The title may come across as sarcastic, but seriously? How good is the Big Bash? The tournament is in it’s sixth edition but it just seems to get better and better.
The tournament has had it all, from Andre Russell’s black bat to Ashton Agar and Eoin Morgan both sealing victories with last ball sixes for the Scorchers and Thunder respectively and then of course, we had the Twitter sensation #Lynnsanity which has seen various other cricketers show their admiration for the freakish batting of Chris Lynn (it’s just such a shame that the Australian selectors had to ruin the fun and call him up to the Australian ODI squad).
Then alongside all this, how good was it to see the performances of the English imports among arguably the World’s biggest stage before they set off to India, a nation that lives for cricket. For the fair amount of players in this England squad that has played in the Big Bash past and present, the experience of playing in high pressure situations in front of thousands of noisy spectators can only be a good thing, surely England’s runners up status in the last World T20 is proof of this.
Of course, there are still many Englishmen left in the Big Bash and if it does not enhance their international aspirations and performance, then County Cricket will surely be a beneficiary – especially with the common view that the T20 Blast has a long way to go in terms of improvement (once they sort out the Franchise debate that is).
The great thing about the Big Bash is it just works, the franchises, marketing and skill level of the tournament is second to none and with a truly mouthwatering climax in store, the recognition should only rise in the next few weeks which is scary considering how high it is already, The Big Bash wagon is truly in motion and there are plenty of punters ready to jump on.
On a relevant, more bias note. I personally cannot wait to see Tymal Mills join up with the Brisbane Heat. The franchise name is perfect for Mills because that is what he bowls… HEAT. Every opportunity he has got, he has taken so far and I expect this to be no different. A lot more Big Bash batters will be donning the chest guard when facing him, that’s for sure.