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| On Updated : Dec 19, 2019 7:55 AM IST

Big Bash 2019-20: Top 3 contenders for the title

Big Bash 2019-20: It’s that time of the year where the cricket will be at its peak in Australia as the Big Bash 09 has begun. This Australian Summer is already a brilliant one for the Aussies as they have retained “THE ASHES”, brushed aside Sri Lanka in T20Is, thrashed Pakistanis in T20Is and Tests and going guns against New Zealand as well. This Big-Bash will be a cherry on the top for the Australian fans.

Here we look at the Top 3 contenders for the Big Bash Title.

  1. Melbourne Renegades

The defending champions are once again looking very strong and will be a looking to defend their title. They have some global superstars and also have a core Australian setup. They defeated Melbourne Stars in the last year BBL final and looked like a complete side and thoroughly deserved the title last year. Melbourne Renegades also having one of the best white-ball captains going around the world at present, Aaron Finch.

He looked tactically sound last season with his bowling change and field positions and will be hoping to carry the same form in this year as well.

Players To Watch Out For:

Shaun Marsh: After being left out from the Australian squad in all formats of the game, Shaun Marsh is never going to give up on his career anytime soon. The 36-year-old southpaw has a formidable T20 record, With him being at the top along with their skipper Aaron Finch, it definitely will be a dangerous pair

Mohammad Nabi: The veteran all-rounder from Afghanistan is the most sought after player in franchise cricket around the world at present. Though he is available only for 8 games, he will play an important role in setting up the tournament for them. He is sure to make an impact with both the ball and the bat for sure.

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

  1. Melbourne Stars

The runners-up from the last season will be looking to go one step ahead to clinch the trophy this time. It was so close yet so far for them last season. Melbourne stars always have the reputation of the most consistent side in Big Bash history and they will be looking to do no harm for that reputation this season as well.

Players To Watch Out For:

Glenn Maxwell: The Big-Show is returning to competitive cricket after having taken an indefinite break due to Mental health issues. He will be available for the full season and also will captain the side as well. With T20 world cup in distant sight and the Ipl on the way, Maxwell will just relish this opportunity in the format which he loves the most.

Dale Steyn: After having retired from the tests, Dale Steyn has kept himself busy by playing T20 leagues around the world. Though available for only the first six games of the competition, Maxwell will be delighted to have Steyn under him. If anything, Australian pitches are tailor-made for Steyn and he is sure to give Batsmen a run for their money.

Squad: Pat Brown, Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, SebGotch, Peter Handscomb, Clint Hinchliffe, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nick Larkin, NicMaddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Dale Steyn, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa

  1. Sydney Sixers

Sydney Sixers is one team who always punch above their weight. They always have the perfect blend of youth and experience. This season, with Steve Smith available for a few matches in the middle of the season, Sydney Sixers will be surely making the most of him. They have a solid Australian core which separates them from the rest.

They always trust their players to the core and again they have got the same set of players who helped them reach semifinals last season.

Players To Watch Out For:

James Vince: One of the stand out players from last season of the competition. He averaged 44.83 at the top of the order in eight innings last season. He is one of the underrated T20 batsmen going around and with pitches going flat in Australia, he will once again look to make the most of this opportunity.

Sean Abbott: He finished as the 2nd leading wicket-taker only behind Kane Richardson in the last season. He is always there grabbing the attention of the selectors with his strong performances. With T20 world cup happening in Australia in less than a year, he will be definitely waiting to prove his worth. He also has earned a reputation of being a good hitter down the order with the bat which will only make his case stronger for earning a spot in the national team.

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

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