The seventh season of the Big Bash League will kick-start from December 18, 2017 and the Perth Scorchers will hope they can make it their second title in a row and fourth overall when they take field.
The seventh edition of the tournament will be played from December 18 and the league stage of the competition will go all the way up to January 27, 2018. This will be followed by a four-day break before the semi-finals and the final will be played on February 1, 2 and 4 respectively.
Going into the sixth edition of the BBL last season, the Perth Scorchers looked like they needed to shrug off a below-par showing in the fifth season and they went two better. Having been dispatched in the semi-final in BBL05, they not only won the semi-final this time, they also went on to crush the Sydney Sixers in the final to lift the trophy for a record third time.
Add that to the fact they have also been runner-up two other times, they will clearly enter BBL|07 as heavy favourites to repeat their showing from the previous year.
This is not to say that the other teams won’t look to stop them in their tracks. The Sydney Sixers, for instance, have already won the title once before – the first time ever the Big Bash League was held – and then went on to make the final on two previous occasions. They lost both those finals to the Perth Scorchers.
The Brisbane Heat have won the title once as well, having beaten the Perth Scorchers in the BBL02 final, while the Hobart Hurricanes were runner-up in the third edition of the competition when the Scorchers won the trophy for the first time ever.
Sydney Thunder were a surprise package of the fifth season, having battled for the wooden spoon over the previous four seasons, and not only did they manage to surprise the fans by making the finals of BBL05 but they also won the title by beating the Melbourne Stars in the title-decider.
What that implies is that the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Renegades are the only two sides in the competition to make it to the final so far. The Strikers have made the semi-finals on two previous occasions but failed to win it while the Renegades have done even worse with just one semi-final finish.
Going into the seventh edition on the Big Bash League, one can expect a few warm-up games between BBL teams and other T20 sides from across the world including sides from the New Zealand’s Super Smash T20. Last season, New Zealand’s Canterbury Kings had played a game as did the Legends XI, which consisted of players from the past like Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds.
In the main season, Brisbane Heat’s Chris Lynn finished the tournament as the man-of-the-series while Ben Dunk scored the most runs with 364 to his tally. Unfortunately for him, his Strikers failed to take advantage of his scores and crashed out early in the competition. Sydney Sixers were helped by Sean Abbott’s 20 wickets which was the highest in the tournament but failed at the final hurdle in the face of a Mitchell Johnson-led bowling attack.
Scorchers, Heat, Sixers and Stars finished in the top four to make the semi-finals while Renegades, Strikers, Hurricanes and Thunder formed the bottom four of the Big Bash League points table.
The BBL|07 will have eight extra matches played in the main tournament, with each side playing 10 matches apiece instead of the current eight. However the number of teams in the competition will remain at eight despite there being calls to increase the number of sides to nine or even 10. A total of 43 games will be played in the tournament this season.
The venues for each of these extra games will be announced closer to the start of the tournament and so will the BBL|07 schedule.
Big Bash League Results
What happened in previous Big Bash League Finals:
BBL01: Sydney Sixers beat Perth Scorchers
BBL02: Brisbane Heat beat Perth Scorchers
BBL03: Perth Scorchers beat Hobart Hurricanes
BBL04: Perth Scorchers beat Sydney Sixers
BBL05: Sydney Thunder beat Melbourne Stars
BBL06: Perth Scorchers beat Sydney Sixers
Most titles won:
Perth Scorchers: 3
Sydney Sixers: 1
Brisbane Heat: 1
Sydney Thunder: 1
Aaron Finch: 1561
Michael Klinger: 1537
Chris Lynn: 1412
Luke Wright: 1398
Brad Hodge: 1344
Ben Laughlin: 69
Brad Hogg: 54
Shaun Tait: 46
Sean Abbott: 46
Clint McKay: 46