Is it time to bring in eights for Big Bash?

Chris Lynn hits out for the Heat. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images.
Chris Lynn hits out for the Heat. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images.

THE big hits just keep coming in the cricket world.

I'm sure glad Channel Ten keep running the six counter during the Big Bash League matches as I lost count after the first game.

Before last night's match-up between the Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers, there had been 221 'zacs' belted over fences and out of grounds. And I'd be pretty confident that Spotless Stadium was peppered for a few more overnight.

I may be just thinking out loud and outside the square, but I wonder if there is any appetite for the creation of an '8' down the track?

It would be a BBL exclusive and only if you hit it more than, say, 110m.

The giant one that Dan Christian hit against the Heat, which went onto the Gabba roof, would qualify, as would some of the monsters that Chris Lynn has sent soaring into the upper levels of stadiums around the place.

Admittedly, it would only be possible if you had the Hawkeye measuring technology in place and even then, it might be seen as interfering with the essential fabric of the game too much.

But then again, stumps and bails that light up were once seen as a gimmick.

Everything is big in the Big Bash - big hits, big crowds and, for me, a bit of a big headache after being collected in the neck during our win over the Thunder on Sunday night.

These days, everyone is highly aware when anyone gets hit in the head or neck.

I barely had time to collect myself after having my bell rung before I was pretty much surrounded by anxious types who were keen to check on me.

I don't like wearing the stem guard attachments that have come on to helmets to better protect batsman, but I will have another look at them after getting stung.

I certainly had a stiff neck the next morning.

We're wrapping up our home games tomorrow night and our destiny remains firmly in our hands.

If we can beat the Strikers, then we move onto the next knockout game, against the Sixers at the SCG on Sunday.

The other big deals are the outstanding crowds that have been along to our Gabba matches.

We'll finish with more than 100,000 from the four games, while around the league the numbers have been nothing short of spectacular.

It's great to see the girls also getting good crowds and TV ratings in the WBBL, and it was good news that their semi-finals and finals will now be televised live on Channel Ten.


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