Round 13 is the big finish we deserve after this season with a mammoth four teams on the double and no teams on the bye. Unprecedented? Probably. How to navigate this? Well here’s a few thoughts from me.
Personally, with the Sixers, Hurricanes, Heat and Renegades all on the DGW, there’s plenty of fantastic options to choose from and it would be remiss not to make the most of the final week.
This is especially the case when considering the teams on the single game week and their match-ups.
The Strikers (vs Sixers), Stars (vs Hurricanes) won’t be favourites in their SGW clashes, and there’s a chance the Scorchers could rest their best players knowing they’ve sewn up a top two finish and won’t benefit from any kind of home ground advantage.
That leaves the Thunder, who take on the lowly Renegades, as the only SGW side with a favourable match-up.
But your players from those other teams – the likes of Siddle, Tye or even Matt Short – could be worth trading out at their high value for a player on the DGW.
Jordan Silk aggravated a hamstring injury in their last match and is unlikely to be available for either match. Silk has currently been replaced by Justin Avendano in the batting line-up, however, the Sixers may instead opt to bring in an additional bowler (Todd Murphy) and elevate Dan Christian to number 5. In the latter scenario, this would also benefit Sean Abbott who could bat at 6, with Hayden Kerr at 5.
The Sydney Sixers have never lost to the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.
The Heat will benefit from the return of Michael Neser and Mitch Swepson into their line-up, giving them strong depth in their bowling slots.
The Adelaide Oval and Gabba are very high-scoring grounds for SuperCoach, helping produce big runs and plenty of wickets.
Clashes with the Thunder and Hurricanes – both with plenty on the line – makes for an awkward few games for the Renegades.
Aaron Finch put together a patient 45 last outing, he came in at number five. The top order failed to fire, but this is a big concern for owners.
Now out of finals contention, Finch may stay down the order to give the younger generation an opportunity, while it puts uncertainty around the rest of the line-up.
Could Kane Richardson get a rest as a result? They don’t have much else to lean on, so he should be fine for both games, but be cautious when selecting captains.
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