A crucial aspect of any SuperCoach side is nailing the rookies. These are the guys who we can pick up cheap and see them rise in price, allowing us to then trade to more reliable premium players.
I’ve taken a look at some of the best options below 80k for the community. Let us know which players you’ll be picking in the comments!
MATT SHORT ($65,300) BAT
Short is your classic guy who’s selection in your team is purely dependent on what role he plays. If he bats at 3 like he has before, lock. I don’t think he will however and I think it is more likely that we see him lower down the order, say 5 or 6. He may not even feature for the Strikers if they have their side at full strength given each team can now field three international players at a time. Might bowl an over or two of part time spin but probably not enough to make him worthwhile. Could be worth a punt for the Strikers DGW but I think there are better options in this price range.
HARRY NIELSEN ($62,500) WKP/BAT
Nielsen will play whilst Carey is in the Australia A squad but after that, I don’t like his chances. Scored 18 runs last season from just three innings, so no thanks. If you want a playing WKP on the bench, there’s a handful of better options.
MAX BRYANT ($67,800) BAT
Bryant burst onto the scene in BBL08 scoring 335 runs at an average of 27.91. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this however, is that he scored at a strike rate in excess of 150. He was brought back down to earth last season scoring a measly 145 runs though.
Hopefully he has added a few more tricks to his game and can return to the heights of BBL08 again. Despite his poor form last season, Bryant looks an absolute lock in BBL10 at this price. He is set to open the batting, which means he will get every opportunity to score runs and hopefully score big. Whether you are confident enough to have him on field, or rather him as bench cover, this guy is the cheapie you must absolutely have.
JACK WILDERMUTH ($62,500) BAT/BWL
At first I was hesitant with Wildermuth, but the Heat are going to be pillaged by international fixtures and this increases his appeal. I think his opportunities with the bat may be limited, possibly batting at 6 or 7, but the Heat have struggled at times in the past, so he might get enough swings to be reasonable bench cover. It’s highly likely the Heat will use Wildermuth/Cooper/Lawrence to bowl at different stages too. Wildermuth made the move over to the Heat in search for greater opportunity and with Ben Cutting on his way to the Thunder, there’s a vacant spot in the XI for him. I expect Wildermuth to play often, but his scoring potential remains a massive question mark. Do the new rules help him like we think they might? Time will tell. The fact he will play most games makes him worth a look though at his price.
TOM COOPER ($78,900) BAT
It seems like Cooper is a straight swap for Matthew Renshaw for the Heat. His job security is solid, which isn’t the case with everyone else on this list. His form since the restart of the Sheffield Shield – two single figure scores, and during BBL09 – average of 11.12 with the bat isn’t appealing though. I think he will bat at 4 or 5 to start with and maybe bowl an over or two in the powerplay. You could certainly do worse than Cooper, but the form of the 145 game T20 veteran does put me off a little bit. Might be one who you may or may not pick depending on your team structure.
JIMMY PEIRSON ($69,700) WKP/BAT
Will play every game, at least until Tom Banton arrives but his role has never really been conducive to decent scoring. Has scored 106 and two 60s since the Shield restarted but I think he will bat somewhere between 5 and 7 for the Heat. Could be decent bench fodder if you want a guy who will play but I certainly wouldn’t start him.
XAVIER BARTLETT ($42,000) BWL
Secured a contract as one of the last players on the Heat’s roster following 14 wickets this year in the Sheffield Shield. Could he get a gig early when a number of bowlers are in the Australia A squad? Maybe, but his job security isn’t good enough to be able to rely on his scoring.
TIM DAVID ($62,500) BAT/BWL
David made the move over from the Scorchers this season in search of more opportunities at the Hurricanes. Playing T20Is for Singapore, David scored 92* and 58 in March this season, picking up a wicket in both games too. Unfortunately for David, the Hurricanes have a stacked batting lineup which means even if he is in the XI, he won’t bat higher than 6 or 7. Unlikely to regularly bowl too, perhaps he is one who might get a look in via the new sub rule instead?
WIL PARKER ($42,000) BWL
Plays mainly for the Victorian 2nd XI but got a taste for senior cricket and played two games for the first XI in the Shield this season, taking 5 wickets across 4 innings. The Hurricanes don’t have a recognised spinner in their side until Sandeep Lamichhane arrives so will Parker get a chance early on? They may just rely on allrounder Will Jacks who destroyed the Vitality Blast or gun D’Arcy Short to bowl those overs though and I think this is the most likely scenario.
NOOR AHMAD ($62,500) BWL
One thing about the BBL is that the Afghan spinners tend to take the competition by storm. Think Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and even Mohammed Nabi. When writing this article, I struggled to find much about Ahmad and I think BBL franchises might struggle too given he has come from nowhere, adding to the unpredictability of his bowling. Plus, Aussies have historically struggled against spin bowling.
Ahmad is only 15 years old but the wrist spinner has 19 wickets from 15 T20s already. Ahmad looks set to partner Cameron Boyce as the Renegades main spinners in the early parts of the tournament, until South African Imran Tahir arrives. An international at his price is an absolute must, remember Haris Rauf and Sandeep Lamichhane last season? The Renegades obviously rate him highly, so I’ll be picking him.
WILL SUTHERLAND ($79,900) BAT/BWL
One of Victoria’s best youngsters is in the Australia A squad to begin the season. Played 10 games last season but only batted 5 times and took just 4 wickets from 17 overs. I think he’ll be in the XI more often than not again, but I don’t think he will get enough responsibility to be worthwhile at this price.
MARCUS HARRIS ($62,500) BAT
Harris has formed a formidable partnership with Will Pucovski at the top of the order for the Victorians (the pair now have the highest opening partnership in Shield Cricket history) but I don’t think he will have the same role for the Renegades. He’s a player that will find himself as a sub I think, who may be brought in if the team needs some extra reinforcements with the bat. Pass.
WILL PUCOVSKI ($42,000) BAT
Aussie cricket is in good hands with Pucovski and Green coming through. Pucovski has scored back to back DOUBLE tons in Shield Cricket and is in the frame for a test debut too. Will he be released to play BBL if he isn’t in the final teams in those squads? On one hand, allowing young guys like these to play as much cricket as possible is ideal, but maybe having them around the international group to experience a new environment is more beneficial?
At this stage he is probably a mid season downgrade option, even though he may have to bat in the middle order behind some of the biggest hitters in world cricket in Stoinis, Bairstow, Maxwell and Pooran.
BILLY STANLAKE ($75,400) BWL
Stanlake is an interesting one. The Stars are yet to finalise their squad for BBL10 but right now, he’s in the XI. Stanlake was traded to the Stars this season (Strikers received Dan Worrall) and is hoping to revive his career. Yes he’s cheap and has a DGW, but his performances last season were hardly awe inspiring. 4 wickets in 33 overs at an average of 74.5 with an economy rate over 9. That’s a disaster for a bowler of his calibre. At Stanlake’s pace, if he gets it wrong he goes the distance and I’ve never really been a fan. Personally, I’d rather invest in other Stars players even if they are more expensive. I do understand the attraction and as a Stars supporter I hope he can return to his best but he is one I will be passing on.
SEB GOTCH ($62,500) WKP/BAT
Little Gotchy who keeps in the short sleeves is another option in SuperCoach this season. I think he’ll bat anywhere from 5-7 but there are a handful of guys who he is competing with for those spots once the Stars are at full strength. He’s more of a batsman who keeps the score ticking over whilst the other guy goes the slog, as highlighted by his career strike rate of 107 in T20 cricket. The Victorian has scored two Shield tons this season (albeit back in February) but can he translate his form in the long game to the short game? He’s definitely an option when you consider his price, job security early on and the fact he has the double in Round 1.
BEN DUNK ($62,500) WKP/BAT
Dunk is one of the guys Gotch is competing with in the middle order. Dunk was signed by the Stars on a lucrative deal after he was the tournament’s leading run scorer in BBL06, but he has flopped for the Stars since. His form last season was pretty average, scoring 95 runs from 12 matches. Then you look at his form in the Carribean Premier League, which isn’t great either – just one score over 20 in his last 9 games. This makes it pretty hard to pick him. He’s a chance to play early on, but beyond that his role in the team is questionable. I prefer Gotch instead and you probably cannot have both without overloading on Stars.
NIC MADDINSON ($78,100) BAT
Bowled some handy spin overs at times last season but he hasn’t found the same form with the bat as he had with the Sixers in years gone by. I expect him to bat in the middle order again but he is currently in the Australia A squad which happens during the Stars DGW. Too much is speculation with Maddinson so he’s a pass for me.
ASHTON TURNER ($62,500) BAT
Turner’s form lines are similar to Max Bryant’s in many ways, his BBL08 was awesome (378 runs @ 31.5) but then hardly fired a shot in last season’s edition, it did seem he was hampered by a finger issue however. Unfortunately, it seems as though Turner’s days as a part time spinner are over, having bowled just two overs across the last two campaigns. He only scored 87 runs from 7 innings last season, but we are talking about a guy who has played 17 limited overs games for his country. Is Turner’s spot in the XI assured all season, especially when guys like Ashton Agar and Cameron Green become available? There’s been some debate between the crew at JR. Personally, I think he will and he is currently occupying a bench spot of mine. Fingers crossed he can return to the form that made him the seventh highest run scorer in BBL08 and one of the countries’ best finishers.
CAMERON GREEN ($62,500) BAT/BWL
Green is the talk of the town at the moment. He is averaging 72.60 runs a game for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield which has included scores of 197 and 158*. The downside for SC coaches is that this has seen him selected in both the Australia A and Test squads to begin the summer. He didn’t really do much in the BBL last season due to limited opportunities and management returning from injury, does this change in BBL10? The Scorchers have one of the most talented squads in the entire competition, so this remains to be seen. I’ll be picking his teammate Ashton Turner at the start of the season and then looking to bring Green in later on when he becomes available.
JORDAN SILK ($62,500) BAT
The gun fielder has become a stalwart in the Sixers middle order but that’s also partly why he is this price, he often doesn’t get a lot of opportunity. Good job security and he has been good in recent BBL seasons, BBL08: 280 runs @ 31.1 and BBL09: 188 @ 26.85 but the lack of opportunity is a concern. Scored 106 for Tasmania in the last round of Shield cricket but I think there are enough options in his price range to leave him out.
DANIEL HUGHES ($74,100) BAT
Will Hughes open the batting? If so, he interests me at 74k. Scored 399 runs in BBL08 and 267 last season, so he does have runs on the board. Shield form is very up and down but he has always been a stronger T20 player. Picking Hughes dependents entirely on where he bats. If he opens, consider, otherwise no.
JACK EDWARDS ($62,500) BAT
Edwards hit a massive 192 against the English Lions in February, but it seems as though he will have limited opportunities again for the Sixers. Could be there Round 1 if Henriques, Bird, Abbott etc remain with Australia A but otherwise I think he could be a sub floater. For that reason I would pass.
BAXTER HOLT ($42,000) WKP/BAT
The 21-year-old wicketkeeper has previously been on the Thunder’s list as a local replacement player, featuring twice in 2019. The youngster’s best was on show in a game against the Renegades, where he took two catches, had a stumping and scored 37 off 28. Holt has been plagued by both back and hamstring injuries which have limited his opportunities at this level, but now that his body is coming good, the future is bright. I don’t expect Holt to feature much, if at all in BBL10, as it seems as though Matthew Gilkes will be wicketkeeper until Sam Billings arrives after his international commitments. Therefore, at basement price, Holt is a perfect loophole option for us.
MATTHEW GILKES ($62,500) WKP/BAT
As mentioned, I expect Gilkes to be the Thunder’s choice of keeper until Englishman Sam Billings arrives on Australian shores to take the gloves. Can he make enough cash before then to be worthwhile? Gilkes will bat in the middle order for the Thunder, probably at 5-6. He’s been in good form of late, scoring a double ton off 203 balls in NSW Premier Cricket, whilst also scoring 83 in a Sheffield Shield came against South Australia prior to COVID lockdowns. I generally steer clear of picking batsmen outside the top 4, but Gilkes looms as a decent bench option prior to Billings’ arrival given his job security and his DPP as a WKP/BAT is enticing.
CHRIS TREMAIN ($62,500) BWL
Tremain is an experienced campaigner, but he has made his name in the longer form rather than the short. The bowling attack the Thunder choose to go for remains to be seen and I’m not sure if there is room for Tremain or not. I reckon two of Tremain/Cook/Nair will join Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Adam Milne and Chris Green. It is a concern that he only took 5 wickets in BBL09. Tremain played 11 games last season and if he gets the same opportunity this season then I am interested. There’s probably some other guys ahead of him though and for that reason I think I’d rather pick players with high job security.
OLIVER DAVIES ($42,000) BAT
Was on my radar last season until a wrist injury ruled him out for the season. He opens in NSW Grade Cricket for Manly-Warringah and has scored 130 off 86 and 91 off 86 there. I expect to see him at some stage this season but when remains the question. Maybe a 12th or 13th man who debuts via the sub rule? A big hitter who could relish that opportunity.
DYL’S ROOKIE POWER RANKINGS
- Max Bryant
- Noor Ahmad
- Jack Wildermuth
- Ashton Turner
- Matthew Gilkes
Hopefully this has been helpful for you all, stay tuned for another podcast this Thursday with Damo, Azza, the Herald Sun’s Tim Michell and myself for more SCBBL talk! Until then, you can find me on Twitter @BolchDylan.