BBL T20 Betting: Big Bash League, Australia

Sydney Sixers - BBL - Big Bash League 2012The Big Bash League, or BBL, is is arguably one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of Australian sport. Launched at the start of the decade, in 2011, it is now a fixture in the Australian summer and highly sought after by players from around the world. BBL has witnessed growth year after year: in terms of popularity, profile and the quality of overseas players wanting to join the ‘bash’.

Big Bash League 2019-20 will take place from December 17, 2019 through February 8, 2020.

If you have a hunch on who’s going to win or who’s going to lose, BBL betting is for you. Go ahead and have a punt!

A number of reputed online sportsbooks offer a wide range of odds for Big Bash League betting. Some of them also accept Indian Rupees. This article includes all relevant information for Indian bettors, including the MOST TRUSTED BBL cricket betting websites.

BIG BASH LEAGUE 2019-20 BETTING WEBSITES

Bookmakers offer a variety of markets, including live betting. Outright winner, Top 5 finish and Man of the match markets are popular with BBL cricket bettors. Players are also encouraged to pick their finalists. Other attractive and potentially profitable avenues include predicting and betting on the top run-scorer and top wicket-taker in a BBL season. Many websites offer attractive bonuses for new players.

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Bet365 offers a full selection of betting options for the Big Bash League series.

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BBL BETTING OPTIONS

All things considered, Bet365 offers some of the best Big Bash League betting rates among sites that accept Indian bettors. You can find sports betting odds,all IPL matchups as well as overall statistics for the entire league including the ultimate winner of the tournament. In short, here are some BBL betting odds options you can consider wagering on:

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Match Winner

Total Runs

Total Fours/Sixes

Top Batsman

Top Bowler

Total Wickets

Player Performance

Man Of The Match

Winner of Coin Toss

Total Ducks

Total Maidens

BIG BASH LEAGUE 2019-20 TEAMS

The BBL features eight city-based franchises. The capital city of each of Australia’s six states/provinces has one team, with Melbourne and Sydney playing an extra team each. As is the case with derbies in any other sport, the Melbourne Derby (Renegades against Stars) and the Sydney Derby (Sixers against Thunder) are among the most heavily attended fixtures during the league. Fan anticipation aside, the derbies—and other face-offs in general—attract a lot of betting aficionados.

The following is a list of BBL franchises, the players and management that comprise each team, along with their preseason odds to win the 2019-20 Big Bash League, from Bet365.

ADELAIDE STRIKERS (+700)

Adelaide Strikers cricket, Big Bash League

Home ground: Adelaide Oval

Best result: Champion (2017-18)

Captain: Travis Head

Coach: Jason Gillespie

Squad: Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Harry Conway, Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Phil Salt (England), Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Cameron White, Nick Winter

Travis Head will be relying on classy ODI wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey to score plenty of quick runs at the top of the order, while Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake offer plenty of control with the ball. Englishman Phil Salt is a good new addition with his hard-hitting batting, but the biggest star of all, as ever, is Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

Two main changes otherwise. South Africa’s Colin Ingram leaves the unit while Cameron White hops over from the Renegades. Ben Laughlin has also been released and he is off to the Heat. Harry Conway has been signed up as his replacement.

BRISBANE HEAT (+650)

Brisbane Heat cricket, Big Bash League

Home ground: Brisbane Cricket Ground

Best result: Champion (2012-13)

Captain: Chris Lynn

Coach: Darren Lehmann

Squad: Chris Lynn (c), Tom Banton (England), Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, AB de Villiers (South Africa), Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Zahir Khan (Afghanistan – international replacement), Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan)

The Heat, who play at the Gabba, made plenty of headlines in the Big Bash offseason for being the side who managed to entice the great AB de Villiers to sign for them. The fly in the ointment is that he’s only available for the second half of the season, meaning there’s work to do before he arrives. Six-hitting monster Chris Lynn captains the side with spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, his main man with the ball. Tom Banton, so impressive in the T20 Blast over the past two seasons, will fill in until de Villiers arrives as the second overseas player.

HOBART HURRICANES (+550)

Hobart Hurricanes cricket, Big Bash League

Home ground: Bellerive Oval and York Park

Best result: Runners-up (2013-14, 2017-18)

Captain: Matthew Wade

Coach: Adam Griffith

Squad: Matthew Wade (c), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan), Jofra Archer (England), George Bailey, Scott Boland, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Jarrod Freeman, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, David Miller (South Africa – international replacement), David Moody, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Aaron Summers

It’s not a bad starting point to have D’Arcy Short, top scorer for the past two BBL seasons, in your ranks. The left-hander loves hitting big and can also do a decent job with his spin bowling. There’s considerable experience with James Faulkner and George Bailey in the side. And although he’s contracted with the Hurricanes, Jofra Archer might not be available because England will be touring South Africa. Big hitting South African David Miller, has been named as a replacement.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES (+650)

Melbourne Renegades cricket, Big Bash League

Home ground: Docklands Stadium

Best result: Champion (2018-19)

Captain: Aaron Finch

Coach: Michael Klinger

Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Richard Gleeson (England), Harry Gurney (England), Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth

The defending champions surprised bookmakers, bettors and fans alike when they went all the way last season. One of those outfits who are more about the collective than individuals, they beat arch-rivals Stars in the final.

Harry Gurney and Mohmmad Nabi are the overseas players as a fast bowler and all-rounder respectively. But they’ll also have to make do without veteran batsman Cameron White, who decided to jump ship. At least they have a ready-made replacement for him in Shaun Marsh, fresh from the Scorchers. Meanwhile, Dan Christian’s all-round abilities will be important to their cause once again.

MELBOURNE STARS (+650)

Melbourne Stars cricket, Big Bash League

Home ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Best result: Runners-up (2015-16, 2018-19)

Captain: Glenn Maxwell

Coach: David Hussey

Squad: Glenn Maxwell (c), Pat Brown (England – international replacement), Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Clint Hinchliffe, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Dale Steyn (South Africa), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. No team has made more semi-finals than them, but last year they really, really should have won it. Chasing a very modest score, they even started their run chase well before a calamitous batting collapse left them thinking about what might have been.

After years of relaying heavily on overseas batsmen, they’ve now gone the other way. Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and pace bowler Dale Steyn (first six matches only at the moment) are their foreign imports. If Steyn isn’t picked for the South African ODI side, they might have him for the whole tournament.

The kingpin is skipper Glenn Maxwell. Meanwhile, ODI stars Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis provide international calibre experience to their ranks as well.

The Stars are one of the early favourites in the betting to make up for last year’s disappointment and win it.

PERTH SCORCHERS (+700)

Perth Scorches cricket, Big Bash League

Home ground: Perth Stadium

Best result: Champions (2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17)

Captain: Mitchell Marsh

Coach: Adam Voges

Squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Chris Jordan (England), Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone (England), Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman

They’re still the most successful side in BBL history, but things haven’t gone so well of late. The first problem was moving from the WACA, where they loved playing on a bouncy surface. They are yet to find form in their new home.

And if that’s not enough, the Scorchers have been hit by an exodus of established players: Shaun Marsh (moved to Renegades), Michael Klinger (retirement), Nathan Coulter-Nile and Hilton Cartwright (both have moved to Stars) left the club.

Much will depend on all-rounder and captain Mitch Marsh, though he might be away on Test duty. Plenty for the Scorchers to think about but they have the fast bowlers to trouble anyone. Not least, T20 specialist Andrew Tye and the very pacy Jason Behrendoff. But the latter’s stress fracture (back) might see him miss a good part of the season.

While one wouldn’t want to rule them out, it is also hard to feel confident about their chances.

SYDNEY SIXERS (+900)

Sydney Sixers cricket, Big Bash League

Home ground: Sydney Cricket Ground

Best result: Champion (2011-12)

Captain: Moises Henriques

Coach: Greg Shippard

Squad: Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Justin Avendano, Jackson Bird, Tom Curran (England), Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Fallins, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Steve Smith, James Vince (England)

If only their best players weren’t Australia’s best players! National duty keeps calling and so its a case of mustering together what they have. Moises Henriques has seen it all before in the Bash. He will be mostly be relying on young, talented, hungry players to make an impact.

That said, their core group is very experienced: captain Henriques, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill and Steve O’Keefe have all been around for many years.

And they do have the English pair of James Vince and Tom Curran to provide some stardurst. Signings give them decent balance and they could be hard to beat at home.

SYDNEY THUNDER (+900)

Sydney Thunder cricket, Big Bash League

Home ground: Sydney Showground Stadium

Best result: Champion (2015-16)

Captain: Callum Ferguson

Coach: Shane Bond

Squad: Callum Ferguson (c), Jonathan Cook, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (England), Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Morris (South Africa), Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain

Thunder’s performance graph is perhaps the weirdest of all. The solitary triumph in 2015-16—now a distant memory—is sandwiched by finishes towards the bottom of the league table.

The richly talented Shane Watson called time on his cricket career. Fawad Ahmed and Kurtis Patterson have moved to the Scorchers and English imports Joe Root and Jos Buttler won’t be around either.

Chris Morris, the hard-hitting South African all-rounder, makes his Big Bash debut this season. Alex Hales, the English opener, joins him as the second overseas signing to date. Much will depend on those two because this isn’t a team boating the reliability and depth of some other sides.

Usman Khawaja, their batting stalwart, is often on international duty. He is the only player in BBL history to average over 49.

They’re certainly one of the betting outsiders for this edition.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Host country: Australia
Administrator: Cricket Australia
Match format: Twenty20
First edition: 2011-12
Tournament format: Double round-robin (home & away), followed by playoffs and then the final
Number of teams: 8
Defending champion: Melbourne Renegades
Most successful franchise: Perth Scorchers (3)
Top run-scorer: Chris Lynn (1,954)
Top wicket-taker: Ben Laughlin (95)

BIG BASH LEAGUE 2018-19 RECAP

Here is a quick summary of BBL 2018-19.

HISTORY OF THE BIG BASH LEAGUE

Big Bash league

The Big Bash League replaced the erstwhile Twenty20 Big Bash in 2011. After seeing the success of T20 cricket at the international level, and the response to the Indian Premier League (IPL), Cricket Australia replaced the six, state-based team tournament with one involving eight city-based franchises. Fast food giant KFC have been sponsors since the inaugural Big Bash tournament (2005-06). Ahead of its launch, a design competition was run in an effort to promote the BBL across the country. Australian designers were encouraged to come up with a blueprint for the trophy and the public was allowed to vote.

Needless to say, BBL has been a great success. The fixtures often attract massive crowds and generate millions of dollars in revenue for Cricket Australia through television rights. In addition to the presence of prominent domestic players, BBL attracts top talent from across the globe. Twenty20 cricket’s biggest household names relish the atmosphere competition.

The exception to the rule are Indian cricketers. Any current Indian international cricketer is not allowed to play for other domestic T20 leagues, such as the BBL. The BCCI (the Board of Control for Cricket in India) feels it might threaten to dilute the quality of their own IPL.

Based on the immense success of the league, there are now plans to bring about a number of changes to reach a wider audience. They include adding new teams that come from lesser known parts of Australia such as Geelong, Canberra and Newcastle.

BIG BASH LEAGUE ATTENDANCE FIGURES

The BBL now holds the record of being in #9 place on the list of the “most attended sports league in the world” as per recent calculations.

A big contributor to these numbers are the matches played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), home to the Melbourne Stars. Not only does it hold the record for the highest-ever attendance at a Big Bash League match – 80,833 fans when the Stars hosted their rivals the (Melbourne) Renegades on January 1 2016 – but it’s by far the ground with the most people showing up on a regular basis.

Last season, the 46, 418 spectators that watched the Melbourne Derby at the MCG on New Year’s Day was almost 6,000 more than those who watched the actual final, which was played at the Marvel Stadium, home of the Renegades. The final was contested by the Melbourne Renegades and the… Melbourne Stars.

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Melbourne Renegades, 2018-19 Big Bash League champions

The Australian summer also coincides with international teams touring Down Under to play Test cricket against Australia, which is then normally followed by an ODI and/or T20I series. This makes it difficult for most of the top Australian Test and limited overs players to regularly feature in BBL games. That said, any player discarded from the Australian national squad (or a non-reserve player who isn’t part of an ongoing international fixture) is normally allowed to play. Furthermore, Australia’s national cricketers are allowed to represent their respective BBL franchise if there is a break between series.

That it attracts a number of leading international cricketers, and features domestic fringe players, makes the BBL an extremely exciting tournament. For the 2019-20 edition, Australia will only be playing Test matches—the Trans-Tasman Trophy featuring Australia and New Zealand—but no ODIs or T20Is. The Chappel-Hadlee series is scheduled to take place in March 2020. So, we could get to see the likes of Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey in action during the BBL.

Up until last season, i.e. 2018-19, BBL followed a double round-robin league stage (home & away fixtures) followed by knockouts: two semifinals and a final. That format changes this edition onwards.

BIG BASH LEAGUE 2019-20 FORMAT CHANGE: HELLO PLAYOFFS!

BBL 2019-20 will see the introduction of playoffs.

Unlike the IPL—which sees the four top teams move to the playoff stage—the top five teams at the end of the league stage will get a crack at the trophy. The fourth and fifth-placed teams will play in the Eliminator, with the winner going on to play the third-placed team in the Knockout. Meanwhile, the top two teams meet each other in a high-stakes Qualifier because the winner gets a ticket straight to the final. The loser, however, gets another chance. They face off against the winner of the Knockout game to determine who will be the Challenger for the final.

Big Bash League 2019/20 playoff format

The Twenty20 format is simple, where each team has to send down a total of 20 overs. Each team can have, at most, 18 players under contract for the season. At least two of those players have to be on a rookie contract, and there can be a maximum of two players from overseas involved in any game. However, each team can have a total of six players on overseas contracts, an increase on the four from previous seasons. Though as stated already, only two can play in a particular game.

Television broadcasters have tended to experiment with new technology each season to make the BBL as interactive as possible with the fans, giving them an in-depth view of what goes on off the field and on the pitch.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is online Big Bash League betting popular in India?

Yes, along with IPL and BPL, BBL online cricket betting is popular with Indian cricket betting fans. Indians and almost everyone in the subcontinent are passionate about cricket. And given its appeal, BBL attracts a lot of bettors. A number of websites offer safe, reliable and secure wagering on BBL cricket. Indian Rupee (INR) is an accepted currency and some online betting shops also allow credit card payments. Millions of cricket fans in India safely partake in betting during each BBL season.

What are the safest sportsbooks to bet BBL cricket online?

Who was the best team to bet on in BBL 8?

Melbourne Renegades, who won their first Big Bash League title by beating derby rivals Melbourne Stars in a packed stadium, would have been the most profitable team for BBL betting aficionados. Overall, the Renegades finished the tournament with 8 wins (from 14 games). Defending champions Adelaide Strikers failed to qualify for the playoffs. Table toppers Hobart Hurricanes lost to the Stars in the semifinal.

Which is the best team to bet on in BBL 9?

Melbourne Stars—who have made the semifinals in all but one edition—are the bookmakers’ outright favourite going into BBL 9. The two-time runners-up, who it has to be said snatched defeat from the jaws of victory last year, sure have the firepower to go all the way. Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat are, respectively, the second and third favourites.

Is the BBL always organised between December and February?

Unlike the much vaunted Indian Premier League, there is no window as far as BBL is concerned. The Big Bash League has always taken place between December and January or February. International cricket continues to take place and that is also the time when nations tour Australia for Test and limited overs cricket.

When does BBL 9 start?

Big Bash League 2019-20 (or BBL 9) will run from December 17, 2019 through February 8, 2020.

Is there live BBL betting?

The fast nature of Twenty20 cricket makes live or in-match cricket betting a popular choice for players once the first ball has been bowled. Most sportsbooks, including the shops recommended above, offer customers live betting options on BBL cricket.

Who will be the top batsman and top bowler in BBL 2019-20?

In order to correctly predict the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in BBL season, cricket bettors must pick which four teams are most likely to make the playoffs. In the past, most leading run-scorers and wicket-takers have been from teams that have finished in the top four. The only exceptions are Ben Laughlin (2012-13) and Cameron Gannon (2013-14) among bowlers, and Chris Lynn (2015-16) and Ben Dunk (2016-17) among batsmen.

This season onward, Cricket Australia have introduced Golden Bat and Golden Arm caps that will, respectively, be worn by the leading batsman and bowler.

Given the form they have displayed in recent months, Marcus Stoinis among batsmen and Rashid Khan among bowlers will be heavily favoured.

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