Big Bash League (BBL 2021)—The Australian T20 League is back.

Australia is coming back from a victorious T20 World Cup campaign with a backdrop of Tim Paine’s scandal and an Ashes running in the background.

The first match of the Big Bash is already upon us. Glenn Maxwell’s Melbourne Stars suffered a horror loss by a mammoth 152 runs. If this game is anything to go by…we are going to be in for a long journey.

Here is everything you need to know about BBL 2021 quickly.

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Quick Summary

  • Matches: 61 (8 teams, 14 matches each, double round robin, top 5 qualify for the playoffs)
  • Teams: Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunders
  • Dates: December 5th 2021- January 28th, 2022
  • Venues: City: Stadium (Number of Matches)
    • Adelaide: Adelaide Oval (7)
    • Brisbane: The Gabba (5)
    • Canberra: Manuka Oval (2)
    • Coffs Harbour: Coffs Harbour International Stadium (2)
    • Geelong: Kardinia Park (also known as GMHBA) (2)
    • Gold Coast: Carrara Stadium (2)
    • Hobart: Bellerive Oval (also known as Blundstone Arena) (5)
    • Launceston: York Park (University of Tasmania Stadium) (2)
    • Melbourne: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) (6), Docklands Stadium (also known as Marvel Stadium) (5), Junction Oval (1)
    • Perth: Perth Stadium (7)
    • Sydney: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) (5), Sydney Showground Stadium (5)
  • Fixtures can be seen here.

History

  1. Sydney Sixers: 2011, 2015, 2019, 2020 (Winners), 2014, 2016 (Runner-Up)
  2. Perth Scorchers: 2013, 2014, 2016 (Winners), 2011, 2012, 2020 (Runner-Up)
  3. Adelaide Strikers: 2017 (Winners)
  4. Brisbane Heat: 2012 (Winners)
  5. Melbourne Renegades: 2018 (Winners)
  6. Sydney Thunders: 2015 (Winners)
  7. Melbourne Stars: 2015, 2018, 2019 (Runner-Up)
  8. Hobart Hurricanes: 2013, 2017 (Runner-Up)

BBL 2021: Teams & Expected Playing XI

Before we begin with the BBL 2021 squads, here are the Ashes squad for the first two Tests as well as the Australia A squad that is due to face the England Lions between Tests. In case of conflicts, several players might miss some of their Big Bash matches.

We might also see some early overseas signings replaced due to COVID, Australian quarantine rules, and visa issues.

Ashes XI

  1. David Warner, 2. Marcus Harris, 3. Marnus Labuschagne, 4. Steven Smith 9VC), 5. Travis Head, 6. Cameron Green, 7. Alex Carey (WK), 8. Pat Cummins (C), 9. Josh Hazlewood, 10. Mitchell Starc, 11. Nathan Lyon

Squad: 12. Michael Neser, 13. Jhye Richarson, 14. Mitchell Swepson, 15. Usman Khawaja

Australia A Squad (December 9-12 Tour Game)

  1. Matt Renshaw, 2. Josh Inglis (WK), 3. Nic Maddinson, 4. Mitchell Marsh, 5. Alex Carey (WK), 6. Ashton Agar, 7. Henry Hunt, 8. Bryce Street, 9. Sean Abbott, 10. Scott Boland, 11. Mark Steketee

*Teams highlighted in their respective jersey colors

Adelaide Strikers

Captain: Travis Head (C), Alex Carey (VC/WK)

  • Australia Internationals: Peter Siddle, Matt Renshaw, Fawad Ahmed, Daniel Worrall (3 ODIs), Wes Agar (2 ODIs)
  • Australia Domestic: Jake Weatherald, Harry Conway, Ryan Gibson, Spencer Johnson, Harry Nielsen (WK), Liam O’Connor, Liam Scott, Matthew Short, Jonathan Wells
  • Foreign Recruits: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Phil Salt, George Garton (England)

Coaching Staff: Jason Gillespie

I am looking forward to Peter Siddle and Rashid Khan. It is the time of the year where Siddle’s energy flows through and Rashid Khan’s presence is enough to send fears to the opposition camp.

Adelaide Strikers Expected XI:

  1. Phil Salt, 2. Jake Weatherald, 3. Travis Head/Alex Carey (C), 4. Matt Renshaw, 5. Ryan Gibson, 6. Jonathan Wells, 7. Michael Neser, 8. George Garton, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Fawad Ahmed, 11. Peter Siddle

Predicted Result: 7th

Brisbane Heat

Captain: Jimmy Peirson (WK)

  • Australia Internationals: Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson, Sam Heazlett (1 ODI), Jack Wildermuth (1 T20I)
  • Australia Domestic: Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mark Steketee, Connor Sully, Matthew Willans, Liam Guthrie, Will Prestwisdge
  • Foreign Recruits: Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Tom Abell (England), Tom Cooper (Netherlands), Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Coaching Staff: Wade Seccombe

I am looking forward to the foreign recruits. Ben Duckett was the find of The Hundred, and Mujeeb and Banton are match winners on their day.

Brisbane Heat Expected XI:

1. Chris Lynn, 2. Max Bryant/Labuschagne/Banton, 3. Ben Duckett, 4. Sam Heazlett, 5. Jack Wildurmuth, 6. Jimmy Pierson, 7. James Bazley/Michael Neser, 8. Xavier Bartlett, 9. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10. Matthew Kuhnemann, 11. Liam Guthrie/Mitchell Swepson

Predicted Result: 8th

Hobart Hurricanes

Captain: Matthew Wade (C/WK)

  • Australia Internationals: Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Ben McDermott (WK), Riley Meredith, D’arcy Short
  • Australia Domestic: Jake Doan (WK), Caleb Jewell, David Moody, Mitchell Owen, Wil Parker, Aaron Summers, Charlier Wakim, Nick Winter, Macalister Wright, Jordan Thompson
  • Foreign Recruits: Tim David (Singapore), Johan Botha (now domestic Australian player), Colin Ingram (South Africa), Dawid Malan, Will Jacks, Harry Brook (England), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Keemo Paul (West Indies)

Coaching Staff: Adam Griffith

I am looking forward to World Cup star Matthew Wade. Finally rising to the international stage, can he take Hobart to their first BBL? Also watch out for Tim David from Singapore, who is making his name in T20 leagues around the world.

Hobart Hurricanes Expected XI:

1. Matthew Wade, 2. D’Arcy Short, 3. Colin Ingram/Dawid Malan, 4. Peter Handscomb, 5. Ben McDermott, 6. Tim David, 7. James Faulkner, 8. Scott Boland, 9. Nathan Ellis, 10. Riley Meredith, 11. Sandeep Lamichhane

Predicted Result: 1st/Winners

Melbourne Renegades

Captain: Nic Maddinson

  • Australia Internationals: Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Harris, Cameron Boyce, James Pattinson (retired from international duty), Kane Richardson
  • Australia Domestic: Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Josh Lalor, Jonathan Merlo, Jack Prestwidge, Will Sutherland, Mitch Perry
  • Foreign Recruits: Mohammad Nabi, Zahir Khan (Afghanistan), Reece Topley (England), Unmukt Chand (USA/ ex-India)

Coaching Staff: David Saker

I am looking forward to James Pattinson, Shaun Marsh, and Mohammad Nabi. These three are at the end of their careers, and I hope they still have a couple of good years in them. Also curious if Melbourne will play Unmukt Chand or if it is only to lure future Indian cricketers.

Melbourne Renegades Expected XI:

1. Aaron Finch, 2. Shaun Marsh, 3. Nic Maddinson, 4. Jake Fraser-McGurk, 5. Mackenzie Harvey, 6. Mohammad Nabi, 7. Kane Richardson, 8. James Pattinson, 9. Reece Topley, 10. Zahir Khan, 11. Cameron Boyce

Predicted Result: 3rd

Melbourne Stars

Captain: Glenn Maxwell (C), Marcus Stoinis (VC)

  • Australia Internationals: Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Will Pucovski, Peter Nevill (WK)
  • Australia Domestic: Jackson Coleman, Seb Gotch (WK), Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Sam Rainbird, Beau Webster, Sam Elliot, Brody Couch
  • Foreign Recruits: Qais Ahmed (Afghanistan), Syed Faridoun (Pakistan), Joe Clarke (England)

Coaching Staff: David Hussey

I am looking forward to the Australian international regiment. Maxwell, Stoinis, Zampa won’t be missing much due to the Ashes and they are in red hot form. Hope they rebound from the first game.

Melbourne Stars Expected XI:

  1. Marcus Stoinis, 2. Joe Clarke, 3. Joe Burns, 4. Nick Larkin, 5. Glenn Maxwell (C), 6. Hilton Cartwright, 7. Peter Neville (WK), 8. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9. Syed Faridoun/Qais Ahmed, 10. Billy Stanlake, 11. Adam Zampa

Predicted Result: 6th

Perth Scorchers

Captain: Ashton Turner

  • Australia Internationals: Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft (WK), Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Cameron Green, Kurtis Patterson (2 Tests), Joel Paris (2 ODIs)
  • Australia Domestic: Josh Inglis (WK), Peter Hatzoglou, Matthew Kelly, Cooper Connolly, Aaron Hardie, Nick Hobson
  • Foreign Recruits: Colin Munro (New Zealand), Laurie Evans (England), Cameron Gannon (USA international/Australia domestic)

Coaching Staff: Adam Voges

I am looking forward to Josh Inglis. Alex Carey barely pipped him to the Ashes spot but he will be there for Australia A game. Can he warm up with some BBL runs? You can never count Perth Scorchers out.

Perth Scorchers Expected XI:

1. Josh Inglis (WK), 2. Cameron Bancroft, 3. Mitchell Marsh, 4. Colin Munro,, 6. Ashton Agar, 7. Cameron Green, 8. Jhye Richardson/Jason Behrendorff, 9. Andrew Tye, 10. Joel Paris, 11. Kurtis Patterson

Predicted Result: 2nd

Sydney Sixers

Captain: Moises Henriques (C), Daniel Hughes (VC)

  • Australia Internationals: Dan Christian, Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Nathon Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Philippe (WK)
  • Australia Domestic: Jordan Silk, Ben Dwarshuis, Hayden Kerr, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Benjamin Manenti, Lloyd Pope
  • Foreign Recruits: Carlos Brathwaite (injured), Chris Jordan (West Indies), Tom Curran, James Vince (England)

Coaching Staff: Greg Shipperd

I am looking forward to James Vince and Tom Curran. Vince has the Big Bash to thank for his England return last year and both Curran-Vince needs good BBLs to make it the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.

Sydney Sixers Expected XI:

  1. Josh Philippe (WK), 2. James Vince, 3. Moises Henriques (C), 4. Dan Christian, 5. Tom Curran, 6. Jordan Silk, 7. Daniel Hughes, 8. Sean Abbott, 9. Hayden Kerr, 10. Chris Jordan, 11. Steve O’Keefe

Predicted Result: 5th

Sydney Thunder

Captain: Usman Khawaja

  • Australia Internationals: Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Tremain (4 ODIs)
  • Australia Domestic: Chris Green, Jason Sangha, Baxter Holt (WK), Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes (WK), Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Tanveer Sangha, Sam Whiteman, Gurinder Sandhu, Jonathon Cook
  • Foreign Recruits: Alex Hales, Sam Billings (WK), Saqib Mahmood (England) (Adam Milne – NZ)

Coaching Staff: Trevor Bayliss

I am looking forward to The English foreign brigade. Alex Hales at the top, Sam Billings to finish it off and Saqib Mahmood with the pace. Also much to prove for captain Usman Khawaja since Travis Head was picked as Australia’s #5 for the Ashes.

Sydney Thunder Expected XI:

1. Usman Khawaja (C), 2. Alex Hales, 3. Sam Whiteman, 4. Matthew Gilkes, 5. Sam Billings (WK), 6. Alex Ross, 7. Daniel Sams, 8. Ben Cutting, 9. Chris Green, 10. Gurinder Sandhu, 11. Tanveer Sangha

Predicted Result: 4th

Big Bash League 2021 (BBL 2021) Predictions

Finally here are my predictions.

My prediction for the team to lift the BBL 2021 trophy is….Hobart Hurricanes!

  • Most Runs: Josh Philippe
  • Most Wickets: James Pattinson
  • MVP: Matthew Wade
  • Emerging Player: Tanveer Sangha/Jake Fraser-McGurk
  • Surprise Package: Johan Botha
  • Broken Cricket Dream: Most Australian internationals miss BBL for the Ashes; most internationals lose out due to COVID; crowd skips the tournament altogether

Here were my Big Bash League – BBL 2021 Predictions. What did you think? What are YOUR predictions? Comment Below!

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