Big Bash League 2019/20

BBL|09 was won by the Sydney Sixers for their second Big Bash title

The Big Bash League (BBL) is an annual cricket tournament held down under each December – February giving punters something to look forward to on those hot summer nights.

It is an Australian domestic Twenty20 cricket competition currently sponsored by KFC, and the T20 format means all Big Bash games played give each of the two teams a single innings, which is restricted to a max of 20 overs.

Cricket Australia introduced the current Big Bash T20 tournament for the 2011-12 season, with eight BBL Teams facing off in the round-robin format during December – February.



  • Big Bash Final Date: Saturday February 8, 2020
  • 2019/20 Big Bash Champions: Sydney Sixers (2nd title)
  • Runners-Up: Melbourne Stars
  • Dates: December 17, 2019 – February 8, 2020
  • Season: 9th
  • Sponsor: KFC

Click here for the full 2019/20 Big Bash League Fixtures


Team Home Ground Captain Coach
Adelaide Strikers Adelaide Oval Travis Head Jason Gillespie
Brisbane Heat The Gabba Chris Lynn Darren Lehmann
Hobart Hurricanes Blundstone Arena 

University of Tasmania Stadium

Matthew Wade Adam Griffith
Melbourne Renegades Marvel Stadium 

GMHBA Stadium

Aaron Finch Andrew McDonald
Melbourne Stars Melbourne Cricket Ground 

Metricon Stadium

Glenn Maxwell David Hussey
Perth Scorchers Optus Stadium Mitchell Marsh Adam Voges
Sydney Sixers Sydney Cricket Ground 

C.ex Coffs International Stadium

Moises Henriques Greg Shipperd
Sydney Thunder Sydney Showground Stadium 

Manuka Oval

Callum Ferguson Shane Bond

The current Big Bash League Teams in the competition are the:

  • Adelaide Strikers
  • Brisbane Heat
  • Hobart Hurricanes
  • Melbourne Renegades
  • Melbourne Stars
  • Perth Scorchers
  • Sydney Sixers
  • Sydney Thunder

Six of these teams have won a Big Bash title as of the end of the 2019/20 Big Bash season, while the sole three-time BBL winning team is the Perth Scorchers (2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17).

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The BBL is one of the fastest growing compeitions in the country. Photo credit: Sports24Hour

Each BBL team plays each other at least once over the series and they are also all assigned a set “rival” they will play for a second time over the season. Traditional Big Bash League rivals include the two same-city clubs such as the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars, which means the Twenty20 BBL tournament can host two Melbourne derbies and two Sydney derbies over the season.

For the 2019/20 Big Bash the season was shortened but the number of games was increased from 59 to 61.

Originally the Top 4 ranked teams on the BBL Ladder at the end of this group round would progress onto the tournament’s knock-out Semi-Finals.

This changed for the 2019/20 season of the Big Bash with the knock-outs replaced by the play-offs giving the top two teams a second chance at making the Big Bash Final should they lose the first match.

The Big Bash League Final is contested at the highest-ranked team’s home ground.

Big Bash betting on the group stage matches and three T20 finals is big business in the summer months, with futures cricket odds also open on the tournament months in advance.

Big Bash Records

While the current BBL tournament has only been around since 2011-12, there have been some notable cricket records set within that time.

The retired Michael Klinger (Strikers, Scorchers) holds the Big Bash batting record of most runs with 1,947. In the Big Bash bowling records it is Ben Laughlin with the most wickets (95).

Other Big Bash League records to consider when placing your cricket bets on the next tournament can be viewed in the tables below.

Big Bash League Batting Records

Title Player (Team/s) Record
Most Runs Chris Lynn (Heat) 2,332
Highest Individual Score Marcus Stoinis (Stars) 147 runs, 79 balls against the Sydney Sixers
Best Strike Rate Tom Banton (Heat) 176.98
Most Sixes Chris Lynn (Heat) 146

Big Bash League Bowling Records

Title Player (Team/s) Record
Most Wickets Ben Laughlin (Hurricanes, Strikers, Heat) 110 wickets (88 matches)
Lowest Average Lasith Malinga (Melbourne Stars) 15.00
Best Strike Rate Daniel Sams (Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder) 13.5
Best Economy Rate Lasith Malinga (Melbourne Stars) 5.40
Best Bowling Figures Lasith Malinga (Melbourne Stars) 6/7 vs Perth Scorchers (12 December 2012)

Big Bash League Fielding / Wicketkeeping Records

Title Player Record
Most Catches Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars) 50
Most Dismissals Jimmy Peirson (Brisbane Heat) 39

Big Bash League Team Records

Title Team Record
Highest Total Hobart Hurricanes 223-8 (20) vs Melbourne Renegades (12 January 2017)
Lowest Total Melbourne Renegades 57 (12.4) vs Melbourne Stars (3 January 2015)

*Records correct as of end of 2019/20 Big Bash Season 

Big Bash Finals

The Big Bash League runs over the summer each season down under and comes to a thrilling conclusion with the BBL Finals in late January.

After the Big Bash group games are played by the eight teams in the domestic Twenty20 competition, the Big Bash League finals previously featured three knock-out matches.

For the 2019/20 Big Bash Season, those knock-outs were replaced by a revamped play-offs series. The Big Bash Play-Offs allow the top two ranked teams in the league the chance to lose their opening game but still make the Big Bash Final.

The Big Bash Play-Off Finals are now dubbed: The Eliminator, The Qualifier, The Knock-Out, The Challenger and The Final.

Where the BBL teams finish on the Big Bash Ladder at the end of these opening eight rounds determines whether they press onto a finals bid that season.

Teams are awarded two points for a win and the squad with the most points sits top of the table moving onto the finals with the other three highest-ranked teams.

The five teams last in the cricket standings at this point are knocked out of the competition. The highest-ranked team playing in the Big Bash League Final has the home ground advantage.

Big Bash betting is open months in advance on exactly which teams will make it to the BBL semi-finals and which club will come up trumps and take out the championship title.

The most successful of the Big Bash teams to date reaching the final of the tournament in six of the eight seasons played from 2011 – 2019 is the Perth Scorchers who enjoyed their third championship in the 2016-17 Big Bash. Perth failed to make the Big Bash finals for the first time in the 2018-19 season finishing last (8th) and finished just outside of a playoffs bid when sixth at the end of the 2019-20 regular Big Bash season.

Of the six teams to win a BBL competition, the Scorchers are the most successful winning back-to-back T20 Big Bash finals in 2013-14, 2014-15 and taking it out again in 2016-17 . Their home ground – WACA Ground – has hosted the Big Bash Final four times, which is more than any other cricket venue.

Big Bash Finals draw record crowds and there is the incentive of extra prize money allocated by Cricket Australia for those BBL teams to make it to the semis. The BBL Champions also are awarded $450,000 in prize money for the season.

Big Bash Finals Results

Season Final Winner Result Runner-Up Final Host Final Venue
2011–12 Sydney Sixers Sixers won by 7 wickets Perth Scorchers Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2012–13 Brisbane Heat Heat won by 34 runs Perth Scorchers Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2013–14 Perth Scorchers Scorchers won by 39 runs Hobart Hurricanes Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2014–15 Perth Scorchers Scorchers won by 4 wickets Sydney Sixers Neutral Venue Manuka Oval
2015–16 Sydney Thunder Thunder won by 3 wickets Melbourne Stars Melbourne Stars Melbourne Cricket Ground
2016–17 Perth Scorchers Scorchers won by  9 wickets Sydney Sixers Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2017–18 Adelaide Strikers Strikers won by 25 runs Hobart Hurricanes Adelaide Strikers Adelaide Oval
2018-19 Melbourne Renegades Renegades won by 13 runs Melbourne Stars Melbourne Stars Marvel Stadium
2019-20 Sydney Sixers Sixers won by 19 runs Melbourne Stars Sydney Sixers Sydney Cricket Ground