Australia news July 22, 2013

Hussey joins Thunder, Warne retires as BBL season grows

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Cricket Australia has shelved its plan to tighten the BBL schedule this summer, instead expanding the time-frame from the opening match until the final by two weeks. The fixture for the 2013-14 tournament has been released and although the competition will start later in December, in order to allow Sheffield Shield cricket to be played until the end of the third Ashes Test, it has ballooned at the back end and will not finish until February 15.

All the regular season matches will be played during the school holiday period, with the semi-finals and final to be contested across two weekends in early February. The tournament will last 58 days compared to last season's 44 days, with the 32 regular season games played across 38 days.

"The later start to the season means that families will have a greater opportunity to come to the BBL as part of their school holiday summer entertainment," Mike McKenna, Cricket Australia's executive general manager operations, said.

In other BBL news on Monday, two widely-expected announcements were confirmed: the retirement of Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne, and Michael Hussey's decision to sign with Sydney Thunder. Hussey's defection from Perth Scorchers is an attempt to revive the fortunes of the struggling Thunder outfit, which has won only two matches over the past two seasons.

Hussey will captain the side in the absence of the nominal Thunder leader Michael Clarke, who is likely to miss most of the campaign due to national team commitments.

"I'm extremely excited about joining the Sydney Thunder and having the opportunity to be part of a young, energetic side that will represent the west of Sydney with pride," Hussey said. "The team and the area have enormous potential and I hope that I can bring my experience to help get the best out of the side and develop the talented playing group that we have.

"It was not an easy decision to leave the Scorchers, but the challenge of helping a young team grow was one I couldn't pass on. I look forward to working closely with coach Chandika [Hathurusinghe] and Michael Clarke to make sure that the squad are ready to go once the season starts."

Cameron White will again take up the captaincy of the Stars after Warne confirmed that he would not be back for another summer. Warne, 43, struggled for impact last season with the Stars and collected four wickets at 39.75.

"I think the time is right for me to hang up my Big Bash boots - juggling business, family and commentary commitments across two continents is not easy," Warne said. "I've always loved the game but now it's time to observe. I wish Cameron and rest of the lads all the best for the BBL|03."

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  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    should include one team from new Zealand in BBL

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | July 23, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    From where i left off previously i will like to say i find it amusing English media berates the IPL for Indian team's 8-0 reverse in Eng and Aus in 2011/12 tours but has EPL benefited English football team, last cheked England are without a trophy from 1966, it's u-21, u-20 and u-19 teams crashed out in first rond.English game is filled with foriegn owners,coaches and players while IPL atleast has 7 mandatory spots for Indians.English media highlights the money aspect in IPL but money is nothing compared to what footballers get, Chelsea and Other big clubs instead of playing clubs like Milwall now prefer to play there pre-season matches in Asia which is a lucrative market and where the money is.

    I get it that you are a traditionalist and resistant to change, you feel cricket should be country v/s country and it should be primaril test based while club system is Okay in Football but not in cricket with franchises pedalling T-20 ,fair play to you but i have slightly divergant views.

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | July 23, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight, Milwall wow, isn't this particular club always in news because it's supporters follow a particular ideology, i am more of a Bundesliga and La Liga person, i find your assertion that football fans don't hate each other false , try telling that that to an Spurs and Arsenal supporter, or to an Celtic or an Ranger fan in Glasgow, have you seen the kind of violence unleashed by the ultras in Italy or fan violence in Serbia,Russia,Turkey between the supporters and in South America.Yeah i do agree footballers play for one club at a time but you see in cricket problem is that annual calendar is based on country v/s country and franchises are powerless to stop players for turning up for other teams in T-20 competitions.

    Regarding your point of tribalism is false in cricket is a question of perpective, what is today will be history tommorrow, many fans call Chelsea and Man City plastic but 30 years from now they will be known as clubs with rich history of winning trophies..

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | July 23, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Regarding sixers v/s thunders ... that question will be better addressed to a NSW local or 20,000 odd fans who attented the match between these two sides last season ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    With this announcement (with the timing and the announcement itself) Australia is basically saying that they are going down the same route as India. T20s are their dominant form of cricket now.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | July 23, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight: You talk about history and all that. The IPL is already 6 years old and will definitely get older each year. It's easily the world's BEST T20 league and will only continue to grow stronger. The BBL is a revamped KFC Big Bash. Even it will grow older and better each year. However, the IPL is unique in that, most of the world's best players play in it. It offers bigger financial gains than other leagues and ironically also helps cricket boards around the world identify possible future stars. For example: Chris Morris (CSK) who now plays for SA in ODIs and T20s. Lastly, I strongly feel that no matter who play where, people ought to support a franchise for what it is and what it stands for. I am a CSK fan and will always be even if MS Dhoni doesn't play for the team.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | July 23, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Maybe, they could get Anderson to play in the bbl.

  • POSTED BY VVSR92 on | July 22, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Warnie has been a pure entartainer in bbl 02 & hussey playing for thunder isa a massive boost for them & T20 lovers can expect to see a combo gayle-hussey opening together . Bbl is only goin to be sucesful when all aussie intrenationals such as clarke,watson take full part rather than playing a game . Being a domestic australian tournament CA should have organised it during international break for aussies rather than just ensuring games are played on holidays .

    Poor admisnitration or scheduling but hope new kids make names for themselves while the big names are busy.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | July 22, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @banghels.a There is a massive difference between cricket's T20 mercenaries and football players changing clubs. A footballer cannot play for two clubs at a time, but in Champions League T20 Australians are forced to choose between the club that brought them up and an IPL franchise with no history.

    I am a Londoner and I don't get your point about choosing a team, I support Millwall (football fans don't hate each other, it is pretend). Franchises in cricket cannot create this tribalism you talk of. They are false. Football in England has 150 years of history behind it, with family and local ties and local rivalries.

    I still want to know how a member of NSW chose what team, Thunder or Sixers?

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 22, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    An extended BBL season? Wow, I can hardlly wait...NOT. The age of the short conentration span/xy gen has hit us.

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    should include one team from new Zealand in BBL

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | July 23, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    From where i left off previously i will like to say i find it amusing English media berates the IPL for Indian team's 8-0 reverse in Eng and Aus in 2011/12 tours but has EPL benefited English football team, last cheked England are without a trophy from 1966, it's u-21, u-20 and u-19 teams crashed out in first rond.English game is filled with foriegn owners,coaches and players while IPL atleast has 7 mandatory spots for Indians.English media highlights the money aspect in IPL but money is nothing compared to what footballers get, Chelsea and Other big clubs instead of playing clubs like Milwall now prefer to play there pre-season matches in Asia which is a lucrative market and where the money is.

    I get it that you are a traditionalist and resistant to change, you feel cricket should be country v/s country and it should be primaril test based while club system is Okay in Football but not in cricket with franchises pedalling T-20 ,fair play to you but i have slightly divergant views.

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | July 23, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight, Milwall wow, isn't this particular club always in news because it's supporters follow a particular ideology, i am more of a Bundesliga and La Liga person, i find your assertion that football fans don't hate each other false , try telling that that to an Spurs and Arsenal supporter, or to an Celtic or an Ranger fan in Glasgow, have you seen the kind of violence unleashed by the ultras in Italy or fan violence in Serbia,Russia,Turkey between the supporters and in South America.Yeah i do agree footballers play for one club at a time but you see in cricket problem is that annual calendar is based on country v/s country and franchises are powerless to stop players for turning up for other teams in T-20 competitions.

    Regarding your point of tribalism is false in cricket is a question of perpective, what is today will be history tommorrow, many fans call Chelsea and Man City plastic but 30 years from now they will be known as clubs with rich history of winning trophies..

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | July 23, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Regarding sixers v/s thunders ... that question will be better addressed to a NSW local or 20,000 odd fans who attented the match between these two sides last season ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    With this announcement (with the timing and the announcement itself) Australia is basically saying that they are going down the same route as India. T20s are their dominant form of cricket now.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | July 23, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight: You talk about history and all that. The IPL is already 6 years old and will definitely get older each year. It's easily the world's BEST T20 league and will only continue to grow stronger. The BBL is a revamped KFC Big Bash. Even it will grow older and better each year. However, the IPL is unique in that, most of the world's best players play in it. It offers bigger financial gains than other leagues and ironically also helps cricket boards around the world identify possible future stars. For example: Chris Morris (CSK) who now plays for SA in ODIs and T20s. Lastly, I strongly feel that no matter who play where, people ought to support a franchise for what it is and what it stands for. I am a CSK fan and will always be even if MS Dhoni doesn't play for the team.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | July 23, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Maybe, they could get Anderson to play in the bbl.

  • POSTED BY VVSR92 on | July 22, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Warnie has been a pure entartainer in bbl 02 & hussey playing for thunder isa a massive boost for them & T20 lovers can expect to see a combo gayle-hussey opening together . Bbl is only goin to be sucesful when all aussie intrenationals such as clarke,watson take full part rather than playing a game . Being a domestic australian tournament CA should have organised it during international break for aussies rather than just ensuring games are played on holidays .

    Poor admisnitration or scheduling but hope new kids make names for themselves while the big names are busy.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | July 22, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @banghels.a There is a massive difference between cricket's T20 mercenaries and football players changing clubs. A footballer cannot play for two clubs at a time, but in Champions League T20 Australians are forced to choose between the club that brought them up and an IPL franchise with no history.

    I am a Londoner and I don't get your point about choosing a team, I support Millwall (football fans don't hate each other, it is pretend). Franchises in cricket cannot create this tribalism you talk of. They are false. Football in England has 150 years of history behind it, with family and local ties and local rivalries.

    I still want to know how a member of NSW chose what team, Thunder or Sixers?

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 22, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    An extended BBL season? Wow, I can hardlly wait...NOT. The age of the short conentration span/xy gen has hit us.

  • POSTED BY ARad on | July 22, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Is BBL now even longer than the IPL?

    Considering the oft repeated concern about T20 eroding the quality of Test cricket, it is ironic that Cricket Australia has released this schedule the day after one of the biggest drubbings in history against their primary nemesis.

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | July 22, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight, this mercenary culture is pretty old in other sports, in sports like Football some players change clubs every season, cricket has just started with a franchise based structure so you are noticing it now .... in response to your question how does a NSW member decide which team to support just ask any Londoner, London alone must be having 5 or 6 clubs representing it in the English premier league and supporters of these clubs hate each other with a passion and the players involved play with more passion and hunger than they would for there nations, this phenomena is called tribalism and it exists not only in Football but other sports like NFL,NRL,AFL,NBA,NHL,MLB,Super 12 Rugby etc

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | July 22, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Just out of interest; how did a NSW member decide which franchise to support, Thunder or Sixers? Or do they not bother attending at all?

    This is important because playing cricket that matters, tough, hard, high pressure cricket, is what creates top level Test players. IPL and now BBL are showing that fielding sides of mercenaries with little attachment to a franchise not a team cannot create hard cricket, it can create very entertaining cricket but does nothing to prepare players for testing situations.

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    If Warne retires,Cameron White should be the captain of Melbourne Stars.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 22, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Anyone heard of the law of diminishing returns?

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Its funny, Huss, because it is exactly that opportunity which you have passed up with the test team? Doesn't smell right.

    This is crazy, so I think we are going to SA in february, by which time it will have been a month since we played any FC cricket? Bravo CA!

  • POSTED BY 12thman on | July 22, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Yuvraj, Gambhir, Utthapa are not doing anything. They should come. Also Sehwag

  • POSTED BY Ducky610 on | July 22, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Terribly disappointing... has CA lost its mind? Have they not been paying attention?

  • POSTED BY HuzaifaFakhri on | July 22, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    IPL is more than enough for Indian players

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Hussey-The best all-format player (Test, ODIs, T20s) Sufficient averages n sufficient strike for all formats, Superb stuff....... Test ODI T20 Avg 51 49 37 SR 50 88 137

    It will be difficult to find other player who will succeed in all formats at this level. (Virat is on the way)

  • POSTED BY MakersName on | July 22, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    This really disappoints me. I believe we need to be structuring our home season to support the development of quality Test match cricketers. The Sheffield Shield needs to be the premier season in Australia, supported by the CA so the quality is high and is a place where we can develop the next generation of Test match players. Pushing it to the outer parts of the season only confuses our players, demotivating them putting effort into their four-day game development.

  • POSTED BY Paddy789 on | July 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Indian players should participate too in BBL, BCCI should allow them to play outside IPL as well!!!

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  • POSTED BY Paddy789 on | July 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Indian players should participate too in BBL, BCCI should allow them to play outside IPL as well!!!

  • POSTED BY MakersName on | July 22, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    This really disappoints me. I believe we need to be structuring our home season to support the development of quality Test match cricketers. The Sheffield Shield needs to be the premier season in Australia, supported by the CA so the quality is high and is a place where we can develop the next generation of Test match players. Pushing it to the outer parts of the season only confuses our players, demotivating them putting effort into their four-day game development.

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Hussey-The best all-format player (Test, ODIs, T20s) Sufficient averages n sufficient strike for all formats, Superb stuff....... Test ODI T20 Avg 51 49 37 SR 50 88 137

    It will be difficult to find other player who will succeed in all formats at this level. (Virat is on the way)

  • POSTED BY HuzaifaFakhri on | July 22, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    IPL is more than enough for Indian players

  • POSTED BY Ducky610 on | July 22, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Terribly disappointing... has CA lost its mind? Have they not been paying attention?

  • POSTED BY 12thman on | July 22, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Yuvraj, Gambhir, Utthapa are not doing anything. They should come. Also Sehwag

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Its funny, Huss, because it is exactly that opportunity which you have passed up with the test team? Doesn't smell right.

    This is crazy, so I think we are going to SA in february, by which time it will have been a month since we played any FC cricket? Bravo CA!

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 22, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Anyone heard of the law of diminishing returns?

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    If Warne retires,Cameron White should be the captain of Melbourne Stars.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | July 22, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Just out of interest; how did a NSW member decide which franchise to support, Thunder or Sixers? Or do they not bother attending at all?

    This is important because playing cricket that matters, tough, hard, high pressure cricket, is what creates top level Test players. IPL and now BBL are showing that fielding sides of mercenaries with little attachment to a franchise not a team cannot create hard cricket, it can create very entertaining cricket but does nothing to prepare players for testing situations.