Some massive sixes and exciting chases brought round one of the 2012/13 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League to a close.
Stars v Renegades:
It started with the Melbourne Derby-Stars v Renegades at Etihad Stadium. I was at the game, and the 23,584 fans there weren’t disappointed. After a well-made 53 to English import Luke Wright, as well as 42 and 28 respectively to veterans David Hussey and Brad Hodge, the Stars set the Renegades a total of 168 to win.
Demonstrating a balance of excellent batting, bowling and fielding, the Sixershave displayed the mantra that is needed to succeed in the shortest form of the game.
The Sixers have signed a squad for BBL|02 that is full of young talent and experienced players. After their two tournament wins, can they raise the Big Bash League silverware again? We will find out, starting December 8.
‘A law unto our own’ says a promotional poster for the Melbourne Renegades. They’ve certainly developed that.
Finishing seventh in the first instalment of the Big Bash League, the red army had the team but didn’t post the results. That, however, seems set to change this summer.
With a fresh new look, some solid team signings, and their home ground of Etihad Stadium, the Renegades will be competing in a much stronger and even pool. Let’s take a look at some of the key players:
Dubbed ‘Melbourne’s favourite cricket team,’ the MCG will be swamped with green this summer as the Melbourne Stars vie for the BBL|02 title.
Making the finals last year by the skin of their teeth, and bowing out gracefully against the Perth Scorchers, the Stars have once again recruited a strong team, with the likes of Captain Shane Warne, David Hussey, and Sri Lankan icon Lasith Malinga.
Hobart’s cricketing “purple power” is back for BBL|02 and primed to make another run for the finals. The Hurricanes welcome back a strong team from BBL|01, including a couple of new signings, and some players who have made the move from other teams.
The Hurricanes first game is against the Brisbane Heat on December 9. Let’s take a look at some key players and stats for the upcoming season:
Ricky Ponting: “Punter” was limited to just one game in the inaugural Big Bash League season due to international commitments. The veteran 37 year old will be back once again to add strength and experience to a strong batting line-up. Never backs down from a pull or hook shot, and is a sublime timer of the ball. Reinvigorated form after last summer but must keep going to ensure national spot. Continue reading Cricket: Under The Microscope: Hobart Hurricanes→