5 Things We've Learned from the Big Bash League so Far
While England were getting thumped in The Ashes, the Big Bash rolled into town somewhat undetected.
However, just because a T20 tournament takes place and nobody talks about it, doesn't mean exciting things aren't happening.
In fact, it's been business as usual, with big hits, flashing stumps and brightly coloured clothing dominating proceedings.
Here are five things we've learned from the tournament so far.
Some Players Will Never Get the Credit They Deserve
Shakib Al Hasan made his Big Bash debut on Sunday, scoring 46 and taking two for 21.
He is one of the best all-rounders in the game and has played over 100 ODIs for his country, Bangladesh.
Even so, the commentary team were prompted to refer to him as somebody not many have seen play.
That Al Hasan is not known to the commentary team and perhaps some viewers is a shame.
At least he'll get to make his mark on a big stage in the tournament now.
Jordan Silk Knows How to Catch
It's only six days into 2014, but there's already a contender for catch of the year on the table.
Jordan Silk, a Sydney Sixers player, took an outstanding, leaping, diving, Superman-like catch in a match on January 2.
It was one of those which you had to rewind to watch again—and then do it again at least another 10 times.
Michael Hussey's Still Got It
He might be pushing 40, but Mike Hussey's still got it.
He's the third highest run-scorer in the competition so far, with two fifties under his belt already.
Both came at a strike-rate of over 100, and both were crucial in the context of the game.
The myth that cricketers are old and cold by the time they hit 35 is slowly being blown to smithereens by a number of players.
Hussey is adding his name to that list.
Bowling in T20 Is a Special Art Form
When T20 is discussed, the batsmen are often the first to be talked about.
The shortest format of the game has seen some innovative shots and some brutal innings from many players across the globe.
Bowlers, though, deserve an equal amount of credit.
They have to adapt their game more than anyone else, and the Big Bash has seen many do so with aplomb.
The top seven wicket-takers in the competition all have bowling averages of under 20.00.
For a format where it's all about the big hits, that's something quite special and encouraging to see.
Sydney Thunder Are Woeful
Not only are the Sydney Thunder forced to play in hideous green kits, but they are also not very good at this cricket lark, it seems.
The Thunder currently have a losing streak of 16 matches and it doesn't look to be changing any time soon. Their squad is thin and many of their members—like David Warner, Michael Clarke, Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan and Tillakaratne Dilshan—are either currently on some sort of international duty or are due to go on international duty.
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