We’re just one match into the Big Bash season but after watching Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder and seeing Australia’s ODI squad being announced, there are some important pointers to pick up on. Here’s also a Big Bash tip or two you should know about.

 

Chris Lynn will bat at three for the Heat

That may not seem like that big a deal but it certainly is if you backed him for Big Bash top batsman honours. As we’ve seen, the Big Bash top runscorer is always Aussie and always an opener, meaning one out of two isn’t good enough. Lynn was one of the top three in the betting and one very well-respected cricket tipster included him as a major Big Bash tip. At least he wasn’t included in Australia’s ODI squad, though.

 

Chris Lynn has won the man of the match award this season.

Chris Lynn batted at three in the first match against the Thunder.

 

Chris Green is a multi-dimensional cricketer

Against the Heat, Chris Green came in at seven and hit a priceless 25 off 17 featuring two fours and a six. With the ball he bowled four overs for just 19 runs, taking two wickets. And not being a man who likes to be out of the action, he also took two catches. It’s a performance typical of this three-dimensional cricketer, a man who reminds us of the likes of former Big Bash player Johan Botha or even the more high-profile Ravi Jadeja.

Catches aren’t exactly going to win you the man of the match award but contributions with both bat and ball certainly can. Check out his odds ahead of the next match.

More importantly, he would be a key man for the Thunder all season.

 

Big Bash Tip: Back Chris Green for man-of-the-match at big odds. Given he’s around the 15.0 to 18.0 mark every game, you only need it to come off once to be in profit.

 

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Thunder’s Top Three deserves respect  

 

The Thunder don’t exactly have a star-studded line-up this year and some may question if they shouldn’t break up the Khawaja/Hales/Ferguson triumvirate a little. Maybe have Alex Ross at three and skipper Ferguson at four?

But the Thunder clearly aren’t seeing things that way and have decided that with the Top 3 being the key positions when it comes to batting, they’d rather gamble and go top-heavy. It makes it one of the better top threes in the Big Bash and as happened today with Ferguson getting to 73 not out, they only need one of them to come off.

 

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Thunder batsman Usman Khawaja

 

Big Bash Tip: Back the Thunder in-play at the start of the innings. As long as they only lose one, this Thunder top three can do some serious damage.

 

 

Maxwell available for the whole of the Big Bash

Probably the biggest news of all is that Glenn Maxwell has been left out of Australia’s ODI squad to tour India.

It’s great news for the Melbourne Stars. They do admittedly lose Pete Handscomb and Adam Zampa to international duty but that was always going to happen with Zampa, while Handscomb has plenty of other players who can fill in for him in the Stars’ Top Four. With Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile also ignored by the Aussie selectors, it means the Stars will be pretty pleased with how the ODI squad turned out for them.

We’re still very sweet on them to go all the way, available at 5.7 on Betfair and a best price of 6.5 with Royal Panda.

 

 

Melbourne Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell is available for the whole campaign.

 

Big Bash tip: Back the Melbourne Stars to win the Big Bash @ 6.5 with Royal Panda

 

 

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Other Bash teams affected by ODI call-ups

There was mixed news for the Sixers, who would probably have expected Nathan Lyon to be called up, given it’s in India.  But he was omitted in favour of the Scorchers’ Ashton Agar. The surprise call-up was that of Sixers pace bowler Sean Abbott, who has only ever played one ODI before.

Abbott has been one of the Sixers’ stalwarts over the years and they’ll miss him. Steve Smith and Josh Hazlewood were obviously included and when Abbott returns and Smith is available, we could have a strong end to the Sixers’ campaign.

In addition to losing Agar, the Scorchers will also be without Ashton Turner. Given their existing injury list, they could really have done without those two call-ups. Mitch Marsh wasn’t picked though so they can’t be too gutted. But you’ll see worse bets this week than laying them at 1.7 for a Top 5 finish on Betfair.

There will have been a disappointment for backers of Kane Richardson for top bowler honours. He won it last time but given he was also included in the ODI squad, those three or four matches missed this time round should mean he’s very unlikely to repeat the trick.

Big Bash tip: With the Betfair Sportsbook market slow to react to the news, take the 7/4 that Harry Gurney, who will play the whole tournament, is the Renegades Top Bowler.

 

 

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