The Big Bash League is marketed to a youthful audience as a young man’s game but this year’s tournament will boast some quality “over 35’s” who’ll be out to show that experience counts for everything on the field.
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au is offering markets on top runscorer and leading wicket taker for some of the elder statesmen and it’s a who’s who of international cricket.
South African great Jacques Kallis is the $2.50 favourite for most runs, ahead of Twenty20 specialist Brad Hodge ($2.62), the Hussey brothers (Mike – $3.50, Dave $7.00) and Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff the rank outsider at $51.
Arthritis hasn’t prevented Brad Hogg from rolling the arm over – the 43 year old is favourite to snare the most wickets at $2.75. Dirk Nannes is at $3.00 ahead of imports Kallis ($3.75), Flintoff ($5.50) and Kiwi Dan Vettori ($6.50).
“If you’re old enough, you’re good enough! The 22 yards might feel more like 50 when it comes to running between the wickets but who wouldn’t want Kallis, Hodge or the Husseys in their team? Don’t expect too many quick singles though,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
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Golden Oldies – Top Tournament Runscorer
$2.50 Jacques Kallis
$2.62 Brad Hodge
$3.50 Mike Hussey
$7.00 David Hussey
$51 Andrew Flintoff
Golden Oldies – Top Tournament Wicket taker
$2.75 Brad Hogg
$3.00 Dirk Nannes
$3.75 Jacques Kallis
$5.50 Andrew Flintoff
$6.50 Daniel Vettori