BBL SC Scores from Around the World

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By: Azza Jewell

The countdown is well and truly on, as there is now less than one week until KFC SuperCoach BBL reopens for another season.

But while we eagerly await for it to open and for the first match of the season to begin, currently scheduled for Thursday 3rd December, it’s time to ramp up the pre-season research, an absolute must for any aspiring fantasy coach.

In the first of many pre-season articles, I’ve already gone and done some of the legwork for you, travelling the globe (virtually of course) from Birmingham to Bangalore and from Gloucestershire to Glenelg to identify 10 BBL cricketers that should be on your watchlist for season 2020.

Carribean Premier League

First up, we’re taking a look at BBL players that played in the Carribean Premier League, a domestic T20 competition which took place between 18th August and 10th September 2020.

Mohammad Nabi (BAT/BWL)
Melbourne Renegades
2019 BBL SC Average: 74.30
2020 CPL SC Average: 78.58

Afghanistan has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the cricketing world, rising from a minnow nation playing cricket against the likes of Botswana, Mozambique and Japan in 2008 to being granted full ICC membership in 2017.

At the heart of this rise has been Mohammad Nabi, more commonly known as ‘The President’, a moniker given by Kevin Pietersen after chasing 17 runs down in a final over of a T20 match to win the game telling Nabi that, “you’re the next President of Afghanistan”.

A middle order batsman, handy off-spinner and currently the #1 ranked T20 all-rounder, Nabi has recently been playing for St. Lucia Zouks in the Carribean Premier League with some mighty impressive performances, including his first five-wicket haul, with figures of 5/15 off 4 overs.

In SuperCoach terms, he averaged 78.58 over his 12 CPL matches with 8 scores over 50, including a monster 185. Definitely one to keep on your radar given his average and ceiling potential, something well needed in those important double game rounds.

Chris Green (BWL)
Sydney Thunder
2019 BBL SC Average: 37.70
2020 CPL SC Average: 55.09

Not to be confused with the young sensation Cameron Green who’ll you find below, Chris Green is another bowling all-rounder who has been enjoying some success at the Carribean Premier League after shrugging off an earlier ban for an illegal bowling action.

Playing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Chris Green has demonstrated that he’ll be a player to watch this BBL season with a SC average of 55.09 throughout the CPL tournament.

The increase in average from BBL to CPL can be attributed to more consistent wicket taking, and a far better economy rate. At 5.68, he was one of the most economical bowlers of the CPL, also averaging 10.7 dot balls per match. 

Without taking a wicket, an economy rate of 5.68 and 11 dot balls equals 26 SC points. Given his new found consistency, he’s definitely one to keep an eye on, especially if he’s priced around the $100,000 mark.

Chris Lynn (BAT)
Brisbane Heat
2019 SC Average: 46.10
2020 CPL SC Average: 23.22

With the good, comes the bad. Unfortunately, Chris Lynn has made my BBL watchlist for the wrong reason.

We all know what Lynn is capable of, he’s the BBL’s all-time leading run scorer and also currently holds the world record for the highest T10 score of 91 runs off just 30 balls.

The powerful and explosive opener has struggled with form though over the past year, and it hasn’t shown any signs of improving, especially after his recent campaign in the Carribean Premier League with St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. 

From 9 innings, Lynn only scored 138 runs with a strike rate of just 107.81. This translates to a disappointing SC average of 23.22, not something you want in your SC side, sorry Lynn.

Vitality Blast

Over to the UK now, for the Vitality Blast T20 competition, which took place between the 27th August and 4th October 2020.

Liam Livingstone (BAT/BWL)
Perth Scorchers
2019 BBL SC Average: 58.0
2020 VB SC Average: 95.57

One of only 10 players to crack the $200,000 mark and one of the top cash cows, it’s safe to say that Livingstone’s debut to the BBL was one to remember. Since then, Livingstone has gone from strength to strength, putting on some impressive all round displays for Lancashire.

From just 7 innings, he amassed 192 runs at an average of 27.42 and took 9 wickets with an economy rate of 7.53, including a very handy 4/23 against Sussex.

Allrounders like Livingstone are incredibly valuable, given he opens the batting, and generally bowls all 4 overs but its his exceptional Vitality Blast SC average of 95.57 that will have SuperCoachers licking their lips. Just watch to see if gets an international call up, if so he’ll miss the first 5 rounds, but once he’s ready to play, lock him in and throw away the key with Perth Scorchers not due for a bye until the end of the season.

Will Jacks (BAT/BWL)
Hobart Hurricanes*
2019 BBL SC Average: DNP
2020 VB SC Average: 81.15

The Player of the Vitality Blast is heading down under, poised to sign with Hobart Hurricanes as a stop gap until the world #1 T20 batsman, Dawid Malan joins the team midway through the BBL season. Yeah, quite the formidable list the Hurricanes are putting together to go with Matthew Wade, Peter Handscomb and D’Arcy Short.

A T20 star in the making, Jacks is finally enjoying a breakout season with some impressive allrounding displays resulting in 309 runs at an average of 34.33 and took 13 wickets with remarkable economy rate of 6.46.

Looking at that in terms of SC, Jacks averaged an impressive 81.15 across the tournament, with only Short, Abbott and Coleman averaging higher in SC BBL 2019. An absolute must have this season especially since Hurricanes don’t have a bye all season and international players often start at $125,000.

Dan Christian (BAT/BWL)
Sydney Sixers
2019 SC Average: 32.60
2020 VB SC Average: 55.91

The evergreen journeyman has joined Sydney Sixers in the off-season, returning to NSW to finish his career where it started nearly 15 years ago.

But while away from Australia, Christian has recently captained Nottinghamshire to its 2nd T20 Blast domestic title with a mighty impressive final performance taking 4/23 and scoring 21*, amassing a monstrous 173 SC points in the process.

The man loves the big stage, as he was also the Player of the Match for Melbourne Renegades in the BBL 08 Final, scoring 126 SC points.

Averaging 55.91 across the Vitality Blast, he’s still showing that he’s one to keep an closeful eye on, especially with Tom Curran and Sean Abbott likely to miss the start of the BBL season with international duties.

Indian Premier League

In our penultimate trip around the globe, we’re headed to the most recent of T20 tournaments, the Indian Premier League, which kicked off on the 19th of September and runs until the 10th of November 2020. Stats here are current as of 23rd of October 2020.

Marcus Stoinis (BAT/BWL)
Melbourne Stars
2019 SC Average: 64.90
2020 IPL SC Average: 54.30

All-rounders are extremely important in BBL SC, especially premium ones like Stoinis. In BBL08, he set the record for the most points scored in a round with 376. If you captained him that round, you would have scored a ridiculous 752 from Stoinis alone.

Last year, he went big again with a huge 244 against the Sydney Thunder, and it’s this ceiling that makes him so attractive in SuperCoach. Across in the Indian Premier League, he’s still putting up the big numbers with 3 scores over 100 from 10 matches, for an average of 54.30.

The only downside to Stoinis is that while he has given us some big rounds, he’s also given us a number of bad rounds. Take out those 3 SC scores of 100+, and his average is just 25.42 and if you take out his 100+ scores from last year’s BBL season, he only averaged 40.72.

Something to think about, but there’s no doubting Stoinis is still well and truly on my watchlist.

Rashid Khan (BWL)
Adelaide Strikers
2019 SC Average: 67.20
2020 IPL SC Average: 64.70

Everyone’s favourite #1 ranked T20 bowler is back for his fourth Big Bash season with the Adelaide Strikers.

He’s a reliable, dependable and safe premium pick in SuperCoach. Last season, he scored 50 points in 9 out of 12 rounds, with one of the rounds featuring an unfortunate no-result score of 0, affecting his overall average.

That amazing consistency has continued all year long including into the Indian Premier League where Khan has scored over 40 points an astonishing 9 out of 10 times for an overall average of 64.70

With this level of consistency, limited trades and Strikers to have two double game rounds before Round 7, Khan is an absolute must to begin the season.

James Pattinson (BWL)
Melbourne Renegades
2019 SC Average: 63.20
2020 IPL SC Average: 49.43

James Pattinson is returning to the Melbourne Renegades for BBL10, after playing for the Brisbane Heat for the past two seasons.

But before he returns back to the ‘Gades, he’s been playing for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, where he’s been enjoying some great consistency with 5 SC scores within 10 points of each other (61, 61, 69, 70, 71), and a season SC average of 49.43

Given Renegades early double game round, he’s a great option early on and one that is firmly on my radar.

Sheffield Shield

Test and first class cricket isn’t always the best indicator of T20 form, but there have been a few players that have made us stand up and take notice, and none more so than the final player in this series.

Cameron Green (BAT/BWL)
Perth Scorchers
2019 SC Average: 12.90
2020 SS SC Average: 74.67

The most talked about young Australian cricketer, Cameron Green has been setting the Sheffield Shield alight this season with monster scores of 158* and 197 and this from a 21 year old who started his career as a fast bowler / lower order batsman.

Due to repeated stress fractures, he’s become a specialist batsman for Western Australia but his all-rounding future is still there and should he begin bowling again, he’ll be a valuable cash cow for season 2020, given he should start at the basement “rookie” price.

Now while it’s not fair to take SC scores to Sheffield Shield matches, it’s still worth noting that Green would have averaged 74.67 if you did, something worth taking note of.  

He’s got a bright future ahead as one of the most exciting talents in not just WA but all of Australia and is one to lock into your side as soon as SuperCoach opens this Thursday.

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Nice work azza