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Big Bash Superstars (Vol 4), new

Big Bash Superstars, Daniel Lane (Allen & Unwin, $30)

The fourth edition of the Big Bash annual showcases the cricketing phenomenon which is the BBL.

Full of colour, stats, interviews and info, it also also includes a foreword from Chris Lynn, maybe the mightiest hitter in all Australasia, who says the spectacular interest in the BBL will only get bigger.

‘Fans will continue to flock to ground across Australia as long as the action remains non-stop,’ he says.

The explosive hitting abilities of players like D’Arcy Short, Jack Weatherald, Ash Turner and Kiwi Brendon McCullum ensured sellout crowds almost everywhere they play.

The women receive equal billing with features and statistics. The Brisbane Heat’s Beth Mooney has a WBBL strike rate of almost 120, while teammate Jemma Barsby, Trevor Barsby’s daughter, has a best analysis of four for 2.

Lavishly illustrated, Big Bash Superstars is the new-age Wisdenfor short-form cricket which is such a feature now of every southern summer. — KP

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