It’s Big Bash betting time as BBL9 approaches starting in mid-December and here’s what you need to know…
What is Big Bash betting?
Big Bash betting is wagering on Australia’s domestic T20 competition. The Big Bash will be going into its ninth edition in 2019/20 and as per usual, will feature the same eight teams that have contested every edition to date. So that’s the: Melbourne Stars, Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Thunder, Sydney Sixers, Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes, the Perth Scorchers and the Brisbane Heat.
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Why is Big Bash betting on the outright a good idea?
Because you can back the eventual winner at generous pre-tournament odds in most editions. The Perth Scorchers, three-time winners, were among the favourites in some of the earlier editions when they won it but those wins aside, there have been plenty of upsets, with unfancied teams going all the way.
The Sydney Thunder (Big Bash 5), the Adelaide Strikers (Big Bash 7) and most surprisingly of all the Melbourne Renegades in last year’s edition (Big Bash 8), were all big outsiders to win.
Unlike in the IPL for example, where the eventual winners are normally hot favourites like the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings, you get full value for your money when it comes to Big Bash betting.
Is Big Bash easy to win money on?
No cricket betting is necessarily easy but now into its ninth edition, there’s plenty of data to help Big Bash punters form their conclusions, such as stats on whether it’s best batting first or second on a particular ground or which teams have a particularly good record at home. Just as an example, the Sydney Sixers have been a very good bowling unit at home over the years, so it’s worth taking note that if they post anything bigger than about 160, they generally defend it.
But an even better way of going about Big Bash betting is to trade the match, rather than just bet on it. If you use the Betfair Exchange, you can back and lay throughout the match to ensure you secure a profit. T20 betting is generally the best form of cricket to trade matches on because of the fluctuations that happen during the match with the favourite changing; wickets tumbling and boundaries being scored drastically change the game and therefore the odds.
You can read about the benefits and differences between Big Bash betting on the Betfair Exchange and Betfair Sportsbook here.
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What is Big Bash betting on top batsman?
That could mean two things. Firstly, it could mean who is the top batsman in a particular match for a particular team.
Secondly, it could mean betting on the top batsman for the whole tournament. Hobart opener D’Arcy Short was the tournament’s top batsman in the last two editions, the first one as a massive outsider.
Before that, another huge outsider was top batsman in the form of the unfashionable Ben Dunk though the previous winner was a far more high-profile name: the huge-hitting and Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn.
If there are two golden rules to Big Bash betting on the tournament top runscorer it’s these:
1) only bet on openers as they’re the only ones guaranteed to always have a bat and get to take advantage of the Powerplays when they bat and
2) only bet on players who – injuries aside- are going to play every match. That means excluding overseas players who aren’t going to play the whole tournament or Australian players who will miss all or some games on international duty. When it comes to the 2019-20 edition, that includes the Test stars such as David Warner, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade and possibly Mitch Marsh.
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What else is great about the Big Bash?
Lots! But here are a few of the big reasons:
Time and TV channel
Let’s face it, if you’re a proper cricket fan you’re bound to subscribe to BT Sports (UK) or another TV channel broadcasting the action if you reside in another country. And let’s be honest: if you don’t there’s always a free (illegal/pirate) website to stream the games from.
Games generally start between about 8.30 and 9.30am so a perfect time to tune in during that first cup of coffee and bacon sandwich. Or while going through those morning e-mails. Or instead of going through those morning e-mails. After all, everyone knows the first two hours of work aren’t mean to be for…working.
World’s best T20 players in action
Ok, ok. The IPL has more superstar T20 players taking part than the Big Bash because
1) all Indian players take part because there are no international fixtures during it and
2) Bigger budgets mean they can attract anyone they like. But the BBL certainly comes second and fans have been handed a major boost with the news that with no ODIs or T20s scheduled for the whole of the Bash this year, none of Australia’s limited-overs stars miss out on Big Bash games.
That means plenty of chances to see the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa, Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
This edition also has arguably the best-ever line-up when it comes to overseas players. Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) was first-pick of anyone in the world in The Hundred, AB de Villiers (Brisbane Heat) is part of any conversation about the best limited-overs batsmen to have played the game, fellow South African Dale Steyn (Melbourne Stars) is one of the most exciting fast bowlers of the last decade and Mohammad Nabi (Melbourne Renegades) is one of the most sought-after stars of the T20 circuit.
Sick commentary team
In Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh and Adam Gilchrist you have four of the greatest players ever to have graced the game. They’re all part of the Commentary Team and their insight is not only interesting, but also priceless in terms of helping you with your Big Bash betting. There’s some decent banter going on as well.
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