BBL opening week: break out the dreadlocks

Gayle leads the charge of the expat Windies; Watson needs an amazing BBL; Bailey's Hobart my early favourites, and Hodge's Adelaide my Tip of the Week..

Gayle leads the charge of the expat Windies; Watson needs an amazing BBL; Bailey’s Hobart my early favourites, and Hodge’s Adelaide my Tip of the Week..

The Roar: If you found yourself watching the West Indies getting pumped a tad depressing – and who didn’t – then tonight and onwards for the next six weeks is the time to put some cricketing colour in your life.

Whether your colour is purple, red, green, a different green, just-bloody-call-it-pink, whatever colour Brisbane wear, orange, or blue, the big Bash League has you covered.

Here’s what to look forward to over the first round of the tournament..

Twenty20: so much for being the young man’s game…

"Simple, yet important tweaks in his footwork - like stepping to midwicket and hitting over cover - mean Hodge has been able maintain his power base in his stance and breathe new life into his traditional game..." Image via Melbourne Stars Facebook

“Simple, yet important tweaks in his footwork – like stepping to midwicket and hitting over cover – mean Brad Hodge has been able maintain his power base in his stance and breathe new life into his traditional game…” Image via Melbourne Stars Facebook

The Roar: For all the bells and whistles, and the colour and bling of Twenty20 cricket, there’s always been a looking-down-the-nose attitude that the critics like to trot out whenever it suits.

“It’s just not cricket,” they’ll say.

‘They’ can’t really be pigeon-holed into any one category, though. There’s just as many people well younger than me with this opinion as there are in the ‘grumpy old cricket purist’ collection.

Whatever their age, the train of thought is the same. Twenty20 cricket is purely about entertainment, and everything we know about batting is chucked out the window in favour of switch-hitting and ramp shots.

Or so they say. For The Roar today, I’ve taken a closer look at the top-performing batsmen in this season’s BBL, and highlighted why these criticisms don’t hold that much water