IN its six seasons since inception in the Australian summer of 2011/12, the Big Bash League has attracted the world’s most talented cricketers, creating domestic records in the format as they chase the silverware on offer.
More so than any sport, history helps create a picture of what could come next in cricket.
With the 2017/18 Big Bash League season ahead, we look at all of the stat leaders in the competition and which records are the ones most likely to fall this summer:
Big Bash League results
|Melbourne Stars||4th, Semi Final||3rd, Semi Final||1st, Semi Final||3rd, Semi Final||2nd, Runner Up||3rd, Semi Final|
|Melbourne Renegades||7th||1st, Semi Final||6th||6th||5th||5th|
|Sydney Sixers||3rd, Champions||7th||2nd, Semi Final||4th, Runner Up||8th||3rd, Runner Up|
|Sydney Thunder||8th||8th||8th||7th||4th, Champions||8th|
|Brisbane Heat||5th||4th, Champions||5th||8th||6th||2nd, Semi Final|
|Perth Scorchers||1st, Runner Up||2nd, Runner Up||3rd, Champions||2nd, Champions||3rd, Semi Final||1st, Champions|
|Hobart Hurricanes||2nd, Semi Final||6th||4th, Runner Up||5th||7th||7th|
|Adelaide Strikers||6th||5th||7th||1st, Semi Final||1st, Semi Final||6th|
The Perth Scorchers have undoubtedly been the most dominant team in the competition, winning the title three times and finishing runners up twice in six seasons.
The Melbourne Stars may not have won a title in their six years, but they are the only other side to have made the finals every year.
The Sydney Sixers, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder have all won titles (after finishing outside the top two).
The Melbourne Renegades have the indignity of missing the finals five times out of six attempts, while also never having made a Grand Final, despite finishing on top of the ladder in the 2012/13 season.
The Perth Scorchers are $4.75 favourite at CrownBet.com.au to win the title for a fourth time this summer and just $1.25 to keep their streak of finals appearances alive.
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Big Bash League bowling records
|Ben Laughlin (Strikers)||69||50|
|Brad Hogg (Renegades)||54||52|
|Shaun Tait (Retired)||46||35|
|Sean Abbott (Sixers)||46||42|
|Clint McKay (Thunder)||46||40|
Strikers veteran Ben Laughlin has been a stalwart of the competition, leading the wicket tally comprehensively by 15 wickets at 69 coming into the season.
Bradd Hogg’s longevity can be attributed to his success, averaging a little bitter than a wicket a game.
Perhaps the most impressive stats here belong to the ‘wild thing’ Shaun Tait, who took 46 scalps from 35.
Best bowling figures:
|Lasith Malinga (Stars)||6/7 from 4 overs||Scorchers||2012/13|
|Ish Sodhi (Strikers)||6/11 from 3.3 overs||Thunder||2016/17|
|Daniel Christian (Hurricanes)||5/14 from 4 overs||Strikers||2016/17|
|Sean Abbott (Sixers)||5/16 from 4 overs||Strikers||2016/17|
|Samuel Badree (Heat)||5/22 from 4 overs||Stars||2015/16|
Sri Lankan slinger Lasith Malinga secured his reputation as one of the best T20 bowlers of this generation with an incredible haul of 6/7 against the Scorchers in BBL 2.
Strikers hit man Ish Sodhi is the only other man to have taken six wickets at this level in an innings and may have taken more if there were any Thunder batsmen left to knock over.
Players to take a hat-trick:
|Xavier Doherty (Hurricanes)||Sydney Thunder
Simon Keen (c)
Ryan Carters (st)
Cameron Borgas (lbw)
|Andrew Tye (Perth Scorchers)||Brisbane Heat
Jack Wildermuth (c)
Mitchell Swepson (c)
Mark Steketee (b)
Big Bash League batting records
|Aaron Finch (Renegades)||40||1561|
|Michael Klinger (Scorchers)||46||1537|
|Chris Lynn (Heat)||44||1412|
|Luke Wright (Stars)||45||1398|
|Brad Hodge (Renegades, Stars, Strikers)||36||1344|
Aaron Finch has dominated at the top of the order for the Renegades and when you take into account the games he has missed on international duty, his place at the top of this list is even more impressive.
Klinger’s consistency at the top of the order may not have been as eye-catching, but has been a big part of Perth’s success.
Expect Brisbane Heat smasher Chris Lynn to continue his climb up the BBL records in the years to come, he is paying $8 to score the most runs in 2016/17 at CrownBet.com.au.
Highest individual score:
|Luke Wright (Stars)||117 (60)||Hurricanes||2011/12|
|Ben McDermott (Hurricanes)||114 (52)||Renegades||2016/17|
|Luke Pomersbach (Heat)||112* (70)||Renegades||2012/13|
|Craig Simmons (Scorchers)||112 (58)||Sixers||2013/14|
|Aaron Finch (Renegades)||111* (65)||Stars||2012/13|
Luke Wright burst on to the scene in the first season of the BBL with a dashing ton against the Hurricanes that has yet to be topped in the six seasons since – a fact that’s hard to believe with the likes of Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle having all played enough games to have topped this chart.
The best innings of the lot in the graphic – and perhaps the best in the history of the competition thus far – was the 114 from 52 balls that Ben McDermott put together at Etihad Stadium in the 2016/17 season while leading a record-breaking chase.
|Chris Lynn (Heat)||94|
|Aaron Finch (Renegades)||56|
|Chris Gayle (Thunder, Renegades)||51|
|Brad Hodge (Renegades, Stars, Strikers)||48|
|Shaun Marsh (Scorchers)||43|
There’s no surprises on this list.
Chris Lynn has cemented his place in Australian cricket as one of the biggest hitters in any format. Finch, Hodge and Marsh have all played a lot of T20 cricket, but they’ll never catch the Heat opener.
Big Bash League team records
Highest team totals:
|Hobart Hurricanes||8/223||Melbourne Renegades||2016/17|
|Melbourne Renegades||4/222||Hobart Hurricanes||2016/17|
|Melbourne Renegades||3/210||Brisbane Heat||2013/14|
|Hobart Hurricanes||7/210||Brisbane Heat||2013/14|
|Hobart Hurricanes||4/209||Brisbane Heat||2014/15|
|Brisbane Heat||3/209||Hobart Hurricanes||2013/14|
The two innings that lead this table incredibly came from the same match in the 2016/17 BBL season at Etihad Stadium when Ben McDermott put together a record-breaking century to help the Hurricanes make history.
This list doesn’t make fun reading for Brisbane Heat fans, who have been on the receiving end of three of the top six totals.
Lowest team totals:
|Melbourne Renegades||57||Melbourne Stars||2014/15|
|Perth Scorchers||69||Melbourne Stars||2011/12|
|Brisbane Heat||80||Melbourne Renegades||2014/15|
|Adelaide Strikers||87||Sydney Sixers||2011/12|
|Adelaide Strikers||9/90||Melbourne Stars||2013/14|
It’ll take a long time for the Melbourne Renegades to live down the embarrassment of scoring just 57 against the cross-town rival Stars in 2014/15 – a record from the Stars’ bowling unit that will take some beating for years to come.
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