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The Big Bash Preview – All you need to know about Big Bash League 2022-23

Big Bash Preview 2022-23
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We bring you a banging Big Bash preview where you can find all the details on this 2022-23 league. This Australian professional club Twenty20 cricket league is all set to begin on 13th December 2022.

It will consist of 8 teams playing around 61 matches against each other. The thrill and excitement for the league are massive among Australians. This article will feature all the important details of the league, including the Big Bash League schedule, the latest news on the teams, players and a lot more. Let’s get started!

Big Bash Team News

The KFC BBL 12 brings a lot of action even before it has begun. The event managers held the Overseas Player Draft on August 28, which led to the introduction of new overseas players to the team. Teams were allowed one retention from the previous teams.

The draft presents players with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze statues. Several players attended the draft, but only a few could make it to the league. Further on, top cricketers Faf du Plessis and Andre Russel missed the draft (held in August). However, Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades, respectively, grabbed them as the replacement players for the league.

The New Zealand left-handed swing bowler Trent Boult was recently released from the Black Caps central contract. This has paved the way for him to participate in the Big Bash League for the first time.

Another top New Zealand cricketer, Martin Guptill, is all ready to feature his dashing performance in the league for the second time.

Unfortunately, few English players won’t be making it to the league this year. The list includes Phil Salt from the Scorchers, who has suffered a shoulder injury. Also, Laurie Evans from the same team was forced to terminate his contract with the Scorchers following his failed anti-doping test. This led to the Perth Scorchers considering Faf du Plessis, the South African ace, as a replacement player for Evans.

Additionally, the Afghan international cricketer, Fazalhaq Farooqi, will be replacing David Willey for the Sydney Thunder. This is for the first nine matches only. You will also see Pakistani player Usman Qadir playing for the same team.

Furthermore, the ace Renegades player Liam Livingstone also won’t be performing in the BBL 12. The English player was inducted into England’s Test squad and later suffered a knee injury.

You will find Cam McClure, a Victorian fast bowler playing for the Melbourne Stars. Mickey Edward is a new addition to the Sydney Sixers.   

Big Bash League Guide

In this Big Bash preview, we have included the list of the final squads and their respective players:

Adelaide Strikers

Captain: Travis Head

Wes Agar, Cameron Boyce, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Henry Hunt, Thomas Kelly, Chris Lynn, Harry Nielsen, Peter Siddle, Ben Manenti, Henry Thorton, Matt Short, Jake Weatherald, Adam Hose (England), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) and Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand).

Brisbane Heat

Captain: Usman Khawaja

Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Will Prestwidge, Matthew Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth, Ross Whiteley (England), Colin Munro (New Zealand), and Sam Billings (England).

Replacement Players: Josh Brown, Sam Hain (England)

Hobart Hurricanes

Captain: Matthew Wade

Iain Carlisle, Tim David, Paddy Dooley, Nathan Ellis, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Chris Tremain, Mac Wright, Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Asif Ali (Pakistan) and Faheem Ashraf (Pakistan).

Replacement Players: Zak Crawley (England), Jimmy Neesham (New Zealand)

Melbourne Renegades

Captain: Nic Maddinson

Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Shaun Marsh, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Tom Rogers, Will Sutherland, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jon Wells, Akeal Hosein (West Indies).

Replacement Players: Ruwantha Kellapotha (Sri Lanka), Andre Russell (West Indies), Martin Guptill (New Zealand), David Moody

Melbourne Stars

Captain: Glenn Maxwell

Trent Boult (New Zealand), Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Elliott, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Campbell Kellaway, Nick Larkin, Cameron McClure, Tom O’Connell, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Adam Zampa, Luke Wood (England), and Joe Clarke (England).

Replacement Player: Tom Rogers

Perth Scorchers

Captain: Ashton Turner

Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cooper Connolly, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and Tymal Mills (England).

Replacement Players: Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Adam Lyth (England), Stephen Eskinazi (England), Hamish McKenzie

Sydney Sixers

Captain: Moises Henriques

Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Steve O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe, Jordan Silk, James Vince (England), Chris Jordan (England), and Izharrulhaq Naveed (Afghanistan).

Sydney Thunder

Captain: Jason Sangha

Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, David Warner, Sam Whiteman, Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), and Alex Hales (England).

Replacement Players: Fazalhaq Farooqi (Afghanistan), Usman Qadir (Pakistan)

The BBL Betting Favourites ahead of the Season

Out of the previous 11 matches, Perth Scorchers has either been a winner (four times) or runner-up (thrice) for a total of seven times. So, it should not come as a surprise that a lot of cricket betting sites have already tagged it as favourites ahead of this season.

Perth Scorchers has also been in the news for various reasons this year, increasing its popularity among cricket fans. Not to mention, its top players like Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Faf du Plessis etc., look ready to offer a promising performance.

It sure is the most successful Big Bash team, and most of the followers are looking forward to this team’s performance.

However, right behind Perth Scorchers is Sydney Sixers with 6 matches (both winners and runner-ups) in its kitty. Sydney Sixers team has won the BBL thrice before and has been runner-up thrice.

Both the teams (Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers) have faced the semi-finals for 6 times throughout 11 seasons.

In the 2020-21 season, Sydney Sixers won the finals while Perth Scorchers stood as runner-up. However, the roles were reversed for the 2021-22 season. So, the fight between these two teams is expected to continue this season as well.

Our Big Bash Prediction

The winning odds for the BBL prediction according to different bookmakers in India:

Big Bash PreviewBetway10CRICDafabet
Sydney Sixers4.504.503.80
Perth Scorchers5.005.006.00
Melbourne Stars6.506.508.00
Hobart Hurricanes7.007.006.00
Sydney Thunder7.006.007.00
Brisbane Heat8.008.5015.00
Adelaide Strikers11.0012.0010.00
Melbourne Renegades13.0013.0010.00

Our Big Bash prediction today relies on the above data. The chances of different squads winning the league are as follows:

TeamWinning Chance
Sydney Sixers19.25%
Perth Scorchers17.32%
Melbourne Stars13.32%
Hobart Hurricanes12.37%
Sydney Thunder12.37%
Brisbane Heat10.83%
Adelaide Strikers7.87%
Melbourne Renegades6.66%

The Big Bash Schedule

The Big Bash 2022-23 League will kick start on 13th December 2022. The first match is set to take place between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars at Manuka Oval.

The Eliminator, Qualifier and Knockout finals will take place from 27th to 29th January 2023. Further, the Challenger and the Final match is set for the 2nd and 4th of February 2023.

Here is the total BBL schedule for 2022-23 in our BBL preview.

Dec-13, 2022Sydney Thunder V/s Melbourne StarsManuka Oval
Dec-14, 2022Adelaide Strikers V/s Sydney SixersAdelaide Oval
Dec-15, 2022Brisbane Heat V/s Melbourne RenegadesCazalys Stadium (Cairns)
Dec-16, 2022Melbourne Stars V/s Hobart HurricanesMCG
Dec-16, 2022Sydney Thunder V/s Adelaide StrikersSydney Showground
Dec-17, 2022Perth Scorchers V/s Sydney SixersOptus Stadium
Dec-18, 2022Melbourne Renegades V/s Sydney ThunderMarvel Stadium
Dec-19, 2022Hobart Hurricanes V/s Perth ScorchersUniversity of Tasmania Stadium
Dec-20, 2022Adelaide Strikers V/s Sydney ThunderAdelaide Oval
Dec-21, 2022Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane HeatGMHBA Stadium (Geelong)
Dec-22, 2022Sydney Sixers vs Hobart HurricanesSCG
Dec-23, 2022Melbourne Stars vs Perth ScorchersCitiPower Centre
Dec-23, 2022Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide StrikersGabba
Dec-24, 2022Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne RenegadesBlundstone Arena
Dec-26, 2022Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne StarsSCG
Dec-26, 2022Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide StrikersOptus Stadium
Dec-27, 2022Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane HeatSydney Showground
Dec-28, 2022Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne RenegadesSCG
Dec-29, 2022Brisbane Heat vs Sydney ThunderMetricon Stadium
Dec-29, 2022Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne StarsOptus Stadium
Dec-30, 2022Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney SixersGMHBA Stadium (Geelong)
Dec-31, 2022Sydney Thunder vs Hobart HurricanesLavington Sports Ground (Albury)
Dec-31, 2022Adelaide Striker vs Melbourne StarsAdelaide Oval
Jan-01, 2023Melbourne Renegades vs Perth ScorchersMarvel Stadium
Jan-01, 2023Brisbane Heat vs Sydney SixersGabba
Jan-02, 2023Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide StrikersBlundstone Arena
Jan-03, 2023Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne RenegadesMCG
Jan-04, 2023Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane HeatNorth Sydney Oval
Jan-04, 2023Perth Scorchers vs Sydney ThunderOptus Stadium
Jan-05, 2023Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart HurricanesAdelaide Oval
Jan-06, 2023Melbourne Stars vs Sydney SixersMCG
Jan-07, 2023Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart HurricanesMarvel Stadium
Jan-07, 2023Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane HeatOptus Stadium
Jan-08, 2023Sydney Thunder vs Sydney SixersSydney Showground
Jan-09, 2023Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne StarsBlundstone Arena
Jan-10, 2023Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne RenegadesAdelaide Oval
Jan-11, 2023Brisbane Heat vs Perth ScorchersGabba
Jan-12, 2023Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide StrikersMCG
Jan-13, 2023Sydney Thunder vs Perth ScorchersSydney Showground
Jan-14, 2023Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane HeatAdelaide Oval
Jan-14, 2023Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne StarsMarvel Stadium
Jan-15, 2023Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney ThunderBlundstone Arena
Jan-15, 2023Sydney Sixers vs Perth ScorchersSCG
Jan-16, 2023Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane HeatMCG
Jan-17, 2023Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide StrikersC.ex Coffs International Stadium
Jan-18, 2023Perth Scorchers vs Hobart HurricanesOptus Stadium
Jan-19, 2023Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne RenegadesManuka Oval
Jan-20, 2023Adelaide Strikers vs Perth ScorchersAdelaide Oval
Jan-20, 2023Brisbane Heat vs Hobart HurricanesGabba
Jan-21, 2023Sydney Sixers vs Sydney ThunderSCG
Jan-22, 2023Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne StarsGabba
Jan-22, 2023Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne RenegadesOptus Stadium
Jan-23, 2023Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney SixersBlundstone Arena
Jan-24, 2023Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide StrikersMarvel Stadium
Jan-25, 2023Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane HeatUniversity of Tasmania Stadium
Jan-25, 2023Melbourne Stars vs Sydney ThunderMCG
Jan-27, 2023EliminatorTBC
Jan-28, 2023QualifierTBC
Jan-29, 2023KnockoutTBC
Feb-02, 2023ChallengerTBC
Feb-04, 2023The FinalTBC

Big Bash 2022-23 Standings

Big Bash League teams will go through a double round-robin stage. This means each team will play against every other team twice. The matches will be conducted once in Australia and once internationally. You can find the current standings in the table below.