Big Bash League Team Previews – Scorchers & Stars

December 12, 2015 by Posted in Cricket Tips

Perth Scorchers

It is that time of the year when the excitement of Australian cricket fans is veered towards one tournament. Even the Test series against West Indies isn’t a distraction because all eyes are glued on the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL05). This is Australia’s premier domestic Twenty20 competition which will commence on Thursday, 17 December 2015 and right here at Bet King we will have all the cricket betting tips!

Eight rounds will be played throughout December and January in this fifth season of the BBL. The eight city-based teams will vie to be among the top four to play the semi-finals on January 21 and 22. The Final will be on Sunday, 24th January 2016.

We take a look at the eight teams, their composition and their chances as we build up to this year’s BBL.

Perth Scorchers

Easily the most successful team in BBL, Perth Scorchers are the two-time defending BBL champions. Their captain Adam Voges is in the form of his life having broken into the Test squad and established himself as a senior player, however his international commitments could hinder his involvement in the BBL.

The Marsh brothers – Shaun and Mitch – have been the cornerstones of the Scorchers’ success along with Michael Klinger. The team is vastly experienced and this gives them an edge. The presence of Brad Hogg gives them a variation and strength in the bowling department.

Englishmen Michael Carberry and David Willey complete the overseas signings for the Scorchers as they look strong enough to win the title for a third time.

Player to watch: Michael Klinger
X-factor: David Willey
Prediction: Finals
Odds: $4.50 at Sportsbet

Melbourne Stars

Every year, the Stars are touted to be among the favorites only to fall short when it comes to the crunch time of finals. Surprisingly, they reached the semi-finals in each BBL season but never progressed beyond. The loss of skipper Cameron White to Melbourne Renegades is a loss but their batting lineup is still incredibly strong.

Add the presence of Glenn Maxwell and the experienced David Hussey and fans would have reason to feel that this could finally be their year.

The bowling will depend on Ben Hilfenhaus, Scott Boland and James Faulkner, with spinner Adam Zampa coming into the squad. On paper, though, bowling looks a little light. Once again the Stars have been declared the pre-tournament favorites.

Player to watch: Adam Zampa
X factor: Kevin Pietersen
Prediction: Semi-finals
Odds: $4.50 at Sportsbet

We’ll have more team previews coming shortly in the build up to the 2015 Big Bash League season!

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