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Bumper Big Bash schedule released... with Christmas Eve double-header for fans to savour

A total of 59 matches will be staged between December 19 and the final on February 17, with sides playing each other both home and away for the first time in the competition's history

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Big Bash action returns on December 17

The Big Bash fixtures for the 2018-19 season have been unveiled, with the league longer than ever before.

A total of 59 matches will be staged between December 19 and the final on February 17, with sides playing each other both home and away for the first time in the competition's history.

Two games will take place on Christmas Eve, also for the first time ever.

The Sydney derby between the Thunder and the Sixers will follow Melbourne Stars' trip to Hobart Hurricanes.

There had previously been conversations about a match being booked in for Christmas Day itself, much to the dismay of the players' union, but the ACA say they are happy with the current arrangements.

"The players continue to show a desire to promote the game and will continue to do so in the move from 10 to 14 games this year," ACA general manager cricket operations and player relations Brendan Drew said.

"Two Christmas Eve matches is an exciting offering for the fans while still allowing players to return to their home base for Christmas Day."

Adelaide Strikers will play Sydney Thunder in the now-traditional New Year's Eve outing at the Adelaide Oval, while New Year's Day will bring Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers followed by the Melbourne derby between the Stars and the Renegades at the MCG.

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