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Jan 25

Big Bash League a TV bonanza for Ten as Seven defends tennis ratings

Ten pulls in close to 1m viewers most nights with cricket but Seven bounces back with Nick Kyrgios’ Australian Open defeat

Seven’s tennis coverage has dominated the holiday television ratings for as long as anyone can remember but Ten’s Big Bash League is threatening to eclipse the Australian Open as our favourite summer TV sport.

Most nights BBL is the most popular non-news show on free-to-air TV. By the time the Big Bash League ends on Saturday, Ten will have had four weeks of dominating the ratings charts and pulling in close to 1m viewers most nights.

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Jan 07

Big-hitting Chris Lynn called up for Australia’s ODI series against Pakistan

Big Bash star gets nod for five-match series starting in Brisbane on FridayBilly Stanlake also named in squad; Aaron Finch and George Bailey droppedUncapped middle-order batsman Chris Lynn has been rewarded for his Big Bash League pyrotechnics with a p…

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Dec 31

Chris Lynn good enough at international level in all forms, says Vettori

Chris Lynn follows up match-winning 85* (48) with innings of 84* (50)Brisbane Heat coach Vettori backs big hitter in all forms of the gameThere is no doubt master blaster Chris Lynn can play Twenty20 cricket.But Brisbane Heat coach Dan Vettori says Lyn…

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Dec 26

Shaun Marsh dismisses Chappell criticism, targets strong Big Bash return

  • Western Australian batsman hopes to regain his national team position
  • Former Test captain Ian Chappell has called for Marsh to be overlooked

Fit-again batsman Shaun Marsh insists he still has plenty to offer in Test and one-day cricket, but says he’s not going to put too much pressure on himself.

Marsh will make his return from a broken finger when he fronts up for the Perth Scorchers in Tuesday night’s BBL clash with the Sydney Sixers at the SCG.

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Dec 01

What English cricket can learn from Game of Thrones

If the ECB wants to emulate the success of Australia’s Big Bash and India’s IPL, the inspiration is staring them in the face: look at the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros

By Tom Holland for The Nightwatchman, of the Guardian Sport Network

England is at once the most inventive and the most traditional of the cricket-playing nations. The country that invented overarm bowling, helmets and the professional limited-over tournament is also deeply protective of the sustenance to be gained from the sport’s rich past. The result is a tension that can all too often paralyse the ability of English cricket to exploit its own innovations. History both inspires and gets in the way.

What better current illustration of this than the failure of the ECB to propel Twenty20 cricket to the kind of box-office stratosphere that the IPL or the Big Bash have achieved? England hatched the goose, but the golden eggs have gone to India and Australia. The reason for this is as self-evident as it has – until now – appeared imponderable. Evidence conclusively suggests that the success of a T20 league depends upon a limited number of team franchises – which is why both the IPL and the Big Bash feature eight. In England, though, the County Championship boasts 18 clubs, all with their own deeply rooted identities, interests and loyalties – and these are not easily dissolved. What supporter of a proud and ancient club wants to see it retired in favour of some parvenu team, without romance, without record, without history?

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Aug 30

Ian Bell signs up for Big Bash but does not close door on England tour

• Bell plans to join up with Perth Scorchers in November
• Will still be available for recall against Bangladesh and India

Ian Bell has completed a deal to play for Perth Scorchers in the forthcoming edition of Australia’s Big Bash League. But while he considers himself “all in” with his new Twenty20 team, it is not, he insists, a sign that his international ambitions have diminished.

The signing of the Warwickshire captain, as first reported by the Guardian last week, commits him to Perth for the entire tournament and he will fly out to Western Australia with family in November in preparation for their opening fixture with Adelaide Strikers on 23 December.

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Aug 21

Stuart Broad signs for Hobart Hurricanes and targets England recall

• Fast bowler hopes move will help towards international limited-overs return
• Broad will play in Big Bash League alongside Kumar Sangakkara

Stuart Broad will continue his push for an England recall in white ball cricket with Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.

The 30-year-old was part of the England side that won the 2010 World Twenty20 but made the last of his 56 T20 international appearances at the 2014 tournament. Broad, who has also represented his country 121 times in one-day internationals, has spoken of his desire to force his way back into limited-overs contention and will now have the chance to impress the England selectors at BBL06 this winter.

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