Big Bash League 2015/16


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The Big Bash League is just a little under two weeks away in what will be the most anticipated BBL we've had to date. All teams have secured some solid signings over the off-season with the eight sides looking fairly even across the board.

This will be the official BigCricket thread for the Big Bash covering news, games, ladders and general chat. Who do you think will win the Big Bash League in 2015/16?


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Squads 2015/16

Adelaide Strikers

Squad: Jono Dean, Travis Head*, Brad Hodge, Jon Holland, Hamish Kingston, Ben Laughlin, Tim Ludeman+, Michael Neser, Alex Ross, Patrick Page (rookie), Kieron Pollard (overseas player), Adil Rashid (o/s), Kane Richardson, Craig Simmons, Kelvin Smith, Billy Stanlake,

Brisbane Heat

Squad: Samuel Badree (o/s), Nick Buchanan, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Andrew Fekete, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Peter Forrest, James Hopes, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn*, Jimmy Peirson+, Nathan Reardon, Lendl Simmons (o/s), Mark Steketee

Hobart Hurricanes

Squad: George Bailey, Cameron Boyce, Daniel Christian, Ben Dunk+, Michael Hill, Simon Milenko, Tim Paine*+, Sam Rainbird, Jake Reed, Clive Rose, Darren Sammy (o/s), Kumar Sangakkara (o/s), Shain Tait, Timm van der Gugten, Jonathan Wells, Beau Webster

Melbourne Renegades

Squad: Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo (o/s), Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty, Aaron Finch*, Callum Ferguson, Chris Gayle (o/s), Nathan Hauritz, Tom O'Donnell (r), Peter Nevill+, James Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Gehan Seneviratne (r), Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade+, Guy Walker, Cameron White, Nick Winter

Melbourne Stars

Squad: Michael Beer, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb+, Sam Harper, John Hastings, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey*, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen (o/s), Robert Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Tom Triffitt+, Daniel Worrall, Luke Wright (o/s), Adam Zampa

Perth Scorchers

Squad: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Michael Carberry (o/s), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Muirhead, Joel Paris, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Voges*, Sam Whiteman+, David Willey (o/s)

Sydney Sixers

Squad: Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha, Ryan Carters+, Ben Dwarshius, Mickey Edwards, Brad Haddin*+, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Michael Lumb (o/s), Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Stephen O'Keefe, Steve Smith, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc,

Sydney Thunder

Squad: Fawad Ahmed, Ahillen Beadle, Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Chris Green, Chris Hartley+ Michael Hussey*, Jacques Kallis (o/s), Usman Khawaja, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Jonte Pattison, Ben Rohrer, Andre Russell (o/s), Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson
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Thur 17 Dec - Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers at Spotless Stadium (D/N)
Fri 18 Dec - Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval (D/N)
Sat 19 Dec - Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades at Gabba (D/N)
Sun 20 Dec - Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes at Sydney Cricket Ground
Sun 20 Dec - Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder at Melbourne Cricket Ground (D/N)
Mon 21 Dec - Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers at WACA Ground
Tues 22 Dec - Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat at Blundstone Arena (D/N)
Wed 23 Dec - Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers at Etihad Stadium (D/N)
Sat 26 Dec - Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat at WACA Ground
Sun 27 Dec - Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars at Sydney Cricket Ground (D/N)
Mon 28 Dec - Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers at Spotless Stadium (D/N)
Tues 29 Dec - Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes at Gabba (D/N)
Wed 30 Dec - Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers at Etihad Stadium (D/N)
Thur 31 Dec - Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers at Adelaide Oval (D/N)
Fri 1 Jan - Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena (D/N)
Sat 2 Jan - Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades at Melbourne Cricket Ground (D/N)
Sat 2 Jan - Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers at WACA Ground (D/N)
Sun 3 Jan - Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder at Gabba (D/N)
Mon 4 Jan - Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades at Blundstone Arena (D/N)
Tues 5 Jan - Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers at Adelaide Oval (D/N)
Wed 6 Jan - Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes at Melbourne Cricket Ground (D/N)
Thur 7 Jan - Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers Spotless Stadium (D/N)
Fri 8 Jan - Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers at Gabba (D/N)
Sat 9 Jan - Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars at Etihad Stadium (D/N)
Sun 10 Jan - Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers @ Blundstone Arena
Sun 10 Jan - Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat at Sydney Cricket Ground (D/N)
Mon 11 Jan - Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades at Spotless Stadium (D/N)
Wed 13 Jan - Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval (D/N)
Thur 14 Jan - Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat at Melbourne Cricket Ground (D/N)
Sat 16 Jan - Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder at Sydney Cricket Ground (D/N)
Sat 16 Jan - Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars at WACA Ground (D/N)
Mon 18 Jan - Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers at Etihad Stadium (D/N)
Thur 21 Jan
- First Semi Final: 1st vs 4th at TBC (D/N)
Fri 22 Jan
- Second Semi Final: 2nd vs 3rd at TBC (D/N)
Sun 24 Jan - BIG Final: TBC vs TBC at TBC (D/N)
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Perth always look average on paper but just manage to get the job done.
It's going to be fairly tough this season I think. Voges probably won't play, neither will Mitch Marsh and we probably won't have Shaun Marsh until after the first test is done. It'll be down to our bowling attack to get the job done as has been the case the last few seasons.


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Sixers won easily in the end. Nathan Lyon finished with 5/23, get him into the one-day and T20 sides for Australia, clearly our best limited overs spinner at the moment.

In the other game, Sydney Thunder made it back-to-back wins with victory over Melbourne Stars by one run. Usman Khawaja guaranteed himself a spot in the Boxing Day test by thumping a century while Kevin Pietersen hit 76 for the Stars who just fell short thanks to a great last over from Jacques Kallis.


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BBL Ladder after Game 6

Teams                M   W   L   T   N/R   Pts   Net RR 

Sydney Thunder       2   2   -   -    -      4   +0.925 
Sydney Sixers        2   1   1   -    -      2   +1.475 
Adelaide Strikers    1   1   -   -    -      2   +0.950 
Melbourne Renegades  1   1   -   -    -      2   +0.436 
Perth Scorchers      -   -   -   -    -      -    0.000 
Brisbane Heat        1   -   1   -    -      -   -0.436 
Melbourne Stars      2   -   2   -    -      -   -0.500 
Hobart Hurricanes    1   -   1   -    -      -   -4.750

Perth Scorchers get their season underway tomorrow hosting the Strikers at the WACA. Hobart Hurricanes play Brisbane Heat on Tuesday while Melbourne Renegades take on Sydney Sixers on Wednesday before we have a mini-break for Christmas.

Whiteman is also out for the Scorchers until the new year due to a fractured finger. Bancroft will keep wicket until Whiteman is fit to play.

WBBL Ladder after Game 25

Teams                M   W   L   T   N/R   Pts   Net RR
Hobart Hurricanes    7   6   1   0    0     12   +0.635 
Brisbane Heat       10   6   4   0    0     12   +0.272 
Melbourne Stars      5   4   1   0    0      8   +0.563 
Sydney Thunder       5   3   2   0    0      6   +0.493
Perth Scorchers      6   3   3   0    0      6   +0.272 
Adelaide Strikers    5   1   4   0    0      2   -0.465 
Melbourne Renegades  5   1   4   0    0      2   -0.505 
Sydney Sixers        7   1   6   0    0      2   -1.373

The WBBL got underway early in the month, Hobart Hurricanes have been very good so far, losing only one game as have the Stars who have also looked pretty good. The WBBL takes a small break with the next game on Boxing Day between Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars.

There's been a couple of WBBL games on TV and the standard has been pretty good which included Nicky Shaw taking a brilliant one-handed catch for the Scorchers today.
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Have enjoyed what I have seen so far.

Would love to see the BigBash victor play the Super Smash (NZ T20 comp) champion after every season.. Thoughts?
I guess you probably don't want to mess with your own comp but I wouldn't mint having 2 or 3 new Kiwi franchises in the Big Bash.