17 December 2019

The Big Show is back in town

BY NEIL BREEN

The Big Bash League is the hottest ticket in town every summer. Big hits, flying lit-up bails, fireworks, classic catches ... you name it, it’s happening.

There’s nothing you could possibly want more from three hours of entertainment. And the Sydney Cricket Ground is in the thick of the action.

The Sydney Sixers are the rock stars of the competition and the famous ground is their home. This summer the Sixers will play six matches at the SCG, beginning with a match-up against the Perth Scorchers on Wednesday, December 18.

Then on Sunday, December 22, the Sixers host the Brisbane Heat, and between Christmas and New Year on December 28, it’s the cross-town clash against arch-rivals Sydney Thunder.

In January they host the Hobart Hurricanes (January 16), Melbourne Stars (January 20) and Melbourne Renegades (January 25).

SCG members can also attend their other ‘home’ match, at CEX Coffs International Stadium in Coffs Harbour, against the Adelaide Strikers on January 5. So, if you’re holidaying on the NSW North Coast through the first week of January, brilliant cricket will be at your doorstep at a first-rate facility.

Moises Henriques will captain the Sixers and has a strong line-up yet again. Englishmen James Vince and Tom Curran love their time here so much they’ll be back for this season, and paceman Jackson Bird returns this summer to the Sixers after playing for the Renegades last year.

Born and raised in Sydney, the Test paceman plays Sheffield Shield for Tasmania and is happy to be spending at least part of his summer on home turf.

“I am really delighted to be back at the Sixers,” he says. “I had three years at the Sixers in the past and didn’t play well so I really want to come back and contribute. Getting back with the guys I have played with before and returning to the SCG is awesome.”

West Australian Josh Phillippe is an exciting batting talent and he, too, will join the Sixers this summer. Also returning will be South Australian leg spinner Lloyd Pope. Regulars Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshius, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill and Jordan Silk will be there, as will Northern Beaches cult heroes Mickey and Jack Edwards.

The Sixers are perennial fixtures at the business end of the Big Bash. They won the inaugural tournament in the summer of 2011-12 and were runners-up in 2014-15 and 2016-17.

The competition, played predominantly during the summer school holidays, is the ultimate family fun day or night out. Kids are entertained with never-ending music, fireworks and entertainment, seemingly between every ball.