Big Bash LIVE scores: Follow all of the latest fixtures and results from Australia

The Big Bash League is underway with Sydney Thunder kicking off the new season against Sydney Sixers for the second consecutive season.

Title holders Perth Scorchers beat the Sixers to claim their third title in six years last season, and they begin their defence against with a repeat of that showdown on Saturday, December 23.

A familiar face for English supporters will be Kevin Pietersen who lines up for the Melbourne Stars. He will first be seen in action against Brisbane Heat on day two.

Australia’s Ashes heroes Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon are also involved in the Twenty20 competition once they have fulfilled their international duties, taking their pride of place with the Sydney Sixers.

The early favourites are Perth, who boast Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Johnson and Mitch Marsh in their ranks.

Tuesday December 19 

Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers (08.40)

Wednesday December 20 

Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars (08.40)

Thursday December 21 

Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades (08.40)

Friday December 22 

Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder (08.40)

Saturday December 23 

Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers (05.10)

Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat (08.20)

Tuesday December 26

Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars (08:10) 

Wednesday December 27

Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder (08:10)

Thursday December 28

Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers (08:10) 

Friday December 29

Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers (08:10)

Saturday December 30

Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder (08:10)

Sunday December 31

Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat (08:10)

Monday January 1

Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes (07.10)

Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers (10.20)

Tuesday January 2 

Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat (08:10) 

Wednesday January 3

Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers (08:10)

Thursday January 4

Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers (08:10)

Friday January 5

Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers (08:10)

Saturday January 6

Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades (08:10)

Sunday January 7

Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers (08:10)

Monday January 8 

Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers (07:10)

Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades (10.20)

Tuesday January 9

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars (08:40)

Wednesday January 10

Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes (08:40)

Thursday January 11

Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers (08:40)

Friday January 12

Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars (08:40)

Saturday January 13

Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers (05.10)

Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder (8.20)

Monday January 15

Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat (08:40)

Tuesday January 16

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers (08:40)

Wednesday January 17

Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes (08:40)

Thursday January 18

Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat (08:40) 

Saturday January 20

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder (07.10)

Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes (10.20) 

Monday January 22

Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers (08:40)

Tuesday January 23

Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars (08:40)

Wednesday January 24

Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades (08:40)

Thursday January 25

Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers (08:40)

Saturday January 27

Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes (05.10)

Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades (08.20)