The ninth edition of the Big Bash League is set to kick off on 17th December 2019 and will conclude on 8th February 2020. A total of eight city-based franchises will be participating in the tournament. While the duration of the tournament has been reduced from the previous season, the number of matches has been increased to 61. The league stage will comprise 56 matches, but unlike last season, the knock-out stage has been redesigned into a play-off system comprising the Eliminator, the Qualifier, the Knockout, the Challenger followed by the Final.
The league stage of the BBL 09 will be played in a double round-robin format i.e. each team will play every other team two times, once at its home ground and once at that of its opponent. Instead of four, the top five teams at the end of the league phase will qualify for the play-offs this time. While the fourth and fifth placed teams will clash in the Eliminator, the top two teams will face-off in the Qualifier. The winner of the Qualifier will advance directly to the final while the winner of the Eliminator will take on the third placed team in the Knockout. The Challenger will see the loser of the Qualifier go up against the winner of the Knockout in a bid to book the remaining spot in the final.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, tips and predictions for Big Bash League 2019-20...
|Dec 17, Tue||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder, 1st Match The Gabba, Brisbane||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 18, Wed||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, 5th Match Carrara Oval, Queensland||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 19, Thu||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder, 3rd Match Simonds Stadium, Geelong||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 20, Fri||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers, 4th Match Traeger Park, Alice Springs||9:15 AM 03:45 AM GMT / 01:15 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 20, Fri||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, 5th Match Carrara Oval, Queensland||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 21, Sat||Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers, 6th Match TBC, TBC||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 01:40 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 21, Sat||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades, 7th Match Perth Stadium, Perth||3:40 PM 10:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 22, Sun||Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes, 8th Match TBC, TBC||9:15 AM 03:45 AM GMT / 09:15 AM LOCAL|
|Dec 22, Sun||Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat, 9th Match Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 23, Mon||Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers, 10th Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:40 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 24, Tue||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades, 11th Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||9:15 AM 03:45 AM GMT / 02:45 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 26, Thu||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers, 12th Match Perth Stadium, Perth||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 04:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 27, Fri||Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers, 13th Match Carrara Oval, Queensland||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 28, Sat||Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder, 14th Match Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 29, Sun||Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers, 15th Match Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 30, Mon||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars, 16th Match Aurora Stadium, Launceston||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Dec 31, Tue||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder, 17th Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 01, Wed||Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers, 18th Match Carrara Oval, Queensland||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 02, Thu||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars, 19th Match Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney||10:10 AM 04:40 AM GMT / 03:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 02, Thu||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers, 20th Match Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 03, Fri||Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat, 21st Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 04, Sat||Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades, 22nd Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 05, Sun||Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers, 23rd Match TBC, TBC||1:10 PM 07:40 AM GMT / 01:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 05, Sun||Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes, 24th Match Perth Stadium, Perth||4:10 PM 10:40 AM GMT / 06:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 06, Mon||Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat, 25th Match Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 07, Tue||Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers, 26th Match Simonds Stadium, Geelong||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 08, Wed||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers, 27th Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||10:10 AM 04:40 AM GMT / 03:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 08, Wed||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, 28th Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 09, Thu||Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes, 29th Match The Gabba, Brisbane||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 10, Fri||Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars, 30th Match Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 11, Sat||Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes, 31st Match Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney||12:40 PM 07:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 11, Sat||Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat, 32nd Match Perth Stadium, Perth||3:40 PM 10:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 12, Sun||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades, 33rd Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||10:10 AM 04:40 AM GMT / 03:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 12, Sun||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers, 34th Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 13, Mon||Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers, 35th Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 14, Tue||Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers, 36th Match The Gabba, Brisbane||10:10 AM 04:40 AM GMT / 02:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 15, Wed||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades, 37th Match TBC, TBC||12:40 PM 07:10 AM GMT / 12:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 15, Wed||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars, 38th Match Perth Stadium, Perth||3:40 PM 10:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 16, Thu||Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes, 39th Match Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 17, Fri||Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat, 40th Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||10:10 AM 04:40 AM GMT / 03:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 18, Sat||Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers, 41st Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||10:10 AM 04:40 AM GMT / 03:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 18, Sat||Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers, 42nd Match Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 19, Sun||Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers, 43rd Match Aurora Stadium, Launceston||9:15 AM 03:45 AM GMT / 02:45 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 19, Sun||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades, 44th Match The Gabba, Brisbane||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 20, Mon||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars, 45th Match Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1:10 PM 07:40 AM GMT / 06:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 20, Mon||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder, 46th Match Perth Stadium, Perth||4:10 PM 10:40 AM GMT / 06:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 21, Tue||Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes, 47th Match Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 22, Wed||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars, 48th Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 23, Thu||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers, 49th Match The Gabba, Brisbane||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 24, Fri||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder, 50th Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||12:40 PM 07:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 24, Fri||Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers, 51st Match Perth Stadium, Perth||3:40 PM 10:10 AM GMT / 06:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 25, Sat||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades, 52nd Match Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||10:10 AM 04:40 AM GMT / 03:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 25, Sat||Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat, 53rd Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 07:10 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 26, Sun||Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers, 54th Match Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney||9:15 AM 03:45 AM GMT / 02:45 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 26, Sun||Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes, 55th Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||1:40 PM 08:10 AM GMT / 06:40 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 27, Mon||Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, 56th Match Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||9:15 AM 03:45 AM GMT / 02:45 PM LOCAL|
|Jan 30, Thu||TBC vs TBC, Eliminator TBC, TBC||5:30 AM 12:00 AM GMT / 05:30 AM LOCAL|
|Jan 31, Fri||TBC vs TBC, Qualifier TBC, TBC||5:30 AM 12:00 AM GMT / 05:30 AM LOCAL|
|Feb 01, Sat||TBC vs TBC, Knockout TBC, TBC||5:30 AM 12:00 AM GMT / 05:30 AM LOCAL|
|Feb 06, Thu||TBC vs TBC, Challenger TBC, TBC||5:30 AM 12:00 AM GMT / 05:30 AM LOCAL|
|Feb 08, Sat||TBC vs TBC, Final TBC, TBC||5:30 AM 12:00 AM GMT / 05:30 AM LOCAL|
Sydney Thunder have made quite a few changes to their squad from the previous season. They have picked England batsman Alex Hales and South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris as replacements for Jos Buttler and Joe Root. The franchise has also signed a three-year deal with batsman Alex Ross and pace bowler Chris Tremain who played for Melbourne Renegades last season. Kurtis Patterson and Fawad Ahmed have moved to Perth Scorchers while Shane Watson has retired and Usman Khawaja is likely to miss a major part of the tournament due to international commitments. Sydney Thunder have appointed Callum Ferguson as their captain for BBL 09.
Sydney Thunder are champions of the 2015-16 edition. They defeated Melbourne Stars at the MCG in the final to claim their first ever BBL title. However, their overall performance in the tournament has not been very good as they have ended up at the bottom on four occasions. The Thunder have finished sixth in the standings in the previous two seasons and they won six out of their fourteen league matches last time.
Shane Watson was among the top five batsmen last season with 331 runs and the skipper will once again be a key figure for Sydney Thunder. Jos Buttler, Joe Root and Usman Khawaja are the others to watch out for in this batting line-up. The team's bowling will rely mainly on Pat Cummins, Fawad Ahmed and Gurinder Sandhu. Fawad was the pick of the lot last time with 12 wickets and the leg-spinner will be expected to bowl well again.
Sydney Thunder are being offered at odds of 9.50 on Betway and 9 on Bet365 and 10CRIC to win this ninth season of the Big Bash League.
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain, Alex Ross, Jay Lenton, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Jonathan Cook, Matthew Gilkes, Tanveer Sangha, Oliver Davies
Perth Scorchers will miss quite a few of their senior players in the BBL 09. While Shaun Marsh has left the franchise and moved to Melbourne Renegades, Hilton Cartwright and Nathan Coulter-Nile have signed with Melbourne Stars. Michael Klinger has taken retirement while Jason Behrendorff, due to his back injury, could miss a large part of the tournament. The Scorchers, however, have added former Sydney Thunder players - Kurtis Patterson and Fawad Ahmed to their squad.
Perth Scorchers are the most successful team in the history of the Big Bash League with three title wins in the bag. They are the only team in the tournament to have won two consecutive seasons - they beat Hobart Hurricanes at the WACA in the 2013-14 final and Sydney Sixers in the following year's final at the Manuka Oval. Last season, the Scorchers finished at the bottom of the table with just four wins in the league stage and it was the first time in the history of the BBL that they failed to reach the knockouts.
Perth Scorchers are 6.50 with 10CRIC and 7 with Betway and Bet365 to win the Big Bash League 2019-20.
Mitchell Marsh (c), Chris Jordan, Jason Behrendorff, Kurtis Patterson, Cameron Bancroft, Joel Paris, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Sam Whiteman, Fawad Ahmed, Matthew Kelly, Andrew Tye, Liam Livingstone, Jhye Richardson, Josh Inglis, Nick Hobson, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie
After an impressive showing last season, Sydney Sixers have decided to retain the bulk of their squad for this ninth edition of the Big Bash League. The team will welcome back Jackson Bird who played for Melbourne Stars last time while England internationals Tom Curran and James Vince are their most notable signings this year.
Sydney Sixers won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2011-12, beating Perth Scorchers in the final at the WACA. They also have happy memories from the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons in which they came runners-up. Overall, the Sixers have a pretty good record in the BBL having made it past the league stage five times out of eight. In the previous season, they finished third in the league standings with eight wins and six defeats.
Sydney Sixers have been priced at 8 with Betway, 9 with Bet365 and 7.50 with 10CRIC to win the BBL 2019-20.
Moises Henriques (c), Steve OKeefe, Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood, James Vince, Peter Nevill, Nathan Lyon, Sean Abbott, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Mickey Edwards, Henry Thornton, Lloyd Pope, Daniel Fallins, Josh Philippe, Jack Edwards, Justin Avendano
Melbourne Stars have made a few major changes to their squad for this year's BBL. While Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has renewed his contract with the franchise for the entire season, the Australian duo of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Hilton Cartwright have migrated from Perth Scorchers. Veteran South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn will be available for at least the first six games.
Melbourne Stars are one of the most consistent teams in the tournament having made it to the knockout round on seven occasions. But unfortunately, they have not been able to lay their hands on the trophy yet. They are two-time finalists having finished runners-up in the 2015-16 season and then last time in 2018-19. In the previous season, the Stars ended up fourth on the leaderboard with seven wins and as many losses.
Melbourne Stars are being offered at odds of 6.50 on Betway and 6 on Bet365 and 10CRIC to win the ninth edition of the BBL.
Glenn Maxwell (c), Pat Brown, Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Clint Hinchliffe, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O'Connell, Dale Steyn, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa
Brisbane Heat have acquired the services of South African batting legend AB de Villiers - arguably the most prominent signing of this BBL season. However, he won't be available for the Heat's first few matches. The team will have a new captain this year with Chris Lynn taking over the reigns from Brendon McCullum.
Brisbane Heat are champions of the second edition of the Big Bash League which was held in 2012-13. They secured a comfortable 34-run victory over Perth Scorchers in the final of that season at the WACA. But since then, they have had only one semi-final appearance in the next six seasons. The Heat missed out on a semi-final berth by just a couple of points last time, finishing fifth on the table with six wins and seven defeats.
Brisbane Heat are 8.50 with Betway and 6 with Bet365 and 10CRIC to win the Big Bash League 2019-20.
Chris Lynn (c), AB de Villiers, Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Ben Cutting, Joe Burns, Josh Lalor, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Cameron Gannon, Matt Renshaw, Marnus Labuschagne, Sam Heazlett, Mitchell Swepson, Zahir Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Matthew Kuhnemann, Jack Prestwidge
Matthew Wade will be leading Hobart Hurricanes in this year's Big Bash League. The team has lost quite a few players from the previous edition including Clive Rose, Jake Doran, Alex Doolan and Simon Milenko. The Hurricanes could also be without Jofra Archer who is likely to be picked by the England team for their tour of South Africa.
Hobart Hurricanes have made four semi-final appearances in the BBL and have finished runners-up on two occasions, most recently in the 2017-18 season. They were impressive last time as well as they topped the points table at the end of the league stage with ten wins and four losses. The Hurricanes made a perfect start to their campaign with five wins from their first five matches. They breezed past the league round but suffered a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Melbourne Stars in the semi-final.
Hobart Hurricanes are currently priced at 6 with Bet365 and 5.50 with Betway and 10CRIC to win the ninth edition of the BBL.
Matthew Wade (c), George Bailey, David Miller, James Faulkner, Scott Boland, Clive Rose, Jake Doran, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, David Moody, D Arcy Short, Qais Ahmad, Caleb Jewell, Riley Meredith, Thomas Rogers, Jarrod Freeman, Aaron Summers, Nathan Ellis
Australia batsman Travis Head will be leading Adelaide Strikers although he is unlikely to link up with the team at the start of the BBL 09 due to international commitments. Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan will be playing his third season with the franchise. The Strikers have replaced South African batsman Colin Ingram with Cameron White.
Two seasons back, Adelaide Strikers went all the way to clinch their first ever BBL title. They, however, could not replicate that performance last time as they finished second from the bottom in the league standings with six wins and eight defeats. They were very much in contention for a top-four finish at the half-way mark but then four losses on the bounce made things pretty gloomy for them. The Strikers have made it to the semis three times in the last five editions of the tournament.
Adelaide Strikers are being offered at odds of 7 on Bet365 and 6.50 on Betway and 10CRIC to win the Big Bash League 2019-20.
Travis Head (c), Cameron White, Peter Siddle, Michael Neser, Jonathan Wells, Harry Conway, Alex Carey, Matthew Short, Cameron Valente, Billy Stanlake, Nick Winter, Jake Lehmann, Harry Nielsen, Philip Salt, Rashid Khan, Liam O Connor, Jake Weatherald , Wes Agar
Melbourne Renegades have retained a large part of the squad that helped them win their first-ever BBL title last time. Aaron Finch is the captain of the team but is likely to miss some part of the tournament due to international commitments. Shaun Marsh, who previously represented Perth Scorchers, has signed with the Renegades while Cameron White and Usman Khan Shinwari have departed.
After putting up a good show in 2017-18, Melbourne Renegades continued from where they left off and went all the way to win the tournament last time. The defending champions finished the league round as the second-placed team with eight wins and six losses. The Renegades did not have the best of starts as they lost three of their first five encounters. However, they managed to find some consistency towards the backend of the tournament. After winning their semi-final clash against Sydney Sixers, they got the better of Melbourne Stars in the final to clinch their first-ever BBL title.
Melbourne Renegades will be counting on the likes of Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris and Cameron White to deliver the goods with the bat in this year's Big Bash League. White finished with an average 76 which was the highest in the tournament while Harris contributed heavily - 324 runs in 11 matches. When it comes to bowling, the Renegades will turn to Dan Christian, Mohammed Nabi, Kane Richardson and Jack Wildermuth to do the job. Richardson took 12 wickets in 10 matches last time and he will be expected to put up a good show with the ball this season.
Melbourne Renegades are 7 with Bet365 and 6.50 with Betway and 10CRIC to win the BBL 09.
Aaron Finch (c), Shaun Marsh, Jon Holland, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Daniel Christian, Harry Gurney, Tom Cooper, Marcus Harris, Joe Mennie, Cameron Boyce, Jack Wildermuth, Beau Webster, Usman Shinwari, Sam Harper, Faheem Ashraf, Will Sutherland, Zak Evans, Mackenzie Harvey, Jake Fraser-McGurk
Melbourne Renegades will go into this ninth edition of the Big Bash League as the defending champions. They have stuck with most of their squad from last time and are favorites to make it past the league stage this year as well. Perth Scorchers, after facing a lot of disappointment last year, will be desperate to turn things around.
Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers are the three teams that we don't think will finish in the top five this season. Melbourne Stars finished runners-up last time. Their squad looks pretty good this year with star allrounder Glenn Maxwell at the helm. The Stars are one of the most consistent teams in the tournament and we feel they could win their maiden title this time around.
Back Melbourne Stars to win the Big Bash League 2019-20 at 6.50 with Betway and 6 with Bet365 and 10CRIC.
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