A spectator turnout of 12,285 at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the launch of the Big Bash League (BBL) may not have pleased Cricket Australia (CA), which has pumped in big money, especially since Sydney Sixers have given it huge publicity.
The BBL launch paled in comparison to the Indian Premier League (IPL), though the trappings were all there.
The old and the new Australian players mixed well to usher in a new era in Australian cricket, though some cricketers did not like the Twenty20 league timing. Maybe, a better competition curtain-raiser would have been hurricane hitters Chris Gayle and David Warner coming out to open for the Sydney Thunder against champion spinner Shane Warne and the Melbourne Stars, rather than them performing before a 45,000-plus crowd Saturday night. The Heat did little to excite the fans and scored at a sluggish rate.
Hurley spins the coin
Melbourne: Australian spin legend Shane Warne’s partner Liz Hurley tossed the coin at Melbourne’s first Big Bash blockbuster. The British actress wasn’t a lucky charm for her fiance, as Sydney Thunder won the toss against Melbourne Stars.
It was Warne’s first appearance on Australian soil since the 2006/07 season.
Warne kissed his fiancee, who was in a figure hugging blue dress, before the toss.
Explosive opener David Warner smashed six boundaries and six sixes in an unbeaten 102 off 51 balls to give Sydney Thunder an easy six-wicket victory over Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League.
This was skipper Warner's maiden Twenty20 hundred at home and his fourth overall.
Following his sizzling maiden Test century last week against New Zealand at Hobart, Warner showed great versatility in adapting to the shortest format of the game. Sydney had the worse possible start to their chase, losing Chris Gayle and Usman Khawaja early but Warner’s blitzkrieg took them home.