Less than 2 weeks until the biggest domestic T20 tournament of the year gets underway in Australia – the Big Bash.
As usual, there’s been plenty of squad changes and rearranges and we’ve found a few bets on the Tournament Markets. (All bets are in bold and italics)
Quite a few books have priced up already with more prices becoming available each day. Our cricket members have been sent several Team Top Bowler and Team Top Batsman bets with a few more to come. It really is a great tournament, with so much action played right through a busy Australian summer of cricket.
Reigning and defending champions, the Sydney Thunder return to BBL06 as the team everyone will feel they will need to beat. Their issues will be Khawaja missing 3-5 games, Watson reportedly being injured for the early part of the tournament and a lack of squad depth.
Tip: They have a decent side but are far from favourites this year.
The Sydney Sixers were the team I hated last year and correctly predicted a terrible season for them. I don’t mind them this year with two excellent English signings. Roy and Billings should play all but two of their group games. Their problems could come if they make the playoffs, as Roy and Billings will likely be in India for England’s ODI tour.
Tip: A solid side that will be fighting for a playoff place.
Brisbane come into this tournament with a pretty average looking side. I don’t really think they will be able to get into the upper echelons of the table and fancy they will be fighting it out lower down. Their team is solid, but their bowling attack lacks quality to back up Badree.
Tip: Likely to be 6th – 8th.
Adelaide are a side I like this year. They should be less effected by the Australian team than most and will likely have a settled side throughout. In Pollard they have a player who, despite seeming a nasty piece of work, will be 100% committed to his team and team mates. Rashid and Jordan will split the overseas duties and are both very capable. They have solid hitters at the top of the order, a very solid middle order and some excellent bowlers. I think they have been wrongly priced by the bookmakers and fancy they make the top 4.
Tip: Top 4
The Melbourne Stars come into this tournament in an unusual position of not being clear favourites. I can’t really see why given the notable Scorchers injuries. The Renegades have added some good players, but the Stars are still the side to beat for me. There is a chance they will have some of their best players available for longer this year too, with Maxwell and Faulkner on the fringes of the ODI team and not involved in the test team.
They have quality all the way down the line-up and a solid set of bench players to boot.
Tip: Top 4
I hate Hobart. Despise them. They just look so bad. Sanga is getting on and after Paine, Bailey and Christian they look utterly hopeless. Their bowling looks an absolute farce too.
The winner of the tournament could well be in Melbourne this year. The Renegades have strengthened significantly and they now look like they could make a proper challenge after a few years of up and down form. The additions of Hogg and Narine look shrewd and despite losing a few players mid tournament, their bench looks strong. Harris is another solid signing and adds strength to their batting that looked a little flaky last year.
A bowling line-up of Narine, Bravo, Rimmington, Pattinson, Siddle and Hogg looks about as good as it gets in this form.
Tip: Top 4
Perth were my pick again this year, then they got decimated by injuries. Behrendorff, Tye, Paris and Coulter-Nile all have varying degrees of injury and I just can’t back them at a favourites price. They have class and quality in Klinger and the Marsh boys, but the brothers won’t play that much and their bowling lineup has gotten a little thin. I still think they will be competitive and if they win it will be painful, like the West Indies WT20 win last year.
Tip: 5th – 6th
Stars to win BBL06 6.50 Crownbet/Palmerbet 3u (6.00 Various)
Stars to finish top 4 1.80 Will Hill 3u (1.72 Ladbrokes, 1.66 Crownbet)
Strikers to win BBL06 9.00 TAB 1u
Strikers to make the top 4 2.25 Crownbet 2u (2.20 Paddy Power)
Bravo top tournament bowler 21.00 Ladbrokes 1.5u
Lynn top Tournament batsman 12.00 1u E/W (1,2,3,4 1/4)