BBL1 1 has definitely had its fair share of challenges to date. This is likely to continue but the picture must go on- whether that’s around the country or headquartered in Melbourne.

At the halfway recognize, abundance of the paste has already risen to the top. For some other crews though, a resurrection is needed soon if they hope to incorporated in the finals.

Here on The Roar, I’m taking a look at each club’s season to date, the challenges ahead and their drain home towards a possible BBL finals berth.

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1. Perth Scorchers

Current Standing: Played 8, won 7, lost 1, 25 parts, Net Run Rate +1.352

Last year’s runners-up have picked up where they left off, and will almost surely be featuring in the finals again.

Mitchell Marsh has continued on from his amazing T2 0 World Cup, making 255 controls at a strike rate of 144. New Zealand import Colin Munro has also pop a century, whilst Kurtis Patterson has spotcheck career-best BBL form this season.

Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff and AJ Tye headline a strong bowling unit the jealousy of every other side in the competition.

Challenges I ought to have been the Scorchers as the team to beat heading into the finals; nonetheless, playing all their games along the road and the permanent prospect of COVID specimen within the Perth camp procreates it a hard query.

Losing Marsh and Josh Inglis to the Australian set-up too leaves some cracks that won’t be filled until towards the end of the regular season, when that pair are set to return.

Run Home: Melbourne Stars, Sydney Thunder, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Sixers, Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat

Predicted Finish: 2nd

2. Sydney Sixers

Current Standing: Played 8, won 6, lost 1 , no arise 1, 23 qualities, NRR +1.264

Gunning for their third designation in a row, the Sixers are yet again well in the desegregate.

They are stacked with match-winners, headlined by Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques and Sean Abbott. They are also a team high on self-belief, with their triumphs against the Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Stars coming despite seeming down for the count at various stages.

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— (@ cricketcomau) December 26, 2021

All noses will now be on Pakistan leg-spinner, Shadab Khan, who is with the Sixers for the rest of the tournament.

Challenges Injuries have already dallied a part, with English import Tom Curran gone for the season and Jackson Bird and Ben Manenti not dallying to date. Fellow Englishman Chris Jordan has also left the squad, while James Vince represents his final game for the season on January 13 before leaving the country at the behest of the England Cricket Board.

Run Home: Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers, Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Thunder, Adelaide Strikers

Predicted Finish: 1st

3. Sydney Thunder

Current Standing: Played 8, won 5, lost 3, 19 sites, NRR +0.653

The Thunder are tower as a smoky for the tournament, with the cancellation of Jason Sangha proving a masterstroke from coach Trevor Bayliss.

The move has increased the batting order and allowed English international Sam Billings to come in and play an expansive sport from the start of his innings.

The bowling attack has been well led by Saqib Mahmood, Tanveer Sangha and Daniel Sams, with Pakistan import Muhammad Hasnain starting his BBL stint with a remarkable triple-wicket damsel on introduction against the Strikers.

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Challenges Billings and Mahmood depart for national responsibilities on January 13, leaving large-scale shoes to replenish.

Fellow Englishman Alex Hales will need to deliver more in the last half of the contender, with Billings’ absence perhaps reform and opening up a permanent spot for talented young handgun Ollie Davies.

Run Home: Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades, Hobart Hurricanes, Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Renegades

Predicted Finish: 3rd

4. Hobart Hurricanes

Current Standing: Played 8, won 4, lost 4, 17 stations, NRR +0.274

The Hurricanes are the only team so far to thwart the Sixers this campaign, and do have the team to make a push for the designation this year.

Ben McDermott is in the form of his T20 career with recent back-to-back centuries, whilst chieftain Matthew Wade is due another big tally.

Ben McDermott celebrates.

Ben McDermott of the Hobart Hurricanes celebrates after scoring a century.( Photo by Mike Owen/ Getty Images)

With the ball, Tom Rogers has been a revelation in this competition, and Riley Meredith is starting to smacked his straps.

Challenges It is not uncommon in this competition to rely on your large-scale two in the batting order, but Hobart do it more than most. If Wade and McDermott are rejected early, there is not a whole lot of match-winning batting to come.

D’Arcy Short has looked gravely out of touch and needs to find his mojo abruptly for the Hurricane to make a run at the designation. This was exposed in their home loss to the Heat, where he limped to a 38 -ball 27 after both Wade and McDermott descended cheaply.

Run Home: Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Thunder, Sydney Thunder, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars

Predicted Finish: 4th

5. Brisbane Heat

Current Standing: Played 8, won 3, lost 5, 14 parts, NRR -0. 155

After a gradual start to the season, the Heat have recorded makes over the Renegades, Strikers and, most impressively, the Hurricanes, to reignite their safarus.

English batter Ben Duckett, has gaped the very best batting in the middle order, while Chris Lynn remains one of the tournament’s most devastating game-changers. Youngster Xavier Bartlett is also impressing with both bat and ball.

Challenges It’s nothing brand-new for Brisbane, but compatibility remains their biggest challenge, peculiarly across their batting line-up.

Five compositions of 151 or lower from their first eight recreations has put plenty of pres on their bowling affect, and not one Brisbane batter features in the top eight preceding run-scorers for the season.

Run Home: Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Renegades, Hobart Hurricanes, Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers

Predicted Finish: 6th

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6. Melbourne Stars

Current Standing: Played 7, prevailed 3, lost 4, 10 spots, NRR -1. 316

A Stars team sport Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa and Englishman Joe Clarke should be further up the table than they are, but it just hasn’t sounded … yet.

The Stars are probably in a battle with the Heat for fifth recognize, which means finals under the BBL’s system. With Stoinis overdue for a big score formerly the Stars’ COVID-1 9 eruption is overcome, it wouldn’t surprise to see them accusing dwelling late.

Challenges The Stars have been the worst made to date by COVID, and will likely be significantly below full strong across their next few parallels. Zampa, Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Joe Burns headline the outs, which thrust them to turn to Victorian premier cricket for substitution musicians in their recent loss to the Scorchers.

While Andre Russell has compressed his luggage after a five-game stint, Pakistan paceman Haris Rauf has arrived in his region. He has been key to the Stars’ bowling attack in recent years, and will be front and centre again in any finals campaign.

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Run Home: Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Strikers, Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes

Predicted Finish: 5th

7. Adelaide Strikers

Current Standing: Played 8, won 1, lost 7, 9 pitches, NRR -0. 709

The Strikers, with only the one prevail so far, are almost at the last chance saloon previously, only halfway through the season.

The loss of Alex Carey and Travis Head to the Australian Test team has cheated the Strikers of two players who have composed big in past BBL series. The current line-up seem to be well in the tournament after 10 overs, regularly claiming the Bash Boost point, merely to fall short when the join is on the line.

Challenges English bowling all-rounder George Garton is another import leader off early ahead of a T20I series against the West Indies.

Other than proselytizing starts into large-hearted ratings, the Strikers need to find someone in their bowling broths to assist the wizardly Rashid Khan.

Run Home: Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Stars, Melbourne Stars, Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers

Predicted Finish: 7th

8. Melbourne Renegades

Current Standing: Played 7, acquired 1, lost 5, 1 NR, 7 pitches, NRR -1. 758

Like the Strikers, the Renegades need to turn around their season now to have any chance of playing finals.

The Melbourne team have complied with a youth-first policy in recent years. They have brought through some fostering aptitude, including Mackenzie Harvey and Jake Fraser-McGurk.

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— KFC Big Bash League (@ BBL) December 7, 2021

Still, the Renegades are firming for their third straight wooden spoon.

Challenges The loss of captain Nic Maddinson to the Australian squad doesn’t help the Renegades’ plight, with no confirmation as yet as to how long he will be away for.

With their younger participates still failing at times, more is needed from Aaron Finch. After missing the start of the season through injury, the value is squarely on the Australian limited-overs captain’s shoulders we are currently start some large-scale scores.

Run Home: Melbourne Stars, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Thunder, Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Stars, Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Thunder

Predicted Finish: 8th

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