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The Sanctum’s First XI

Published by Azza on

The SuperCoach BBL pre-season is gaining momentum as we look towards the first round, now scheduled for December 10th with the recent release of an updated fixture.

So with just 4 weeks away, how are the sides looking for our experts at Jock Reynolds?

Lek, Damo, Dyl and Azza have given us a sneak peak into their team preparations for Round 1, and if you haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast for extra details, listen to it here!

One Hit Wonders

Coach: Azza (@azzajewell)

Salary Cap Remaining: $20,100

Who was your first picked when SC opened?

C. Green and C. Green.

Cameron Green is an absolute star in the making and will have heaps of opportunities in the Scorchers lineup and at $62,500 made for an easy choice. Not to mention, he’s also a perfect captain loophole given the amount of late games Scorchers have each round.

As for Chris Green, he’s underpriced after an interrupted BBL09 season due to a suspension from an illegal bowling action. That’s all behind him now, and his recent T20 performances oversees have shown he’s well and truly back and ready to fire.

Who was your first picked after the fixture changed?

Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis were the first two locked in after the BBL fixture changed. With Stars having a double game week in Round 1, it was a simple choice to bring in two premiums to maximise your points.

How many Stars players are you starting given they have a DGW in Round 1 and why?

At the moment, I have 4 in Zampa, Stoinis, Coulter-Nile and Pucovski.

It’s a number that has been constantly changing, fluctuating between 3-5. Pucovski is hard to leave out but with a long stint in the test team, it’s likely he gets the flick instead of keeping him as a captain loophole. If rumored signing Zahir Khan is named for the Stars, he will be in the frame for selection for the One Hit Wonders and Seb Gotch is another one I’m watching closely.

Any popular players you’re leaving out?

Glenn Maxwell. It’s a huge call and could be something that is the difference for my overall position after Round 1.

There’s no doubting his ability and we all know what he’s capable of, but it’s just too hard to look past his current T20 form.

  • T20I matches in 2020: 3 matches. 33 runs scored. 5 over bowled, 2 wickets taken.
  • IPL 2020: 11 matches. 108 runs scored. 21 overs bowled, 3 wickets taken.
  • 2nd half of BBL09: 8 matches. 87 runs scored. 19 overs bowled, 6 wickets taken.

For a player that is $185,000 you’d want far better results than that and at the moment I just can’t pick him. Also, he’s staring at a monster BE in Round 1 because of the new scoring system and should he fail in Rd 1, you can kiss goodbye to trading him to Rashid Khan for Rd 2.

Any particular players you’re looking at bringing in that aren’t currently in your side?

I really wanted to find a way to bring in a better Strikers player for my bench in preparation for Round 2, but just couldn’t find the cash without unbalancing my side. But I’m already thinking of Zampa to R Khan, Coulter-Nile to Renshaw as trades, so I may not need to bother.

Chris Tremain, Shaun Marsh, Colin Ingram, Nathan Ellis, Dan Christian, Josh Inglis, Max Bryant, Mujeeb Ur Rahman have also been in contention for my side for Rd 1 too and will all probably enter in at some point given how often I’m tweaking it at the moment….

Steyn Put

Coach: Dyl (@BolchDylan)

Salary Cap Remaining: $37,900

Who was your first picked when SC opened?

D’Arcy Short. You do have to pay top dollar for the guy but he has owned the BBL in recent seasons and is a proper gun. He’s about the only bloke who has not left my team since I first signed up. 

Who was your first picked after the fixture changed?

Adam Zampa was the player who really jumped up the pecking order when the fixture changed. Marcus Stoinis was already in my side, but a host of other Stars players are currently in my team that weren’t previously. 

How many Stars players are you starting given they have a DGW in Round 1 and why?

I’ve got 6 – which seems like a lot. It’s all about capitalising on DGW without destroying the structure of your side. Stoinis, Maxwell & Zampa all averaged in excess of 64 points last season, so you can mount a case for each to be included in your side without the DGW anyway. I’m going Nathan Coulter-Nile as a mid pricer, who is one who I think has a lot of potential to score large, given he usually gets a role with bat and ball. Nicholas Pooran is one of the international signings and pending West Indies commitments, will be my WKP. He’s been in reasonable IPL form and hopefully bats high for the Stars. Will Pucovski is also in, he is probably the next big thing in Aussie Cricket and is only 42k but his selection in the Test and Australia A squads means he will probably make way for someone else. 

Any popular players you’re leaving out?

Josh Phillippe is one I don’t have in my team as it stands. Whilst his role is SC friendly, right now I am rolling with Pooran instead. I won’t be going near Moises Henriques either. I’ve picked him every year and he burns me every time with some pretty ordinary scoring. I’m passing on Chris Lynn and hoping he starts slowly too (26% of sides at time of writing). 

Any particular players you’re looking at bringing in that aren’t currently in your side?

I’m trying to work out a trade strategy for the second round, where Adelaide and Hobart have a DGW. Early on, I’m thinking, Zampa -> Rashid Khan, NCN -> Matthew Renshaw. A lot of my decisions depend on what the players who are likely to be in the test squad do. Head, Wade etc are must haves if playing BBL, but if they are not, it will significantly change the structure of my team.

Like many sides, I’m constantly chopping and changing. My WKP spot is hardly locked in and I have had a good look at guys like Mohammed Nabi and Ben Cutting too. Both of these guys could bat top 4 and bowl 4 overs, or could bat at 6 and only bowl an over or two. The opportunities these guys get are crucial to whether or not we select them. 

Strikeforce

Coach: Damo (@DamoSC)

Salary Cap Remaining: $17,700

Who was your first picked when SC opened?

When it first opened? Rashid Khan, Ben Cutting and D’Arcy Short were all no-brainers at the time for me.

Who was your first picked after the fixture changed?

Adam Zampa.

How many Stars players are you starting given they have a DGW in Round 1 and why?

At the moment only 4; Stoinis, Maxwell, Coulter-Nile and Zampa, but I’m sure I’ll be finding space for a 5th when Zahir Khan is announced as rumoured.

Any popular players you’re leaving out?

Josh Phillipe. For a number of reasons: Team balance, salary constraints and I just think at $119,000, Harper is a bit on the cheaper side, and will bat top 4 for the ‘Gades as well.

Any particular players you’re looking at bringing in that aren’t currently in your side?
James Faulkner has been in and out of my side, but I don’t know if I can start with 5 Hurricanes despite the obvious geographical advantage of the Tasmanian Hub to start the tournament.

My side is fairly set but still playing around with various similarly priced selections in my bowling and batting set up. Nobody jumps out at me to add in, or that I’m comfortable to leave out of my current side.

The balance to bring in the best DGW players for Round 2 while also having the best DGW players for Round 1 is the biggest test.

Lekdog’s Puppies

Coach: Lekdog (@LekdogSC)

Salary Cap Remaining: $5,500

Who was your first picked when SC opened?

Glenn Maxwell – 67% of the reason was I recognised his name because he went to my high school, the other 33% we’ll say is from the Stars’ opening Double-Game-Week (let’s pretend I knew this was happening before I made my picks).

Who was your first picked after the fixture changed?

Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Short. Stoinis because I loved him as an option but couldn’t justify the selection prior to the DGW in Round 1 and Short because he’s a cheapie with the Round 2 DGW and I think he’ll provide decent value!

How many Stars players are you starting given they have a DGW in Round 1 and why?

Right now I have five, Maxwell, Stoinis, Coulter-Nile, Zampa and Pucovski. They’re all pretty self-explanatory but the main reason is I want to get off to a flier, bank as many points and cash as possible before pivoting to some Strikers players in round 2.

Any popular players you’re leaving out?

Daniel Sams isn’t in my starting side but that’s mostly from salary constraints. I think he has a little bit of cash to lose so I’ll target him later on.

Any particular players you’re looking at bringing in that aren’t currently in your side?

The two lads I’m looking at are both Scorchers, Josh Inglis and Cameron Green. Green is the easier fix at just $62,500 but I really want Inglis as a bit of a POD in WKP but I’m falling about $5k short of upgrading Philippe to him at this stage.


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Lekdog

We want to see your sides! Head here and we’ll review your side: https://www.jockreynolds.com.au/2020/11/18/we-rate-your-team-the-fixers-are-in/

Matthew Murphy

No comments yet to my team 🙁

JesterJess

Awesome to see your team reveals.Like the teams.Finding the DGW balance is key for the first 2 rounds. Think 4-6 definitely.
Think Whiteman from Scorchers is flying under the radar. 91k and in ripping form. My breakout pick. What do you think of Beau Webster as a POD pick?