BBL 2018-19: Best pre-tournament XI

BBL 2018-19: Best pre-tournament XI

These players will surely play a crucial role for their respective teams.

Adelaide Strikers BBL
The Adelaide Strikers won the last season. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Two months of some enthralling action will greet cricketing fans all around the world with the eighth edition of Big Bash League (BBL) kicking off on December 19. Instead of the conventional coin toss, this edition will witness a bat flip. The winner of the toss will be judged based on if it’ll be a ‘hill’ or a ‘flat’. Apart from this, there will many other innovations and much more entertainment in the league.

Also, for the first time ever, the competition is extended to a full home and away season. A total of 56 regular season matches followed by the semi-finals and final will be rivalled. Some of the best talent in Australia along with some massive global stars will be gracing the league.

Ahead of the tournament, there are high expectations on a few cricketers. Hence, an XI is formed with all the players who are available for the league including four overseas cricketers. There were some tough choices made leaving some of the good players out.

Here is the best pre-tournament XI for BBL:

1. Jos Buttler (wk) | Sydney Thunder

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler of England bats. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Even though there are some better performers in the league, the wicket-keeper spot will be stolen by the debutant Jos Buttler. Along with England Test skipper Joe Root, he signed up for the first time for this league. He is a highly destructive player and will hope to better his awful T20 record while playing in Australia.

Jos Buttler will open the innings in the XI. Since he likes to take the attack onto the bowlers early on in the innings, he is quite a valuable opening option. The 28-year-old strikes the ball at over 140 in T20 cricket and will be representing the Sydney Thunder in this edition of BBL.

2. Aaron Finch | Melbourne Renegades

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch of the Renegades (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The ICC Number 3 T20I batsman is a surety to be on this list. Finch is a great exponent in the shortest format of the game. Therefore, stakes will be high on him. The Aussie opener will be leading the Melbourne Renegades in BBL 2018-19 season.

Finch scored 1,669 runs in the tournament thus far in 46 games at a strike rate of 140. He is the second-leading run scorer overall and will wish to go past Michael Klinger who is leading the charts. The 31-year-old will open the innings alongside Buttler in the side. Finch, though, will not be available for the entire duration of the tournament as he is an important part of the Australian team for the ongoing Test series against India.