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BBL 02 is here

UPDATED 07 December, 2012 3:27PM AEST |

The KFC T20 Big Bash League starts tonight with the BIG MELBOURNE DERBY between the Renegades and Stars at Etihad Stadium

The Action moves to Sydney tomorrow night for the BIG SYDNEY DERBY between the Sixers and Thunder at the SCG before the opening weekend ends with the first of two double-header Sundays for the season – Heat play Hurricanes at the Gabba and Scorchers meet Strikers at The Furnace in Perth.

Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars
Etihad Stadium, Fri 7 Dec, 7pm
• Broadcast: Live on Fox Sports 2 from 6:30pm EDT and ABC Radio
• Online: Live scores and match reviews on bigbash.com.au

• Last meeting: Stars 5-167 d Renegades 3-58 by 11 runs (D/L) at MCG
• The match is the first between the teams at Etihad Stadium
• Notable Debuts/First Games: Brad Hodge (Stars) against his former team; former Sri Lanka team mates Muttiah Muralidaran (Renegades) and Lasith Malinga (Stars)
• Renegades will field a new-look team with 13 changes to its squad from BBL|01
• Last season’s BIG MELBOURNE DERBY attracted the league’s highest attendance 40,227
• David Hussey and Hodge have scored more T20 runs than any other players in the world – Hussey 4670 (190 matches), Hodge 4522 (159)
• Etihad Stadium was the highest scoring venue in BBL|01 with an average of 343 runs per match
• The Renegades Freestyle Moto X Team will perform fire flips at 6.30pm and again at the innings break
• Alex Doolan (Renegades), Glenn Maxwell (Stars) and Scott Henry (Stars) are unavailable for selection due to Chairman’s XI commitments

Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder
SCG, Sat 8 Dec, 7pm
• Broadcast: Live on Fox Sports 2 from 6:30pm EDT and ABC Radio
• Online: Live scores and match reviews on bigbash.com.au

• Last meeting: Sixers 7-117 d Thunder 4-29 by 17 runs (D/L) at ANZ Stadium
• The match is the first between the teams at the SCG
• Notable Debuts/First Games: David Warner (Sixers) against his former team
• The Sixers have retained the core of its BBL|01 and CLT20 championship squads
• Dirk Nannes (Thunder) is the leading wicket taker in T20s (international + domestic) in the world – 191 from 170 matches
• Usman Khawaja (Thunder) is being released from the Chairman’s XI to play in the match

Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes
Gabba, Sun 9 Dec, 5pm
• Broadcast: Live on Fox Sports 2 from 5:30pm EDT and ABC Radio
• Online: Live scores and match reviews on bigbash.com.au

• Last meeting: Heat 4-201 d Hurricanes 4-198 by three runs at Gabba
• Last season’s clash was the highest scoring match in the league (399 total runs)
• Notable Debuts/First Games: Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson (Heat); Tim Paine, Doug Bollinger, Scott Styris (Hurricanes)
• Dan Christian looms as a key player for the Heat. Of the returning players, he was the leading run scorer (163) for the team in BBL|01 and was the most economical (7.21) of the first-choice bowlers 
• Travis Birt was the league’s leading run scorer in BBL|01 (345) and hit the most runs from boundaries (222)
• Birt and Owais Shah scored 49.6% of the Hurricanes’ runs in BBL|01 – 627/1264
• Birt and Shah will get more support at the top of the order this season with Ricky Ponting available for all matches and Tim Paine returning from injury

Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers
The Furnace, Sun 9 Dec, 6pm
• Broadcast: Live on Fox Sports 2 from 9pm EDT and ABC Radio
• Online: Live scores and match reviews on bigbash.com.au

• Last meeting: Scorchers 5-184 d Strikers 142 by 42 runs at WACA
• Notable Debuts/First Games: Phillip Hughes and Saeed Ajmal (Strikers), Adam Voges returns to Perth to play for Scorchers
• The Scorchers lost its first home match last season before going on a five-match winning streak
• The Strikers have revamped their batting line-up for BBL|02 with only Michael Klinger and Callum Ferguson remaining from the top seven who played in the corresponding match last year. Four of the top five run scorers for the Strikers last season will play for different teams in BBL|02 -  Daniel Harris (Renegades), Aiden Blizzard (Hurricanes), Cameron Borgas (Thunder), Tom Cooper (Renegades)
• In BBL|01, when Herschelle Gibbs fired, so did the Scorchers. In seven matches with Gibbs playing, the Scorchers won five and lost two. In the matches won, Gibbs scored, 57, 38, 69, 65 and 71. The two losses came when he scored 2 and 0.
• Gibbs combined for a 102-run opening stand with Marcus North against Strikers last season; the pair averaged 49 for the first wicket in six matches

Catch the action anywhere, anytime
In addition to the live broadcast of KFC T20 Big Bash League matches on Fox Sports and ABC Radio, fans can watch every ball of the KFC T20 Big Bash League via the Cricket LIVE Australia app. The app is available for free and for $12.99 fans can watch the live TV coverage of all KFC T20 Big Bash League and international matches. A single match pass is $4.49.

http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/cricket/cricket/live-app

Vodafone’s Cricket LIVE Australia app is in addition to the specific KFC T20 Big Bash League apps that have been re-launched for the season. The apps can be customised for each team and provide live scores, video highlights, match reports and more.

BBL|01 Stats Recap
Most Runs                                                             345, Travis Birt (Hobart Hurricanes)
Most Wickets                                                        15 Rana Naved (Hobart Hurrianes)
Most Sixes                                                            22 Chris Gayle (Sydney Thunder)
Most Total Boundaries (Sixes + Fours)                  46 (19+27) Travis Birt (Hobart Hurricanes)
Highest Strike Rate (min 100 balls)                        168.29 Travis Birt (Hobart Hurricanes)
Best Economy Rate (min 12 overs)                        5.61 Brad Hogg (Perth Scorchers)
Highest Score                                                       117 Luke Wright (Melbourne Stars)
Best Bowling (Innings)                                          4-17 Xavier Doherty (Hobart Hurricanes)
Best Economy Rate (Innings)                                2-8 (4) Brad Hogg (Perth Scorchers)

Average TV Audience                                        282,558
Average Attendance                                           17,753
Highest Attendance                                            40,227 Stars v Renegades, 7 Jan 12, MCG

Ticketing information
Prices for BBL|02 have again been set to ensure the league continues to offer an affordable night out.  A general admission family ticket (2 adults and 2 kids) is priced from just $42.50. Individual general admission tickets are also great value, priced from just $20 for an adult, $5 for a child and $12 for a student. All prices are inclusive of GST.

Memberships for all teams are also on sale, so fans can secure the best seats in the house and other benefits for the entire season. Fans are encouraged to either buy memberships or pre-purchase individual tickets to assist with quick entry into venues to avoid missing the action

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 07 December, 2012 3:23PM AEST

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