Big Bash Preview: January 23rd – 25th

Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars
Tuesday January 23

The Sixers are on a roll after thumping the Brisbane Heat in Sydney.

The Sixers may not be featuring in the finals this season, but look determined to continue their winning run. Nathan Lyon continues to enhance his white-ball reputation with each game. Lyon has given the Sixers a real edge, taking six wickets at an economy rate of 4.92. Nic Maddinson has 230 runs with the bat and has come into good form towards the end of the season.

The Stars have a single win for the season. The pre-season favourites have struggled for consistency. Glen Maxwell has carried the Stars batting this season, striking the ball at 146.26. Kevin Pietersen will be eager to make an impression in his last trip to the SCG.

The Stars have struggled for runs, while the Sixers bowling attack has made a real impression over the last few games. The Sixers will be confident of taking the points in a tough clash. 

Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades
Wednesday January 24

The Renegades and the Thunder head to Canberra in a crucial clash for both sides.

The Renegades will be able to secure a finals berth with a win over the Thunder. Kieron Pollard provides the x-factor for the Renegades. The West Indies all-rounder has the potential to provide some fireworks with both bat and ball. Dwayne Bravo’s bowling will be a key weapon for the Renegades. Bravo’s bowling at the end of the innings will be crucial in restricting the Thunder.

The Thunder will be without Callum Ferguson for the remainder of the season. Ferguson suffered a hamstring injury in the field against the Stars. Usman Khawaja remains under an injury cloud with a bruised thumb. The Thunder need to win remain in the hunt for the finals.

The Renegades have the goods to grab the points on the road. 

Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers
Thursday January 25

The problem for the Scorchers will be trying to fit Shaun Marsh into the batting line-up. Marsh is a good chance of making his first BBL appearance after overcoming injury.

The Scorchers have the chance to secure a home semi-final with a win over the Strikers. The Scorchers will be looking to Turner and Agar to provide the fireworks. Ashton Turner hit an explosive half-century for the Hurricanes, while Ashton Agar picked up two wickets with the ball.

The Strikers will be looking to square the ledger with the Scorchers after losing their last clash in the top end. Alex Carey will want to continue his good form at the top of the order. Carey hit his maiden BBL century against the Hurricanes. The match is the last time the Scorchers will play at The Furnace before moving to Optus Stadium. The orange army will be expecting a big performance.

With a home semi-final on the line, the Scorchers will be too strong at home.