Ladies’s Large Bash League: All it’s essential find out about this yr’s event

Ladies’s Large Bash League: All it’s essential find out about this yr’s event

Brisbane Heat celebrate title
Brisbane Warmth are two-time defending champions however their squad has been weakened this yr

The Ladies’s Large Bash returns on Sunday, and whereas issues will probably be just a little totally different this yr, the event will nonetheless function the world’s greatest gamers in its sixth version.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all 59 matches will probably be held in Sydney throughout 5 venues with the gamers all staying in lodges at Sydney’s Olympic Park.

BBC Sport appears at what to anticipate from this yr’s event.

Why ought to I comply with?

The Large Bash is extensively seen as one of the best home ladies’s competitors on the earth.

It options Australia’s all-conquering world champions, most of whom return to motion recent from a record-equalling twenty first consecutive one-day worldwide victory, a number of England and different worldwide stars, plus one of the best home expertise from down underneath.

Big Bash players at Olympic Village
The gamers will keep at Sydney’s Olympic Park which held the Olympics in 2000

This would be the second yr the eight-team event has been held as a stand-alone occasion, separate from the boys’s Large Bash, and it’ll as soon as once more be given intensive free-to-air publicity in Australia.

There might not be the 86,174 those that attended the Ladies’s T20 World Cup ultimate in Melbourne in March however grounds will probably be open to spectators at lowered capability for a lot of matches, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.

Matches with crowds will largely be on weekends with youngsters capable of attend at no cost.

Which England gamers are taking part in?

England captain Heather Knight moved to Sydney Thunder for this yr’s competitors, the place she is going to play alongside her worldwide team-mate Tammy Beaumont.

Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver have joined Melbourne Stars whereas Amy Jones and Sarah Glenn are at Perth Scorchers.

Batter Danni Wyatt, who was named within the staff of the event final yr, is absent as she is taking part in within the T20 Problem within the United Arab Emirates, as is spinner Sophie Ecclestone.

Heather Knight
World Cup-winning captain Knight has performed 55 instances within the Large Bash for Hobart Hurricanes

Who else ought to I be careful for?

Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry have been on the forefront of Australia’s dominance of the ladies’s sport and can as soon as once more take centre stage on this yr’s Large Bash.

Remarkably, Lanning, a winner of 1 50-over World Cup and 4 T20 World Cups, has by no means gained the Large Bash and has made the change again to Melbourne Stars after two seasons at Perth Scorchers.

Meg Lanning
Lanning led Australia to T20 World Cup victory in March

The Scorchers will probably be led by New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, the primary T20 all-rounder on the earth and shortly to be captain of Birmingham Phoenix within the Hundred subsequent summer time. Fellow White Fern Suzie Bates will lead the Adelaide Strikers.

There’s West Indies illustration too with Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews taking part in for the Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes respectively.

Shabnim Ismail (Sydney Thunder) and Dane van Nierkerk (Sydney Sixers) are two of the South Africa internationals concerned.

Who’re the favourites?

Brisbane Warmth are the two-time defending champions however their hopes have been dented by the lack of Australia opener Beth Mooney, who was signed by the Scorchers to make up for Lanning’s departure.

Mooney has gained the participant of the ultimate award prior to now two seasons and was the highest run-scorer within the T20 World Cup earlier this yr.

Sydney Sixers, who’re two-time winners and two-time crushed finalists, look robust once more however will probably be nervous in regards to the health of celebrity Perry.

The all-rounder has not performed since tearing a hamstring in Australia’s World Cup marketing campaign in March.

The Stars, boosted by the arrivals of Lanning, Sciver and Brunt, seem like they may problem.

How can I comply with?

There will probably be dwell radio commentary on chosen matches obtainable on the BBC Sport web site, in addition to newest scores, fixtures and experiences.

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