Today the 2020-21 edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) is scheduled to begin. In the opening game of the season, the defending champions Sydney Sixers will take on the Hobart Hurricanes. Daniel Hughes will lead the Sixers as Moises Henriques has been selected for a three-day practice game against India in Sydney to represent Australia A.
The Hurricanes will play without their skipper Matthew Wade, who is part of the Australian Test team that will be busy playing against India from December 17 in a four-match series. The leadership duties in Wade’s absence have been handed over to Peter Handscomb(latest recruit for this season). In a practice game on Tuesday that the Sixers won by just two wickets against the Hurricanes.
It is forecast to be cloudy in Hobart. However, with the temperature forecast to be about 12-15 degrees Celsius, there is minimal possibility of rain.
The start of the season means the pitch will be fresh and rough in Hobart. While the batsmen will enjoy the ball coming on to the bat and then reaching the line, fast bowlers will early on get some purchase from the wicket. It is not yet known the significance of the dew factor, so the captain winning the toss should first choose to bat and bring about 170 runs on the board.
Peter Handscomb (c&wk), D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Mac Wright, Riley Meredith, Johan Botha, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland
Daniel Hughes (c), Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Jordan Silk, Justin Avendano/Jack Edwards, Carlos Brathwaite, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshius, Stephen O’Keefe, Gurinder Sandhu, Lloyd Pope
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers Dream 11:
James Vince (c), Josh Philippe (wk), Peter Handscomb (wk), Daniel Hughes, Colin Ingram, Daniel Christian, D’Arcy Short, James Faulkner, Ben Dwarshius, Gurinder Sandhu, Scott Boland
The Sydney Sixers will go into the BBL opening fixture as the big favourite to win the match against the Hobart Hurricanes. The Daniel Hughes-led kit looks the stronger side on paper, with all three overseas stars available to begin – compared to only one for the Hobart Hurricanes. Let’s bet on BAJI now to enjoy the excitement of this most desired match in the cricket world!