2022-23 Big Bash League (BBL 12) Betting Preview & Statistics

A betting guide for the new season of the Big Bash League (BBL 12) in Australia packed with statistics from previous seasons, past winners and a guide to each team participating in the 2022-23 BBL season.

2022-23 Big Bash League (BBL 12) Betting Preview & Statistics

2022-23 Big Bash League Betting Preview

The twelfth edition of the Big Bash League will take place in 2022-23, other known as the BBL12. The OLBG cricket tipsters will have you covered throughout the season with BBL Predictions on the regular season matches as well as the playoffs and if you are looking for Who will win BBL12? then you can also see which team they are backing to win the Big Bash League Outright too once the markets are available.

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The league features eight teams, those teams play each other twice during the regular season resulting in a total of fifty-six matches, there are then five playoff matches to decide the winner of the BBL12 meaning a total of sixty-one matches in the 2022-23 season.

There is not usually a great deal in the betting for the outright winners given how difficult this tournament is to call. One thing to take note of during the regular season is that the home sides last season didn't exactly have an overwhelming advantage, from the 55 regular season matches last season, 29 home teams picked up the win compared to 26 visiting teams meaning just 52% of hosting teams won.

29 of the 55 matches had the home team as the favourite to win the match, 19 of those (66%) actually went on to win the match meaning the visiting underdogs only won 34% of the matches. The remaining 26 matches had the visiting team as the favourites, the home team, the underdogs went on to win just 10 of those games which meant the underdog at home won only 38% of their games. Overall from the 55 games, the favourites went on to win in 35 of those matches meaning the favourites won 64% of the regular season matches.

Big Bash League Teams

Adelaide Strikers

The Adelaide Strikers play their home matches at the Adelaide Oval in South Australia, their coach is former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie and their captain for this season is Travis Head, they won their one and only title in the 2017-18 season when beaten the Hurricanes by 25 runs in the final having finished second in the regular season behind the Scorchers.

Brisbane Heat

The Brisbane Heat are coached by former Australian wicketkeeper Wade Seccombe and captained by Jimmy Peirson, they play their home games at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in Queensland, the Heat won their only title at BBL02 back in 2012-13 when beating the Scorchers by 34 runs in the final, they actually only finished fourth in the regular season, just about making the playoffs!

Hobart Hurricanes

The Hobart Hurricanes are one of two teams who are yet to win this tournament, they have made two finals (2013-14 & 2017-18) but failed to win either of those, losing to the Scorchers in 2014 and the Strikers in 2018. They play their home games at the Bellerive Oval which is in Tasmania, they are coached by former Australian bowling coach Adam Griffith and captained by Matthew Wade.

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Melbourne Renegades

The Melbourne Renegades are now coached by David Saker and are captained by Nic Maddinson, they play their home games at the Marvel Stadium in Victoria, they won their first title in the 2018-19 season beating the city rivals the Stars by 13 runs, that was their first and only final appearance to date.

Melbourne Stars

Coached by former Australian batsman David Hussey, the Melbourne Stars are captained by Glenn Maxwell, the man who sits fifth in the all-time BBL scorers list, they play their home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Victoria. The Stars are the second team (along with the Hurricanes) who are yet to win this tournament, they have made three finals including the last two but as of yet have failed to record that maiden win.

Perth Scorchers

The most successful team in BBL history are the Perth Scorchers, they made the first four finals, winning two of those (2014 & 2015) and they also won the final in both 2017 & 2022 and were runners up in 2021 so seven final appearances producing four wins. They play their home games at the Perth Stadium in Western Australia and they are coached by Adam Voges.

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Sydney Sixers

Having won the inaugural final back in 2012, the Sixers endured two final defeats before winning the trophy again in the 2019-20 season and then followed that up by winning again in 2020-21 but they failed to make it three on the spin in BBL11 when finishing runner-up. They play their home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground in New South Wales, they have been coached by Greg Shipperd since 2015, the former Stars coach has a good record of getting teams into the playoffs (He did so in each of his four seasons with the Stars) and they are captained by Moises Henriques.

Sydney Thunder

The Sydney Thunder have only ever made one final, that was during the 2015-16 season and they beat the Stars by 3 wickets to win their one and only BBL title. They play their home games at the Sydney Showground Stadium in New South Wales, they are coached by Trevor Bayliss, the former England cricket coach and will be captained by Usman Khawaja.

Past Big Bash League Winners

One of the main factors which make the BLL great is how open the competition is, there has only ever been back-to-back winners on two occasions, the Scorchers did it in 2014-15 and then the Sixers did it in 2020-21. There have been six different teams winning the trophy with no team being dominant which from a betting perspective is great news and you can often find value in this league.

The Perth Scorchers with those wins in 2014 and 2015 added a third win in 2017 and then a fourth in 2022 making them the most successful team with four whilst the Sixers win in 2021 added to their wins in 2012 & 2020 meaning they have won the tournament a total of three times.

Season Champions Most Runs Most Wickets
2011–12 (BBL1) Sydney Sixers
Travis Birk (309) Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (15)
2012–13 (BBL2) Brisbane Heat
Shaun Marsh (412) Ben Laughlin (14)
2013–14 (BBL3) Perth Scorchers
Ben Dunk (395) Cameron Gannon (18)
2014–15 (BBL4) Perth Scorchers Michael Klinger (326) John Hastings (16)
2015–16 (BBL5) Sydney Thunder Chris Lynn (378) Clint McKay (18)
2016–17 (BBL6) Perth Scorchers Ben Dunk (364) Sean Abbott (20)
2017–18 (BBL7) Adelaide Strikers D'Arcy Short (572) Rashid Khan (18)
Dwayne Bravo (18)
2018–19 (BBL8) Melbourne Renegades D'Arcy Short (637) Kane Richardson (24)
2019–20 (BBL9) Sydney Sixers Marcus Stonis (705) Daniel Sams (30)
2020-21 (BBL10) Sydney Sixers
Alex Hales (543) Jhye Richardson (29)
2021-22 (BBL11) Perth Scorchers
Benjamin McDermott (577) Peter Siddle (30)

BBL Past Finishing Positions

Big Bash League Team Records and Statistics

What is the highest team total in the BBL? The record was set on the 19th January in 2022 when the 273/2 by the Melbourne Stars smashed the previous record, Glenn Maxwell hit an incredible 154 not out from just 64 balls! That record broke the old record that was set on the 22nd January 2021, the old highest team total record was when the Sydney Thunder set a total of 232/5 in a match against their Sydney rivals, the Sixers which included 110 runs from 56 balls by Alex Hales.

The combined score of 445 runs set in that 2017 game remains the highest combined score also and also the 58 boundaries is a record number in one game. The closest to get near the record since all came in January in 2020 with scores of between 212-219.

What is the lowest team total in the BBL? Whilst teams are proud to hold the highest scoring total, the same cannot be said about the lowest total! In total, there have been 33 innings where teams have failed to get into the triple digits and the team who holds the unwanted record of the lowest score is the Melbourne Renegades when they were 57 all-out against their local rivals the Stars, the highest scorer for them was Tom Cooper who scored 10, no one else got into double-digits and seven of them failed to get past 4 runs!

In total, there have been nine innings where a team failed to get eighty or more runs, four of those have come against the Stars! The Renegades, Sixers and the Scorchers are accountable for six of those (two apiece).

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What is the largest victory by runs? There are eight matches that ended with victory to one team by over a hundred runs, three of those were set in the most recent season including the top one, the Sixers beating the Stars by 152 runs, they set the Stars a target of 214 to win but bowled them out for only 61! The Sixers now hold the top two records, a 145 run win over the Renegades in 2020 being the other whilst the top four of the top five largest victories have come against the Renegades!

What is the largest victory by wickets? There have been four whitewashes, by that we mean victory by ten wickets, the first came in 2015 when the Scorchers chased down 171 with eight balls to spare, there were two in 2019 with the Hurricanes chasing down 155 (19 balls to spare) and the Heat chasing down 157 (60 balls to spare) with the fourth on record coming last season when the Strikers successfully chased down 101 to beat the Heat with 55 balls to spare.

Big Bash League Batting Records and Statistics

Who is the all-time leading runs scorer in the BBL? Aussie Chris Lynn passed the 3,000 run mark during BBL12 to retain his lead at the top, he leads the way with 3,005 runs from 100 innings, which includes 13 not-outs, the highest score of 101 and a strike rate of 148.83! He has made a half-century a total of 24 times and has 233 fours and 180 sixes to his name!

The closest batsman to him is Aaron Finch who has a total of 2,817 runs from 86 innings, his highest score was a 111 not out, he has passed the ton mark twice and the half-century 22 times, his strike rate is 134.01 and he has hit 247 fours and 104 sixes.

Top Five Big Bash League Run Scorers

  • 3,005 Runs - Chris Lynn
  • 2,817 Runs - Aaron Finch
  • 2,673 Runs - Glenn Maxwell
  • 2,554 Runs - Jonathan Wells
  • 2,553 Runs - D'Arcy Short

Who set the highest scoring innings? The top three in terms of highest scores all ended up being not-out at the end of the innings, two of those were set in the 2019-20 season with the other coming in the 2021-22 season. Glenn Maxwell sits at the top of the pile with his 154 for the Stars against the Hurricanes, which came from 64 balls (240.62% SR) which included 22 fours and 4 sixes.

Top Five Big Bash League Six Scorer

  • 180 Sixes - Chris Lynn
  • 109 Sixes - Glenn Maxwell
  • 104 Sixes - Aaron Finch
  • 102 Sixes - Benjamin McDermott
  • 96 Sixes - Daniel Christian

Big Bash League Bowling Records and Statistics

Who is the all-time leading wicket-taker in the BBL? The top five bowlers in the BBL now all have over 100 wickets, Sean Abbott leads the way with 125 wickets from 93 innings, he has an economy of 8.47 and an average of 20.87. Andrew Tye (118), Kane Richardson (117), Ben Laughlin (111) and Ben Dwarshuis (102) are the other bowlers who have taken over 100 wickets.

Top Five Big Bash League Wicket Takers

  • 125 Wickets - Sean Abbott
  • 118 Wickets - Andrew Tye
  • 117 Wickets - Kane Richardson
  • 111 Wickets - Ben Laughlin
  • 102 Wickets - Benjamin Dwarshuis

There have been three six-wicket hauls in the BBL in the past, in 2012, Lasith Malinga took six wickets from four overs for the Stars against the Scorchers in which he only gave up seven runs meaning he finished with incredible figures of 6/7. A feat also achieved in 2017 for Ish Sodhi when playing for the Strikers against the Thunder, from just 3.3 overs he took 6 wickets for 11 runs. The third player was Rashid Khan in 2022 when he took 6 wickets for 17 runs (4.25) against the Thunder.

Top Five Big Bash League Economic Bowlers (40+ Matches)

  • 6.44 - Rashid Khan
  • 6.63 - Brad Hogg
  • 6.70 - Michael Beer
  • 6.75 - Steve O'Keefe
  • 6.92 - Jason Behrendorff

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