SCBBL | Player vs Player
Having troubles deciding between two players? Or a combination of players? I’ve run my eye over some of the community’s current dilemmas for the upcoming BBL season. Have anymore? Feel free to comment below or on Twitter to @jock_reynolds and @BolchDylan!
Daniel Sams v Rashid Khan
Firstly, both players are bona fide stars that you are going to really want in your team sooner rather than later.
Let’s first talk about Rashid Khan. He is ranked the 5th best T20I bowler in the world and has been one of the most successful international imports in the BBL since he arrived in BBL07. Over 50 innings, Khan has taken 72 wickets at a miserly economy rate of 6.47. Wickets + good economy rate means points. However, Khan has also made a name for himself as a power hitter at the end of an innings. A BBL career strike rate of 155.45 is juicy for some bonus points at the end of an innings.
Daniel Sams hasn’t had the same success on the international stage as Khan, but he has owned the BBL. He’s an all-rounder, which is absolute gold for SuperCoach. Last season, he added 200 runs to his 11 wickets and he often bowls at the death when batsmen are going the slog, which is handy for picking up some cheap points. 11 wickets last season was a bit underwhelming, but he did take 30 in BBL09.
One of the major issues with Sams at the moment is his lack of match practice. Despite being involved with Australia’s T20 World Cup Squad, he hasn’t played any competitive matches since April 30. That’s a bit of a concern when you are paying 200k+ for a player.
Verdict: SuperCoach BBL involves taking advantage of the double game weeks, and given Khan has one in Round 2, he’s my pick here. He will be become an absolute must-have anyway and hopefully Sams drops in price and we can all pounce on him then.
Daniel Sams v Mujeeb Ur Rahman
I’ve already talked about Sams, so let’s skip straight to Mujeeb.
His T20 World Cup campaign was intriguing, sometimes missing games due to injury. He took 5/20 against Scotland but aside from that, struggled to have a significant impact. One of Mujeeb’s best assets is his ability to clamp a batsman, having the third best BBL career economy rate of any bowler in the history of the competition (behind Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan). This resulted in more wickets for Mujeeb last season too, amassing 14 across just eight games.
In his past two seasons, he’s started slowly from a SuperCoach perspective too.
|Season||SC Average in first three games||SC Avg for rest of season|
Verdict: I’m not a huge fan of Mujeeb at his price, but given he has the double early on, I think it’s just too big of a risk to leave him out. Early days you don’t want to fall behind the pack and I think there is a lower risk of this happening if you pick Mujeeb.
D’Arcy Short v Marcus Stoinis
Hmmm. This is a tough one to split and both are in my side at the moment.
D’Arcy Short was as hot and cold as you can get last season. In the first four games, he had scores of 3, 116, 3 and 150. Short only scored 345 runs (his worst return since BBL06) last season and struggled to really hit his straps, which means I think he is underpriced to begin the season now. What I really liked about Short last season was that he featured more prominently with the ball. I think the Hurricanes will likely rely on Short’s leg spin again, in tandem with Sandeep Lamichhane.
The Stoin is coming off a strong T20I World Cup campaign, playing a role in Australia’s middle order, headlined by a 40 not out against Pakistan in the semi-final. He’s been dominant in the BBL with the bat since he moved to the top of the order for the Stars and I expect this to continue in BBL11. Stoinis can start his innings off slowly to begin with, but once he reaches 15-20 balls, watch out. He is as destructive as any when he gets going. He scored 396 runs in BBL10, but has now got a solid body of work behind him. BBL09 saw 705 runs scored and BBL08 saw 533. Stoinis becomes tantalisingly juicy if he features with the ball more prominently in BBL11, as he only bowled in three matches last year due to a side strain issue. The Stars also have the double in Round 3. He is a fantastic option, purely for his batting ability, if he bowls consistently he becomes a must have.
Verdict: I think you have to have both. Stoinis has a heap of upside if he has a role with the ball and Short is one of the most underpriced non-DGW premium options.
Rashid Khan & Marcus Stoinis v Daniel Sams & D’Arcy Short
Verdict: Khan & Stoinis, primarily because of Khan’s early double.
Glenn Maxwell – With or Without?
I think you’ve got to seriously look at Maxwell to begin with. The Stars have the double in Round 3, so you’ll need him then. He’s the marquee man and so often is the guy who sets up the Stars with the bat.
Last season, he made 379 runs and also took seven wickets with the ball, making him a dual threat. As captain of the Stars, he often bowls himself early in games and tries to eek out as many overs where possible.
Another benefit of owning Maxwell is that he fields in ‘hotspots’. This means he can also score points from catches and runouts. Last season he took nine catches, which is an extra 90 points.
It’s worth noting the Stars play the Sixers in Round 1, whom Maxwell has a career SuperCoach average of 87.1 against, his most favourable matchup.
Verdict: He hasn’t left my team all pre-season and likely will be there come Round 1.
Jack Wildermuth – With or Without?
This is a tough one and I think he is a massive beneficiary from the Australia A and Ashes squads that were released earlier in the week. The Heat have lost some key members: Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Michael Neser and Marnus Labuschagne – their bowling stocks have been severely depleted. I suspect Wildermuth will take on more responsibility as a result and given the DGW, is certainly a viable option.
His form of late does not inspire a lot of confidence. Just two wickets in his last three Marsh Cup games and eight in his last four Shield matches, only passing 15 twice in nine innings with the bat during this period.
Verdict: I think the price is a bit of a turn off with Wildermuth. No doubt he could start well given the likely uptick in opportunity, but I think investing in a guy like Xavier Bartlett or maybe even Matthew Kuhnemann, could be better value. He isn’t a bad pick though.