Big Bash 2016/17 Tips

Owen Fulda - 16:11, 17th November 2016

As Test cricket continues to produce more angst than joy for Aussie fans, the Big Bash is poised to push its way to the forefront as the summer's main attraction. In a few weeks the full-throttle, big-hitting Big Bash gets underway for the fifth time. Our cricket tipster Owen Fulda previews the tournament and gives the lowdown on the eight teams’ chances…

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Big Bash 2016/17 Tips

Perth Scorchers @ 5/1 - BET NOW!

The Scorchers are the most successful BBL franchise with two titles to their name, and the bookmakers rate their chances of adding another quite high. With a squad containing the menacing Mitchell Johnson and silky batsman Ian Bell you can see why. With 1274 runs, batsman Michael Klinger has been more prolific in the competition than anyone else, and if he gets back in the groove he could prove indispensable once more.

Sydney Thunder @ 5/1 - BET NOW!

Last year’s champions the Thunder found a perfect balance in their team which led them to a first BBL title. West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell was arguably the star of the show and he will be joined by England captain Eoin Morgan as the organisation’s second overseas player. Usman Khawaja played four outstanding innings, ending with a ridiculous batting average of 172.50 while Clint McKay took 18 wickets in his 10 games, the most in the tournament.

Melbourne Stars @ 6/1 - BET NOW!

Defeated finalists the Stars averaged an impressive crowd of over 40,000 for their six home games last season. They were outplayed by the Thunder in the Grand Final at the MCG however, losing by three wickets. Coached by Kiwi Stephen Fleming, overseas stars Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright should ensure big attendances again and a decent chance of making another tilt at their first BBL title.

Sydney Sixers @ 7/1 - BET NOW!

The pink-shirted Sixers have recruited England’s big-hitting opening batter Jason Roy as their star foreign player and there will be serious expectations on the 26-year-old’s shoulders. Sean Abbott, the man who tragically bowled the fatal ball to Phillip Hughes, also lines up for original Sydney side. The Sixers had never lost to cross-city rivals the Thunder before last season, but they proceeded to lose both home and away fixtures and will be out for revenge.

Melbourne Renegades @ 7/1 - BET NOW!

The Renegades conspired to lose all their home games last season, including a 10 wicket hammering by the Perth Scorchers. If they can sort out their home form this time around, they really should be capable of at least progressing beyond the group stage for the first time since BBL02. Captain Aaron Finch will be their main run-scorer and West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will look to back him up with his exuberant style.

Adelaide Strikers @ 15/2 - BET NOW!

Adelaide are the best supported team in the competition and they won seven of their eight group games before being knocked out in the semi-finals. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was an inspired overseas player selection last season with nine wickets, and he returns for 2016/17 with another year’s experience under his belt. Much is also expected of young Aussie batter Travis Head who smashed 299 runs in BBL05. The Strikers look like they could be good value at 15/2 considering they are as short as 11/2 elsewhere!

Hobart Hurricanes @ 8/1 - BET NOW!

The Hurricanes have a geographical advantage of colder, swing-bowling conditions down in Tasmania, but they don’t seem to have the bowling artillery to fully exploit the atmospheric situation in Hobart. With the signing of Stuart Broad, one of the best exponents of the laterally-moving ball in cricket - that could all change. He joins a pace attack including Shaun Tait and Jake Reed. Don’t rule out the Hurricanes this year.

Brisbane Heat @ 10/1 - BET NOW!

A quick look through Brisbane’s squad and it becomes apparent why they’re the longest price of all eight Big Bash sides. No household names and a lot of young players without a great deal of top level cricket experience. That’s not to say they won’t challenge. T20 cricket is a format where youth can often excel but I wouldn’t be backing them to go all the way personally.

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