory, when they were crowned champions. Leading the roster is Australian international Usman Khawaja, plus captain and former International star Shane Watson. But it doesn’t stop there. Big-hitting Englishman Jos Buttler returns for his second season after outstanding performances last season. Jos will be bringing with him his England captain and one of the best batsmen in the world, Joe Root. Boasting a strong and deep roster of local Australian talent plus international stars, Sydney pose a significant threat to all their opposition in BBL08.