How to stream the Big Bash Final for free in Australia
The BBL 08 Final between the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars is on Sunday, February 17, but where can you watch it?
Another massive Big Bash T20 season is coming to an end, and after a record number of games, the field has been whittled down to two remaining teams. On the one hand, you have the Melbourne Stars, led by big-hitting enigma Glen Maxwell. The Stars are looking for its first BBL title, after narrowly missing out in the Big Bash 05 final.
On the other hand, there are local derby rivals the Melbourne Renegades who have made it to their first ever final. They only scraped in, too, with veteran Dan Christian guiding them to an unlikely victory in the semi-final after the Sydney Sixes set an imposing total. Can the best bowler in the league, Kane Richardson, lead them to victory?
When is the BBL Final On?
The Big Bash 08 Final will begin at 2.45pm on February 17, at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium. Given that the Renegades finished higher on the table during the regular season, the team has been gifted the benefits of a home game in what will be a packed-out stadium. Here is how the start time is reflected across the time zones.
- Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart: 5:10pm AEDT
- Perth: 11:45am AWST
- Darwin: 1:15pm ACST
- Brisbane: 1:45pm AEST
- Adelaide: 2:15pm ACDT
- New Zealand: 4:45pm NZDT
Where to Watch the BBL Final
There are two places you can watch Big Bash 08 Final between the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars. The first is on Channel 7 and the second is via Fox Cricket. Note that the Cricket Australia app no longer has the rights to broadcast BBL or international cricket.
The Big Bash Final will air live on free-to-air TV via Channel 7, however, it will not be streamed on the 7Plus App. The benefit of Channel 7 is that it is free and it is easily accessible through terrestrial TV. The cons of Channel 7 are the ads, the fact that you cannot stream it through any other device, and the coverage is your standard featureless experience.
The rights to stream the BBL Final have landed with Fox Sports and its Fox Cricket channel. There are multiple ways to access Fox Cricket, but in our opinion, the clear winner is Kayo Sports. Available on PC, Mac, iOS and Android, and through your TV via ChromeCast, Apple TV or Android TV, it's easily accessible from anywhere. It gives you access to all the content from the most important Foxtel sports channels (Fox Sports 1-8, beIN Sports 1-3, ESPN 1-2).
It also comes with a number of innovative sports-specific viewing features. This includes splitscreen, hide scores, rewind and pause, picture-in-picture, jump to highlight moment and more. It does cost $25 a month, but it comes with a 14-day free trial. This means you can easily enjoy the Big Bash Final, and two weeks of other sports, for free. You can then decide whether to keep it on for the upcoming NRL and AFL seasons, the cricket World Cup, and the Ashes.
Sign up is quick and easy, and you can watch instantly. Find out more about Kayo Sports here.
Fox Cricket is also available through the traditional TV-bound Foxtel IQ service and the streaming Foxtel Now service. The benefits of Foxtel IQ are that you can record content, access non-sport experiences and, where applicable, watch in 4K. The cons are the significant $68 per month cost, the fact you have to get non-sport channels even if you don't want them, and the invasive installation process.
Foxtel Now is more instant and breaks away from the TV to air through most devices. But unless you have your heart set on also getting the Pop and Lifestyle channels (which are mandatory), it's hard to justify the $54 price tag when compared to Kayo Sports.
It's important to note that both Foxtel Now and Foxtel IQ do offer Eurosport, Sky Racing and three premier league club channels on top of the channels offered by Kayo Sports.
Most Runs in BBL 08 Season
|Player||Team||Matches||Runs||High Score||Average||Strike Rate||4s||6s|
|DJM Short||Hobart Hurricanes||15||637||96*||53.08||140.61||65||22|
|MS Wade||Hobart Hurricanes||15||592||88||42.28||146.89||48||21|
|MP Stoinis||Melbourne Stars||12||494||81||54.88||133.51||47||10|
|CJ Ferguson||Sydney Thunder||14||442||113*||34||134.75||39||14|
|DP Hughes||Sydney Sixers||15||399||62||30.69||129.54||46||6|
|CA Lynn||Brisbane Heat||14||385||84||35||126.22||28||21|
|AJ Turner||Perth Scorchers||14||378||69||31.5||132.63||28||12|
|BR McDermott||Hobart Hurricanes||15||376||53||37.6||123.27||16||14|
|GJ Bailey||Hobart Hurricanes||15||363||70*||45.37||148.77||27||14|
|JW Wells||Adelaide Strikers||14||359||69||44.87||125.08||27||6|
|SR Watson||Sydney Thunder||14||344||100||26.46||129.81||30||18|
|M Bryant||Brisbane Heat||14||335||71*||27.91||150.22||42||14|
|SB Harper||Melbourne Renegades||15||335||56*||23.92||141.35||37||10|
|CA Ingram||Adelaide Strikers||13||333||75||30.27||138.75||22||17|
|GJ Maxwell||Melbourne Stars||12||330||82||36.66||145.37||16||17|
|AT Carey||Adelaide Strikers||12||329||70||27.41||120.07||36||7|
|J Weatherald||Adelaide Strikers||14||328||82||23.42||128.12||36||10|
|JR Philippe||Sydney Thunder||15||304||86*||30.40||158.33||35||7|
|BB McCullum||Brisbane Heat||14||302||69||23.23||117.05||22||12|
|CT Bancroft||Perth Scorchers||11||298||87*||33.11||124.68||20||9|
|MC Henriques||Sydney Sixes/td>||15||289||61*||26.27||128.44||22||9|
Most Wickets in BBL 08 Season
|Player||Team||Matches||Overs||Runs Against||Wickets||Economy||Strike Rate|
|KW Richardson||Melbourne Renegades||13||50.5||398||24||7.82||12.7|
|SA Abbott||Sydney Sixers||15||54.1||443||22||8.17||14.7|
|SNJ O'Keefe||Sydney Sixers||15||56||368||21||6.57||16|
|JK Lalor||Brisbane Heat||11||39||297||20||7.61||11.7|
|TK Curran||Sydney Sixers||14||51.5||397||20||7.65||15.5|
|Rashid Khan||Adelaide Strikers||14||56||344||19||6.14||17.6|
|JP Faulkner||Hobart Hurricanes||13||46.5||393||18||8.39||15.6|
|JC Archer||Hobart Hurricanes||15||56.1||423||18||7.53||18.7|
|AJ Tye||Perth Scorchers||14||45.5||390||17||8.5||16.1|
|BJ Dwarshuis||Sydney Sixers||15||56.3||414||16||7.32||21.1|
|RP Meredith||Hobart Hurricanes||13||49.1||422||16||8.58||18.4|
|DR Sams||Sydney Thunder||14||36||316||15||8.77||14.4|
|DJ Bravo||Melbourne Stars||15||50.1||400||15||7.97||20|
|MP Stoinis||Melbourne Stars||12||25||207||14||8.28||10.7|
|C Boyce||Melbourne Renegades||15||56.1||358||14||6.37||24|
|NM Coulter-Nile||Perth Scorchers||13||51||380||14||7.45||21.8|
|DT Christian||Melbourne Renegades||15||43||314||13||7.3||19.8|
|Fawad Ahmed||Sydney Thunder||14||47||330||13||7.02||21.6|
|LE Plunkett||Melbourne Stars||8||25.4||211||12||8.22||12.8|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||Brisbane Heat||12||46.3||281||12||6.04||23.2|