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Twenty20's back with a Big Bang

Twenty20 cricket returns to Australia as the second Big Bash begins tomorrow night with WA hosting NSW in Perth, SA taking on Victoria in Adelaide and Queensland and Tasmania clashing in Toowoomba.

Chopper, Bomber, Krazy, Angry - one could be forgiven for thinking it's the start of the new World Wrestling Federation season.

Chopper is Western Australia's David Bandy, Bomber is David Hussey - the brother of cricket star Mike Hussey - Krazy is New South Wales' Jason Krejza, and Angry is Tasmania's Dave Anderson.

They are all Australian cricket's latest brand of Twenty20 players.

The second domestic Twenty20 cricket season begins tomorrow night with WA hosting NSW in Perth, SA taking on Victoria in Adelaide and Queensland and Tasmania clashing in Toowoomba.

But there's a serious side to the cricket too with the game's young stars eyeing off a spot for the Twenty20 World Championships in South Africa in September.

"It's great incentive for young cricketers around the country to show their wares and perhaps catch the eye of the Australian selectors and get selected," Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said.

Sutherland added selectors would not necessarily pick Australia's one-day side and hoped the domestic competition would help develop specialist Twenty20 players.

"While there will always be stand-out players that are good at all forms of the game, I think Twenty20 does lend itself to be, perhaps even more than others, a real specialist game," he said.

In-form Queensland paceman Andy Bichel said the short game was becoming a highlight of the calendar for domestic cricketers.

"It's becoming very much a part of first-class cricket around the world," Bichel said.

"I've played a fair bit in England and it started out as a bit of fun over there but now it's pretty serious. It hasn't hit the serious stages here as much ... but I think it will get very serious."

Bichel said, while the game was more suited to batsmen, it was still an enjoyable challenge for bowlers.

"You've got to be prepared to go around the park but you've also got to be prepared to try a few things and I think that's one of the good things about it - it can round your overall game," Bichel said.

Victoria batsman Brad Hodge, who helped Victoria to the inaugural domestic Twenty20 title with a memorable century in the 2006 final, said hitting form in the competition could reap benefits well into the rest of the Pura Cup and Ford Ranger Cup seasons.

"It can sometimes kick-start your season again, because it's a good opportunity to get out there and just hit the ball with the middle of the bat," he said.

source - news.com.au
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