Sure, they invented the format, but in a world where franchise-based T20 competitions are the new black, few would argue that the current English domestic T20 setup is ideal. This is how I would fix it.
The Big Bash is back, last year’s undefeated team has lost two in a row, the Thunder won something, and a bunch of guys made 90+ including some guy called Jacques Kallis.
Then there were two, who will win BBL04? Who will be runner up? Australian representation within their respective best XIs is shaping to be the big deciding factor.
Who will make it to the finals? Who will just miss out? This is how I see 3rd, 4th and 5th playing out for the fourth edition of the Big Bash League.
Having cast my eyes over the completed squads, run a few numbers, this is how I see the next six weeks playing out. First up 6th-8th which includes a couple of surprises.
It’s November 30th and Phillip Hughes should’ve been surrounded by family and friends celebrating his 26th birthday, a 27th first-class ton should’ve been under his belt, and a likely return to the baggy green just a few days away.
It’s taken two years, but we’ve finally seen the first Big Bash League trade take place, and it is a trade that makes no immediate sense for either side.
Mitchell Johnson is a certain starter for Brisbane, but who shares the new ball, who stands behind the stumps, and who bats at six?
What changes to the Australian XI might we see for the first Test at the Gabba? For starters, I would have Phil Hughes opening and Shane Watson at first drop – and I have the numbers to show why.
This season is the first in a two-year trial of a new points system for the Sheffield Shield. Will bonus points change the way teams play? Will it actually make any difference at all? I’ve done the maths so you don’t have to.
When Cameron White was announced as “Player of the Tournament” for the recently completed Matador Cup a puzzled look appeared on many faces. No doubt that White is in brilliant form, and deserves a spot in the World Cup squad, but was he really the best player in this year’s tournament?
The first Matador BBQs One-Day Cup has been run and won. The Western Warriors broke a drought with their victory over NSW in a final played at the SCG in front of only a handful of people. There were big individual scores, tiny team totals, and everything in between.
Is it time for the Comets to make a return to the Australian one-day domestic scene? With recent changes to what is now known as the Matador One-Day Cup, I think it is.
In the last day or so – it’s proximity to the launch of KP’s book hardly a coincidence – a “strictly privileged and confidential” 5 page document highlighting some of Kev’s alleged misdemeanours during last summer’s Ashes tour has sprung up. Let’s look at the “highlights” of the document that may or may not be the ‘dossier’, which may or may not exist, and covers the things that KP may or may not have done and said.
For BBL04 all teams will be getting new kits produced by Majestic Athletic. They are replacing Kooga who supplied kits for the first three seasons. None of them have been officially unveiled yet, but let’s have a look at what we do know.