All the latest Big Bash news including the overseas player who can’t get a game and an evergreen Aussie all-rounder in fine form.

 

Big Bash News – What’s happened so far?

 

 

Hard to predict first innings totals

 

10 matches so far and it’s been a real mixed bag regarding first innings totals. It’s not often you see teams bowled out for less than 110 but it’s already happened twice. Interestingly, both times it involved the Perth Scorchers. They posted just 103 batting first against the Melbourne Renegades and then restricted last year’s winners the Strikers to just 88.

On the flipside, there was a big 181 posted by the Sydney Thunder followed by a 169 from Shane Watson and co as well. On both occasions they went on to win.

Perhaps most curious of all was what happened when the Strikers put 174 on the board against the Renegades. Every stat suggested that was a winning score at that ground but scores of 48 and 49 from Mohammad Nabi and Dan Christian allowed them to chase it with five balls to spare.

 

All-rounders in the runs

 

In other Big Bash news, D’Arcy Short is scoring runs again (101 from two knocks) and is followed on the charts by fellow openers Alex Carey and Jos Buttler, who is fourth. But all-rounders batting in the middle order are making their mark as well as the openers. Ashton Turner, Mohammad Nabi and Matthew Short are third, fifth and  sixth.

 

 

Overseas bowlers earning their corn

 

There’s been an interesting pattern over the years where the batting charts are normally dominated by Aussie players. But last year the Top bowlers were both overseas players with Rashid Khan and Dwayne Bravo tied on 18 wickets. Overseas bowlers are making their mark again this year. Khan and Jofra Archer are tied fifth for most wickets with five. Sandeep Lamichhane of the Melbourne Stars has seven, joint at the top with Steven O’Keefe, of the Sydney Sixers.

If the young Nepalese spinner was around for the whole tournament he may have been a real contender for top wicket-taker. But he’s not. What’s interesting is that despite only playing half the tournament before reporting for duties at the Bangladesh Premier League, he’s the current joint-third favourite to be Player of the Tournament at 17/1. It’s unlikely he’ll pick up the award, but not impossible. A couple of years ago Chris Lynn won it despite only playing six matches. Lynn by the way, is joint-third favourite with Lamichhane to be Player of the Tournament at 17/1.

Rashid Khan is favourite at 11/2; D’Arcy Short, last year’s winner, is 9/1. But what about Dan Christian? He’s played twice and he’s been man-of-the-match twice.  If that isn’t getting off to the best possible start then I don’t know what is. And if the Renegades carry on like this, the spotlight may well just be on Christian when it comes to giving out the award.

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But not all of the overseas players are playing…

 

You would have thought that if you go out and recruit an overseas player, it’s because: they’re a quality player who was brought in to fill a specific role within the team. At the very least you’d think they were actually going to play.

But Perth’s Usman Qadir went for 20 off two overs in their first match and didn’t play in either of their next two games.

At least he has a chance of playing again in the tournament. Which is more than you can say about Tymal Mills, who suffered a hamstring injury in a warm-up match and is ruled out of the whole of the Big Bash. The Hurricanes are yet to name an overseas replacement for him.

Mills’ Hobart Hurricanes are in action on Friday morning, where they are 1.96 favourites with Royal Panda to win the match against the Sydney Thunder.

 

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The odds on both sides are extremely tight but then again, they look very hard to split in terms of their respective abilities. You can however get 9/4 on Jofra Archer being the Hurricanes’ top bowler with Unibet and that looks a decent enough price.

 

 

Wide open tournament

 

And finally, now for some Big Bash news on the winner market front.

It’s early days yet but it’s interesting that the market is led by two of the rank outsiders at the outset.  Not much was expected of the Sydney Thunder (currently 4/1) and Melbourne Renegades (9/2) before a ball was bowled in anger but they’re now both two from two. Strangely, they’re shorter prices than the Hurricanes who are also two from two,  but who were a shorter price than those two before the tournament began. The Hurricanes look a decent bet at 11/2 to go on and win it.

The odds compilers aren’t taking too many chances with the two pre-tournament favourites, though. Perth and Adelaide are  pretty much the same price as they were at the beginning despite each one just winning one match from three.

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