Stars Set To Shine in T20 Big Bash

Former England stars Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff could be lighting up the smash and dash of the T20 Big Bash which kicks off in December

Andrew Flintoff is rumoured to be joining Kevin Pietersen to take part in the T20 Big Bash starting in December

The smash and dash that is T20 cricket is set to light up the nation soon when the T20 Big Bash kicks off in December. 8 teams from across the country will contest the title but Centrebet which welcomes new customers with up to $200 free bets has installed 1 side as firm favourites to lift the trophy. The Melbourne Stars are under $4 to take out the competition on Centrebet’s market with the holders Perth Scorchers and last season’s runners up Hobart both on the second line of betting at $7.

The Stars have a star studded line up! Aussies Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner and David Hussey are excellent exponents of the game’s shortest format, but it’s Melbourne’s internationals that send fear into the opposition. Sri Lankan speed demon Lasith Malinga is lethal with the ball and this year he’ll be joined by one of the game’s most enigmatic players. Dumped England Batsman Kevin Pietersen will debut in the Big Bash and the entire world has seen the damage he can cause with bat in hand. He was the first Englishman to rack up 1,000 T20 runs and can more often than not win a game single handedly on his day. But the question remains about another former English Superstar playing in this season’s tournament?

The rumour mill is running wild that former English All-rounder Andrew Flintoff will play in the Big Bash and Freddie has done little to quash the stories. The 37 year old has confirmed he’s considering having a crack, after receiving various offers from Australian teams. The 2005 English Ashes hero came out of retirement earlier this season to play for his native side Lancashire and his heroics in the T20 Blast final almost saw his county lift the trophy. Even Aussies are fans of Flintoff despite his dominant display in 2005 which saw Australia lose the Ashes, and his presence would put bums on seats in stadiums throughout the country. Brisbane are set to be pursuing Flintoff the hardest although Heat and Australian tear away Mitchell Johnson made it clear he didn’t think Freddie would cut it in Australia. 

The Adelaide Strikers will host the Melbourne Stars in the opening game of the Big Bash on December 18, 35 games will be played in all with the culminating in the final on January 28. Fans can expect plenty of entertainment in the fourth edition of Australia’s National T20 competition and Centrebet is sure to have numerous betting markets when it gets underway.

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