Azza’s Final Team Reveal
It’s been a long pre-season, but here we are, on the eve of the BBL10 season.
The countless hours of research, endless spreadsheets full of statistics, the late nights and bottomless coffees have all led me to this moment.
Baring any further last minute injuries or hiccups (thanks Aus A selectors), I think I have finally settled on my side for BBL Supercoach*
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So, without further ado, here is my team for the upcoming BBL season.
Andre Fletcher (Stars) $138,000
Bench: Lachy Pfeffer (Heat) $42,000
There’s only a small handful of viable options for the first wicketkeeper position, with many unavailable for Round 1. Inglis, Philippe, Fletcher, or Harper are the best choices, and simply because of his double game round, I’ve gone with Fletcher. He opened the batting for the West Indies in their recent series against New Zealand and should do the same for the Stars.
I really would have liked to lock in Philippe for the entire season here for stability, but I’ll aim to bring him in later, or Alex Carey for his double game round(s).
D’Arcy Short (Hurricanes) $245,200 [VC]
Marcus Stoinis (Stars) $185,700
Glenn Maxwell (Stars) $185,000
Will Jacks (Hurricanes) $148,000
Max Bryant (Heat) $67,800
Bench: Hilton Cartwright (Stars) $115,400
Bench: Dan Christian (Sixers) $105,000
Sure D’Arcy Short costs 1/8th of your entire budget, but the highest averaging player from BBL09 is a must have. Unlike previous seasons where Short missed a number of games due to international duties and byes, this year, he is available every single round, and importantly Hurricanes have a double game round in Round 2.
If you leave him out in Round 1, you could be playing catch up all season long especially if he goes large like he has in previous seasons.
Melbourne Stars players are also a must have with their double game round in Round 1, so I’ve opted to pick Stoinis, Maxwell and Cartwright here, all of whom should bat in the top 4. Stoinis has picked up the same side strain injury he struggled with in BBL09, but unless he misses the first game, he should still definitely be in your side.
Will Jacks is an absolute superstar in the making and someone I’ve talked about a bit on the Jock Reynolds BBL podcast. If he brings the same form he had in England here to Australia, watch out.
Lastly, Max Bryant completes this line, who is in magnificent form, hitting back to back centuries recently in the QLD Premier T20 League. Probably the most valuable rookie now Wildermuth has been called up to the Aus A side. He’s locked into the Brisbane Heat side as their opener, and he’s locked into my side.
On the bench, I have opted for a little loophole action in Cartwright and Christian. Since Christian plays in the first match of Round 1, I can get a double chance on a better score if he fails by simply putting Cartwright on the field, who I have some doubts about but is hard to pass on given his double game round. If he fires, then I’ll swing a non-playing player in and bring in another player for Bryant. But it’s good to have options.
Adam Zampa (Stars) $184,100 [C]
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Stars) $138,600
Andrew Tye (Scorchers) $134,100
Daniel Worrall (Strikers) $92,200
Dilbar Hussain (Stars) $62,500
Bench: Nathan Ellis (Hurricanes) $113,000
Bench: James Bazley (Heat) $42,000
Similar to the batting section, I have picked Zampa, Coulter-Nile and Hussain from the Stars to take advantage of their double game round. Zampa is in great consistent form, and it’s because of that he gets the captaincy first up.
I’ve also got a nice loophole set up as well as getting ahead of the game by placing Daniel Worrall on field and leaving Nathan Ellis and James Bazley on the bench, with Ellis getting the emergency.
Worrall is another non-playing player in my side, but he goes straight into a double game round in Round 2 and with an outstanding performance of 4/17 in todays practice match against Sydney Sixers, he is in.
Andrew Tye finishes off my bowling line, and is someone I have always wanted to get into my side. He’s underpriced after a year off and if he can get back to his lofty heights of 2017-2018, he is just one you don’t want to be missing out on, I know I certainly don’t want to be.
Well there you have it, my side for the upcoming BBL10 SuperCoach season. Or at least for the next 10 minutes….
Best of luck to all, and happy SuperCoaching!