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Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009. Brett is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, is the voice of ACT club rugby, has commentated on Under-20s Championships, Women's Uni Sevens and National Rugby Championship coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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It’s a reasonable point Christo, and one I might have been inclined to agree with even only a week ago, particularly given how Brisbane are going.
But I reckon that glosses over the Sixers performance this week, especially with the ball. The consistency with which they took wickets spoke for the pressure they put on the Heat bats, forcing a lot of ordinary shots being played.
And if they didn’t have bowlers dominating the wicket tallies like they do, again, I could put it down to a one off..
(Re the typos, I am right on the edge of connectivity where I am currently, so it’s certainly possible things slipped through. And as much as I’d normally wear that, there are a couple of little things the subs probably should’ve picked up for me…)

Gut feel failure: Sixers are going to make the semis

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Three surprise BBL standouts

As valid as your comment may be Steve, what does it have to do with Cameron Boyce, Daniel Sams, or Ashton Turner?

Three surprise BBL standouts

Tell me you read further than that, Viv. Tell me you got past the first paragraph…

Three surprise BBL standouts

Agree, it played really well last night. One of the better games this summer, in fact..

Three surprise BBL standouts

Whiteman looked great last night Don, but the ball so well. And then in a cruel irony, wasn’t able to keep.

Meredith looks a prospect, doesn’t he. Not a just-pick-him-now prospect, let’s not be ridiculous (Shane), but a prospect nonetheless. Reckon he looked quicker than what the radar was registering last night too. You don’t often see guys cramped up and beaten for pace as much as we saw off Meredith..

Three surprise BBL standouts

Um… OK then.

Not sure what relevance that has here, Viv….

Three surprise BBL standouts

Yeah, I suppose I’ve been a bit loose with ‘best’ there, Ross, when what I really mean is the well-known T20 guns for hire around the globe.

But just to pull out a couple of names, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Sohail Tanvir and Lasith Malinga have all played BBL before.

AB de Villiers and Shahid Afridi are over there as well…

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

Emcie, I hope you’re right, and that they are warming into things. It’s certainly true that they have a game in hand (as mentioned), and it’s certainly true that they could jump to 3rd tonight with a win – their NRR is pretty healthy.

But their bowling… that’s going to be their big issue. They depend on their top order going off with the bat, because they just don’t have the quality nor ability to defend low totals…

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

Yeah, it must be hard to watch, Paul.

I suppose, in fairness, when the likes of Stanlake and Wildermuth were poached interstate, Qld had a fair idea of how good they’d be, just no room at the time to find out. Other teams had room and you can’t blame players for chasing opportunities…

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

I’ll stand corrected, Prez, by I assume it’s to preserve the maximum number of local players involved. Your average state player’s BBL contract is quite likely higher than his state contract..

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

No, I absolutely get your point, I was just adding that by limiting the number of imports and the amount that can be spent on imports tends to limit the ‘kind’ of import you can go for.

The genuine T20 stars around the world tend to be out of reach for BBL teams. The BPL, on the other hand, shows that those players will go wherever the money is..

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

Then you haven’t made it as well as you’d hoped…

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

Yeah, it probably is, if we’re honest. And that’s not ideal for me getting more BBL in Canberra, obviously!

But unless they perhaps went back to 16-man squads and allowed three imports per side (currently 18-man squads with 2 imports), I don’t see how the local talent is strong enough to add two new teams.

In fact, the BBL probably needs an injection of recruitment money and a lift in the salary cap. There’s a good reason why the best T20 players in the world are currently in Bangladesh and not Australia…

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

Yeah, that’s a really good point on Boyce, Carlin. The move to Melbourne’s been good for him, and he is absolutely bowling well.

Only six wickets to date, but of the regular bowlers, his economy rate is up in the top five…

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

Last night’s Sixers were the Sixers that expected from the start of the season, Christo. Their broader squad players are decent without being spectacular, but it’s exactly this kind of player that has brought the level of the competition down this year. There’s a lot of guys around the country who just wouldn’t have got a game in the first four or five seasons…

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

Yeah, the Thunder look a bit thin again, Chris, now that Buttler and Root have gone back to England. Anton Devcich and Chris Jordan aren’t quite in the same stratosphere.
And tonight, they’ll be without Sangha and Patterson, too…

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

That’s not quite right, Don.

Of the top 10 wicket-takers, only Kane Richardson (MR) hasn’t played every game for their respective side…

Leading wicket-takers to date:
15 O’Keefe (SIX – 9 matches)
14 Richardson (REN – 7)
13 Rashid Khan (STR – 8)
12 Abbott (SIX – 9)
11 Meredith (HUR – 7)
11 Sams (THU – 8)
11 Curran (SIX – 9)
10 Tye (SCO – 8)
10 Faulkner (HUR – 7)
10 Fawad Ahmed (THU – 8)

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

Ryman, this is a comment left per the email I’ve sent you highlighting the formatting/rendering issues for multiple-par comments.

This is the second par of the comment.


And this is the third par. This par has also been bolded.

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Agree, love this. Great addition..

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Yeah, all really good points about perceptions and the length, Timmuh. Certainly, the fact we’re a way away from the Finals would be a factor, and the mid-season lull is a good way of describing it..

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

Yeah, great individual innings, certainly Head’s ton and Weatherald’s ton in the Final. Both memorable games, too (when I eventually remember them!)

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

But your ‘T20 is cancer’ comment is instructive, and your hope the competition fails is an interesting reflection on you.

Because what you’re effectively hoping for is the death of cricket in Australia.

Make no mistake, the BBL pays for state cricket in Australia, and without it, the game would be struggling. Now there’s a reasonable argument that the game is struggling currently anyway, but at least CA can look at ways of structuring the domestic game so that it may serve it’s purpose: to ready players for international cricket.

Of course if this doesn’t happen, then the Australian teams suffer, and revenues will drop across sponsorship, broadcast, crowds, everything.

This is effectively what you’re hoping for.

By all means, criticise the structures in place (or not), and the effect that is having on the game. I’d probably even be inclined to agree with much of it.

But wishing for something to fail? Nope, that’s all on you. And it’s pretty sad.

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

It’s a great, albeit deliberately loaded question, Sheek, and it’s loaded for two reasons:

1. You don’t want any thought going into the answer, and
2. You’ve known for years – because I deliberately explained it to you – that I’ve never really focused on T20 results anyway, rather just watching the individual ball v bat contest six time an over…

So I couldn’t give you five anyway, becuase of the way I watch it. And certainly, they all blend into each other in the end. You might remember individual innnings or bowling spells, but not results.

The same absolutely applies to ODI cricket, for what it’s worth…

But here’s some game that did come to mind:
– The Sixers and Perth played a Super Over game in Sydney back in season 1 or 2, and I don’t think we’ve had a finish like that since
– Brisbane set a BBL record score of about 210 in season 2 or 3, then watched Hobart chase it down
– The Final of the fourth season (which was in Canberra, so it stands out for familiarity), where Perth won after Brett Lee bowled pretty much the worst over in the competition’s history,
– and the 80,000 crowd for the Melbourne Derby in 15/16 (I think) is another one. The Stars chased down a decent total inside 18 overs from memory.

So there’s four. And I did think about it, but you’ll just have to live with that…

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

Yeah, which day of the weekend probably isn’t important Christo, and they would definitely have to be paired up with the ODIs, too, otherwise you’d be in the situation where you’re asking teams to play on consecutive days.

They’ve been clever this weekend, with the ODI yesterday, and in the end, we’ll see all 8 teams in action within about 28 hours:
SAT: ODI
SUN: THU-STR > REN-HEA > SCO-SIX
MON: STA-HUR

Then come Tuesday, there’s another ODI, meaning the Sixers-Renegades can play in Sydney on Wednesday, and both teams have had two days between games..

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling