the BBL week ahead: may the cream commence rising

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Christmas BBL crisis solved, the Thunder rumble on, a selfish Chris Lynn, and a redemptive Shaun Marsh: plenty to look forward to over the next week of the BBL…

The Roar: Two weeks into the Big Bash League, and we’re already starting to get an idea of which teams are and aren’t in contention for the playoffs in the second-last week of January.

With the Perth Scorchers winning very well under the open roof in Melbourne last night, they join the logjam of teams with two wins and four points, and it’s this group of teams that will probably battle it out to claim the remaining spots in the top four.

It’s quite likely that the coming week will be massive for a number of sides for a number of reasons, and there is plenty to look forward over the next week, including Shaun Marsh building his case, the Sydney Thunder confirming their maiden semis berth, and whether my Tip of the Week run can continue..

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..

The Bash files: Overcoming the World Cup impact

Glenn Maxwell found form on Wednesday night in the PMs game – but can the Melbourne Stars adequately replace him for the BBL run home? Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: The Big Bash League gets its first night off since Christmas tonight, with Round 7 completed last night ahead of the first match of the rejuvenated Tri-Series taking place tonight in Sydney. The final BBL round will be intertwined with the ODIs over the next six days.

With Perth and Adelaide – or Adelaide and Perth, however the table reads now – already confirmed for the semi-finals, we still have three teams battling it out for the last two spots in the semis.

Hobart’s loss last night in Brisbane to the Heat, in their final match of the season knocked them out of the finals race. Brisbane and the Sydney Thunder also won’t qualify for the playoffs.

But will the Australian selections become a deciding factor for those teams still in the hunt?