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This next group of players are from 150-200k and there’s plenty of value to be had. No mucking about, let’s have a look at what we have.
Usman Khawaja | Sydney Thunder (ST) | 198,500
Going to be hard to overlook now that he’s been dropped from the test squad and seemingly out of favour. He has an insane record in the BBL, he’ll open, and Thunder have a double in round 1. His high salary can be used to jump on an Adelaide Strikers player that have the bye in week 1 but doubles in rounds 3 and 4.
David Miller | HH | 198,500
Miller is a T20 gun for hire, assuming over 6,000 runs from almost 300 international and domestic T20 games. A middle order batsman, he regularly came in at 4 for IPL side Kings XI Punjab, a role he should continue at Hobart. He obviously brings a huge amount of experience to the table but in my opinion it’s a wait and see on how he adjusts to the BBL circuit.
Dan Christian | MR | 197,600
Taking a ‘wait and see’ approach with Dan this year. Renegades have gone all-rounder heavy this year and there’s a real chance he won’t be called on to bowl his full 4 overs. When he’s on, he’s on but he’s probably batting at 6 or lower. The Renegades have a double in week 5 so reassess around then.
Sean Abbott | SS | 195,300
Took 22 wickets in BBL08 at an impressive average at 14.8, but his economy of over 8 and little influence with the bat in hand turn me off him. With the Sixers playing 5 times in the opening 3 rounds he’s worth a sneaky dart throw as an expensive POD but he’s not a must have in my view.
Travis Head | AS | 195,100
Matthew Wade | HH | 187,200
Both these guys are in the test squad. Wade seems locked in to that middle order slot but Head might lose his spot again. Reassess later on.
Ben Cutting | BH | 182,900
With the likelihood that Patto will be absent for Test duties Cutting will see a lot more responsibility with the ball. Brisbane look pretty suspect after number 3 so he could bat anywhere from 4-7. Heat also have a double in round 1 so, as they say, “Everything’s coming up, Milhouse!”.
Mitch Marsh | Perth Scorchers (PS) | 179,700
With Australia ditching the ‘all rounder at 6’ experiment Mitch will probably be around for the full tournament provided he doesn’t injure himself again*. Currently recovering from a broken hand, it’s healing “slower than expected” which may see him miss the start of the tournament.
Perth have a bit of an injury crisis when it comes to fast bowlers and he’ll bat 3 or 4. I see him as a confidence player and we’ll get a little look before Perth’s double in round 3, if he looks good then jump on.
*not a guarantee
Steve O’Keefe | SS | 179,700
Probably gets overlooked a bit I reckon. Led all spinners in BBL08 with 21 scalps and you’ll get a good economy bonus out of him which is a plus as he’ll do nothing with the bat. Your classic “you miss, I hit” type, his unassuming pies lure batsman to go after him where a false shot leads to a wicket. In the same boat as as his teammate Abbott when it comes to picking him or not.
Jhye Richardson | PS | 178,200
Will take on a lot of the fast bowling responsibility at Perth this season. Injuries haven’t been kind to the lad but he’s a star in the making. Watch him as the Perth deck will suit him, but don’t jump on just yet. Perth have Kelly and Paris and one of the 3 will have a fast start.
EDIT: The signing of Chris Jordan takes some responsibility off, although it doesn’t change my opinion on him.
Sandeep Lamichhane | MS | 176,600
Stars have locked him down for the full tournament after breaking out last year. An attacking spinner that won’t get smashed around the park, teams will see him off, preferring to play safe rather than go after him. Great for economy and dot ball bonuses. Bit on the expensive side to start with, but he should be in your plans around the Stars dgw in round 5.
Nathan Coulter-Nile | MS | 175,300
Huge get for the Stars provided his body holds up. With a BBL strike rate of 148, if Stoinis does open I can see him being used in a finishing role. Should bowl his 4 but I reckon his price will take a little bit of a hit before the Stars double in round 5.
Glenn Maxwell | MS | 175,100
Has taken a break from the game but should suit up for the BBL. The man needs no introduction. One of the cleanest hitters in the game and is always a chance of some fielding points in the form of catches and run outs. With Lamichhane and Zampa taking the spin bowling duties, his offies might not be regularly called upon.
Chris Lynn | BH | 173,000
Will be just “Mr. Bash, the bash man” after the retirement of Brendan McCullum, but Chris Lynn will now be the senior player in an aggressive Heat top order, a role I reckon he’ll enjoy. Has been carving it up in the T10 league (albeit against park bowlers, but form is form).
Lynny is aggressive from ball 1 which can sometimes bring about his downfall, but with a Heat dgw in week 1 he should be in your plans
Cam Boyce | MS | 171,300
Tightening up his bowling in BBL08 after coping some stick in earlier editions of the tournament. Doesn’t offer much else on the stat sheet outside of a wicket or two so you can wait for his price to drop a bit before considering.
Daniel Sams | ST | 170,200
Plenty to like about Sams which is strengthened by his round 1 dgw. A left armer with a decent slower ball, hopefully the Thunder realise what they have here and give him some more responsibility with the bat.
Zahir Khan | BH | 169,900
Emerged in recent days he’ll play as the starting spinner for the Heat. In the same mould as Lamichhane, Zahir is an attacking spinner and I can see him benefiting from being an unknown. Not much in the way of batting stats, but with an early double he should be considered.
Dale Steyn | MS | 169,000
Would be in the conversation as one of the best test quicks for the decade, Steyn’s IPL record is 96 wickets from 92 matches at 6.77 an over. At 36 years old, not a lot will be asked from him in the field or with the bat. Keep him in mind for the Stars double in round 5.
Aaron Finch | MR | 167,000
If you caught his recent T20 exploits against Pakistan, Finchy is in fantastic knick at the moment. I put him in the same category is Chris Lynn, undoubted superstar but if he fails early don’t expect much else out of him.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman | BH | 158,200
Scratch him off your list for now as Mujeeb will play in the BPL at the beginning of the BBL, joining the Heat in the second half of the tournament.
Matt Kelly | PS | 165,100
Kelly is a real chance to be the break out star of BBL09. Probably don’t start him considering his price, but should be in your early plans for the Scorchers double in round 3.
James Faulkner | HH | 155,400
An experienced T20 bowler, he’ll be entrusted to open the bowling and bowl at the death for Hobart. Bats in the lower half of the middle order which lessens his appeal.