BBL Round 3 preview as Hussey returns and action hots up

The KFC T20 Big Bash League action continues in 2014 with plenty on offer this weekend, including Mike Hussey’s sell-out return to the WACA for the first time tomorrow night since deflecting to the Sydney Thunder, as well the Big Melbourne Derby between the undefeated Stars and the resurgent Renegades on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium. Tonight the Heat will be looking to break their Sixers curse at the Gabba.

???????????????????????????BBL|03 Stats so far

Most Runs: 178, Aaron Finch (Renegades)
Most Wickets: 8, Nathan Rimmington (Renegades)
Most Sixes: 7, Brad Hodge (Stars)
Most Total Boundaries (Sixes + Fours): 26 (20x4s + 6x6s), Aaron Finch (Renegades)
Highest Score: 86, Michael Klinger (Strikers)
Best Bowling (Innings): 4/24, James Pattinson (Renegades)

Average attendance (current at 2 Jan): 18,030*
Total attendance (current at 2 Jan): 198,326*
Average national TV audience (current at 31 Dec): 977,310

*Figures do not include Hobart (Game 3) due to a no result

Current Standings

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Melbourne Stars 3 3 0 0 0 6 +2.699
Adelaide Strikers 3 2 0 0 1 5 +0.478
Melbourne Renegades 4 2 2 0 0 4 +0.325
Sydney Sixers 3 2 1 0 0 4 -0.995
Hobart Hurricanes 3 1 1 0 1 3 -1.114
Perth Scorchers 3 1 2 0 0 2 -0.162
Brisbane Heat 4 1 3 0 0 2 -0.803
Sydney Thunder 3 0 3 0 0 0 -0.478
Brisbane Heat

Brisbane Heat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers Gabba, Thurs 2 Jan, 6.40pm

  • The Heat have yet to record a win against the Sixers in the BBL. The Sixers won their last meeting by 5 wickets at the Gabba, which was the Heat’s last loss before they went on to claim the tournament trophy.
  • Brisbane Heat’s bowlers have conceded a total of 420 runs from their last two matches – 210 to the Hurricanes and 210 to the Renegades, which are equal highest innings totals in BBL history
  • Bowler Ben Cutting has proven more than handy with the bat this season. He struck an unbeaten 98 in the RYOBI One Day Cup in October, falling just short of recording the fastest Australian domestic century. He’s kept the big hits coming during the Big Bash, with a strike rate of 211.53 at an average of 55.
  • Josh Hazlewood is the only Sixers bowler yet to concede a 6 this season. The Heat are a big hitting team, smashing a total of 24x6s from their three games. The Stars are the only team to better this total, with 26x6s.
  • The Heat’s batsmen are all in good nick, with four batsmen (Chris Lynn, Dan Christian, Joe Burns, and Craig Kieswetter) so far scoring half-centuries in BBL|03. Nick Maddinson is the only Sixer to raise his bat for a half-century this season.

Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder WACA, Fri 3 Jan, 4.40pm

  • The Thunder received a drubbing from the Scorchers last time these two teams met. Scorchers 1/117 d Thunder 9/113 at the WACA
  • This will be the first time Mike Hussey returns to the WACA following his deflection from the Scorchers to the Thunder
  • Dirk Nannes requires one more Big Bash wicket to move up to third spot in the all-time T20 wicket-takers list. He currently has 217 wickets, one behind Azhar Mahmood with 218. Nannes continues to show his T20 experience, with figures of 1/15 from his four overs at an economy of 3.75 in a losing match against the Stars yesterday
  • Scorchers international recruit Alfonso Thomas sits top of the T20 wicket-takers table with 232 wickets.
  • Brad Hogg is the leading wicket-taker in BBL history with 27 wickets at an economy rate 5.98, two more than James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile
  • This will be the last BBL match for Eoin Morgan, who will then join up with the English One Day squad. He will be replaced by Sri Lankan leg-spinner Ajantha Mendis.
  • The match at #TheFurnace has officially sold out. #TheFurnace may host a club record crowd, with the Scorchers’ best-ever attendance being 18,517 in last season’s BIG FINAL.

Adam Voges returns for Scorchers as Simmons elevated

Scorchers batsman Adam Voges has made a remarkable recovery from his shoulder injury to return to Perth’s 18-man squad. Voges’ resumption of his place in the main line-up will add crucial experience and depth to the Perth batting order and has resulted in replacement player Tim Armstrong returning to the supplementary list.

The Scorchers have shuffled the deck further by calling on last year’s Olly Cooley Medallist Craig Simmons as a replacement in the primary squad for injured opener Liam Davis. Davis’ finger injury is set to keep him out indefinitely, leading to the elevation of 31-year-old batting all-rounder Simmons, who enters in fine form with two grade centuries already for Rockingham-Mandurah in the current season. The left-hander comes straight into the playing group, being named for tomorrow’s match, while Ashton Agar makes way.

The final change for the Scorchers’ 13-man squad for the Thunder clash has paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile out as he joins the Australian team in Sydney for the final Ashes Test, with Ryan Duffield returning to the fold.

Scorchers 13-man squad v Thunder: Simon Katich ©, Yasir Arafat, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Ryan Duffield, Brad Hogg, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Craig Simmons, Alfonso Thomas, Ashton Turner, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman.

Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Renegades (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars Etihad Stadium, Sat 4 Jan, 7.15pm

  • This will be the second Big Melbourne Derby for the season, with the Stars currently claiming bragging rights after defeating the Renegades in the opening round of BBL|03. The Stars are currently undefeated in BBL|03 and sit top of the tournament ladder.
  • Brad Hodge has now overtaken Chris Gayle as the world’s most prolific T20 run-scorer (5770 runs to Gayle’s 5752)
  • It will be a battle of the bats between Aaron Finch and Brad Hodge. Finch is the highest run scorer in BBL history with 769 runs, followed by Hodge who sits second with 626 runs
  • James Pattinson’s debut for the Renegades has had a big impact on his side, who have jumped to third on the tournament table after recording two straight wins after losing their first two matches. Pattinson now sits second on the wicket-takers table for this season with 7 wickets from his two games (fellow Renegades quick Nathan Rimmington is top of the list with 8 wickets).
  • The Renegades’ home game will have Renegades Xtreme Team show with X Games Gold medallist Jackson Strong set to front flip, a move only a couple of people in world can achieve

The Melbourne Stars have announced a 13-man squad for the reverse Melbourne Derby against the Renegades making one change to the squad that recorded their third win for the season with Rob Quiney making way for Australian all-rounder, James Faulkner. After being named 12th man for the 5th Test in Sydney, Faulkner has been released from the Australian team and returns to Melbourne this afternoon. The Stars are currently undefeated and sit on the top of the BBL ladder.

The Melbourne Stars 13-man squad V Renegades: Cameron White ©, Jackson Bird, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Clive Rose, Clint McKay, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade and Luke Wright (England).

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Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers Adelaide Oval, Sun 5 Jan, 6.45pm

  • Last meeting: Strikers 1/136 d Sixers 6/135 at Adelaide Oval
  • Opener Michael Klinger will be the key wicket for the Sixers. He is sitting on an astronomical 162 average, having only been dismissed once in three games.
  • Klinger also holds the tournament’s top score (86) and is currently second on the top tournament run-scorers for this season (162, with Aaron Finch on top with 178 runs)
  • This is expected to be Ravi Bopara’s last match for the Sixers before he is due to join up with the English squad
  • A BBL tournament high crowd of 26,030 people turned up to the Adelaide Oval to watch the Strikers beat the Scorchers on New Years Eve
  • The Technical Committee has approved changes to Strikers squad as

    spinner Jon Holland returns, while captain Johan Botha has been ruled out due to injury.

    Botha will subsequently be replaced by Bangladeshi international all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who will be contracted to the Strikers squad as a Replacement Overseas Player for Botha. Al Hasan is currently the world’s #4 ranked T20I all-rounder.

  • Holland has been passed fit and will resume his place in the Strikers squad. Holland’s replacement Harry Allanby will subsequently be removed from the Strikers’ 18-player squad.

    Holland picked up 12 wickets in the 2013 RYOBI One Day Cup in October and was the equal third-best wicket-taker for the tournament.

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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