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Break It Down – A Look at Each BBL Squad

Published by Dyl on

The BBL squads for BBL10 have all been finalised and to make sense of them, we’ve asked one of our resident SuperCoach experts Dyl, to run his eyes over each team and squad.

In this article, he’ll be taking a look at each team, providing a predicted XI for Round 1, as well as some valuable insights into which players are likely to be subbed out as part of the new rules, and which players will likely miss as a result of returning Australia A and Test team players.

Here’s your one stop shop for EVERY team preview!

Adelaide Strikers
Predicted Round 1 XIII

Phil Salt

Jake Weatherald

Matthew Short

Matthew Renshaw

Jonathan Wells

Harry Nielsen

Rashid Khan

Peter Siddle

Wes Agar

Danny Briggs

Daniel Worrall

Cam Valente

Liam O’Connor

Thoughts on their best XIII?

Potentially a finals bound side. If they can hold it together until the cavalry arrive they will be well set up for a tilt at the title. One positive is that their internationals are all available for the entire tournament, unless Rashid Khan leaves for an international series against Ireland (to be confirmed). 

Who’s most likely to be subbed out and into the team?

Matthew Short is a name that immediately comes to mind from a batting perspective, whilst Wes Agar/Dan Worrall might be the ones under the most pressure with the ball. Cam Valente is a handy all-rounder who might feature too. I think the Strikers will utilise the sub rule more when they have a greater array of players available. 

Any depth players that will likely get a chance throughout the season?

I think the fast bowlers will probably be rotated throughout. Siddle and Neser are walkup starts but after that take your pick from Worrall, Agar and Conway. Short and Nielsen will get a go until the likes of Head and Carey return.

What players will miss out after Australian test players are available?

The Strikers have a bye in Round 1, but a large number of players won’t be available for their first game of the double gameweek. These players include Travis Head, Michael Neser, Alex Carey and Harry Conway. When everyone is available, I think Head, Neser and Carey come in for Short, Worrall/Agar and Nielsen. The exact makeup of the Strikers pace attack is hard to read, but Siddle and Neser will be partnered by two of Worrall, Conway and Agar.  

SUPERCOACH WATCH

Pick Me: RASHID KHAN – but not yet. He’s too expensive to hold through his Round 1 bye but do everything possible to get him in before Round 2. 

Consider Me: MATTHEW RENSHAW – priced at 137k, he’s a bit more affordable to hold through his bye, also creating a nice loophole. Others to consider at a similar price are English imports Salt or Briggs.


Brisbane Heat
Predicted Round 1 XIII

Max Bryant

Sam Heazlett

Chris Lynn

Dan Lawrence

Tom Cooper

Jimmy Peirson

Jack Wildermuth

Simon Milenko

Morne Morkel

Matthew Kuhnemann

Ben Laughlin

Xavier Bartlett

James Bazley

Thoughts on their best XIII?

To put it bluntly, on paper this seems like the weakest XI in the competition. Hopefully this means some cheap players get greater opportunities and we can look at them from an SC perspective. English international Lewis Gregory will provide some handy reinforcement once he arrives, whilst Mujeeb will miss early due to quarantine arrangements. South African legend Morne Morkel has been signed as a local player which is massive too. 

Who’s most likely to be subbed out and into the team?

A fringe player. I think more often than not, the sub rule will be used on players who are solely batsmen, or solely bowlers. All-rounders like Jack Wildermuth become more valuable to a side when they can step up and do a job with both bat and ball. Having said that, given their bowling depth in this XI is limited, a guy like Milenko might make way for a more recognised bowler should that be required. 

Any depth players that will likely get a chance throughout the season?

Sam Heazlett, Simon Milenko and Matthew Kuhnemann are depth players that I think will get a chance early. We may also be lucky enough to get Xavier Bartlett or James Bazley in the XI too, who at 42k would be awesome for SC. 

What players will miss out after Australian test players are available?

The Heat are severely impacted with Australian squad selection. Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Burns are write offs for the beginning of the tournament and Swepson and Steketee are unavailable in the first couple of rounds too. 

SUPERCOACH WATCH

Pick Me: MAX BRYANT – he’s cheap as chips and will open the batting, biggest lock of the competition.

Pick Me: JACK WILDERMUTH – think he will do a job with both bat and ball which means he’s a perfect cheapie option for us. 


Hobart Hurricanes
Predicted Round 1 XIII

D’Arcy Short

Will Jacks

Colin Ingram

Mac Wright

Peter Handscomb

Caleb Jewell

Tim David

James Faulkner

Nathan Ellis

Riley Meredith

Scott Boland

Johan Botha

Charlie Wakim

Thoughts on their Round 1 XIII?

Absolutely stacked with the bat and we can expect to see some monster scores again in BBL10. Their bowling stocks are maybe a little bit weak however all of Jacks, Short and Ingram can chip in if need be. They may be required to until Sandeep Lamichhane arrives anyway given no recognised spinner is in my XI. 

Who’s most likely to be subbed out and into the team?

Tim David. Can easily see him being taken out for someone like David Moody should they need reinforcements with the ball. Johan Botha was recently signed as a replacement player and has been retired for 2 years, where does he fit into the mix? Jake Doran or Caleb Jewell would likely find themselves in the middle order if they get a chance. 

Any depth players that will likely get a chance throughout the season?

I think the Hurricanes will be fairly settled throughout the tournament, bar maybe one or two spots. Wright and David are probably the two under fire the most, whilst there could be a logjam of international players when they are all available (only 3 can play at any one time). Would love to see some of their young players get a go, but it is a tough lineup to break into. 

What players will miss out after Australian test players are available?

Matthew Wade is the only major out currently, whilst Dawid Malan, Keemo Paul and Sandeep Lamichhane will join up with the team at different stages throughout the tournament. Tim Paine might also play when the Test series is over, but in the past players have chosen to not play the BBL due to burnout. As mentioned Wright and David probably lose their places in the XI when this happens. As of today, Ben McDermott has been added to the Australia A squad, meaning he is out for the first couple of games. 

SUPERCOACH WATCH

Pick Me: DARCY SHORT – yes his form hasn’t been great in the internationals v India, but it’s a completely different ball game in the BBL. The competition’s most expensive player for a reason, pick him and don’t give yourself the headache. 

Consider Me: WILL JACKS – was MVP in the Vitality Blast (England T20 Comp) scoring 309 runs at 34.33 and also took 13 wickets at an economy rate of 6.46. That reads for an average of 81.5 in SC. Double gameweek in Round 2 and 3 is a bonus too. 

Melbourne Renegades
Predicted Round 1 XIII

Sam Harper

Aaron Finch

Shaun Marsh

Rilee Russouw

Beau Webster

Mackenzie Harvey

Benny Howell

Jack Prestwidge

Cameron Boyce

Josh Lalor

Kane Richardson

Zak Evans

Jake Fraser-McGurk

Thoughts on their best XIII?

It seems as though their squad will be constantly changing. A range of internationals will come and go and of the Aussie contingent, there’ll be players like James Pattinson, Marcus Harris and Will Sutherland that could miss early on due to Australia A commitments. Mohammed Nabi and Noor Ahmad will also miss the first two games due to quarantine requirements. 

Who’s most likely to be subbed out and into the team?

Maybe a bowler if they are smacked around early? The Renegades have some hot young talent that probably won’t be there Round 1, but could guys like Jake Fraser-McGurk or Zak Evans be called upon to make an impact?

Any depth players that will likely get a chance throughout the season?

The batting looks relatively stable, but Mohammed Nabi will come in for Harvey once he can. I think it’s more likely the bowlers get shuffled around, do they play all three spinners at once (Boyce, Ahmad, Nabi)? Hopefully Renegades fans can see some of the brightest talents in Victoria – Mitch Perry and Zak Evans at some stage too. 

What players will miss out after Australian test players are available?

James Pattinson, Will Sutherland and Marcus Harris are in the Australia A squad whilst Imran Tahir and Imad Wasim won’t arrive just yet. Ahmad and Nabi miss due to quarantine but I think all of Prestwidge, Evans, Harvey and maybe even Lalor are in the firing line when all of these guys are fit. 

SUPERCOACH WATCH

Consider Me: SAM HARPER – he looks like opening the batting which means ample opportunity. A cheaper alternative to Inglis or Phillippe in the same role? 

Don’t Pick Me: MOHAMMED NABI – maybe consider after he completes his quarantine, but he won’t play the first two rounds so scrap him from your plans early. 

Melbourne Stars
Predicted Round 1 XIII

Marcus Stoinis

Andre Fletcher

Hilton Cartwright

Glenn Maxwell

Nick Larkin

Ben Dunk

Seb Gotch

Nathan Coulter-Nile

Dilbar Hussain

Adam Zampa

Billy Stanlake

Clint Hinchliffe

Jackson Coleman

Thoughts on their best XIII?

The Stars have always been loaded with top end talent but tend to rely too heavily on a handful of players. For this reason, the fact three internationals can be in the XI really benefits them. No longer is the side relying on guys like Stoinis and Maxwell, but they now have players such as Pooran and Fletcher to help out (when available), which adds even more potency. It seems that they will look to use spin when bowling, as their seam bowling stocks seem a bit weak. 

Who’s most likely to be subbed out and into the team?

Tough to know, but I suspect the weaker players will be subject to this new rule. If the Stars are flying with the bat, then a guy like Gotch is probably surplus to requirements given Dunk/Pooran can keep too, so might be subbed out for another bowler. Equally, there are a number of players who can do a job with the ball too (Maxwell, Stoinis, Maddinson etc), so maybe another batsman is called upon instead if a few wickets fall early. 

Any depth players that will likely get a chance throughout the season?

Given the fast bowlers are a little bit suspect, don’t be surprised if Jackson Coleman or Lance Morris get a crack at some stage, especially if Stanlake starts poorly. The Western Australian recently took 5/94 in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania and the Victorian took 3/16 in the only game he played last season. 

What players will miss out after Australian test players are available?

Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson will miss from the Aussie contingent and Nicholas Pooran and Zahir Khan won’t be available from the internationals. These 4 are all in the best XI and I expect that guys like Dunk, Gotch and Larkin/Cartwright will be the first on the chopping block. 

SUPERCOACH WATCH

Pick Me: GLENN MAXWELL – form in IPL was awful, but he’s found his groove back on Australian shores. One of the most destructible players on his day, can do a job with bat and ball and has the double gameweek. 

Pick Me: DILBAR HUSSAIN – an international player at 62k? Yes please. Temptation increases due to double as well. 

Perth Scorchers
Predicted Round 1 XIII

Josh Inglis

Colin Munro

Joe Clarke

Mitch Marsh

Ashton Turner

Cameron Bancroft

Jhye Richardson

Andrew Tye

Jason Behrendorff

Matthew Kelly

Fawad Ahmed

Sam Whiteman

Aaron Hardie

Thoughts on their best XIII?

When fit and available, awesome. Can they get the squad together and gelling quickly enough? Time will tell. The Scorchers are the most successful franchise in this competition so there is no doubt that they will give themselves every chance under Adam Voges again in BBL10. 

Who’s most likely to be subbed out and into the team?

The Scorchers are one of the most versatile teams in the competition, especially when you add Ashton Agar and Cameron Green to this XI. We still don’t know how teams will use this new sub rule, but if any side will be all over it it will be the Scorchers. There has been some conjecture between the crew at Jock Reynolds over what the Scorchers XI looks like and it will be fascinating to see what they roll with. Because it’s such an even squad, I think the coaching staff would be comfortable calling upon a 12th or 13th man if circumstances required it. 

Any depth players that will likely get a chance throughout the season?

Given this team is set to be smashed with international fixtures and have a number of stars coming back from injury (Richardson, Behrendorff, Marsh etc), I think a lot of the squad will be used throughout the tournament when guys are managed or unavailable. In actual fact, I think every single player on the Scorchers roster could fill a role if need be. 

What players will miss out after Australian test players are available?

The Scorchers are stacked but also get smashed by international fixtures. Ashton Agar and Cameron Green have been left out of this XI due to these, but I’ve left Mitch Marsh in, as he is racing the clock to be fit for the Australia A tour. I think it is more likely that he plays as a specialist batsman for the Scorchers instead. Because of this, Matthew Kelly and Cam Bancroft are in, but the pair are probably on the thin ice in this lineup. If Marsh isn’t available Round 1, then Aaron Hardie may be called up to fill that all-rounder void. He took 4fa and hit 40 from 25 in an intra-club game. 

SUPERCOACH WATCH

Consider Me: ANDREW TYE – hampered by injury in BBL09 but has since regained his place in Aussie white ball sides. 134k makes him interesting and in just 9.2% of sides, could be a nice POD. 

Consider Me: ASHTON TURNER – similarly to Tye, he’s had it tough with injuries of late. Only 62k means he will be a popular bench option.


Sydney Sixers
Predicted Round 1 XIII

Daniel Hughes

Josh Philippe

James Vince

Jordan Silk

Dan Christian

Jack Edwards

Carlos Brathwaite

Ben Dwarshuis

Stephen O’Keefe

Ben Manenti

Lloyd Pope

Hayden Kerr

Mickey Edwards

Thoughts on their best XIII?

No Abbott, Curran and likely no Henriques or Bird for Round 1 is a huge loss for the reigning BBL champions. We have yet to hear official word about Australia A or Australia test team squad players being released for BBL duties if they are not named, so for now I’ve left out Abbott, Henriques and Bird. But if they are available for Round 1, they’d replace Edwards, Manenti and Pope. Can they deal with the fluidity of this squad and go back to back?

Who’s most likely to be subbed out and into the team?

Probably one of the spinners. Pope, Manenti and SOK is a lot of spin and their only genuine pace bowler is Dwarshuis so I expect Brathwaite and Christian to play a big role with the ball early on. Edwards is probably the most likely of the batsmen to be subbed out, Hayden Kerr and Justin Avendano both had opportunities last year and may get more again. 

Any depth players that will likely get a chance throughout the season?

Heaps will – due to the fact that five of their players are in international squads. The good thing for the Sixers is that all of their main squad, and most of their local replacement players, have had a taste of the BBL already. 

What players will miss out after Australian test players are available?

Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc will all miss the Sixers first game due to Test/Aus A squad commitments. Tom Curran has withdrawn from the competition and Jason Holder is not yet in Australia. As a result, the Sixers have signed five local replacement players, headlined by Justin Avendano and Tom Rogers. Edwards, Manenti and Pope are three who would definitely make way when some of these guys are available. 

SUPERCOACH WATCH

Consider Me: DAN CHRISTIAN – looks set to take on more responsibility early on and is in solid form, blasting a ton off 33 balls in a lead up game. 

Consider Me: JOSH PHILIPPE – arguably one of the best options for the WKP spot, he’ll be a must before his Round 6 double. 


Sydney Thunder
Predicted Round 1 XIII

Usman Khawaja

Alex Hales

Callum Ferguson

Alex Ross

Matthew Gilkes

Ben Cutting

Daniel Sams

Arjun Nair

Chris Green

Jono Cook

Adam Milne

Chris Tremain

Oliver Davies

Thoughts on their best XIII?

It’s a tough one to read. They’ve got some seasoned competitors like Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson, but also some guys who have just been honest domestic players, such as Alex Ross and Jono Cook. It’s pretty similar to last season, so hopefully the squad can go one further this year and reach the Final. 

Who’s most likely to be subbed out and into the team?

Alex Ross and Jono Cook are the two names that jump out at me here. Neither have an impact in the opposite discipline so depending on the state of the game, these might be the guys to back way. Chris Tremain is maybe a little bit unlucky not to be in the XI but could be called upon if the Thunder choose to go with another seamer. Jason Sangha didn’t really play like many Australian fans had hoped in this competition last summer, but is still developing and might thrive in a situation where the shackles are set free. 

Any depth players that will likely get a chance throughout the season?

Given the lack of international rotation, it’s tough to see someone coming in easily. There are three quicks – Tremain, Brendan Doggett and Nathan McAndrew who may be called upon if the spin trio of Cook, Arjun Nair and Chris Green isn’t working. 

What players will miss out after Australian test players are available?

The Thunder aren’t really impacted by this which means that they should be able to build some continuity with their side. Sam Billings will come in for Matthew Gilkes when he returns from international commitments. 

SUPERCOACH WATCH

Consider Me: USMAN KHAWAJA – has torn this competition to shreds in the past, can he do it again? A man of his calibre should not be 115k. 

Consider Me: DANIEL SAMS – he’s only in 25% of teams which is a bit surprising given he was last season’s highest point scorer.


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