Melbourne Stars Favourites to Win 2020/21 Big Bash

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Melbourne Stars have opened up as the favourites with the bookmakers to win the 2020/21 Big Bash tournament in what would be their first success in the tournament.

The franchise from Melbourne have been runners-up on three occasions, including in last year’s competition when they were beaten by Sydney Sixers by 19 runs in the final.

On paper, the Stars arguably have the strongest squad in this season’s competition so it is easy to see why they head the cricket betting at 15/4 for the title. Glenn Maxwell will captain the team and it includes a number of players who recently shone in the Indian Premier League.

The big addition this year for Melbourne is the signing of Jonny Bairstow. England’s opening batsman has proved to be one of the most explosive limited overs players in the world over the last couple of years. He played a crucial role in their maiden World Cup success in 2019.

Bairstow is making his debut in the Big Bash this year. However, he will only join up with his new teammates after Christmas. As well as adding some firepower to their batting line up, the Englishman is also an option with the gloves as he is very capable behind the wicket.

Melbourne are not short of options in their bowling attack going into the 2020/21 campaign. Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa will lead the team and should contribute plenty of wickets between them.

Sixers Aiming to Become Second Team to Defend Big Bash

Perth Scorchers are the only team in the history of the Big Bash to defend the crown. They managed that feat in 2015. Last year’s winners will be hoping to replicate that achievement this season where they have strong claims once again.

Sixers are second best in the betting for the competition at 4/1. Their chances were boosted with the return of Mitchell Starc to their squad this year. The Australian bowler has not featured in the Big Bash since the 2014/15 campaign. He has 20 wickets in 10 matches for the franchise and is sure to improve that tally over the next three months.

Sydney will be without Steve Smith and Josh Hazlewood this season as their schedule is packed with international cricket for Australia. Despite the loss of these two talented players, they still have a group who have a lot of experience of T20 cricket around the world.

James Vince holds one of their visa contracts and will open the batting for the defending champions. He will be joined by Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes in what is a strong opening order.

Nathan Lyon, Tom Curran, and Sean Abbott give them options with the ball. They should cause teams lots of problems as they look to restrict the opposition during the tournament. This was one of their big strengths last season so this could once again be one of the keys to their success again.

This year’s Big Bash is the 10th edition of the Twenty20 tournament and will begin on the 10th December.