The 2018/19 Big Bash League season starts on December 19 and ends with the final on Sunday, February 17.
The fixture format has undergone further expansion this year, with a whopping 59 games – 12 more than last season – crammed into a two-month schedule.
Add in all the action from Australia’s Test series, ODIs and T20s, and you have one hell of a cricket season ahead.
After the round-robin fixture, the top four teams on the ladder will compete in semi-finals, with the two winning teams advancing to the Big Final where the highest-ranked team earns the right to host.
Tap the buttons below to see each team’s 14-game fixture for the home and away season.
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Adelaide Strikers fixture
|Brisbane Heat||Wednesday, December 19, 2018||The Gabba||6.45pm ACDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Sunday, December 23, 2018||Adelaide Oval||6.45pm ACDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Wednesday, December 26, 2018||Optus Stadium||6.45pm ACDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Monday, December 31, 2018||Adelaide Oval||6.45pm ACDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Thursday, January 3, 2019||GMHBA Stadium||6.45pm ACDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Sunday, January 6, 2019||Adelaide Oval||6.45pm ACDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Friday, January 11, 2019||Adelaide Oval||6.30pm ACDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Sunday, January 13, 2019||Spotless Stadium||2.15pm ACDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, January 21, 2019||Adelaide Oval||6.45pm ACDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Wednesday, January 23, 2019||Ted Summerton Reserve||2.15pm ACDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Tuesday, January 29, 2019||SCG||6.30pm ACDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Thursday, January 31, 2019||UTAS Stadium||7.10pm ACDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Sunday, February 3, 2019||Adelaide Oval||5.45pm ACDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Saturday, February 9, 2019||Traeger Park||2.15pm ACDT|
The Adelaide Strikers title defence begins with a trip to Brisbane on Wednesday, December 19.
Key dates include the Boxing Day grudge game with the Scorchers at Optus Stadium and the BBL07 final rematch with the Hurricanes on January 21.
No team in the BBL is playing more regional venues than the Strikers, who have dates in Geelong, Moe, Launceston and Alice Springs.
Brisbane Heat fixture
|Adelaide Strikers||Wednesday, December 19, 2018||The Gabba||6.15pm AEST|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Saturday, December 22, 2018||Metricon Stadium||6pm AEST|
|Sydney Sixers||Tuesday, January 1, 2019||Metricon Stadium||1.45pm AEST|
|Perth Scorchers||Saturday, January 5, 2019||Optus Stadium||8.30pm AEST|
|Sydney Thunder||Tuesday, January 8, 2019||Spotless Stadium||6.15pm AEST|
|Melbourne Renegades||Thursday, January 10, 2019||The Gabba||6.15pm AEST|
|Melbourne Renegades||Sunday, January 13, 2019||GMHBA Stadium||5.35pm AEST|
|Sydney Thunder||Thursday, January 17, 2019||The Gabba||6.15pm AEST|
|Sydney Sixers||Sunday, January 20, 2019||SCG||6.15pm AEST|
|Melbourne Stars||Sunday, January 27, 2019||MCG||6.40pm AEST|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Tuesday, January 29, 2019||Blundstone Arena||3pm AEST|
|Perth Scorchers||Friday, February 1, 2019||The Gabba||7.40pm AEST|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, February 3, 2019||Adelaide Oval||5.15pm AEST|
|Melbourne Stars||Friday, February 8, 2019||The Gabba||7.40pm AEST|
After just missing out on finals last season, Brisbane Heat are expected to go deep in BBL08.
They have a chance to set the tone early with an opening clash against the defending champions, Adelaide, at the Gabba on Wednesday, December 19.
The Heat have two home games at the Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium this season and will also make an appearance down at Geelong.
Hobart Hurricanes fixture
|Brisbane Heat||Saturday, December 22, 2018||Metricon Stadium||7pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Monday, December 24, 2018||Blundstone Arena||3.45pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Friday, December 28, 2018||Blundstone Arena||7.15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Sunday, December 30, 2018||UTAS Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Friday, January 4, 2019||Blundstone Arena||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Friday, January 7, 2018||Marvel Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Monday, January 14, 2019||MCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Friday, January 18, 2019||Optus Stadium||9.30pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Monday, January 21, 2019||Adelaide Oval||7.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Wednesday, January 23, 2019||SCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Tuesday, January 29, 2019||Blundstone Arena||4pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Thursday, January 31, 2019||UTAS Stadium||7.40pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Thursday, February 7, 2019||Blundstone Arena||7.40pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Saturday, February 9, 2019||TBC||6.15pm AEDT|
The Hurricanes will be aiming high after making it all the way to the big dance last year.
The Tassie team’s home and away campaign commences on the Gold Coast on January 22 and closes with a Thunder clash on February 9 at a venue yet to be determined.
Hobart will play not one, but two games in Launceston this season: one against the Scorchers (December 30) and another against the Strikers (January 31).
Melbourne Stars fixture
|Sydney Thunder||Friday, December 21, 2018||TBC||7.15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, December 24, 2018||Blundstone Arena||3.45pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Thursday, December 27, 2018||SCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Tuesday, January 1, 2019||MCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Saturday, January 5, 2019||Metricon Stadium||6.15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Wednesday, January 9, 2019||MCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Friday, January 11, 2019||Adelaide Oval||7pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, January 14, 2019||MCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Saturday, January 19, 2019||Marvel Stadium||6.45pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Wednesday, January 23, 2019||Ted Summerton Reserve||2.45pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Sunday, January 27, 2019||MCG||7.40pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Sunday, February 3, 2019||Optus Stadium||9.15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Friday, February 8, 2019||The Gabba||8.40pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Sunday, February 10, 2019||MCG||2.45pm AEDT|
Melbourne Stars kick off their campaign with an all-green battle against the Sydney Thunder on Friday, December 21.
The highlight of the fixture list, as always, is the MCG derby date against the Melbourne Renegades, which falls on New Year’s Day.
The Stars will tour a couple of new venues this season: Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast (January 5) and Ted Summerton Reserve in Moe (January 23).
Melbourne Renegades fixture
|Perth Scorchers||Thursday, December 20, 2018||Marvel Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, December 23, 2018||Adelaide Oval||7.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, December 29, 2018||Marvel Stadium||7pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Tuesday, January 1, 2019||MCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Thursday, January 3, 2019||GMHBA Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, January 7, 2019||Marvel Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Thursday, January 10, 2019||The Gabba||7.15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Sunday, January 13, 2019||GMHBA Stadium||6.35pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Wednesday, January 16, 2019||SCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Saturday, January 19, 2019||Marvel Stadium||6.45pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Tuesday, January 22, 2019||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Monday, January 28, 2019||Optus Stadium||9.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Wednesday, January 20, 2019||Marvel Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Thursday, February 7, 2019||Blundstone Arena||7.40pm AEDT|
The Renegades open their season with a tough test against the Perth Scorchers at the newly christened Marvel Stadium on Thursday, December 20.
The must-watch dates are the twin derbies against the Stars – first at the MCG on New Year’s Day, then three weeks later at Docklands on Saturday, January 19.
The ‘Gades have doubled their commitments in Geelong this year with home games against Adelaide (January 3) and Brisbane (January 13).
Perth Scorchers fixture
|Melbourne Renegades||Thursday, December 20, 2018||Marvel Stadium||4.15pm AWST|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, December 22, 2018||SCG||12.30pm AWST|
|Adelaide Strikers||Wednesday, December 26, 2018||Optus Stadium||4.15pm AWST|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Sunday, December 30, 2018||UTAS Stadium||4.15pm AWST|
|Sydney Thunder||Wednesday, January 2, 2019||Spotless Stadium||4.15pm AWST|
|Brisbane Heat||Saturday, January 5, 2019||Optus Stadium||6.30pm AWST|
|Melbourne Stars||Wednesday, January 9, 2019||MCG||4.15pm AWST|
|Sydney Sixers||Sunday, January 13, 2019||Optus Stadium||6.35pm AWST|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Friday, January 19, 2019||Optus Stadium||6.30pm AWST|
|Sydney Thunder||Thursday, January 24, 2019||Optus Stadium||6.40pm AWST|
|Melbourne Renegades||Monday, January 28, 2019||Optus Stadium||6.15pm AWST|
|Brisbane Heat||Friday, February 1, 2019||The Gabba||5.40pm AWST|
|Melbourne Stars||Sunday, February 3, 2019||Optus Stadium||6.15pm AWST|
|Adelaide Strikers||Saturday, February 9, 2019||Traeger Park||11.45am AWST|
Can the Scorchers make it eight consecutive finals appearances in the BBL?
The men from the west kick things off with a tricky assignment away to the Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Thursday, December 20.
Perth’s heated rivalry with the Strikers should reach soaring temperatures this year with big clashes at Optus Stadium (December 26) and Alice Springs (February 9).
Sydney Sixers fixture
|Perth Scorchers||Saturday, December 22, 2018||SCG||3.30pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Monday, December 24, 2018||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Thursday, December 27, 2018||SCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Saturday, December 29, 2018||Marvel Stadium||7pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Tuesday, January 1, 2019||Metricon Stadium||2.45pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Friday, January 4, 2019||Blundstone Arena||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, January 6, 2019||Adelaide Oval||7.15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Sunday, January 13, 2019||Optus Stadium||9.35pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Wednesday, January 16, 2019||SCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Sunday, January 20, 2019||SCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Wednesday, January 23, 2019||SCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Tuesday, January 29, 2019||SCG||7pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Saturday, February 2, 2019||SCG||7pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Sunday, February 10, 2019||MCG||2.45pm AEDT|
The Sixers were the best of the rest last term, finishing fifth on the ladder despite holding the second-best net run rate (+0.331) in the competition.
The men in pink don’t have to leave Sydney until December 29, when they head south to face the Renegades in their fourth game of the campaign.
The run to the finish is even better, with five consecutive fixtures at the SCG before closing out away to the Stars on February 10.
Sydney Thunder fixture
|Melbourne Stars||Friday, December 21, 2018||TBC||7.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Monday, December 24, 2018||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Friday, December 28, 2018||Blundstone Arena||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Monday, December 31, 2018||Adelaide Oval||7.15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Wednesday, January 2, 2019||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Saturday, January 5, 2019||Metricon Stadium||6.15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Tuesday, January 8, 2019||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, January 13, 2019||Spotless Stadium||2.45pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Thursday, January 17, 2019||The Gabba||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Tuesday, January 22, 2019||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Thursday, January 24, 2019||Optus Stadium||9.40pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Wednesday, January 30, 2019||Marvel Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, February 2, 2019||SCG||7pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Saturday, February 9, 2019||TBC||6.15pm AEDT|
The Thunder are looking for vast improvement across the board after missing finals two years in a row.
A run of four home games in six outings between January 2 and January 22 could prove crucial to the Green Machine’s chances in BBL08.
As ever, the derby dates with the Sixers on Christmas Eve and February 2 are must-see events.
2019 Big Bash League finals dates
|Semi Final #1||1st place v 4th place||TBA||Thursday, February 14, 2019||7.40pm AEDT|
|Semi Final #2||2nd place v 3rd place||TBA||Friday, February 15, 2019||7.40pm AEDT|
|Grand Final||semi-final winners||TBA||Sunday, February 17, 2019||2.45pm AEDT|
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