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Big Bash League 2012 – 2013 Points Table

The 2012–13 Big Bash League season is be the second season of the Big Bash League, the premier Twenty20 cricket competition in Australia.

The new group stage has each team play eight matches, two of which are against the same team. The four best performing teams from the group stage advance to the knockout stage.

Big Bash League 2012/2013 Points Table

Teams

Mat

Won

Lost

Tied

N/R

Pts

Net RR

Melbourne Renegades 8 7 1 0 0 14 +0.791
Perth Scorchers 8 5 3 0 0 10 +1.322
Melbourne Stars 8 5 3 0 0 10 +0.246
Brisbane Heat 8 4 4 0 0 8 +0.464
Adelaide Strikers 8 4 4 0 0 8 -0.162
Hobart Hurricanes 8 4 4 0 0 8 -0.569
Sydney Sixers 8 3 5 0 0 6 -0.380
Sydney Thunder 8 0 8 0 0 0 -1.360

Brisbane Heat name squad for Hobart Hurricanes

The Brisbane Heat have named squad for tomorrow night’s opening T20 Big Bash League clash with the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba.

Heat have included Shane Watson, Luke Pomersbach, Ben Cutting, Joe Burns, Cameron Gannon, Chris Sabburg and Thisara Perera in his 13-man squad.

Perera, who arrived yesterday from Sri Lanka, trained this morning with the Heat for the first time while 22-year-old Toombul club cricketer Sabburg is poised to complete a rags-to-riches tale if he plays tomorrow night after being the 18th player contracted less than a week ago.

Cutting, who was ruled out on the eve of the tournament last year, and youngsters Gannon and Burns, who were squad members without playing in BBL|01, join former Australian T20 International rep Pomersbach as the other potential first gamers.

Watson will play his first game for the Heat since switching from the champion Sydney Sixers during the off-season.

Squad: Alister McDermott, Nathan Hauritz, Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, Luke Pomersbach, Joe Burns, James Hopes, Chris Hartley, Shane Watson, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Chris Sabburg, Thisara Perera

Big Bash League (BBL) 2012-13 Schedule & Fixtures

Big Bash League (BBL) 2012-2013 Schedule & Fixtures

Date and Time Match
Fri Dec 7
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Sat Dec 8
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder
Sydney Cricket Ground
Sun Dec 9
07:00 GMT | 17:00 local
12:30 IST
Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Sun Dec 9
10:00 GMT | 18:00 local
15:30 IST
Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
Wed Dec 12
09:00 GMT | 17:00 local
14:30 IST
Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
Thu Dec 13
08:30 GMT | 19:00 local
14:00 IST
Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat
Adelaide Oval
Fri Dec 14
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Sat Dec 15
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Sun Dec 16
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers
Sydney Cricket Ground
Tue Dec 18
08:30 GMT | 18:30 local
14:00 IST
Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Wed Dec 19
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Thu Dec 20
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Fri Dec 21
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Sat Dec 22
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Sun Dec 23
05:30 GMT | 16:30 local
11:00 IST
Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Sun Dec 23
08:30 GMT | 19:00 local
14:00 IST
Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers
Adelaide Oval
Wed Dec 26
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes
Sydney Cricket Ground
Thu Dec 27
08:00 GMT | 18:30 local
13:30 IST
Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars
Adelaide Oval
Fri Dec 28
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Sat Dec 29
10:00 GMT | 18:00 local
15:30 IST
Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
Sun Dec 30
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Tue Jan 1
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Wed Jan 2
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Thu Jan 3
08:00 GMT | 18:00 local
13:30 IST
Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Fri Jan 4
10:00 GMT | 18:00 local
15:30 IST
Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
Sat Jan 5
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Sun Jan 6
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Mon Jan 7
08:00 GMT | 18:00 local
13:30 IST
Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Tue Jan 8
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder (1 v 4)
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Wed Jan 9
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades (2 v 3)
Sydney Cricket Ground
Thu Jan 10
08:30 GMT | 19:00 local
14:00 IST
Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers
Adelaide Oval
Sat Jan 12
08:00 GMT | 19:00 local
13:30 IST
Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Tue Jan 15 1st semi-final – TBC v TBC
Venue TBC
Wed Jan 16 2nd semi-final – TBC v TBC
Venue TBC
Sat Jan 19 Final – TBC v TBC
Venue TBC

Mitchell Johnson Joins Brisbane Heat For Big Bash League (BBL) 2

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has signed with Brisbane Heat for the KFC T20 Big Bash League season.

Johnson, who will play for the Warriors in a Bupa Sheffield Shield against the Victorian Bushrangers at the MCG starting on Thursday, has agreed to a one-year deal with Heat.

The left-arm fast bowler turned out at the Champions League in South Africa this month with the Mumbai Indians, which he plays for in the Indian Premier League.

The 30-year-old has played 28 T20 Internationals, taking 36 wickets at an average of 20.11 including an economy rate of 7.14, and 34 career T20 games, with 38 wickets at 22.10 and an economy rate of 7.15.

Brisbane coach Darren Lehmann said today he was delighted to welcome Johnson to the Heat ranks.

“Midge has a lot of mates in the team from his days in Brisbane and also with the Australian team so he will slot in beautifully into the group,’’ he said.

“We’re all very pleased for he and Jess to be starting their family soon, so we’ll look forward to him enjoying his cricket with us once he’s ready,’’ Lehmann said.

“Mitch is a wonderful athlete and a gifted cricketer and I’m very excited to be working with him. He’s got plenty to offer Australian cricket and I’m glad we’re going to be a part of that during the Big Bash League this summer,’’ he said.

Johnson said he remained strongly committed to playing for Australia in all formats of the game and after seeing the success of the BBL in its inaugural season, was keen to be a part of BBL 2.

“I’m enjoying my cricket with the Warriors and signing with the Heat means I can have a chance to keep playing through December and January, which is the time of year you want to be in action and performing,’’ he said.

“I enjoyed the challenge with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and at the Champions League and I was happy with how I went for Australia in the ODI series in Dubai during the winter. I’m really looking forward to playing at the Gabba once more and catching up with the boys again.”

“There was a lot of good cricket played last season in the BBL and I think everyone who saw the Sixers win the Champions League this week would agree that that standard of the competition is excellent,” Johnson said.

His signing today makes him the 16th player to join the Heat for BBL|02, which takes place in December and January.

All teams must sign 18 players by November 30, prior to the start of the competition.

One of the two remaining spots will be filled from this year’s KFC T20 Challenge, a four-team competition played across October and November featuring Queensland Bulls, Grade and Country players.

The Heat have signed Dan Vettori, Alister McDermott, Nathan Hauritz, Dan Christian, Ryan Harris, Ben Cutting, Luke Pomersbach, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns, James Hopes, Chris Hartley, Shane Watson, Kemar Roach, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon and Mitchell Johnson as their recruits for BBL 2.

Nathan Hauritz signs two year deal with Brisbane Heat

Right-arm off-spinner Nathan Hauritz has agreed to a new two-year deal with the Brisbane Heat for the T20 Big Bash League.

Hauritz joins Alister McDermott and fellow finger spinner Daniel Vettori as the confirmed signings of the Heat for second season of the BBL.

After playing in the inaugural BBL season with Brisbane, Hauritz, 30, recently returned to Queensland on a permanent basis, signing with the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls last month.

Hauritz believes Brisbane Heat and Queensland Bulls coach Darren Lehmann is the man who can inspire him to play for Australia again in all formats of the game.

“I made the call to come back here largely because I enjoyed working so much with Boof last season with the Heat,’’ Hauritz said.

“My goal is to play for Australia again – whatever the format – and he (Lehmann) gives me the chance to work towards that. First things first, I’ve got to play well at club cricket and then see where that takes me.”

“But the Heat is a big part of that. I don’t think I bowled as well at the Gabba in the BBL as I could – it can be a very good ground for spinners with the bounce and the bigger boundaries which can really work for you in T20.”

Hauritz, who had a best of 3-18 for the Heat last summer, said the chance to work with Vettori again was ideal.

“He’s one of the world’s best T20 bowlers and I got plenty out of bowling alongside him last time. Spin can be a very effective weapon in T20 and Dan is real trump for us,’’ he said.

Lehmann admitted he pursued Hauritz because of how well he had fitted in with Brisbane last season.

“It helps he was mates with a lot of blokes before he came to us from his days coming through the Queensland system, but he contributed a lot off the field to our planning and general team environment,’’ he said.

“He was coming off a pretty serious shoulder operation and probably was still a bit underdone, but that has certainly come good and we should see the very best of what he can do when the BBL comes around.’’

“I love having the left and right spin options, it gives you plenty of flexibility in putting together your bowling plans and having guys like Horry and Dan to call on is a big plus,’’ Lehmann said.

Adelaide Strikers re-sign Johan Botha

Johan Botha has re-signed with the Adelaide Strikers and will captain the team in the 2012-13 T20 Big Bash League.

Botha and his family have moved to Adelaide and the South African can’t wait to get back out in front of the ‘Sea of Blue’ at Adelaide Oval.

“I had an incredible time with the Strikers last year and when Darren Berry and Jamie Cox spoke to me about moving here I jumped at the opportunity,” Botha said.

“We had an electric atmosphere at our home games; to have over 24,000 people was amazing and I can’t wait to get out there again.

“I can now commit fully to every game in the T20 Big Bash League and I’m excited about the squad that will be assembled.”

Botha was one of the Strikers’ international signings during the first season of  BBL and in his four games was a shining light.

He made 75 runs at 37.50 with a strike rate of 144.23, and with the ball he took five wickets at 19.80 with best figures of 2/18.

His overall T20 record speaks for itself. He has played 32 T20 international’s for South Africa, averaging 19.30 with the bat and has taken 32 wickets.

From 122 domestic T20 matches he has taken 110 wickets and averaged 21.71 with the bat.

Having captained South Africa in the T20 format, coach Darren Berry said the Strikers are blessed to have someone with his leadership experience.

“There are few better captain’s in the world in the T20 format than Johan Botha,” Berry said.

“He showed last year in the KFC T20 Big Bash League why we were so keen to sign him and he will again be a huge asset for us.

“He is one of the best exponents of spin bowling in the shorter format and his middle to late order batting will be crucial for us.”

Perth Scorchers re-sign Marcus North, Simon Katich and Mike Hussey

The Perth Scorchers have re-signed Marcus North, Simon Katich and Mike Hussey as they strive to go one better in the 2012-13 T20 Big Bash League competition.

North returns as Captain of the Scorchers, and he will be joined again this summer by long-time friends and team mates Katich and Hussey.

North and Katich were key members of the team which qualified for the inaugural Big Bash League, which enabled the Scorchers to claim a place in the upcoming Champions League T20 tournament in South Africa.

In the inaugural BBL, North scored 273 runs at an average of 39, which included two half centuries, and his strike was 120.26 runs per 100 balls.

Katich batted only six times during the inaugural Big Bash League but he enjoyed a strike rate of 128.78.

Commitments with the Australian Test team restricted Hussey to just one outing with the Scorchers in inaugural Big Bash League.

Head Coach Lachlan Stevens says he is pleased to have three proud Scorchers lining up with the team again this summer.

“It is great to have the skipper back on board. Marcus is one of the most tactically astute players in the game today, and to have him involved in the planning and strategic direction of the team was very important to us,” Stevens said.

“Last year Marcus showed how valuable he was at the top of the order, holding us together in a few difficult periods and lighting up The Furnace on a couple of occasions. He demonstrated that even senior players can add some new tricks to their repertoire.

“I’m delighted that the only time we will see Simon Katich at top level cricket this summer it will be under the Perth Scorchers banner. The strength of character and tactical awareness that he provides helped to make us such a competitive side last year. He adds massive value on and off the field and we can’t wait to see him back.

“Mike Hussey represents everything that is positive about Western Australian cricket, so to have him as part of the Scorchers line-up was a big priority for us, and we are very pleased that he chose to remain in the orange this season.

“We may not see Mike day in, day out, but merely having him as part of our squad is a huge benefit to every member of the team, from the senior players to our core of younger guys. Like Simon, the example he sets both on and off the field can’t be underestimated.”

North, Katich and Hussey join Brad Hogg in the Scorchers’ squad for the second edition of the KFC T20 Big Bash League, which commences in December.

Hobart Hurricanes sign Travis Birt and Aiden Blizzard

The Hobart Hurricanes have announced their first two signings for the 2012-13 Big Bash League – Travis Birt and Aiden Blizzard.

Blizzard’s powerful shot making for the Adelaide Strikers saw him gain an opening position with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

In his first domestic T20 match with the Bushrangers (the former Twenty20 Big Bash) he showed his phenomenal ability smashing 89 from 38 balls.

Birt was the leading run scorer in the competition with 362 runs at an average of 40.22 and a strike rate of 160.17.

He has the record of the fastest 50 ever in Australian domestic cricket after he scored 50 from 22 balls against the Melbourne Stars.

Birt, who has agreed to a three-year deal with the Hurricanes, said he couldn’t wait to re-sign with the Hobart Hurricanes.

“I really enjoyed my time back in Hobart as a Hurricane and I’m looking forward to the season starting all over again and escaping Perth’s sweltering summer heat for a while,” Birt said.

“The excitement and the buzz around the Hobart Hurricanes during the inaugural Big Bash League season was great to be a part of.”

The Hobart Hurricanes will announce further signings during the recruiting window which will continue until Friday 20 July.

Each BBL team has to sign a minimum of 14 players in the signing window, with a maximum of 18 players allowed. Final squads will be completed by 30 November.

Brad Hogg returns for Perth Scorchers

The Perth Scorchers have announced their first player signing by re-signing popular spinner Brad Hogg for the second season of the Big Bash League.

Hogg played all nine matches for the Scorchers and took 13 wickets for the tournament and conceded just 5.61 runs per over.

Hogg playing two T20 international matches for Australia against India almost four years after retiring from top level cricket.

Hogg then played in the Bangladesh Premier League with the Sylhet Royals, the MiWay T20 in South Africa for the Cape Cobras, and in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Rajasthan Royals.

He will also be playing in the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) for the Wayamba Wolves.

Scorchers Head Coach Lachlan Stevens said the recruitment of Hogg is part of a plan to keep the core group of last season’s playing list together for BBL2.

“Our inaugural squad got us to the final and we want to give as many of these players the opportunity to compete once again for the Perth Scorchers,” Stevens said.

“Hoggy was a cult figure in the Big Bash League last summer and to have him wearing the orange colours again is something we were very keen to make happen. It is exciting to have him back.

“Some viewed his signing last summer as a risk but we knew that a guy who could spin the ball both ways could be really effective. We were so happy that he performed extremely well and became the centrepiece of the Scorchers.”

Meanwhile dynamic iron ore producer Atlas will again feature on the front and back of the orange playing shirt after agreeing to extend their partnership with the Scorchers for another season.

“We are delighted to have Atlas back on board with the Perth Scorchers after what was a highly successful partnership for the inaugural KFC T20 Big Bash League tournament,” WACA Chief Executive Officer Christina Matthews said.

“Atlas is a relatively new Western Australian mining company so it is a good fit to have them aligning with a relatively new Perth sporting team in the Scorchers.

“Atlas’ support is greatly appreciated by all that are involved with the Scorchers, from players to coaches and support staff, and we look forward to their support long into the future.”

Atlas Managing Director Ken Brinsden said the company supported the Scorchers because they promoted sport while providing family entertainment.

“Atlas has a firm policy of being part of the community, supporting community events and having fun along the way,” Mr Brinsden said.

“Like thousands of West Australians, we had a great time being part of the Scorchers last year and we are delighted to be doing our bit to help them go one step further this season.”

Melbourne Renegades re-sign Aaron Finch

The Melbourne Renegades most successful batsman and vice captain, Aaron Finch, has re-signed with the team on a three-year deal.

Finch was the leading run-getter for Renegades in the first KFC T20 Big Bash League with 259 runs from seven digs, including a highest score of 72, an average of 37 and a strike rate of 137.

Finch said he was delighted to be back on board with the team and looked forward to working with coach Simon Helmot during the next three years.

“The organisation was run really well, the wicket at Etihad Stadium was good, the crowds supported us and it’s unbelievable to play under the roof,” Finch said.

“I had some success personally last year, which was nice, but now I’m really looking forward to helping the team climb up the ladder a little bit and challenge for the title.”

Finch said the home ground support at Etihad Stadium was considered a significant advantage by the Renegades squad.

“They call it a home ground advantage for a reason and I think the way the fans got behind us last year was unbelievable. We were up against it as a new team and they supported us on the back of nothing basically,” Finch said.

“For our supporters to be able to do that was a fantastic confidence boost for us, for the organisation and I think it can only grow from there.

“Back at the home of the Renegades at Etihad Stadium, the derby is going to be a brilliant spectacle and there will be some big name players from our side really turning it on. It’s something I can’t wait for and there definitely won’t be a wash-out this time.”

Melbourne Renegades coach Simon Helmot described Finch as a versatile batsman who could be a devastating presence at the top of the order.

“That’s where Aaron’s been a critical member for the Renegades last season – at the top of the order,” Helmot said.

“He is versatile and actually made his highest score batting at three for us [instead of opening]. It shows he can bat in a couple of different positions but his momentum at the start of the innings is certainly important if we’re going to be successful in the second year of the KFC T20 Big Bash League.

“Aaron’s also a more experienced player now than he was in BBL 01. He’s represented his country in the T20 format and we’re very pleased that he’s again signed with the Melbourne Renegades for an extended period of time.”