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Big Bash league 2018: The eight Big Bash teams that contest the competition are the Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.

Below are the Current BBL|08 squads, as it stands: 

Adelaide Strikers

Last season Champions

Squad

Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Michael Cormack, David Grant, Travis Head, Colin Ingram (South Africa), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Liam O’Connor, Peter Siddle, Matt Short, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells, Cameron Valente, Nick Winter

Strength

The balance and miserly nature of the Strikers bowling attack was the key to their title last season. While Rashid Khan won plaudits for his phenomenal spells in the middle overs the Strikers did a lot of damage in the Powerplay on the back of the raw pace of Billy Stanlake combined with the craft, smarts and experience of Peter Siddle and Michael Neser. Ben Laughlin’s death bowling has been a potent weapon as well, particularly when defending scores.

Weakness

There is a heavy reliance on the opening pair of Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald. Both men struck important centuries last season, including Weatherald’s spectacular effort in the final. But the rest of the order will be tested given Travis Head is likely to be absent for large portions of the tournament, while Carey will miss games mid-tournament due to ODI duty. Colin Ingram filled the breach with a couple of magnificent cameos last summer but Jake Lehmann will need to take a more senior role.

Player to watch

You don’t have to be a Strikers fan to enjoy watching Rashid Khan bowl. He has bamboozled batting line-ups all over the world over the last 12 months. He began last year’s tournament as a relative unknown in Australia and now returns as a global phenomenon. Opponents will be setting themselves to minimise the legspinner’s impact.

Chris Lynn hit his 100th BBL six against the Scorchers 

Brisbane Heat

Last season 7th

Squad

Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), James Pattinson, James Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson

Strength

The Bash brothers will hold the key again for the Heat. Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn have provided some extraordinary highlights while working in tandem in Brisbane. They have the ability to take the game away from opponents both individually and as a pair. How they might be deployed is an interesting question? They have opened together but some thought may be given to Lynn batting at No.3. Max Bryant is one to watch. The teenager was explosive in bursts opening in the JLT Cup for Queensland. The other option is a left-hander like Sam Heazlett to slot in between the two power-hitters. Lynn could also be unavailable for a couple of matches mid-tournament with international duty.

Weakness

Bowling wins titles in the BBL as has been proven by the Perth Scorchers consistent success and the Strikers performance last year. The Heat have never been able to get their bowling combination right and have played Russian roulette in some high scoring shoot outs on the fast-scoring Gabba ground. They have signed the express pace of James Pattinson but he hasn’t played a lot of T20 in recent years. Shadab Khan is also unavailable so the Heat have gambled on 17-year-old Afghan mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman as a spin option alongside Mitch Swepson.

Player to watch

Chris Lynn‘s international form for Australia has not matched his enormous reputation as a franchise superstar. He will be eager make a statement in the BBL to build some confidence ahead a potential World Cup berth in 2019. Teams will look to bowl a lot of spin at him, even in the Powerplay, to try and nullify his influence. If he can navigate that, the Heat will have a big season.

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Jofra Archer appeals Getty Images

Hobart Hurricanes

Last season Runners-up

Squad

Jofra Archer (England), George Bailey, Johan Botha, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills (England), David Moody, Tim Paine, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Aaron Summers, Matthew Wade

Strength

There is no “i” in team but there are five in individual brilliance and the Hurricanes have five match-winners in D’Arcy Short, Jofra Archer, Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott and James Faulkner. Short was Player of the Tournament last year scoring 572 runs. McDermott has scored a BBL hundred in a chase of 223 and dominated last year’s semi-final alongside Wade. Faulkner’s superpowers have waned somewhat since the 2015 World Cup but he did make some good bowling contributions for Lancashire in the 2018 T20 Blast. Archer was the find of the tournament last year but his recent eligibility for England has will leave the Hurricanes wary of his full availability.

Weakness

The loss of Dan Christian significantly affects the balance of the Hurricanes line-up. Although he has been replaced by Faulkner, Christian is a far superior batsman, with a strike-rate of 135 in BBL cricket compared to Faulkner’s 111. Christian has also passed fifty 14 times in all T20 and has two centuries, compared to Faulkner’s one half-century. Faulkner is a better bowler by the numbers but the Hurricanes probably need a true allrounder to balance out their side. Christian made vital contributions with bat and ball last season, particularly bowling at the death after Tymal Mills suffered a form slump mid-tournament.

Player to watch

D’Arcy Short will be interesting case study this season. He has taken the last two BBL’s by storm but his transition into international cricket has not been as smooth. Teams now have a good grasp on how and where to bowl to the powerful left-hander. Going from a surprise packet to a bankable star also carries with it a different mindset and mental burden that he will need to handle this season.

Mohammad Nabi slugs one down the ground
Mohammad Nabi slugs one down the ground

Melbourne Renegades

Last season Semi-finalist

Squad

Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Kane Richardson, Usman Khan Shinwari (Pakistan), Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth, Harry Gurney (England, international replacement)

Strength

The Powerplay bowling of Mohammad Nabi could arguably be the Renegades biggest strength this season. Given they play their home games on slower drop-in wickets, spin in the Powerplay will be a critical element to their success. Nabi’s bowling in last year’s tournament was simply outstanding. Of all players who bowled 20 overs or more in the tournament, his economy rate of 5.76 was only bettered by his Afghanistan team-mate Rashid Khan (5.65) and Ashton Agar (5.74). He will be a fulcrum of the bowling unit allowing the likes of Kane Richardson, Usman Shinwari and possibly Chris Tremain to attack at the other end early on.

Weakness

The reliance on Aaron Finch has always been the Renegades’ Achilles heel and this season it is exacerbated with Finch promoted to the Test team. Previously Finch has been a dominant force in the early part of the tournament only to depart the team for ODI duty. This year he is likely to be unavailable throughout most of the tournament. Adding to the top order woes, Marcus Harris will also be away on Test duties for the early part of the BBL.

Player to watch

Dan Christian is a very underrated addition to the Renegades. He has been pivotal player for a number of T20 franchises over a number of years and he was vital to the Hurricanes run to the final last season. Christian’s death bowling, skilled fielding and late-over batting more than makes up for the loss of Dwayne Bravo.

Melbourne Stars

Last season Eighth

Squad

Michael Beer, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jonathan Merlo, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, Liam Plunkett (England international replacement)

Strength

The Stars have star power, particularly in the allrounders department. Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Dwayne Bravo give them incredible flexibility as all three can be depended upon to bowl four overs if needed and all will fill valuable spots in the middle order. Bravo’s lower-order hitting could give Maxwell the opportunity to bat in the first three, as the Stars have wrestled in the past with how best to deploy his unique talent in the batting line-up.

Weakness

Top order batting. Ben Dunk was a prized recruit last season on a long-term deal and failed to have an impact. Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen have retired leaving enormous holes. Nic Maddinson looked set to fill one of those holes but an untimely broken arm only adds to their woe. Travis Dean’s T20 skills are unknown, but they will be put to the test at the top of the order given the lack of options available. Maxwell could be forced to open at different stages in the tournament.

Player to watch

It has to be Glenn Maxwell. He is the biggest show in the Stars line-up and is now the captain. The responsibility of captain should sit well with him as he has an excellent cricket brain and it could well help his batting. The key for Maxwell giving himself a chance. If he can find a way to face 20 balls, his strike-rate and average increase dramatically and he can single-handedly take control of games. When he scores 20 runs or more in an innings in T20 cricket his average more than doubles from 25 to 54 and his strike-rate climbs from 155 to a ridiculous 173.

Micheal Klinger
Micheal Klinger was bowled after a bouncer squeezed through to the stumps after hitting him on the helmet grille

Perth Scorchers

Last season Semi-finalists

Squad

Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Usman Qadir (Pakistan), Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey (England)

Strength

Their bowling attack is incredible. It is conceivable that Jhye Richardson may not play the first game of the tournament as the attack could be, Jason Behrendorff, David Willey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye and Ashton Agar. The batting skills of Agar, Willey and Coulter-Nile to possibly occupy numbers six, seven and eight in the batting order respectively means they could play the second spinner in Usman Qadir, particularly on some of the slower Melbourne and Sydney wickets.

Weakness

The Scorchers don’t really have any power-hitting in the top order. They have a classy top three when Shaun Marsh and Cameron Bancroft become available to join Michael Klinger. But they are similar accumulators and a power player in the Powerplay would compliment them very well. They have tried Willey and Agar at times but neither have the technical skills to handle the extra pace and bounce of the brand-new ball which is a necessity at Perth Stadium. Sam Whiteman and Josh Inglis aren’t natural power hitters but if given specific instruction, both are capable of flicking the switch with only two men out, but sustaining it beyond the Powerplay is a challenge.

Player to watch

Despite so many great bowlers to choose from Ashton Turner might be one of the most important men in the Scorchers line-up. Very few players in Australia have been able to master the art of being a specialist middle-order batsman in T20 cricket, with the ability to rebuild collapses, power-hit with limited balls remaining and time chases to perfection both small and large. Turner is as good as there is in the BBL. He’s had a strange summer so far for WA but found some touch in the last Shield game. If he has a big tournament the Scorchers will be well placed.

Nathan Lyon is mobbed by team-mates after taking a wicket
Nathan Lyon is mobbed by team-mates after taking a wicket Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Sydney Sixers

Last season Fifth

Squad

Sean Abbott, Joe Denly (England), Mickey Edwards, Ben Dwarshuis, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Henry Thornton, Tom Curran (England), Justin Avendano, Dan Fallins, Greg West

Strength

The Sixers’ spinners are very reliable. They probably don’t get the plaudits that the wrist spinners get, but Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon are very skilled operators in this format. Both are capable of bowling in the Powerplay and out, as well as working in tandem. They have added Lloyd Pope who has shown that the shorter the format the more dangerous he can be at under-age level. Bowling to the pros is a different proposition as he’s found out at times in Shield cricket despite one amazing haul. But he will get his chance.

Weakness

Great openers set up BBL teams. Bowling generally wins titles but two good openers can take games away from opponents and the Sixers haven’t found the right combination in the last couple of years. Daniel Hughes has been a solid performer but Jason Roy didn’t really fire last year. Josh Philippe has shown in the JLT Cup and tour matches what he’s capable of and looks set to play. Joe Denly was effective in the four games he played last year at the top and is an experienced opener in the format. Whether they set up with a right-hand left-hand combination or try Philippe and Denly remains to be seen.

Player to watch

Josh Philippe has the skills to set the tournament alight. Whether he has the experience to tailor his batting to certain situations will be his biggest challenge but it will be exciting to watch. He does have some pressure on his shoulders too. The Scorchers will certainly make life uncomfortable for him when the two sides meet after he made a very late decision to switch camps prior to the tournament starting.

Jos Buttler guides one onto the leg side
Jos Buttler guides one onto the leg side Getty Images

Sydney Thunder

Last season Sixth

Squad

Fawad Ahmed, Jos Buttler (England), Pat Cummins, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Liam Hatcher, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Sam Rainbird, Joe Root (England), Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Shane Watson, Anton Devcich (New, Zealand international replacement), Chris Jordan (England, international replacement)

Strength

The overseas signings of Jos Buttlerand Joe Root are as good as any in the tournament. Two world-class names who will complement each other perfectly in the Thunder’s batting line-up, that has always been reliant on Shane Watson and Usman Khawaja when he’s available. But the pair only have limited availability of seven games before heading to West Indies. The Thunder will need to make the most of their presence. But they bring some real gravitas to the BBL this year. Chris Jordan and Anton Devcich are seriously good T20 players to fill the breach when both leave.

Weakness

They have excellent spin stocks with Chris Green, Fawad Ahmed and Arjun Nair all playing together regularly but they haven’t been able to complement that with good fast bowling options. Daniel Sams is a good signing as he can swing the ball upfront in the Powerplay, but they need a good death bowler. Watson has been forced to do it at times and so too Green. But that can only work on certain surfaces.

Player to watch

Jos Buttler is worth the price of admission anywhere anytime. Seven games are more than enough to have a huge impact on the tournament and he can put the Thunder in a position for a run at the finals. The only challenge for Buttler will be the quality of the Spotless Stadium drop-in wicket, which is one of the hardest to bat on in the BBL. But he is a master at finding a way.


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BBL 2018-19, Match 13: Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers

Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers

Hobart Hurricanes will look to build on their winning start to the Big Bash League when they host Perth Scorchers at the Bludstone Arena

The match is scheduled for December 30 and the live action begins at 13:45 IST

Bat Flip Prediction

Hobart have won the bat flip twice in three matches and elected to field first on both occasions though they also won batting first against Brisbane.

Hobart Hurricanes Team News & Playing 11

HBH Team News

With Australia captain Tim Paine on international duty, the Hobart Hurricanes have Matthew Wade as captain, wicket-keeper and opening batsman and have been unchanged in their first three matches so far. Wade and D’Arcy Short have led the way with the bat at the top of the order and the Hurricanes could stick with the same line-up for a fourth consecutive match.

HBH Key Players

The leading batsman in last season’s Big Bash League, D’Arcy Short has picked up where he left off with scores of 67, 34 and 58 at the top of the order for the Hobart Hurricanes so far. Short also claimed two wickets the win against Melbourne Stars.

Opening partner (and captain and wicket-keeper) Matthew Wade has hit back-to-back half-centuries, meanwhile – scoring 52 against the Stars and 85 in the win against Sydney Thunder. The latter, from just 49 balls, included seven fours and four sixes, with he and Short sharing an opening stand of 120 at a run rate of ten an over.

With the ball, James Faulkner has five wickets so far, including 3-25 in the opening game at Brisbane. His lower-order batting has not yet been needed but he can hit a ball too. Fellow bowler Jofra Archer has six wickets with his raw pace, including 2-23 in the first match and 3-25 against Melbourne Stars. He took some punishment against Jos Buttler last time out but dismissed the England international in the final over.

HBH Team Form

Hobart Hurricanes have won all three matches so far. They kicked off at Brisbane Heat in a rain-reduced 19 overs match, and bowled the hosts out for 144 thanks to James Faulkner’s 3-25 as they chased a D’Arcy Short-inspired 159/6.

Next up, Hobart hosted Melbourne Stars and, after Jofra Archer’s 3-25 helped limit the Stars to 155/5, Matthew Wade hit 52 in a six-wicket win with eight balls to spare. Last time out, meanwhile, Jos Buttler’s big hitting had put the Hurricanes in a spot of bother but a 120-run opening stand from Wade (85 from 49 balls) and Short (58 from 39 balls), saw the Hurricanes reach their target of 194 to win by seven wickets with five balls to spare.

Hobart Hurricanes Predicted Playing 11

  • Matthew Wade, D’Arcy Short, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Clive Rose, Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith

Perth Scorchers Team News & Playing 11

PRS Team News

After two changes from the opening defeat, Perth Scorchers shuffled the pack again to face Adelaide Strikers and Josh Inglis did not let them down after replacing Sam Whiteman. Inglis took the gloves and opened the batting as the Scorchers won a low-scoring game to open their account for the new season. With Mitchell Marsh still on international duty, they may be unchanged for the first time this season.

PRS Key Players

Jason Behrendorff has led the way with the ball, taking two wickets in each of the three games so far, including 2-16 from four overs against Adelaide Strikers. Jhye Richardson’s 3-7 from three overs, which included a maiden and only four scoring shots, took the headlines, however.

Andrew Tye was back to his best too, meanwhile – he also bowled a maiden and took 2-9 from 2.2 overs.

With the bat, there has been little to shout about for the Scorchers so far, but David Willey headed to Australia having hit half-centuries in his previous two T20 Blast innings for Yorkshire in the English summer and Hilton Cartwright hit a 50 in the defeat to Sydney Sixers.

PRS Team Form

Perth Scorchers lost their first two matches, including being bowled out for just 103 in their first game against Melbourne Renegades. Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Coulter-Nile claimed two wickets apiece in the reply but could not prevent a four-wicket defeat with 4.4 overs to spare.

Two more Behrendorff wickets followed against Sydney Sixers as the hosts posted 164/4 in Perth Scorchers’ second game and Hilton Cartwright’s 53 and Ashton Turner’s 49 were not enough as they finished short on 147/8.At the Optus Stadium, however, Perth hit back last time out, with Jhye Richardson (3-7), Andrew Tye (2-9) and Behrendorff (2-16) leading the way with the ball as they dismissed the Adelaide Strikers for 88 from 17.2 overs. In reply, Will Bosisto hit 36 not out and captain Ashton Turner a very patient 24 (from 46 balls) as the Scorchers strolled to a seven-wicket win.

Perth Scorchers Predicted Playing 11

  • Michael Klinger, Josh Inglis, David Willey, Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Agar, William Bosisto, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff

Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers Head to Head

Hobart Hurricanes beat Perth Scorchers in last season’s semi-final after Matthew Wade hit 71 from 45 balls and Ben McDermott 67 from 30 balls in a total of 210/4. In reply, Dan Christian claimed 4-17 as the Scorchers were bowled out for 139 to bow out despite topping the points table.

The Scorchers had previously won their league game at the WACA, despite Simon Milenko’s 66 not out in the Hurricanes’ 167/5 – Cameron Bancroft’s half-century leading the reply in a five-wicket win.

In total, they have played each other nine times, with the Scorchers winning six and the Hurricanes three.


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