The Big Bash 08 title is up for grabs but which three teams tick the most boxes when it comes to winning the 2018/19 edition?

 

We’ve already discussed a few important factors when it comes to working out what it will take to win the Big Bash 08 title here at Betting Maestro. Here’s a summary of what we said:

 

  • 1. Overseas players important… but Aussie nine even more important – Overseas stars can of course make a difference and Rashid Khan and Andre Russell are good examples of that; both were crucial in their sides’ wins over the past three seasons. But they’re only two out of 11 on the field so they’re not the be all and end all.

 

  • 2. Flawed or departing overseas stars can do more harm than good– Overseas players can also be a poisoned chalice. Someone like Kevin Pietersen can cause far more damage than good to team morale even though he scored a fair few runs and a star overseas player(s) leaving to report for international duty can leave a big void to fill which the team might not recover from. Something the Thunder may experience when Joe Root and Jos Buttler report for international duty before the semi-finals of Big Bash 08.

 

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  • 3. Aussie players to have to report for duty, too- Having a side packed with champion Aussie limited-overs players can bite you on the ass.They might help you get plenty of wins early on but when you lose three or four to Australia duty, you need to replace them.The Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers look most vulnerable in this regard.

 

  • 4. Focus on the bowlers- The most successful BBL sides have had the best bowlers, not the best batsmen. The Perth Scorchers are once again the best example of this, while last year Rashid Khan almost single-handedly took the Adelaide Strikers all the way.

 

  • 5. Captain and coach vital- This last one hasn’t been mentioned on Betting Maestro yet but is the missing piece of the jigsaw in terms of finding a Big Bash 08 winner.Between them they have to pick the side, nail down team tactics, choose the batting order and create a team culture. On the field the skipper has to make the right decisions at the right time under huge pressure. He’d better be good at it.

 

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Big Bash 08 Winner betting

So now that we’ve identified the five crucial factors, which teams tick the most boxes?

 

Adelaide Strikers (5.5 with Betfair)

They tick boxes 1, 4 and 5. 1 because their two overseas men are class acts (thus avoiding the unwanted box 2) in Rashid Khan and Colin Ingram, while they have plenty of depth in quality with the Aussie players, too.

4 because they have the best bowler in the tournament in Khan and good support in Aussie bowlers Stanlake, Siddle, Agar and Laughlin.

5 because even if Travis Head (who did a great job last year) gets called up for Australia, former SA star Colin Ingram will make for a good deputy when it comes to captaining the side.  Coach Jason Gillespie is one of the most highly regarded in the world and he could probably have had the Australia job if he wanted it.

Point 3 is a slight concern: there are fears they could lose Head, Carey, Siddle, Stanlake, Lehmann and Weatherald to international call-ups. It’s true that they could realistically lose the first two and that would be a huge blow but it’s highly unlikely they’d lose more than one additional player. After all, an ODI squad is made up of 12 players and the Selectors have plenty more to choose from.

It certainly doesn’t do any harm that they won it last year. They’re 5.5 with Betfair Sportsbook to win Big Bash 08.

 

 

Melbourne Stars (6.5 with Betfair)

The Betting Maestro really doesn’t have anything against Kevin Pietersen as such…but he’s the definition of Point Number 2. It’s easy to conclude the Stars are better off without him. The other long-term overseas player on their books -Luke Wright- ran his course, too.

In the likes of Ben Dunk, Nic Maddison, Peter Handscomb, Evan Gulbis and Michael Beer they have just the sort of Aussie players who are very reliable at this level but not good enough to be called up for Australia, which in this case is obviously a good thing.  Former West Indies star Dwayne Bravo is the epitome of the T20 ‘been there and done it’ player while Sandeep Lamichhane is nothing if not unknown to BBL batsmen, again, a good thing. Thus, ticking box 1.

Bravo, Lamichhane, Zampa, Boland, Stoinis and Bowe mean they’re well covered in the bowling department (point 4) while Stephen Fleming is a bonus as coach (the captain hasn’t been confirmed at the time of writing) given his years of experience of coaching big T20 franchise teams.

It is very possible they’ll lose Maxwell and Stoinis to Australia duty but Zampa may have burnt his bridges for Australia after two years of performances that were decent but not much more.

With several changes in the squad, all for the better, they could seriously improve in Big Bash 08.

 

Perth Scorchers (5.0 with Betfair)

They have the best bowling bar none in Tye, Agar, Richardson, Mitch Marsh, David Willey, Usman Qadir, Behrendoff and Coulter-Nile, so that’s Point 4 taken care of. And by having a remarkable nine classy bowlers in the squad, they’ll still be in a good place (Point 3) even if Tye, Agar and Mitch Marsh get called up by Australia, which is very possible. Plus, their two overseas players are there for the long haul.

The captain/coach situation is an interesting one with their skipper of the last few years – Adam Voges- now becoming the coach. New experience of course but no-one will know these players like him.  Maybe they should have given the captaincy to Shaun rather than Mitch Marsh who is older and less likely to get called up for the ODIs, but let’s give Mitch the benefit of the doubt before criticising the decision.

One possible issue might be how they adapt to a new stadium after the Optus Stadium replaced the WACA as their home ground, which was a fortress for the Scorchers.

But that’s a lot of ticks…for the most successful BBL side ever.

 

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