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    *Official* Big Bash League 2012/13

    May as well get it started, probably should have earlier when all the signings were going in, but CBF then.



    Stuart MacGill puts on the charm

    Adelaide Strikers

    Johan Botha, Theo Doropoulos, Callum Ferguson, Jon Holland, Phillip Hughes, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Andrew McDonald, Michael Neser, Kieron Pollard, Gary Putland, Nathan Reardon, Kane Richardson, Ajmal Saeed, James Smith, Shaun Tait

    Brisbane Heat

    Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Daniel Christian, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Ryan Harris, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Luke Pomersbach, Kemar Roach, Dale Steyn, Shane Watson, Daniel Vettori

    Hobart Hurricanes
    George Bailey, Travis Birt, Aiden Blizzard, Doug Bollinger, Xavier Doherty, Ben Dunk, Michael Hogan, Jason Krejza, Ben Laughlin, Tim Paine, Ricky Ponting, Owais Shah, Timm van der Gugten, Jonathan Wells

    Melbourne Renegades
    Meyrick Buchanan, Tom Cooper, Brendan Drew, Aaron Finch, Daniel Harris, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, James Muirhead, Muttiah Muralitharan, Peter Nevill, Aaron O'Brien, Darren Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Ben Rohrer, Will Sheridan, Marlon Samuels

    Melbourne Stars
    Shane Warne, Jackson Bird, James Faulkner, Pete Handscomb, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Matthew Wade, Cameron White, Luke Wright, Lasith Malinga

    Perth Scorchers
    Ashton Agar, Tim Armstrong, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Ben Edmondson, Herschelle Gibbs, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Albie Morkel, Marcus North, Tom Triffitt, Adam Voges

    Sydney Sixers
    Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Josh Lalor, Brett Lee, Michael Lumb, Nic Maddinson, Ian Moran, Sunil Narine, Stephen O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Daniel Smith, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Dominic Thornely, David Warner

    Sydney Thunder
    Sean Abbott, Cameron Borgas, Ryan Carters, Michael Clarke, Mark Cosgrove, Adam Coyte, Scott Coyte, Luke Doran, Jason Floros, Chris Gayle, Rhett Lockyear, Dirk Nannes, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain, Usman Khawaja, Chris Rogers, Martin Guptill, Matt Prior

    Fri Dec 7
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

    Sat Dec 8
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder, Sydney Cricket Ground

    Sun Dec 9
    07:00 GMT | 17:00 local
    Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane

    Sun Dec 9
    10:00 GMT | 18:00 local
    Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth

    Wed Dec 12
    09:00 GMT | 17:00 local
    Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars, Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth

    Thu Dec 13
    08:30 GMT | 19:00 local
    Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Oval

    Fri Dec 14
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades, Stadium Australia, Sydney

    Sat Dec 15
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Cricket Ground

    Sun Dec 16
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers,Sydney Cricket Ground

    Tue Dec 18
    08:30 GMT | 18:30 local
    Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane

    Wed Dec 19
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

    Thu Dec 20
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers, Stadium Australia, Sydney

    Fri Dec 21
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Cricket Ground

    Sat Dec 22
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    16:00 WST | 18:30 CST | 19:00 EST Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

    Sun Dec 23
    05:30 GMT | 16:30 local
    Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, Bellerive Oval, Hobart

    Sun Dec 23
    08:30 GMT | 19:00 local
    Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers, Adelaide Oval

    Wed Dec 26
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Cricket Ground

    Thu Dec 27
    08:00 GMT | 18:30 local
    Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars, Adelaide Oval

    Fri Dec 28
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, Stadium Australia, Sydney

    Sat Dec 29
    10:00 GMT | 18:00 local
    Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades
    Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth

    Sun Dec 30
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, Stadium Australia, Sydney

    Tue Jan 1
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers, Bellerive Oval, Hobart

    Wed Jan 2
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers, Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

    Thu Jan 3
    08:00 GMT | 18:00 local
    Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane

    Fri Jan 4
    10:00 GMT | 18:00 local
    Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth

    Sat Jan 5
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers, Bellerive Oval, Hobart

    Sun Jan 6
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Cricket Ground

    Mon Jan 7
    08:00 GMT | 18:00 local
    Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane

    Tue Jan 8
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder (1 v 4), Melbourne Cricket Ground

    Wed Jan 9
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades (2 v 3), Sydney Cricket Ground

    Thu Jan 10
    08:30 GMT | 19:00 local
    Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Oval

    Sat Jan 12
    08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
    Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, Bellerive Oval, Hobart

    Tue Jan 15 1st semi-final - TBC v TBC
    Venue TBC

    Wed Jan 16 2nd semi-final - TBC v TBC
    Venue TBC

    Sat Jan 19 Final - TBC v TBC
    Venue TBC
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    Adelaide Strikers

    Likely Starters

    1. M. Klinger
    2. P. Hughes
    3. A. McDonald
    4. C. Ferguson
    5.
    6. K. Pollard
    7. J. Botha
    8.
    9. K. Richardson
    10. N. Lyon
    11. S. Tait

    Other Players
    N. Reardon
    M. Neser
    J. Smith
    T. Doropolous
    J. Holland
    G. Putland

    So you have a wicketkeeper still to fill in, with Crosthwaite being the back-up option (AFAIK he's still staying in South Australia), they'll probably be having a bit of a shootout up till then, unless another option pops up out of nowhere.

    When Lyon is missing for Tests, Holland comes in. Whether or not Tait is in their best team, you'd think he'd start off there. Have six bowling options, with three of the options for the extra batting spot also providing some sort of bowling. Ronnie needs to bat high in this stuff, and is a better T20 player than Ferguson from what he's shown so far, so should slide in at three.
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    Melbourne Renegades

    Likely Starters

    1. A. Finch
    2. D. Harris
    3.
    4. T. Cooper
    5. B. Rohrer
    6.
    7. P. Nevill+
    8. N. Rimmington
    9.
    10.
    11. M. Muralitharan

    Other Players
    D. Pattinson
    M. Buchanan
    M. Hill
    W. Sheridan
    J. Muirhead
    J. Herrick
    A. O'Brien

    They look like a skeleton of a team at the moment; they'd take a third overseas if they could get it. I guess that O'Brien will slide in as another bowler, which would leave a shoot-out between Pattinson and Herrick for another quick bowling spot, and would force Sheridan to take up a batsman's spot.

    They really do need some form of an all-rounder; I wouldn't be surprised looking at the make-up of the side if they were trying to get Afridi again and missed out. Having him at six would let them then use a Hill or Sheridan at 3, giving them an opportunity to establish themselves.

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    Sydney Thunder

    Likely Starters

    1. C. Gayle
    2. R. Lockyear
    3. M. Cosgrove
    4. S. Afridi
    5. C. Borgas
    6.
    7. R. Carters+
    8. S. Coyte
    9.
    10. L. Doran
    11. D. Nannes

    Other Players
    J. Floros
    C. Tremain
    G. Sandhu
    A. Coyte
    S. Abbott

    They seem to have a little more back-up in the batting than what they had last year, and Afridi will bolster the bowling attack as well - can almost refer to him as a straight swap for Fidel Edwards. It really hurt them last year losing Bollinger, and I guess Nannes takes his spot.

    Lockyear has been used as an opener by the Taswegians in the past, so wouldn't be surprised to see him open, or maybe Carters, who has won the Baby Bash's Player of the Carnival as an opener. Abbott, Floros fighting it out for the extra batting spot, and Abbott probably competing with Tremain for the bowling spot as well.


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    Sydney Sixers

    Likely Starters

    1. N. Maddinson
    2. B. Haddin+
    3. S. Smith
    4.
    5. M. Henriques
    6. D. Thornely
    7.
    8. S. O'Keefe
    9. B. Lee
    10. M. Starc
    11. S. Narine

    Other Players
    I. Moran
    D. Smith
    J. Hazlewood
    J. Lalor
    K. Patterson

    Plenty of bowling in that line-up, and decent batting depth; Lee wouldn't be getting nosebleeds at 8, which may suck them into playing another bowler (just for you, Spikeh). You'd imagine that their second overseas signing would be a batsman. Pretty similar spine to what appeared for the Sixers last year.

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    Hobart Hurricanes

    Likely Starters
    1. T. Paine+
    2. A. Blizzard
    3. R. Ponting
    4. T. Birt
    5. O. Shah
    6. G. Bailey
    7.
    8. J. Krezja
    9. B. Laughlin
    10. X. Doherty
    11. D. Bollinger

    Other Players
    E. Cowan
    T. Van Der Gugten
    J. Wells
    M. Hogan
    B. Dunk

    Likely that Cowan and Ponting won't be available for a heap of time; would imagine that the team just shuffle up one position each and a Wells or Dunk slide in at 6. Similar to last year, they are struggling for someone to slide into 7; they need a fifth bowling option, but Krezja isn't good enough with the bat to be at 7.

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    Perth Scorchers

    Likely Starters
    1. H. Gibbs
    2. S. Marsh
    3. A. Voges
    4. M. North
    5. M. Marsh
    6. A. Morkel
    7. T. Triffitt+
    8. N. Coulter-Nile
    9. B. Hogg
    10. P. Cummins
    11. M. Beer

    Other Players
    B. Edmondson
    T. Armstrong
    J. Mennie
    J. Behrendorff
    A. Agar
    S. Katich
    M. Hussey

    The tough thing for the Scorchers to do is work out how to fit Hussey in there when he's available! I guess by this stage of the season, there will be injuries involved, so you can anticipate Edmondson coming in for Cummins when he is injured. Mitch Marsh has spent his fair amount of time on the physio table too - maybe that's how the pair became such good mates.

    The Katman might be only playing BBL this year, yet might struggle to get a game in this team. Agar as a substitute for Beer, Mennie is reportedly out of the fast and straight book, a la Edmondson, and a meal ticket for Armstrong to come over to.
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    Brisbane Heat

    Likely Starters

    1. S. Watson
    2. J. Hopes
    3. P. Forrest
    4. C. Lynn
    5.
    6. D. Christian
    7. C. Hartley+
    8. D. Vettori
    9. R. Harris
    10. A. McDermott
    11. K. Roach

    Other Players
    C. Gannon
    J. Burns
    B. Cutting
    L. Pomersbach
    N. Hauritz

    Watson will be unlikely to play many games, opening up a spot for Pomersbach - how they would have like him last year. Burns will likely get his chances too during the tournament.

    Unsure at the moment whether Vettori has limited availability, as per last year, for the tournament, and I've heard that Roach may not be available the whole time either. Therefore chances will come for Cutting and Hauritz. Interesting to see no Buchanan at this point, who got a spot on the Heat's list last year ahead of Gannon, nor any Khawaja on any BBL contract thus far.

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    Melbourne Stars

    Likely Starters

    1. R. Quiney
    2. B. Hodge
    3. L. Wright
    4. C. White
    5. D. Hussey
    6. G. Maxwell
    7. M. Wade+
    8. J. Faulkner
    9. C. McKay
    10. J. Hastings
    11.

    Other Players
    C. Rose
    J. Pattinson
    J. Bird
    P. Handscomb

    Lets be honest, we all know there's a fair chance SKW will be sliding into 11. The marketers might insist otherwise, but I don't think that Pattinson is in the best three quicks for this team in this form of the game. Be interesting to see if they look outside of Handscomb as back-up keeper to Wade, as he might not be available for all the games.

    The batting order might be played around with a fair bit, but in Hussey, Hodge, Maxwell and Wright they do have guys who can chip in overs as the fifth bowler - expect Duss and Maxwell to do most of it.

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    Afridi's a much better signing than Edwards, but jesus christ they need batsmen
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    Re the Sixers/Thunder and Renegades/Stars; how are NSWelshmen and Victorians deciding who to pledge their troths to?

    Bit surprised the ACB didn't take franchies outside of the respect state capitals, say one in Newcastle or Wollongong and one in Geelong.
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    NSW cricket barred the current NSW state coach and his assistants from coaching in the BBL and I think that was in part to try to promote a 50/50 divide between the two teams, but this really hasn't worked out 'cause the Sydney Sixers, who play at the SCG, hired Stuart Clark, the captain of NSW in the previous season, as the GM and Clark hired former NSW coach Trevor Bayliss as coach. So last season pretty much all the regular NSW team joined the Sydney Sixers. Bar the overseas players, Ed Cowan was the closest thing to a ring-in for them. The Thunder have generally been left with the scraps both in terms of coaches (Shane Duff who is he) and players (The only contracted NSW players they get are rookies and australian players who won't be there eg players the Sixers passed on). David Warner last season was probably the only player they stole from the Sixers, and even then, that was mostly because Warner had a sponsorship deal with the ground the Thunder play at

    Victorian teams are a bit different because their coaches can coach in the BBL. So last season that led to more of a 50/50 spilt, but that's changing this season, most of them have flocked to the Stars (MCG), probably in part because of the G v Docklands factor. I'm sure Vic_Ox can add more, but the Dome hardly impressed as a home base iirc.

    I think the second Sydney team is fine, they just need to add 'Western' to their name. The two Melbourne teams are trickier. Geelong should have got the Renegades once they arranged for lights. No surprise the Renegades were the worst performed team in terms of financial performance.

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    Victoria split their coaches - Shippherd to the Stars, Helmot (who coaches in the One Day matches, bit of a succession plan happening) to the Renegades.

    The Docklands is literally two train stations away from the MCG. Can't think of an actual reason why you'd go for the Renegades, with how much better the Stars have been organised and run.

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    And I definitely prefer the Renegades to the Stars. Stars full of bell ends.

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