KFC's Big Bash League (BBL) might not be "real" cricket - but damn is it fun! This year's BBL will be bowling into action on December 19, with the final slated for February 17, 2019.
Here's how you can watch the KFC BBL live and online in Australia for free.
What Is The KFC Big Bash League?
The Big Bash League is an Australian professional Twenty20 cricket league sponsored by KFC. Now in it's eighth year, the League comprises eight teams: the Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.
With each side only receiving twenty overs, the emphasis is on all-out attack and frenetic, fast-paced action. Think of it as ODI for the YouTube generation. Or something.
This year marks the first time that a full home-and-away season will be played, which means you have a whopping 59 matches to look forward to. (Although "only" 43 matches will be shown on free-to-air TV. More on this below.)
When Is The KFC BBL Final?
The final will take place on Sunday, February 17. The semi-finals will take place on the preceding Thursday and Friday (February 14 and February 15.)
How To Watch The Big Bash League 2018 On Free-To-Air TV
This year, Channel 7 has the exclusive rights to the Big Bash League. (So don't waste time tuning into Channel 10 - it ain't going to be there.)
Games will be broadcast live on both Channel 7 and 7Mate, depending on the day and time. Most games will begin at 7pm AEDT. (You can find a full schedule below.)
Seven Network will broadcast 43 games live. To see the remaining matches, you will need to subscribe to join Foxtel and subscribe to Fox Sports.
How To Watch The Big Bash League 2018 Online
Unfortunately, Channel 7 will not be providing a live BBL stream on its 7Plus app - but you can watch select highlights of each game after the fact. For online viewing, your best bet remains Foxtel.
How To Watch The Big Bash League 2018 On Your Phone Or Tablet
The aforementioned Foxtel Sport app should work fine on most mobile phones and tablets.
Alternatively, you may want to sign up to Kayo, the new streaming service dedicated to just sports. A basic package costs $25 per month with no lock-in contract. You can sign up to a free 14-day trial here.
Summer is the best time of the year for sports fans - not just because there are some of the best international codes on in our backyard, but because there’s more time to sit back and enjoy them.
But it’s not called the festive season for nothing – it’s not hard to blink and suddenly, your calendar is full of social commitments that keep you from the couch. Fear not – now there’s a way to have your cake (summer plans) and eat it too (watch sport).
If you’re an Optus customer with access to Optus Sport, you’re covered for the entire summer of cricket already. Simply activate your subscription, download the Cricket Australia live app and connect your Optus account.
Other Ways To Stream The KFC Big Bash League 2018
As we've mentioned in the past, the Reddit cricket community is a great way to find live streams without paying for the privilege.
KFC Big Bash League Broadcast Schedule
Here's the full BBL 2018 schedule for games. All matches start at 7pm AEDT, unless otherwise indicated. (Mark your favourite teams in a calendar!)
- Wednesday December 19: Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers
- Thursday December 20: Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers
- Friday December 21: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars
- Sunday December 23: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades
- Monday December 24: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers
- Wednesday December 26: Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers
- Thursday December 27: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars
- Friday December 28: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder
- Sunday December 30: Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorches
- Monday December 31: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder
- Tuesday January 1: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers (2:30pm AEDT)
- Tuesday January 1: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades
- Wednesday January 2: Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers
- Thursday January 3: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers
- Friday January 4: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers
- Sunday January 6: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers
- Monday January 7: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes
- Tuesday January 8: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat
- Wednesday January 9: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers
- Thursday January 10: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades
- Sunday January 13: Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat (6.30pm AEDT)
- Sunday January 13: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers (9.30pm AEDT)
- Monday January 14: Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes
- Wednesday January 16: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades
- Thursday January 17: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder
- Sunday January 20: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat
- Monday January 21: Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes
- Tuesday January 22: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades
- Wednesday January 23: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers (2.30pm AEDT)
- Wednesday January 23: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes
- Thursday January 24: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder (9:30pm AEDT)
- Sunday January 27: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat
- Monday January 28: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades (9:00pm AEDT)
- Thursday January 31: Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers (7.30pm AEDT)
- Friday February 1: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers (8.30pm AEDT)
- Sunday February 3: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars (9.00pm AEDT)
- Thursday February 7: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades (7.30pm AEDT)
Note: Start times for BBL Finals are yet to be determined.