This will be entirely dependent on where they are named to
bat on the opening night. If top 4, I think one goes in with McDermott my
preference with a double game week in Round 2. Position 5 or below and I may
Handscomb’s T20 record is only okay, so he is far from an
auto selection but has to be looked at as we know what he can do when he is on.
Both are quite affordable.
I also have Josh Inglis in mind who is a real talent and
Josh Philippe has to be considered, but I may look to anti-pod Josh and hope he
has a few early failures with the bat!
The new SuperCoach cult hero who probably won’t play. He could be highly owned due to his cheap price to free up money and also allowing you to use him for the vice-captain loophole which is a must in BBL whenever you are given the opportunity.
Will be my Round 1 captain! He was unbelievable with the bat
last year and I am hopeful he may roll the arm over a bit more as well. Lock
Second picked and also a captaincy option as he is such a
talent as we all know. I’m hoping he bowls his 3-4 overs, but if not we know
what he can do with the bat and in the field. It would be bold to leave him out
of Round 1 with a double game at hand.
Nick Larkin/Hilton Cartwright
My third Stars player if named in the top 4 for their
opening clash. Larkin has an excellent career record, so if he is given the
opportunity I love him at the price before moving him on before the Stars Round
Cartwright would be an option if named to bat up high, but I prefer Larkin. If both are not named in the top 4 I will look to Chris Lynn or similar as a single game option with upside.
Jacks is a young Pommie fella who scores fast and has just
started to bowl recently with some success. Absolutely worth the pick with a
DGW in Round 2 and hopefully he remains somewhat of a POD.
Khawaja is not locked in yet, but he is very cheap after a
poor tournament last year. He has been absolutely blistering in the past and
has a point to prove. It’s likely either him or Lynn at this stage for my 5th
To be decided, but I will look to start with Matty Short and
hope he plays a big role for the Strikers in Round 2 and 3 DGWs.
The other spot is open, but I currently have Ashton Turner who could be an absolute steal!
So it’s six Stars players at this stage and four Hurricanes
to start with.
That’s 10 of 11 double game week players. Round 2 will
likely see four Hurricanes and four Strikers on their DGWs, whilst Round 3 will
allow me to have 5-6 Strikers for their second consecutive DGW.
I will want the likes of Rashid Khan, Jakey Weatherald, Alex
Carey and co depending on availability following the Aussie A matches.
After this I can balance out my squad with form players with
an eye to the next set of DGWs.
For Round 1, I may opt to drop one Hurricane in the keeper
position and one Star (Larkin/Cartwright) if required.
However it will all depend on team selections in the opening
week of the competition.
To be honest, with a bunch of ‘normal’ rounds to follow with
minimum byes or doubles it makes sense to me to start hot and utilise the early
DGW draw before rebuilding your squad for the middle rounds.
I mean do you want McDermott/Larkin twice or someone like
Lynn once is the question you need to ask yourself?
Let me know your thoughts troops and wherever or not you
think I need more or less from the Stars and Hurricanes squads.
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