KFC Big Bash kicks off this week

The wait is finally over as the 2015-16 KFC Big Bash League season kicks off on Network Ten this Thursday.

The highly anticipated 2015-16 season will see the biggest names in world cricket line up at the crease, including New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and West Indian master blaster Chris Gayle.

The bumper schedule sees 35 matches played in 39 days. With four double-headers all to be broadcast in prime time, fans won’t miss a beat – with every game live and exclusive on TEN or ONE.

This Thursday, cross-town rivals the Sydney Sixers and the Sydney Thunder are pitted against each other at Spotless Stadium for an electrifying season opener that will set the tone for an epic summer of cricket on Network Ten.

The Thunder have never beaten their arch-rivals, losing their chance to break a painful drought last summer when the Sixers scored the 23 runs required for victory off the final over.

The best commentary team in the business is also back for 2015-16: Adam Gilchrist AM, Ricky Ponting AO, Mark Waugh AM, Damien Fleming, Freddie Flintoff, Mel McLaughlin, Mark Howard and Andy Maher.

KFC Big Bash League.begins with the  Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers. 7.30pm Thursday AEDT on Ten