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Last season’s finalists, Melbourne Stars and defending champions Sydney Sixers, are among the favourites once again.
The Stars still have Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell available to them and have added big-hitting batting firepower in the form of Jonny Bairstow and Nicholas Pooran to the mix.
The Stars are favourites to win BBL|10 after being beaten in the last two finals. They are 4.75 to win the tournament with Bet365 and 5.00 with Betway.
Sydney Sixers are next on the list at 5.50 with Betway and Bet365. They have also retained key players from last season and added strength in the form of Dan Christian.
Beyond those two, Sydney Thunder were third last season so it is a surprise to see them at 10.00 outsiders with both Betway and Bet365. Daniel Sams was in fine bowling form last season, while Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja are available for the full tournament and both key too.
They still have a step up to make to challenge the likes of the Stars and the Sixers in any showpiece, but the Thunder should not be written off.
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|Dec 10, Thu||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers, 1st Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Hobart Hurricanes|
|Dec 11, Fri||Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat, 2nd Match Manuka Oval, Canberra||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Melbourne Stars|
|Dec 12, Sat||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, 3rd Match Manuka Oval, Canberra||10:35 AM IST, 05:05 AM GMT, 04:05 PM LOCAL||Melbourne Stars|
|Dec 12, Sat||Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers, 4th Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Melbourne Renegades|
|Dec 13, Sun||Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes, 5th Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||8:45 AM IST, 03:15 AM GMT, 02:15 PM LOCAL||Hobart Hurricanes|
|Dec 13, Sun||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades, 6th Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Sydney Sixers|
|Dec 14, Mon||Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat, 7th Match Manuka Oval, Canberra||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Sydney Thunder|
|Dec 15, Tue||Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers, 8th Match Aurora Stadium, Launceston||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Adelaide Strikers|
|Dec 16, Wed||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars, 9th Match Aurora Stadium, Launceston||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||No Result|
|Dec 19, Sat||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades, 10th Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||5:40 AM IST, 12:10 AM GMT, 11:10 AM LOCAL||Hobart Hurricanes|
|Dec 20, Sun||Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers, 11th Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||5:40 AM IST, 12:10 AM GMT, 11:10 AM LOCAL||Sydney Sixers|
|Dec 22, Tue||Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers, 12th Match Manuka Oval, Canberra||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Sydney Thunder|
|Dec 23, Wed||Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers, 13th Match The Gabba, Brisbane||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Adelaide Strikers|
|Dec 26, Sat||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades, 14th Match Manuka Oval, Canberra||12:40 PM IST, 07:10 AM GMT, 06:10 PM LOCAL||Sydney Thunder|
|Dec 26, Sat||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars, 15th Match Carrara Oval, Queensland||3:50 PM IST, 10:20 AM GMT, 08:20 PM LOCAL||Sydney Sixers|
|Dec 27, Sun||Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes, 16th Match The Gabba, Brisbane||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Brisbane Heat|
|Dec 28, Mon||Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers, 17th Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Adelaide Strikers|
|Dec 29, Tue||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers, 18th Match Carrara Oval, Queensland||12:40 PM IST, 07:10 AM GMT, 06:10 PM LOCAL||Sydney Sixers|
|Dec 29, Tue||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars, 19th Match Manuka Oval, Canberra||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Sydney Thunder|
|Dec 30, Wed||Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat, 20th Match The Gabba, Brisbane||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Hobart Hurricanes|
|Dec 31, Thu||Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers, 21st Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||1:15 PM IST, 07:45 AM GMT, 06:15 PM LOCAL||Perth Scorchers|
|Jan 01, Fri||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder, 22nd Match Carrara Oval, Queensland||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Sydney Thunder|
|Jan 02, Sat||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars, 23rd Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||11:35 AM IST, 06:05 AM GMT, 05:05 PM LOCAL||Hobart Hurricanes|
|Jan 02, Sat||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers, 24th Match The Gabba, Brisbane||2:45 PM IST, 09:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||Brisbane Heat|
|Jan 03, Sun||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades, 25th Match Perth Stadium, Perth||10:35 AM IST, 05:05 AM GMT, 01:05 PM LOCAL||Perth Scorchers|
|Jan 03, Sun||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers, 26th Match Carrara Oval, Queensland||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Sydney Sixers|
|Jan 04, Mon||Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes, 27th Match Bellerive Oval, Hobart||10:35 AM IST, 05:05 AM GMT, 04:05 PM LOCAL||Melbourne Stars|
|Jan 04, Mon||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder, 28th Match The Gabba, Brisbane||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:15 PM LOCAL||Brisbane Heat|
|Jan 05, Tue||Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers, 29th Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Adelaide Strikers|
|Jan 06, Wed||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers, 30th Match Perth Stadium, Perth||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 04:15 PM LOCAL||Perth Scorchers|
|Jan 07, Thu||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder, 31st Match Perth Stadium, Perth||12:40 PM IST, 07:10 AM GMT, 03:10 PM LOCAL||Sydney Thunder|
|Jan 07, Thu||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, 32nd Match Carrara Oval, Queensland||3:50 PM IST, 10:20 AM GMT, 08:20 PM LOCAL||Brisbane Heat|
|Jan 08, Fri||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades, 33rd Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||12:40 PM IST, 07:10 AM GMT, 05:40 PM LOCAL||Melbourne Renegades|
|Jan 09, Sat||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder, 34th Match Perth Stadium, Perth||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 04:15 PM LOCAL||Perth Scorchers|
|Jan 10, Sun||Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat, 35th Match Carrara Oval, Queensland||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:15 PM LOCAL||Sydney Sixers|
|Jan 11, Mon||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars, 36th Match Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 06:45 PM LOCAL||Adelaide Strikers|
|Jan 12, Tue||Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes, 37th Match Perth Stadium, Perth||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 04:15 PM LOCAL||Perth Scorchers|
|Jan 13, Wed||Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers, 38th Match Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 14, Thu||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades, 39th Match Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 15, Fri||Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers, 40th Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 16, Sat||Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers, 41st Match Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1:10 PM IST, 07:40 AM GMT, 06:40 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 17, Sun||Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades, 42nd Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 18, Mon||Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes, 43rd Match Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 19, Tue||Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat, 44th Match Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 20, Wed||Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars, 45th Match Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 21, Thu||Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat, 46th Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 22, Fri||Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers, 47th Match Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||10:35 AM IST, 05:05 AM GMT, 04:05 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 22, Fri||Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder, 48th Match Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 23, Sat||Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, 49th Match Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||10:35 AM IST, 05:05 AM GMT, 04:05 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 23, Sat||Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers, 50th Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 24, Sun||Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers, 51st Match Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney||10:35 AM IST, 05:05 AM GMT, 04:05 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 24, Sun||Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes, 52nd Match Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 25, Mon||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder, 53rd Match Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney||1:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 26, Tue||Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers, 54th Match Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||7:35 AM IST, 02:05 AM GMT, 01:05 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 26, Tue||Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes, 55th Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||10:40 AM IST, 05:10 AM GMT, 04:10 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 26, Tue||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers, 56th Match Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||2:20 PM IST, 08:50 AM GMT, 07:50 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 29, Fri||TBC vs TBC, Eliminator TBC, TBC||5:30 AM IST, 12:00 AM GMT, 05:30 AM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 30, Sat||TBC vs TBC, Qualifier TBC, TBC||5:30 AM IST, 12:00 AM GMT, 05:30 AM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 31, Sun||TBC vs TBC, Knockout TBC, TBC||5:30 AM IST, 12:00 AM GMT, 05:30 AM LOCAL||-|
|Feb 04, Thu||TBC vs TBC, Challenger TBC, TBC||5:30 AM IST, 12:00 AM GMT, 05:30 AM LOCAL||-|
|Feb 06, Sat||TBC vs TBC, Final TBC, TBC||5:30 AM IST, 12:00 AM GMT, 05:30 AM LOCAL||-|
2019-20 result: third in the table, fourth overall
Captain: Travis Head
Overseas players: Danny Briggs (ENG), Rashid Khan (AFG), Phil Salt (ENG)
Other key players: Head, Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Peter Siddle, Jon Wells
Adelaide Strikers finished third in the Big Bash League table in 2019-20 but then crashed out in the play-offs to finish fourth overall.
Led by Travis Head, the key for the Strikers will be star spinner Rashid Khan’s availability after Afghanistan’s ODI series with Ireland – clashing with the second half of the BBL – was announced.
The world’s top T20i bowler according to the ICC rankings, the Afghan leggie has been a key man for Adelaide in the last three seasons.
Beyond Rashid, Alex Carey could be key with the bat and the likes of Jon Wells and Jake Weatherald have showed form in the BBL before too.
Still, they continue to lack the star quality – especially if Rashid misses too big a chunk of the season – to topple the top BBL teams.
Danny Briggs (Eng), Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Travis Head, Rashid Khan (Afg), Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt (Eng), Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall, Jon Wells
Adelaide Strikers BBL 2020-21 odds
Adelaide Strikers are 6.00 to win the 2020-21 Big Bash League with Betway. Bet365 are also offering 6.00 on the Strikers to win BBL|10.
2019-20 result: seventh
Captain: Chris Lynn
Overseas players: Tom Banton (ENG), Lewis Gregory (ENG), Dan Lawrence (ENG), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (RSA)
Other key players: Lynn, Ben Laughlin
While their women’s side sealed a second consecutive title, Brisbane Heat’s men were finishing seventh in the table.
Chris Lynn continues to lead the team and the big-hitting opener remains the key man with the bat at the top of the order.
Lynn lacked form at the Caribbean Premier League and was therefore sidelined at the IPL too, so Brisbane will be dependent on him getting back to their best.
Still the Heat have a big jump to make to go from second-last in 2019-20 to challenging the likes of Melbourne Stars in 2020-21.
Tom Banton has withdrawn his name from the tournament due to bio-bubble fatigue.
Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory (Eng), Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Laughlin, Dan Lawrence (Eng), Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Jimmy Peirson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afg), Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth
Brisbane Heat BBL 2020-21 odds
Brisbane Heat can be backed at 7.50 to win the 2020 Big Bash League with Betway and at 7.00 with Bet365.
2019-20 result: fourth in the table, fifth overall
Captain: Matthew Wade
Overseas players: Dawid Malan (ENG), Colin Ingram (SA), Will Jacks (ENG), Keemo Paul (WI), Sandeep Lamichhane (NEP)
Other key players: D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Peter Handscomb, James Faulkner
With some smart recruitment for this season, Hobart Hurricanes could be ready to make the step up from mid-table last season to a top team this time around.
They now boast the world’s top-ranked T20i batsman in Dawid Malan, as well as adding other overseas stars such as Colin Ingram, Sandeep Lamichhane and, most recently, Keemo Paul.
The latter was signed at the recommendation of Ricky Ponting after his starring role with Delhi Capitals at the IPL.
If all three fire, they will bolster a side that already boasts BBL batting icon D’Arcy Short at the top of the order and new signing Peter Handscomb too.
In Short, Handscomb, Malan and captain Matthew Wade, Hobart boast a fierce batting line-up and could be dark horses this season. The key will be how well Ingram steps in for Malan when the England ace is away on international duty.
Johan Botha has come out of retirement to be part of hurricanes squad. Botha was confirmed Australian citizenship in 2016 and now has been qualified to play as a local player in BBL 2020.
Scott Boland, Tim David, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram (SA), Will Jacks (Eng), Dawid Malan (Eng), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitch Owen, Wil Parker, D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Nick Winter, Mac Wright, Johan Botha
Hobart Hurricanes BBL 2020-21 odds
Hobart Hurricanes are 8.00 to win the 2020-21 Big Bash League with Betway. They are 7.00 to win with Bet365.
2019-20 result: eighth
Captain: Aaron Finch
Overseas players: Noor Ahmad (AFG), Mohammad Nabi (AFG), Rilee Rossouw (RSA), Imran Tahir (RSA)
Other key players: Finch, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Shaun Marsh
Bottom of the pile last season, Melbourne Renegades are rank outsiders again in 2020-21, despite being led by Australia captain Aaron Finch.
There have been some big squad changes for the new season, however, after their dismal title defence last time out.
Dan Christian is one of the most notable absentees, while Jack Wildermuth has also now moved on with Tom Cooper.
Imran Tahir has signed up, however, and the veteran leg-spinner continues to take wickets in T20 tournaments the world over.
If the likes of Finch and Kane Richardson play to their maximum, and they get a good stint out of James Pattinson when he is free of test commitments, they can improve on last season.
Noor Ahmad (Afg), Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi (Afg), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Rossouw (SA), Will Sutherland, Imran Tahir (SA), Beau Webster
Melbourne Renegades BBL 2020-21 odds
Melbourne Renegades are 10.00 outsiders to win the 2020-21 Big Bash League. They are 11.00 outsiders with Betway.
2019-20 result: first in the table, runners-up overall
Captain: Glenn Maxwell
Overseas players: Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Zahir Khan (AFG), Nicholas Pooran (WI)
Other key players: Maxwell, Ben Dunk, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa
While international commitments will impact how often Melbourne Stars have their full squad available, on paper the runners-up in 2019 and 2020 have a strong side once again.
Glenn Maxwell leads the way and he and Marcus Stoinis deserved to be on the winning side last season, there is no question of that.
Stoinis was in stunning all-round form and Maxwell leads from the front as a key player with bat, ball and in the field too.
Jonny Bairstow has been added to the squad, as has Nicholas Pooran, and the two big hitters add further firepower to what could be a stunning batting line-up.
Jonny Bairstow (Eng), Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Clint Hinchliffe, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jono Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O'Connell, Nicholas Pooran (WI), Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
Melbourne Stars BBL 2020-21 odds
Melbourne Stars were unlucky last year, having been favourites going into the final only for the weather to foil them. This year, they are 5.00 favourites with Betway and 4.75 with Bet365.
2019-20 result: sixth
Captain: Mitchell Marsh
Overseas players: Joe Clarke (ENG), Liam Livingstone (ENG), Colin Munro (NZL), Jason Roy (ENG)
Other key players: Jason Behrendorff, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Ashton Turner
Perth missed out on the play-offs last season, but the Scorchers have the batting firepower to step it up again in 2020-21.
Liam Livingstone and Jason Roy will miss the first three games, but big-hitting Colin Munro could be a top opener and Joe Clarke has a big opportunity to show what he can do on a big stage.
Clarke has been a key player for Nottinghamshire Outlaws previously, and the T20 Blast winner will be knocking on the door of the national team if he stars before Livingstone and Roy arrive.
Elsewhere, Andrew Tye is a long-standing star of the BBL and the likes of Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson – when fit – are key with the ball.
This Scorchers line-up, at full strength and on top form, looks well balanced. The key will be consistency.
Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Joe Clarke (Eng), Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone (Eng), Mitchell Marsh, Colin Munro (NZ), Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Jason Roy (Eng), Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman
Perth Scorchers BBL 2020-21 odds
Perth Scorchers can be backed at 7.00 to win BBL|10 with Betway and at 6.00 with Bet365.
2019-20 result: second in the table, champions overall (second title)
Captain: Moises Henriques
Overseas players: Carlos Brathwaite (WI), Tom Curran (ENG), James Vince (ENG)
Other key players: Dan Christian, Henriques, Josh Philippe, Ben Dwarshuis
Champions last season, Sydney Sixers have retained the services of key overseas players Tom Curran and James Vince and added experience by acquiring Dan Christian.
Christian led Melbourne Renegades to victory in 2019, having previously won the tournament with Brisbane Heat in 2013 too.
Most recently in T20 cricket, he was man of the match in the final as Notts Outlaws won the T20 Blast – his third title in that tournament too.
Christian is a man who knows how to win T20 tournaments and, with Curran among last season’s top wicket-takers and Vince and Josh Philippe key retentions on the batting front, things look bright.
On paper, Melbourne Stars are favourites again – Sydney Sixers being hampered by having players who could have otherwise been key, on test duty. Still it is easy to see why the Sixers are just behind in the betting.
Tom Curran has withdrawn his name from the tournament as it had been challenging for him to stay in bio-bubble. Therefore he will not play for Sixers in the current season.
Sean Abbott, Carlos Brathwaite (WI), Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Tom Curran (Eng), Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Steve O'Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince (Eng)
Sydney Sixers BBL 2020-21 odds
Defending champions Sydney Sixers are second-favourites at 5.50 to win BBL|10 with Bet365 and at the same price with Betway.
2019-20 result: fifth in the table, third overall
Captain: Callum Ferguson
Overseas players: Sam Billings (ENG), Alex Hales (ENG)
Other key players: Usman Khawaja, Ferguson, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green
Sydney Thunder finished third last season and look set to be among the top teams again this season with a strong squad available to them.
Last season’s top wicket-taker, Daniel Sams, is back in the Thunder squad and key batsman Alex Hales also returns.
Once again, Hales’ England omission is Sydney Thunder’s gain. He hit six half-centuries on his way to 576 runs last season.
As well as Hales being overlooked by England, the Thunder also gain from Usman Khawaja’s absence from Australia’s test squad. He scored 388 runs last season and could also be key with the bat.
If Hales, Khawaja and Sams all deliver, they are certainly a team to look out for in the play-offs again despite the betting odds.
Sam Billings (Eng), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Callum Ferguson, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (Eng), Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne (NZ), Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Sydney Thunder BBL 2020-21 odds
Sydney Thunder are outsiders at 10.00 to win the 2020-21 Big Bash League with both Bet365 and Betway.
The tenth edition of the KFC Big Bash League gets underway in Australia on December 10 as Sydney Sixers bid to defend their title and secure a third trophy.
Sydney Sixers travel to Hobart Hurricanes on December 10 for the first match, and the tournament continues through to the Final on February 6.
Cricket Australia have put some innovation into this season’s tournament as the best T20 players in Australia and some top overseas stars too go head-to-head once more.
A split powerplay, dubbed “Power Surge”, a substitution option called “The X-factor” and a change in the scoring system to reward bonus points for quick starts will all be introduced.
All eight franchises have been able to add a third overseas player too, and with crowds due back into Australian sporting fixtures too, there will be plenty of interest in this tournament.
Melbourne Stars – so good last season until they lost in the rain in the final – are favourites to win this year’s tournament. Sydney Sixers, the defending champions, are second-favourites.
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06:24 pm | 04-01-2021
In the upcoming KFC Big Bash, leagues' three of key players could miss the finals after being called back home for ODIs. The players to miss finals of BBL are Adelaide Strikers (Rashid Khan), Melbourne Renegades (Mohammad Nabi) and Brisbane Heat (Mujeeb ur Rahman). The trio are expected to join the Afghanistan ODI squad for a 3 match series that starts from 18th January and would conclude on 23rd January, whereas the BBL is expected to wrap up by 26th January with the final match scheduled for 6th February. The departure of these three match winners could impact the respective clubs and their ongoing performances.
03:48 pm | 17-12-2020
T20 has for the first time seen the introduction of new laws which has clearly impacted a visible change, in this season of BBL2020. Bash Boost, X-Factor and Power Surge are 3 key rules that seem to have caused the twerk among teams, players and fans. Substituting is now a real thing in Cricket too which means teams clearly have more rope, to play around with strategies. Reduction of initial powerplay has benefited new-ball bowlers the most. Experts feel it is too early to give a final vedicton how impactful (in a good way) these rules would be and most likely we would get a better picture after the season is over. But one thing clear, T20 games will no longer be predictable the way they have been.
12:42 pm | 16-12-2020
Under the 'X-factor' rule, Big Bash League 10 finally witnessed team substituting players for the first time since the series has begun. Both Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers went ahead to bring in Mac Wright and Matthew Short to sub out Botha & Briggs, respectively. The X-Factor rule allows team to sub in the extras for any of the XI players, following conditions like the subbed out player should not have played more than one over.
12:00 pm | 15-12-2020
Sydney Thunder got a thundering victory with all-rounder Daniel Sams hitting not one or two but 4 sixes in one over, giving the team another win in Big Bash Sydney 2020.Out of the 7 sixes hit in 25 ball faced by him, 4 were smashed in one over throwing Brisbane Heat off their feet. Daniel Sams' blazing batting came at the right time, right moment, after the top order of Sydney Thunder wobbled and fell early, leaving Chris Green & Daniel Sams at the front end. Bowler for the team, Daniel Sams proved he can the A-card all-rounder when needed.
05:43 pm | 07-12-2020
Spending the time in bio-bubble has made it difficult for players to be in the right frame of mind and taken a toll on their mental health. England all Rounder Tom Curran withdraws himself from BBL 2020 to spend the time with family after staying in the bubble for five months. Tom curran was playing in IPL recently and has been an integral part of short overs format for his national team England. The decision has come after his team mate from England Tom Banton who is the part of Brisbane Heat has withdrawn his name from the tournament.
10:10 am | 07-02-2020
The run target of 194 set by the Melbourne Stars seemed quite far fetched for the Sydney Thunder as it could just manage 166 at loss of 8 wickets. With loss of just 2 wickets, Marcus Stonis and Nick Larkin amassed 83 runs each for 54 & 49 deliveries for the Stars. The victory at the home ground was a result of efficient batting and world class bowling skills displayed by the local team. On contrary, the Thunder found it hard to cope up with the gradual yet striking momentum and lost wickets at short intervals. For the final showdown, Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers will lock horns at Sydney Cricket Ground on February 8.
11:04 am | 06-02-2020
In the recent confirmation by Brisbane Heat, Tom Banton has been signed aboard for the next 2 years as well. His impressive stint as an opening batsman with 223 runs across seven matches at a strike rate of 176.98, compelled the team to roll him up. Although the team finished seventh in the point table of BBL 2019, it was his bright performance in most of the matches that brought a sigh of relief. He is the new find for the Heat and is expected to stay true to his momentum in the seasons to follow. With a hat-trick of three half centuries, one of his was the second fastest of all time. He made it within just 16 balls and smashed five consecutive sixes.
10:07 am | 31-01-2020
With a margin of 57 runs, Sydney Thunder stole the match from Hurricanes, booking its seat for the bout against Strikers. The team kept its aggressive mode on right from the start with Khwaja and Hales giving the required momentum. On contrary, the opening duo of Hobart walked a slow pace, thus making the players that followed walk the same path. The team was all out at 140 in 18.3 overs. Thunder's Jonathan Cook and Morris were the key wicket keepers that halted the flight of the opponents. Sydney Thunder will now lock horns with Adelaide Strikers in the knockouts at Adelaide.
10:48 am | 28-01-2020
Having lost the match, Heat failed to win its last league match as Aaron Finch and Mohammad Nabi of Renegades completed a clear chase of Heat's 154 for 7 at home. While top batting order of Heat's failed to impress, it was Renshaw who somehow kept the boat sailing. The Renegade bowlers choked the batting unit right from the start with Sutherland making a hat-trick. While the Renegades are at the last spot in the point table as of now, Brisbane Heat has bagged the second last for itself.
11:23 am | 27-01-2020
Matthew Wade, the skipper batsman of Hurricanes led the foundation of a massive score of 217 with his 130 runs. The bowlers at the other end devastated the Strikers at 207 runs with 8 wickets in hand. The Strikers batsmen performed in bits and pieces, with Salt, Head and Carey making some major scores. The home team couldn't make it to the victory owing to the stupendous performance of both units of the Hobart Hurricanes. While Strikers rank third in the point table as of now, Hurricanes are just next to them at fourth.
10:06 am | 24-01-2020
The home ground couldn't do much benefit to Brisbane Heat as team lost the match against Sydney Sixers by eight wickets. The batsmen performed in bits and pieces, thus posing a run chase of just 126 runs. On contrary, the opening batsmen of the Sixers already created the momentum towards victory. The Heat bowlers seemed out of form as they simply bagged two wickets throughout the play, thus giving out an easy win to the other end. The Heat ranks at the third last slot while the Sixers are at the second in the point table as of now.
10:34 am | 23-01-2020
The momentum of skipper Handscomb couldn't cover up the slow pace of the top order as the team lost its match against Strikers from 11 runs. The constant clinching of wickets by Stars halted the chase train, yet the Striker top the table. A better performance on part of the batsmen led the tea to score 162 at a loss of just 2 wickets in contrary to loss of 8 wickets for 151 runs by Melbourne Stars.
11:43 am | 22-01-2020
The explosive innings by Mohammad Nabi of Melbourne Rengades was in vain, as Hurricanes clinched the match from a close call of just 4 runs. Despite the results, the team positions in the point table remains unaffected. Renegades had a poor start with loss of Marcus Harris for a 2 runs off 8-balls and Sam Harper to an injury, but gained momentum with Nabi hitting 63 off 30 towards the end. Hurricane openers gave a great momentum to the team followed by a sudden slow down towards the middle order. It was a close call towards the finishing line, with Hurricanes taking the winning cap.
11:39 am | 22-01-2020
Perth Scorchers have named a replacement for all-rounder Ashton Turner who is currently with the Australian ODI squad to play a three-match ODI series in India. Batsman Jaron Morgan, owing to his impressive performance in a domestic game, has earned a spot in the squad as a replacement for Turner. Morgan has also been picked in the team's 13-man squad to take on the Melbourne Stars on January 15 at the Optus Stadium.
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