The new season of the BBL is underway. This page will keep you updated with all the snippets of news from the tournament
Glenn Maxwell is taking his omission from Australia’s ODI squad in his stride and believes he has learnt how to deal with such situations.
In late October, Maxwell took a break from the game to manage his mental health and produced a dazzling display in his first match back with 83 off 39 balls for the Melbourne Stars against the Brisbane Heat.
That came a few days after he was one of a group of senior players not included for the one-day tour of India next month, with both national selector Trevor Hohns and coach Justin Langer saying it was a decision taken based on Maxwell’s one-day form over the last 12 months
“I probably haven’t dwelled on it as much as I probably did in the past,” he said. “I suppose not shelving it and just not thinking about it, being able to have the conversations with people about it and deal with it appropriately. That’s probably something I haven’t done very well in the past and to be able to get through the other side and perform well, really makes a big difference.”
Maxwell, who secured USD$1.5 million IPL deal with Kings XI, will remain a key cog in Australia’s T20I side as they build towards next year’s World Cup on home soil – an event which is at the forefront of his mind.
“There’s that big carrot I suppose at the start of next season and I’ll be doing everything I can to work towards that.”
Wright returns to the Stars
Former Melbourne Stars and England batsman Luke Wright has been hired as the Stars’ new batting coach. The Stars have been without a batting mentor in the build-up to the BBL after Michael Klinger left the role to take up the head coaching job with the Melbourne Renegades. Wright will join the squad in January. He played 57 matches with the Stars and is currently their all-time leading run-scorer with 1479 and he is the only Stars player to score two BBL centuries.
“I’ve missed being a part of the Stars group last season so when the opportunity came up to be involved as batting coach, I jumped at it,” Wright said. “I’m really looking forward to working with Huss [David Hussey] and helping a really exciting and talented bunch of players prepare for the matches. I can’t wait to get started.”
Finch calls for BBL DRS
Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said that he had taken heed of calls by Australia’s T20 captain Aaron Finch for the use of DRS in future editions of the BBL, but ruled out its inclusion this season.
In the opening over of the season, Usman Khawaja survived an lbw appeal against Josh Lalor which replays showed should have been given out.
Finch believes DRS should be available as it now is in T20Is, the IPL and the finals of this year’s CPL. “I think we should have one review, similar to internationals and ODI cricket,” he said. “There’s so much riding on games and you know how much of an impact one ball can have or one decision can have.
“Sometimes you’re on the right side, sometimes you’re not, but I think we’ve come far enough and there’s enough time in the game to have a 90-second strategy break, so to me it would make sense.”
Roberts said: “We’ll review the BBL in the ordinary course at the end of the season. I was really happy to see the opening match last night and to watch that from home, the first tactical timeout as well. I think Aaron makes a really good point, and also a really good question about DRS. We’re not going to be looking at that right now but like all things cricket, as each season passes we review and we consider how we can improve and I think Aaron makes a fair point and one that we would consider going forward.”
Renegades draft in Doolan; Christian ready for spin
Alex Doolan has returned to the Melbourne Renegades having been drafted in as a local replacement player ahead of the opening match of the tournament for the defending champions.
He comes into the squad for 19-year-old pace bowler Zak Evans who is recovering from a back injury. However, there is no place for recent Test opener Marcus Harris. The Renegades begin their title defence against the Sydney Thunder in Geelong.
Meanwhile, Dan Christian was watching the Thunder’s opening match closely and was preparing himself to face plenty of spin after seeing the impact of Jono Cook, Chris Green and Arjun Nair against the Brisbane Heat. The trio took 6 for 70 from 12 overs to derail the Heat at the Gabba.
Thunder have been good tonight!! Will make sure I get thrown some off spinners before Thursday night’s game
— Dan Christian (@danchristian54) December 17, 2019