Big Bash Season Preview


The 2019/2020 Big Bash season gets underway in Brisbane on Tuesday night and we are set for yet another season of excitement.

The Big Bash is always a very even competition and the Big Bash betting market indicates that will be no different this season.

We have analysed all eight Big Bash sides and our complete 2019 Big Bash Season Preview can be found below.

Adelaide Strikers

Squad: Travis Head, Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Rashid Khan, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Phil Salt, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Cameron White, Nick Winter

2018/2019 Finish: 7th

2019/2020 Predicted Finish: 3rd

2018/2019 Statistics

Overall Record: 6-8

Total Runs: 2089

Total Runs Conceded: 2130

Championship Odds: $6.50

The Adelaide Strikers missed the finals in the Big Bash last season and it is somewhat of a surprise that they are as short as their current odds. Their bowling attack, led by Rashid Khan, is one of the best in the competition, but it is tough to see where their runs are going to come from. Travis Head has been the backbone of their batting line-up for the majority of their history and he will miss the bulk of the competition due to Test Match duties. That will put a huge amount of pressure on Alex Carey to deliver with the bat and if he fails it is easy to see their top order getting run through very quickly. I have them outside the top four and I can’t get them anywhere near as their current quote.

Back Alex Carey Top Adelaide Strikers Tournament Runscorer @ $6.50

Brisbane Heat

Squad: Chris Lynn, Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, AB de Villiers, Sam Heazlett, Zahir Khan, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

2018/2019 Finish: 5th

2019/2020 Predicted Finish: 5th

2018/2019 Statistics

Overall Record: 6-8

Total Runs: 1965

Total Runs Conceded: 1979

Championship Odds: $5.50

The signing of AB de Villiers saw the Brisbane Heat’s Big Bash odds slashed and it is fair to say the market has overreacted. The South African is obviously a superstar and he will make a difference, but he will only join the squad in the second half of the season and there are still plenty of issues with this side. If Chris Lynn doesn’t make runs, the Heat struggle to post a credible total and their bowling attack still lacks quality. They have signed Ben Laughlin, but he is something of a spent force and the likes of Josh Lalor, Mark Steketee and Mitch Swepson have always struggled for consistency. The Heat are well and truly under the odds and it wouldn’t surprise if they missed the finals again.

Back Josh Lalor Top Brisbane Heat Tournament Wicket-Taker @ $5

Hobart Hurricanes

Squad: Matthew Wade, Qais Ahmad, Jofra Archer, George Bailey, Scott Boland, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Jarrod Freeman, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, David Miller, David Moody, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Aaron Summers

2018/2019 Finish: 1st (Lost Semi Final)

2019/2020 Predicted Finish: 4th

2018/2019 Statistics

Overall Record: 6-8

Total Runs: 2437

Total Runs Conceded: 2345

Championship Odds: $7

The Hobart Hurricanes were the best team in the Big Bash last season and they unfortunately saved their worst performance of the campaign for the semi-final. There is no reason that they can’t be in the mix once again. D’Arcy Short is the most explosive batsmen in the competition and he is capable of winning games single-handily, which he may be forced to do without Matthew Wade for the majority of the competition. Their bowling attack is an underrated unit and they do have the depth to overcome the loss of Jofra Archer. Qais Ahmad in particularly is an underrated bowler and he represents value in the market for leading tournament wicket-taker. The Hurricanes are value at their current odds of $7.

Back Hobart Hurricanes To Win @ $7

Melbourne Renegades

Squad: Aaron Finch, Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Harry Gurney, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth

2018/2019 Finish: Champions

2019/2020 Predicted Finish: 3rd

2018/2019 Statistics

Overall Record: 6-8

Total Runs: 2224

Total Runs Conceded: 2265

Championship Odds: $6.50

Long the Big Bash serial underperformers, the Melbourne Renegades overcame their poor history to win a maiden Big Bash title last season and there is no reason that they won’t be a leading contender once again. There is probably no side in the competition that is better balanced and they do have a fair amount of depth with both bat and ball. The signing of the in-form Shaun Marsh could prove crucial and he offers a huge amount of support to captain Aaron Finch. Kane Richardson was arguably the best bowler in the Big Bash last season and he will lead the attack again, while he will receive strong support from the likes of Harry Gurney and Cameron Boyce. $6.50 seems around the right mark for another Renegades title and it would be a surprise if they didn’t feature in the finals.

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Melbourne Stars

Squad: Glenn Maxwell, Pat Brown, Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Clint Hinchliffe, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Dale Steyn, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa

2018/2019 Finish: 6th (Lost Elimination Final)

2019/2020 Predicted Finish: 2nd

2018/2019 Statistics

Overall Record: 6-8

Total Runs: 2251

Total Runs Conceded: 2345

Championship Odds: $5.50

The Melbourne Stars are still chasing that elusive Big Bash title after going down to the Melbourne Renegades in last year’s final. The Stars are the model of consistency and they have missed the finals in only one of their campaigns, but taking the next step has been an issue for them. This could be the season that changes. Dale Steyn is past his prime, but is still a very dangerous bowler on his day and adds some explosiveness to a fast bowling attack that did lack some bite last season. Nathan Coulter-Nile is another shrew signing and he is a player with the capability to swing a match with both bat and ball. The Stars are right in the mix and are probably the safest bet to qualify for the finals.

Back Sandeep Lamichhane Top Melbourne Stars Tournament Wicket-Taker @ $2.75

Perth Scorchers

Squad: Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman

2018/2019 Finish: 8th

2019/2020 Predicted Finish: 1st

2018/2019 Statistics

Overall Record: 6-8

Total Runs: 1971

Total Runs Conceded: 2050

Championship Odds: $7

It all went pear-shaped for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash last season, as the most dominant franchise in the competition’s history finished on the bottom of the table. Can they bounce back this season? I think that they can. The loss of Shaun Marsh isn’t ideal, but Ashton Turner has developed into a genuine match-winner in this competition and Cameron Green has been nothing short of outstanding with the bat this season. Their bowling attack is right up there with the best in the competition and it really wouldn’t surprise if Jhye Richardson was able to dominate this competition with the ball. The Scorchers can return to their winning formula of restricting their rivals to small totals and cruising to victory without needing to take any real risks.

Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $7

Back Jhye Richardson Top Tournament Wicket-Taker @ $21

Sydney Sixers

Squad: Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, Justin Avendano, Tom Curran (England), Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Fallins, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Steve Smith, Henry Thornton, James Vince (England)

2018/2019 Finish: 3rd (Lost Semi Final)

2019/2020 Predicted Finish: 8th

2018/2019 Statistics

Overall Record: 6-8

Total Runs: 2163

Total Runs Conceded: 2191

Championship Odds: $9

I believe that the Sydney Sixers overachieved last season and a return to the Big Bash finals does look unlikely. There is obviously some talent in this side, but the likes of Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith will be unavailable for the majority of the tournament. I’m not really sure where the majority of their runs are going to come from and James Vince will need to improve if they are going to be a realistic contender. Their bowling isn’t strong enough to overcome their poor batting and they are deserving of their status as extreme outsiders in Big Bash betting.

Sydney Thunder

Squad: Callum Ferguson, Jonathan Cook, Oliver Davies, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Chris Tremain

2018/2019 Finish: 6th

2019/2020 Predicted Finish: 6th

2018/2019 Statistics

Overall Record: 6-8

Total Runs: 2092

Total Runs Conceded: 1887

Championship Odds: $9

There is one man that could dictate the Sydney Thunder’s success in this tournament and that man is Usman Khawaja. Khawaja hasn’t played a full Big Bash competition since he led the Thunder to the title in 2015/2016, but with his time in the national team coming to a close, he will have the chance to dominate the competition once again. He will be ably supported by the likes of Callum Ferguson and Alex Hales, which does give the Thunder the ability to produce some very high scores. They lack a bowling leader and if their batting doesn’t fire it is tough to see them winning many games. I don’t expect the Thunder to make the finals, but it wouldn’t shock to see them pull off a few upsets along the way.

Back Usman Khawaja Top Tournament Runscorer @ $7

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