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Make sure you check out The Roar’s complete 2019-20 Big Bash ladder. The season runs from December 17 and ends with the final on February 8, 2020.
Like last season, the competition will run with a full home-and-away season, with each team playing 14 games.
In a major change from last season however, the finals will now encompass five matches and five teams, rather than the straight knockout format of three matches and four teams we have seen throughout the history of the tournament.
Instead, the finals will now see the following matches:
The Eliminator: (Fourth v Fifth)
The Qualifier: (First v Second)
The Knock-Out: (Third v Winner of The Eliminator)
The Challenger: (Loser of The Qualifier v Winner of The Knock-Out)
The Final: (Winner of The Qualifier v Winner of The Challenger)
The way the ladder works hasn’t changed though, with teams given two points for a win and one for a tie or no result match.
In the case of a number of teams finishing on the same number of points, net run rate is used as a tiebreaker to separate the sides. Unlike the basic ‘for and against’ used in so many other sports, net run rate is a slightly more complex beast. Put simply, net run rate is the sum of a team’s average runs scored per over minus the team’s average runs conceded per over.
Big Bash history
The Melbourne Renegades are defending champions after they defeated the Melbourne Stars at Marvel Stadium during the 2018-19 decider.
The Perth Scorchers are the most successful team in Big Bash history, having three premierships to their name. Interestingly though, until the 2016-17 season, no team had won the minor premiership and premiership in the same year, when the Scorchers completed the feat.
The Scorchers have played in five out of seven grand finals, while the Sydney Sixers, who were the competition’s inaugural premiers have made three grand finals for one success.
The Melbourne Stars, who have always had one of the best sides on paper have made the finals every season, but never won the competition, being knocked out in the semi-finals five times, while the Adelaide Strikers, despite never making a final join the Scorchers as the only other side to have won two minor premierships across the six editions of the Big Bash.
Alongside the Scorchers and Sixers, the only other teams to have won the Big Bash are the Brisbane Heat (2012-13) and Sydney Thunder (2015-16), who won three wooden spoons and finished seventh in the first four editions of the competition.