Get set for some Big Bash
STRAP yourselves in cricket fans, it's time to recover from your Ashes hangover and flick your television up one channel.
The Big Bash League is upon us once again, this time bigger and better, bolstered by a new free-to-air television deal as Channel 10 takes over the reins.
Nicknamed crick-tainment, this summer's Big Bash League is the third instalment of the much-anticipated competition, re-scheduled to make full value of the school holidays.
It would appear the success of the Ashes in the past few weeks has placed the sport of cricket on the high commodity list.
It's fantastic to see families down at the local park, in a quiet street or the backyard brandishing a bat and ball.
Certainly not a day goes by in my own neighbourhood where I haven't heard the shout of 'Howzat!' come through the window.
I'm certainly expecting this sort of popularity to transpire across to the short-form games of one-day and Twenty20 cricket.
Queensland fans will get their first taste this weekend as the Brisbane Heat step out on to the Gabba turf in a bid to become back-to-back BBL champions - Sunday night's match is a grand final rematch against the Perth Scorchers.
We boast a relatively unchanged line-up, with the only changes being our international stars.
Out are Kemar Roach and Thisara Perera. In are Kiwi Daniel Vettori and English wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter.
Kiesy, being a Pom, received plenty of love from the squad during his first week in teal.
It didn't take long at all for the Ashes ribbing to start.
There is something special about Australia's premier cricket tournament. Big sixes, zing bails, fireworks on the field and pyrotechnics off it - there is something for everyone in the family.
Of course, big sporting occasions generally mean high-pressure environments, particularly in the fast-paced nature of Twenty20 cricket.
There is usually nowhere to hide, particularly as a bowler.
If you're one to roll the arm over, you're generally there to serve one purpose ... as a human bowling machine.
Once again the Brisbane Heat kicks off the competition as an underdog, having been avoided by sports punters to languish in the bottom four teams.
As a Queensland side we are more then used to this. It will be prime motivation to come out of the gates hard on Sunday night against a strong Perth side, and keep the ball rolling from last summer.
Our mantra isn't just to win, but to entertain our supporters, so keep your eyes peeled for some exciting cricket over the next few weeks.