AEST 16:52, Sat Dec 8 2012
Purists may continue to debate the merits of Twenty20 cricket, but if the opening game of Australia's Big Bash proved, the game is here to stay.
Indeed, the battle for the hearts and minds of 'generation next' appeared won as 23,589 fans congregated at Etihad Stadium to watch Shane Warne's Melbourne Stars take on cross-town rivals, the Melbourne Renegades.
The atmosphere on and off the ground was electric, paving the way for another summer of thrills.
Game on! The Renegades take to the field as the Big Bash kicks off.