Sport

Slow bowlers sought for Big Bash League

Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka gestures after a fielding mistake during the 2011 ICC World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Mumbai, India.
Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka gestures after a fielding mistake during the 2011 ICC World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Mumbai, India. Tom Shaw / Getty Images

IT'S the fastest format of the game, but slow bowlers have become the most sought-after commodity ahead of this summer's Big Bash League.

And the best of them all, Sri Lankan superstar Muttiah Muralidaran, who retired from Test cricket in 2010 with a world record 800 victims, will line up with the Melbourne Renegades.

Other teams have also pounced on some of the leading present day spinners, with Adelaide Strikers snapping up the world's No.1 T20 bowler, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and defending champions the Sydney Sixers securing the services of star West Indian spinner Sunil Narine.

Murali said spinners had done better than expected in the Twenty20 format, particularly the Indian Premier League, and he hoped that would continue in the BBL.

"It's not easy to hit spin because you vary the pace of the ball. Some players also turn it and have a lot of different deliveries these days so people struggle to read them," he said.

That stats back up the role played by the spin kings, with the top 10 spinners in last season's BBL conceding 6.45 runs per over, compared to the top 10 fast bowlers who conceded 7.11 runs per over.

Of the players who bowled at least 12 overs, the three most economical - Brad Hogg, Stephen O'Keefe and Luke Doran - were all spinners.

While South Australia has a shocking record in the Sheffield Shield in recent seasons, coach Darren Berry said the team had done particularly well in the shorter versions of the game thanks to an emphasis on spin.

"It's no secret that we feel spin is a big part of T20," Berry said.

"'Spin to win' has always been a flavor of mine as coach and with Johan Botha, Nathan Lyon and now Ajmal we believe we have secured three of the best spinners in the world."

The BBL kicks off with a Melbourne derby between the Renegades and Stars, which includes spin king Shane Warne, at Etihad Stadium on December 7.

Topics:  big bash league cricket



Students big ideas may change face of St Vinnies

UQ and Vinnies has joined forces to transform the unused portion of the building in West ipswich into a new venture to help students with training and  employment opportunities. UQ International Hotel and Tourism Management students Rousha Chen ( left) and Valentina Santolia (right) with Vinnies western diocese area coordinator Liz Ward and UQ lecturer Richard Robinson.

THE Vinnies store in West Ipswich might soon open a cafe and more

Cemetery theft blow for grieving daughter

Desert roses were removed from the final resting place of Brian and Mary Woodhams.

Roses stolen on eve of Mother's day

Kindy kids to benefit from $14m funding package

C&K Collingwood Park Community Kindergarten will receive $15,000 in state funding.

'This money will be used to improve facilities in local communities'

Local Partners

Show legend returns to post after being run over by float

FOR absolute total dedication to the Ipswich Show look no further than 85-year-old Kalbar farmer Syd Haag.


Paddinton Bear is coming to Ipswich

IN TOWN: Annette Kitching plays the part of Paddington Bear in The Cute Little Bear From Peru at the Incinerator Theatre.

FAVOURITE children's character set to delight in new show

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

IPSWICH SHOW: What's on at the showgrounds today

Ipswich Show 2017. Sasha Bondzulic and Kirra Peel.

THE show fun continues today with plenty of rides, games and stunts

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

A great white thriller that had scenes filmed on the Fraser Coast has been picked up by a major US movie studio.

Celebrity sex tapes: Where does all that money go?

Basically, did Paris and Kim earn fortunes from their videos?

The Voice is just the beginning for Ipswich dad

Arthur Bristowe performs during his knockout round on The Voice.

Arthur Bristowe performs John Legend hit in knockout round.

Cher, 71, and Celine Dion wow world at Billboard Awards

“I’m 71 yesterday and I can do a five-minute plank, OK.”

Judah's return to The Voice stage is a knockout

Judah Kelly performs during his knockout round on The Voice.

QUEENSLAND singer nails Adele hit.

Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis: "I was born a boy"

Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis has revealed she was born a boy

Dwayne Johnson, Tom Hanks announce White House bid on SNL

Dwayne Johnson is “officially” running for president in 2020

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!