Big Bash League

Sydney Thunder BBL Final 2016 The Big Bash League is Australia’s premier domestic Twenty20 cricket competition.

Riding on the success of the Indian Premier League, the Big Bash was formed in 2011 with eight teams based in six cities. Sydney and Melbourne were both given two teams, while Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth have the single team each.

The inaugural Big Bash League was won by the Sydney Sixers, who recorded a seven-wicket win over Perth Scorchers at the WACA Ground.

The Brisbane Heat, under the tutelage of Darren Lehmann, won the second edition, before the Perth Scorchers went back-to-back in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The Sydney Thunder won their maiden title in 2015-16 after enduring a torrid first four seasons from which they reaped three wooden spoons and no finals appearances.

The Perth Scorchers then brought up a third title in the 2016-17 season, defeating the Sydney Sixers at the WACA by nine wickets.

Fixtures
The fixtures for the 2017-18 competition were announced during early August. This season sees an increase in matches, with each team to play ten instead of eight matches and the competition to last for an extra week.

It will start on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, with the final regular season match to be played on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The semi-finals will then be played on Thursday, February 1 and Friday February 2, with the final to be played on Sunday, February 4.

Full Big Bash League Fixture List

Teams
The eight teams that feature in the Big Bash League are:

Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.

Similar to the Indian Premier League, each team has a private ownership model and is able to sign up to 18 players, unrestricted by traditional state-defined boundaries that other Australian domestic cricket competitions have, with each side also able to sign two overseas-based players on their roster.

Last updated: 16 August, 2017

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