The 10th edition of the Big Bash League is set to get underway from December 10 with matches across the country despite border restrictions owing to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. There are matches in Perth, Brisbane, Queensland, Hobart, Sydney, and Adelaide, and 10CRIC will cover them all. The Big Bash comes with a set of new playing conditions this season that will make it even more exciting.
New Playing Conditions
The BBL introduced three new playing conditions for the 2020-21 edition of the season – the Power Surge, the X-factor and the Big Bash Boost.
The power surge involves splitting the first six powerplay overs into two. The first four overs have mandatory field restrictions while the two overs of the remaining powerplay are at the discretion of the batting team.
This involves substitutions with players capable of being subbed out after 10 overs into the first innings. The x-factor rule could be an interesting one when you are trying to bet on games as the back-up players could also come into the game at some point.
The Bash Boost
This rule possibly affects betting the most as teams could stop chasing a win and focus on eclipsing the 10-over target set by opponents to gain a bonus point. This could affect the approach of teams in big run-chases and it’s something you’ll want to bear in mind in live betting.
Find the BBL10 fixtures for the 2020-21 season here:
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Who are favourites and why?
Sydney Sixers are the defending champions and have one of the strongest teams in the competition with their potent bowling attack. The Sixers beat Melbourne Stars in the final last season. The Stars franchise is another to watch out for this season as they have a strong squad.
The Sixers, despite having odds of 5.50 compared to the 4.75 for Stars, have a stronger chance this season with the addition of Mitchell Starc to the bowling group. The veteran Aussie pacer alongside Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshius and Tom Curran makes Sixers a scary bowling side.
The opening fixture of the BBL 2020 will see defending champions Sydney Sixers take on Hobart Hurricanes. With a strong bowling core, the Sixers are primed to win the fixture at odds of 1.66.
How do the teams stack up?
Adelaide Strikers : The Adelaide Strikers have Jason Gillespie as head coach and will have some handy players in the new signings Matt Renshaw, Daniel Worrall and Danny Briggs. They already have the dangerous Rashid Khan and batting led by Phil Salt, Travis Head and Alex Carey.
Brisbane Heat: The Heat made a big addition in Morne Morkel as a local player and have some smart buys in Dan Lawrence and Lewis Gregory in their roster. Chris Lynn, Tom Banton and Mac Bryant makes them a strong batting side too. They also have Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Mitchell Swepson to bolster their spin department.
Hobart Hurricanes: With some of the best recruits this season, Hobart Hurricanes are better equipped than the odds might suggest. They have Sandeep Lamichhane, Dawid Malan, the no.1 ICC T20I batsman, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Keemo Paul and Tim David as new buys this season. D’Arcy Short and Wade lend local firepower in batting too.
Melbourne Renegades: They finished eighth last season and it’s likely no different this time around as they have a very ordinary side for the season. Rilee Rossouw and Imran Tahir are their big additions but the franchise seems short on overall batting and bowling firepower and will struggle to stay relevant unless someone really puts their hand up.
Melbourne Stars: The Stars are finalists in two successive seasons and coached by David Hussey and boasting of some of the biggest T20 players, they come again with good odds to win the title. Big additions involve Jonny Bairstow and Nicholas Pooran from overseas and Billy Stanlake as the local Aussie boy. Will Pucovski and Zahir Khan also add to the future of the franchise and could be in contention to start.
Sydney Thunder: The Thunder have an underwhelming side this season with Sam Billings and Ben Cutting being decent recruits. While they solve two key issues in the line-up, the Sydney Thunder have too many loopholes still to expect anything close to a semi-final place. They will bank on Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales yet again with the bat.
Sydney Sixers: The team of the competition this year, Sixers come with some of the biggest names in the T20 ciricuit and have Mitchell Starc alongside Sean Abbott, Tom Curran, Jackson Bird and Ben Dwarshius. Lloyd Pope adds spin flavour to the line-up. Moises Henriques, Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe makes them a strong batting side too. The Sixers are poised to defend their title this season.
Perth Scorchers: Coached byAdam Voges, the Perth Scorchers have a middling line-up with very little changes from the 2019-20 season. They have added batting depth with the inclusion of Jason Roy, Joe Clarke and Colin Munro but still seem a tad short in middle-order hitting prowess. With Mitchell Marsh still recovering from injury and Ashton Turner past his prime, Scorchers might struggle to finish games off.
*Odds may vary