Australia's most popular domestic T20 competition - the Big Bash League - returns for its seventh edition. The tournament is scheduled to run from December 19, 2017 till February 4, 2018. Just like last year, there will be eight participating teams and the league stage will be played in a double-round robin format.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, betting odds and tournament prediction for BBL 2017/18....
Sydney Thunder had a disastrous last season where they could manage to eke out just three wins in their eight league fixtures. They bowed out of the tournament as the bottom-placed side and they will look to turn things around this year.
Eoin Morgan, Aiden Blizzard, Usman Khawaja and Fawad Ahmed will be the ones to watch out for with the bat. Pat Cummins, Clint McKay and Mitchell McClenaghan are the main threats in their bowling attack.
Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Usman Khawaja, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson, Alister McDermott, Fawad Ahmed, Chris Green, Ryan Gibson, Eoin Morgan, Kerrod White, Mitchell McClenaghan, Callum Ferguson, Arjun Nair, Jay Lenton
Sydney Thunders are 12.5 on Betfair and 11 on Bet365 to win the BBL 2017/18.
After topping the league standings with five wins and three defeats in the last season, Perth Scorchers went on to clinch their third BBL title. They have never failed to reach the knockout round of the tournament.
Their batting strength resides mainly in the likes of Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh, Michael Klinger and Cameron Bancroft. Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Tye are their best bets with the ball.
Adam Voges, Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Muirhead, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Cameron Valente, Sam Whiteman, David Willey
Perth Scorchers are 5.3 on Betfair and 4.50 on Bet365 to win the BBL 2017/18.
Sydney Sixers came runners-up in the 2016-17 edition of the BBL, losing out to Perth Scorchers in the final. They finished third on the points table with five wins and three losses.
Sam Billings, Colin Munro, Jason Roy and Moises Henriques are the key in this batting lineup while Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe will have crucial roles to play with the ball.
Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, Sam Billings, Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha, Ryan Carters, Harry Conway, Ben Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Hughes, Michael Lumb, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Joe Mennie, Colin Munro, Steve O'Keefe, Jason Roy, Jordan Silk, William Somerville, Mitchell Starc, Henry Thornton
Sydney Sixers are 7.4 on Betfair and 7 on Bet365 to win the BBL 2017/18.
Melbourne Stars ended up fourth in the league standings in the previous season with four wins and as many defeats. They made it to the knockout round but were eliminated in the semi-final match against Perth Scorchers.
Their batting will depend mainly on the likes of Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen. Adam Zampa, James Faulkner and John Hastings will be the key men in the team's bowling attack.
Ben Dunk, Jackson Coleman, Michael Beer, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, John Hastings, Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa
Melbourne Stars are 6.8 on Betfair and 5.50 on Bet365 to win the BBL 2017/18.
Brisbane Heat had made it to the knockouts stage last year before being knocked out in the semi-finals at the hands of Sydney Sixers. They finished second on the points table having won five out of their eight league fixtures.
Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, Joe Burns and Ben Cutting are the ones who will be expected to score heavily when it comes to batting. Their bowling looks a tad weak and they will rely mainly on the Pakistani leg-spinner Shadab Khan to do the job.
Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jason Floros, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, Jimmy Peirson, Alex Ross, Mitchell Swepson, Shadab Khan, Mark Steketee
Brisbane Heat are 6.2 on Betfair and 6.50 on Bet365 to win the BBL 2017/18.
Hobart Hurricanes failed to impress yet again as they could not make it past the league stage for the third consecutive time. They finished seventh on the points table last season with just three wins.
The Hurricanes will look to George Bailey, Tim Paine and Daniel Christian to score the big runs for them this season. Bowling though is a lot more convincing with the likes of Tymal Mills, Tom Curran and Cameron Boyce.
Cameron Boyce, George Bailey, James Bazley, Tom Curran, Daniel Christian, Hamish Kingston, Clive Rose, Jake Reed, Sam Rainbird, Ben McDermott, Thomas Rogers, Simon Milenko, Tim Paine, D'Arcy Short, Tymal Mills, Beau Webster
Hobart Hurricanes are 15.5 on Betfair and 13 on Bet365 to win the BBL 2017/18.
After two semi-final appearances, Adelaide Strikers missed out on a semi-final spot last season. They finished sixth on the points table at the end of the league stage with just three wins and five defeats in eight matches.
Their batting will depend heavily on Colin Ingram and Travis Head who are the only recognized T20 batsmen in the squad. Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake will be the main weapons for the Strikers with the ball this year.
Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jonathon Dean, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald , Colin Ingram, Travis Head, Kelvin Smith, Jonathan Wells, Rashid Khan
Adelaide Strikers are 8.8 on Betfair and 9 on Bet365 to win the BBL 2017/18.
Melbourne Renegades continued their string of underwhelming performances as they once again could not qualify for the semi-finals last year. They came up fifth on the points table with four wins and as many defeats in eight games.
The Renegades have a strong batting lineup with the likes of Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade and Cameron White. Allrounders Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Thisara Perera are also vital cogs in their squad. James Pattinson will be the key in this pace attack.
Aaron Finch, Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Trent Lawford, Sunil Narine, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Thisara Perera, Nathan Rimmington, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Cameron White, Nick Winter
Melbourne Renegades are 6 on Betfair and 6.50 on Bet365 to win the BBL 2017/18.
Final VerdictBack Adelaide Strikers to win the BBL 2017/18 Final
Every year, the Big Bash League brings with it plenty of betting opportunities for sports punters across the globe and as such the most popular bookmakers like Betfair and Bet365 offer various markets to wager money on. These markets usually range from outright winner and match winner to top batsman/bowler and in-play betting odds. To find out all the available markets for the Big Bash League 2016-17, you just need to visit betfair or bet365 (whichever is your favorite bookmaker) via Cricketbetting.net. Under the 'Cricket' menu, a list of all the available markets will be shown from which you can choose the one you wish to bet on.
Below are the most popular markets you will get to find at betfair and bet365 for BBL 06:
Punters normally find this market the most appealing of all primarily due to the higher returns they are able to get from it. Here, you can place a bet on the outright title winner of the BBL's sixth season before the commencement of the season. However, outright bets will be available even throughout the entire duration of the season.
This market deals with the outcome of a particular Big Bash League match rather than the tournament as a whole. You will be offered odds on the match winners for each of the 35 matches. You can either place your bet pre-match i.e. before the start of the game or during in-play if you wish to wait for a bigger price on your chosen bet. While going for the latter option, remember that the odds for both the outcomes - win and loss - will fluctuate up and down.
The batsman to score the most number of runs for his team at the end of a match or at the end of the series will be the top batsman for the match or the series. Similarly, the bowler who ends up taking the most wickets for the team will be the top bowler for his team. You can place a bet on the top batsman/bowler for both the teams for the entire tournament as well as for a particular BBL match.