How team switch will impact Supercoach output

2019 Supercoach Big Bash champion Thommo Aitken assesses the Supercoach credentials of each player to switch franchise this season.


New colours, new role?

Heya Playbook Crew,

The BBL is now only around one month away.

There have been some changes from last year and some players have moved franchises.

Let’s have a look at who is plying their trade elsewhere and if it changes their SC prospects.

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Cameron Bancroft

Scorchers > Thunder

Bancroft has been sneaky good for the last couple of seasons.

Moving away from a strong club like the Scorchers and his higher price of $158,000 makes me think there probably is better value elsewhere. He averaged 51 last year! This does include a few not outs, but still!

Don’t start with him regardless due to PM’s XI selection.

Supercoach relevance = Low

Brendan Doggett

Thunder > Strikers

Unlikely to be best XI.

Supercoach relevance = Low

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Joel Davies

Thunder > Sixers

Unlikely to be best XI.

Supercoach relevance = Low

Sam Whiteman

Thunder > Scorchers

Keen to see his pre-tournament role and form here. An opening bat in a great team? I have heard of far worse combinations before! Especially at $62,500!

Supercoach relevance = Low/medium

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Chris Jordan

Sixers > Hurricanes

Priced very attractively for an international death bowler. I’m not sure if it is my Sydney Sixers bias, but I am not sure we have ever seen his best on the BBL stage. 4 wickets in four games last year and 3 wickets in five games if we go back a further edition. $106,900 appears to be underpriced if he can consistently take wickets which he is more than capable of.

Supercoach relevance = Medium/high

Nathan Lyon

Sixers > Renegades

Likely on Australian Test duties for majority of the tournament.

Supercoach relevance = Low

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Zak Crawley

Hurricanes > Scorchers

England do have some international commitments in December meaning Crawley will miss the start of the tournament. However, once available, an international opening bat at $120,000 is an intriguing prospect.

He had a modest average of 26 last season for the Hurricanes, will he enjoy the bouncy Optus deck more this season?

Supercoach relevance = Low/medium

Peter Hatzoglou

Scorchers > Hurricanes

I enjoy watching him but don’t think he has any major SC relevance for our teams.

Supercoach relevance = Low

Adam Zampa

Stars > Renegades

Zampa looks like a tremendous SC option this year. $131,900 and the Renegades play in two double game rounds in the first three rounds. 10 wickets in 10 games last year, and he took 3 wickets in his final game.

ODI World Cup team of the tournament isn’t a bad form line either!

Supercoach relevance = High

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Joe Clarke

Stars > Renegades

He can go big on his day, as evidenced by his 100 for the Stars last tournament.

The schedule as mentioned previously is juicy for the Renegades, so he comes under consideration, especially as many will flock to the more well-known and more expensive Quinton de Kock

Supercoach relevance = Medium/high

Sam Harper

Renegades > Stars

Unless Harper is batting at the top of the order I have zero interest. I would then only change my rating to low/medium. Unlikely to have SC relevance.

Supercoach relevance = Low

Joel Paris

Hurricanes > Stars

A real SC enigma. Every year he seems to be mentioned as one to watch. He seems to be unlucky with injuries at bad times. 6 wickets in nine games last year is not great reading though…

Supercoach relevance = Low/medium

Scott Boland

Hurricanes > Stars

Likely on Australian Test duties.

Supercoach relevance = Low

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Mark Steketee

Heat > Stars

He was not a regular feature in the Heat line up as they made a push to the finals. He has been a solid SC scorer in previous years and looks to be best XI in his new colours.

He can bowl death overs and is very reasonably priced. $118,500! Two double game rounds in the first 3 weeks!

PM’s XI selection is a blow for Supercoaches to start the season.

Supercoach relevance = High

Peter Siddle

Strikers > Renegades

Just 6 wickets in 11 games last year for Siddle. Is father time eventually catching up to Sids?

If he is playing regularly, recaptures previous form and bowls his yorkers/low full tossers at the end of an innings, $75,500 could be worth a look at!

Rotation in the Renegades bowling attack will be the issue.

Supercoach relevance = Medium

Sam Hain

Heat > Hurricanes

Not someone I’m looking at.

Supercoach relevance = Low

Sam Heazlett

Heat > Hurricanes

Only played two games last year (and they were finals) but he looks to be a depth player at this stage.

Supercoach relevance = Low

D’Arcy Short

Hurricanes > Strikers

He used to be the first picked for just about every SC team for a number of years. He averaged a very mediocre 22 SC points last year.

Will a change of teams provide the spark that he needs? Will he be moved back to the top of the order?

Personally I can’t see him bowling much at the Strikers, but he is very cheap at almost bottom-dollar!

Supercoach relevance = Low/medium

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James Bazley

Heat > Strikers

An all-rounder that I just couldn’t catch at the right time last year.

He would score runs and take wickets when not in my side and then underperform when in my side.

I think he was even my captain potentially over a double game round! He took 4 and 3 wickets in games last year, but only passed 20 runs when batting on two occasions.

Will be interesting to see his new role at the Strikers, however, he is fairly pricy at $165,900!

Supercoach relevance = Medium/high

Liam Hatcher

Stars > Thunder

He can pop up on his day. He did take 11 wickets over a five game stretch last year. According to my mate Maxy, he is not best XI in his new colours, so SC relevance is low.

Supercoach relevance = Low

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