It was a competition full of surprises, monster sixes, and above all, some great cricket (even if there was a bit of controversy, but hey, that’s normal!)
In this review I’ll take a look at all eight teams during their ‘home & away’ campaign during their eight matches. There was a whole lot of mayhem throughout. On the upside, TV ratings for the Big Bash were fantastic. The crowds were also very engaged, especially at the two Melbourne Derby clashes.
Fox Sports once again has provided us with excellent, if not biased, coverage of every game. The insights that the likes of Damien Fleming and Brendon Julian offer is second to none.
I am simply amazed at the consistency of the Melbourne Renegades. From the out of whack team of last season’s Big Bash League, to the in form and red hot favourites this time around, the Renegades are doing it very smartly.
Shane Warne has had something of a nightmare week and a bit. First a charge for speeding in his Jaguar over in the United Kingdom, and last night a massive verbal stoush at West Indian and Melbourne Renegade batsman Marlon Samuels in the Big Bash League. He even let rip a few expletives that were caught by the mic he was wearing for Fox Sports.
It is going to make for an interesting clash. The Hurricanes won’t easily forget last years clash, when Wright went bananas and proceeded to smash 117 from just 60 balls. Then again, Travis Birt dished it up to Clint McKay, sending three balls out of the park in Hobart.
Some massive sixes and exciting chases brought round one of the 2012/13 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League to a close.
Stars v Renegades:
It started with the Melbourne Derby-Stars v Renegades at Etihad Stadium. I was at the game, and the 23,584 fans there weren’t disappointed. After a well-made 53 to English import Luke Wright, as well as 42 and 28 respectively to veterans David Hussey and Brad Hodge, the Stars set the Renegades a total of 168 to win.
Dubbed ‘Melbourne’s favourite cricket team,’ the MCG will be swamped with green this summer as the Melbourne Stars vie for the BBL|02 title.
Making the finals last year by the skin of their teeth, and bowing out gracefully against the Perth Scorchers, the Stars have once again recruited a strong team, with the likes of Captain Shane Warne, David Hussey, and Sri Lankan icon Lasith Malinga.