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..

the BBL week ahead: regular programming to resume

On the left is what you won't see tonight; on the right is one of the viewing options instead. Yes, you may start panicking...

On the left is what you won’t see tonight; on the right is one of the viewing options instead. Yes, you may start panicking…

The Roar: Never mind controversial notions about playing Big Bash League games on Christmas Day in the future, there is a much bigger and much more immediate BBL issue at hand right now:

No. Game. Tonight.

I can’t understate how big a crisis this is. Have you seen the TV guide for tonight? I mean, really looked at what we’re going to watch in this sudden cricket-free vacuum? Miss Fisher, Destination Flavour Christmas, the movie Frozen for goodness’ sakes, Shrek the Halls, and Mrs bloody Doubtfire shape as your non-BBL options. The time to panic is here.

Despite this bombshell, there are a few things to talk about over the second week of the tournament. This week, I’ve added some thoughts on the place of DRS in Twenty20 cricket, Cameron White’s big career moment, this week’s BBL Premiership Favourite, and my Tip of the Week..

Have a Merry Christmas – hope you can find something to watch tonight…

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..

Khawaja fitness and return no certainty, evidently

Usman Khawaja is helped from the field in Perth, during the Second Test against New Zealand last month. He’s battling to be fit for Boxing Day. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: Thought you’d solved the Australian batting order mystery for Boxing Day? You’d have done well, with all the quotes and updates and selection statements made in the aftermath of Australia’s big First Test win over the West Indies in Hobart over the weekend.

All seemed to be heading towards a ‘Burns v Marsh’ showdown for the last spot in the order, with the confirmation that Usman Khawaja had been recalled to the Australian side for the Melbourne Test.

But developments over the last day or two make me wonder just how fit Khawaja actually is, and whether if a medical overrule is how the selectors will avoid what would undoubtedly be a tough decision..