You can do this: WBBL

It’s not just cricket – it’s Big Bash! And it’s se­ri­ously hot right now. Here’s why the Women’s Big Bash League will be cre­at­ing buzz this sum­mer

Women's Health Australia - - DECEMBER 2017 - By Alice El­lis

Ev­ery­thing you need to know about the Women’s Big Bash League

Your cheat sheet: WBBL 101

You’ve prob­a­bly heard the term. But what does it ac­tu­ally mean? Glad you asked! WBBL stands for the Women’s Big Bash League. While tra­di­tional cricket for­mats – test matches and one-day­ers – are loooong, Big Bash cricket takes the quicker T20 for­mat. Think cricket, on steroids! “It’s ex­cit­ing and non-stop ac­tion,” says Do­minic Re­mond, gen­eral man­ager of the Syd­ney Sixers Big Bash women’s and men’s teams. The aim? Bat­ters have to try to get as many runs as pos­si­ble in a short time – within up to 20 overs (120 bowls of the ball). Each game lasts about two and a half hours, so each time the other team bowls, bat­ters have to really whack it. They’re pretty much try­ing to hit sixes and fours (hit­ting it to – or over – the boundary) every time, rather than along the ground, like in longer-form, more risk-averse cricket. In other words, Big Bash is a lessse­ri­ous form of cricket that’s more ex­cit­ing for non-fa­nat­ics. “The games are all about big hits, in­no­va­tive bowl­ing and en­er­getic field­ing on the oval, and a great fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ence in the crowd,” Re­mond ex­plains.

Where to watch the ac­tion

Sea­son three hits off on De­cem­ber 9 and con­tin­ues un­til the fi­nal on Fe­bru­ary 4, 2018. All games – ex­cept those played as dou­ble­head­ers with the men’s games – will be free so get down to a match (check out the sched­ule at big­­tures). Also, 12 games will be broad­cast live on Ten, with all the other games live-streamed on in HD.

How to strap on those pads

Keen? “T20 cricket is the per­fect in­tro­duc­tory for­mat,” says Re­mond. “There are sev­eral en­try points depend­ing on your age and re­gion; check out play­ for op­tions in your area.” don’t mind if we do!

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