Mens’ Big Bash League (BBL): December 13 – February 4
If you’re trying to get into cricket, the Big Bash League (BBL) presents an accessible and fun point of entry. The summer cricket series is a Twenty20 cricket competition meaning it moves much faster than Test cricket and can be very exciting, with players thwacking the ball with gusto and reaching big scores.
While the Big Bash is Australia’s domestic T20 competition, a number of international players have been contracted to each team for the season. At least two rookies play per team as well, meaning you get to see players at the top of their game as well as those who are the next big thing all in one match.
Matches will be played throughout the country during December and January, with several hosted at Victorian stadiums including the MCG, Marvel Stadium, CitiPower Centre in St Kilda, and GMHBA Stadium in Geelong.
There’s generally one or two matches played in Victoria each week of the season, giving local audiences plenty of opportunities to head along. Finals start January 27, with the deciding match held February 4.
Melbourne features two teams (the Stars and the Renegades), though the last time a Melbourne team won the championship was back in 2018. The Perth Scorchers will be the team to beat this season, being the defending team and having won the most BBL titles of any team.
Sheffield Shield: October 3 – March 27
After taking a break during December and January, the Sheffield Shield returns early February 2023. This is a round-robin domestic cricket series with six team – one for each Australian state.
Each team plays each other twice in four-day matches, with those that accumulate the most points going on to play in the five-day final (held in late March).
Victorian audiences can see the home team play the Queensland Bulls on February 9 at the MCG, or the South Australia Redbacks on February 20 at CitiPower Centre in St Kilda.