It’s time to get excited cricket fans! The Big Bash season is almost upon us and you know what that means. Action-packed T20 action EVERY day from December 17 as well as BBL fantasy on Moneyball.

The stage is set for another thrilling instalment of Australia’s premier T20 competition with all your favourite teams and players returning for another shot at the title. This year sees some of the worlds best players head down-under to join in the action.

Headlining the list of top recruits for the 2019/20 season is South African superstar AB de Villiers who has joined Brisbane Heat for the season. De Villiers is arguably one of the beat short-format players in the world and is a huge draw card for the BBL for this season.

In this 3-part season preview we will be covering every team’s chances of taking out the title as well as highlighting the best new internationals to have joined the league this year.

As always, Moneyball will have massive guaranteed contests for EVERY BBL match this season so strap yourself in, keep your eyes peeled for our previews and other content on the Locker Room and win plenty of cash here on Moneyball throughout the summer of cricket!

Adelaide Strikers


The Strikers come into this season after a disappointing 7th last year. There hasn’t been too many major moves going on for Adelaide but they have seemed to put a large focus on their batting.

They’ve picked up veteran Cameron White as well as adding the big-hitting Englishman Phil Salt. NSW young-gun Harry Conway has also signed on for the season while they do lose some experience in Colin Ingram and T20 specialist Ben Laughlin. All in all, it looks like the Strikers management have taken the ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach with a similar roster to last year’s winning season.

Brisbane Heat

The heat come into this year finishing 1 point shy of the semi-finals. However, they have pulled off one of the biggest signings in BBL history, landing the signature of South-African legend AB de Villiers. He will join the Heat for the last 6 games of the season + finals.

It’s not just the class de Villiers brings to the BBL but he is a massive drawcard for crowds to go watch one of the all-time greats in action for what probably will be the last time he plays in Australia.

The Heat also signed the all-time leading BBL wicket taker in Ben Laughlin while also picking up Afghani spinner Zahir Khan. Lead by Chris Lynn, if the Heat can put some solid performances together they have the roster to do some damage this year.

Hobart Hurricanes

Finishing the regular season as last year’s top team, the Hurricanes will be eager to atone for their finals collapse with another strong roster assembled. They boast some of the biggest hitters the BBL has seen in superstar D’arcy Short and the powerful Ben McDermott while also adding South African gun David Miller to the ranks. Miller could be a real X-Factor this year and is an established international T20 player.

Finishing the regular season as last year’s top team, the Hurricanes will be eager to atone for their finals collapse with another strong roster assembled. They boast some of the biggest hitters the BBL has seen in superstar D’arcy Short and the powerful Ben McDermott while also adding South African gun David Miller to the ranks. Miller could be a real X-Factor this year and is an established international T20 player.

The loss of Jofra Archer will hurt them a little however they have retained Afghani leggie Qais Ahmad who looked good for them last season. If their batsmen can put up some big totals, the Canes look like a force to be reckoned with this season.

Melbourne Renegades

Last year’s champions look to have assembled another strong side. This season there are plenty of familiar faces but also some new blood to give them an extra spark.

Last year’s champions look to have assembled another strong side. This season there are plenty of familiar faces but also some new blood to give them an extra spark.

The Renegades always seem to build a solid roster and this year looks no different. They’ve added Shaun Marsh who averages 49.48 in his Big Bash career while Aaron Finch will play the early part of the season as well.

The experienced brigade of Dan Christian and Tom Cooper will look to guide the Renegades for most of the year as they look to have a good mix of youth plus experience in the side.

Kane Richardson and young-gun Will Sutherland offer some serious heat with the ball in what looks like a seriously strong pace attack. Pair that with the Strong Mohammad Nabi as their all-rounder and the Renegades look well balanced with both bat and ball.

Melbourne Stars

No one really knows how the Stars lost last year’s final but they will certainly be out for redemption.

If it wasn’t for AB de Villiers signing with the Heat, you would argue the Stars pulled off the best signing of the off-season in Dale Steyn. He’s a huge coup for the green side of Melbourne and brings class and experience wherever he goes.

The usual big names will be around for the first few games in Maxwell, Stoinis, Handscomb and Zampa while Nathan Coulter-Nile has signed on as a strong all-rounder. If they can make the most of the games their big guns play, the Stars will be up the pointy end of the table again this year.

Perth Scorchers

The Scorchers surprisingly finished at the bottom of the ladder last season and will certainly be keen to bounce back from that.

Unfortunately for them, they have lost a whole bunch of their stars including Shaun Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Hilton Cartwright. They have however, added some quality internationals with 10th ranked T20 bowler Chris Jordan and English all-rounder Liam Livingstone. Fawad Ahmed also joins from Sydney while the pace attack of Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff are as good as it gets.

Mitchell Marsh and Ashton Turner round out a big-hitting middle order and will certainly pile plenty of runs on throughout the tournament.

Sydney Sixers

The boys in Magenta finished 3rd last year and continue to be one of the stronger sides in the competition each season. They’ve pulled off the huge signing of Steve Smith who will be available for the last 3 games plus finals.

James Vince and Tom Curran are the internationals while Sean Abbot and Steve O’Keefe will continue to lead the pace attack. As well as this experience, the Sixers have one of the strongest young core in the league with Josh Phillipe and Lloyd Pope who look to be up and coming T20 guns.

If the Sixers youngsters can live up to the hype, this side has a big chance to be competing towards the pointy end of the season.

Sydney Thunder

The Thunder have been active in the off-season signing South African bowler Chris Morris as well as adding big-hitting Englishman Alex Hales to the side. The losses have been big with Pat Cummins, Chris Jordan and Fawad Ahmed just some of the names who have gone.

They have also signed exciting young spinner Tanveer Sangha who has been dubbed the “best spinner in grade cricket” by Kerry O’keefe. At only 17, Sangha looks to have a big role to play in the Thunder’s season.

Another positive is the fact Usman Khawaga looks to be available for the whole season following his axing from the test team. Khawaga looks like an early favourite to top the run scorer charts this season and his availability is a huge boost.

Thank you for taking the time and having a read, enjoy this Big Bash season!