BBL11 Pocket Profiles
LOCK – Rashid Khan
Bar maybe Philippe or Curran, I think Khan is the guy you can’t go without in Round 1. For starters, he will be essential in Round 2 anyway, so picking him now allows you to focus on other players in Round 2. He also averages 89.5 against his Round 1 opponent, the Renegades, who have struggled in recent seasons. It’s also likely he comes up against some inexperienced batsmen, who may not have had much exposure to cunning spinners such as Khan. SuperCoachers love an all-rounder and Khan seems to be on the brink of that, his late order power hitting often providing a points boost to his already impressive bowling efforts.
BREAKOUT CONTENDER – Harry Nielsen
This is purely opportunity based. It seems as though he will bat in the top 4 and should get a decent run at it this season now that Alex Carey has been selected as the Australian wicketkeeper for the Ashes. Is a little bit more expensive for a cheapie but his job security is a massive tick.
AVOID – Travis Head
I really like Head if he’s available, he is a key contributor with the bat and often picks up handy wickets with the ball. However, he is out of the early stages of the BBL due to his involvement with the international squad.
SMOKEY – Matt Short
Gets a nice little boost due to the unavailability of guys like Carey and Head and could open the batting alongside Jake Weatherald. If this is the case, a 62k opener is music to my ears.
LOCK – Chris Lynn
I do not like Lynn at his price point given he is a BAT only and sometimes gets hidden in the field, but I am not game enough to take him on as an anti-POD (point of difference). His ceiling is gigantic and he probably gets at least one big score from his two games in Round 1 so just pick him. I didn’t own him at stages last year and it gave me headaches.
BREAKOUT CONTENDER – Xavier Bartlett
I’m pretty big on an early Bartlett Breakout this season. The Heat have been absolutely decimated in the bowling department and I think Bartlett will have added responsibility early in the season because of it. Last year he was often either X-Factored in or out of the XI which meant that he had a few dud scores, although now his place in the XI feels a bit safer I’d suspect he will grasp the opportunity with both hands and put his best foot forward. Double gameweek and under 100k makes him one of the best value buys of Round 1.
AVOID – Mark Steketee
Steketee forms part of the decimated bowling attack I mentioned above. Mitch Swepson, Michael Neser, Marnus Labuschagne, Tom Abell and youngsters Connor Sully and Matt Willans are all out in Round 1. Don’t pick any of these guys unless it is for looping purposes.
SMOKEY – Ben Duckett
I am a bit surprised at how little has been said about Duckett in the lead up to this season. A lot of people are scared to jump on English internationals early given Will Jacks’ flop last season, but if you do want an alternative to Josh Philippe as a keeper I think it is worth considering Duckett. He was the second highest run scorer in The Hundred with 232 runs across eight games at a strike rate of 137.27. His Vitality Blast form is also impressive, amassing 383 runs at 158.26. Don’t be surprised if he hits the ground running.
LOCK – D’Arcy Short
Short was a rollercoaster ride last season and I am more than happy to jump on again this season. His ceiling is enormous as he can be a key contributor with both the bat and ball. I think he is underpriced too, this is the first season he has started the year under 225k since 2016-17. In the past three seasons, he has scored 12 SuperCoach tons and two double tons. The upside is huge and not owning Short should he go large will really hurt your rank or league result.
BREAKOUT CONTENDER – Joel Paris
It feels awkward categorising Paris as a breakout option given he has been on the scene for a while, but I am hoping he just gets a good crack at it and stays healthy this season. He took a 5fa against South Australia in the Sheffield Shield about a month ago and looks likely to be in the Hurricanes XI in Round 1 (Scott Boland and Riley Meredith out helps). Might be worth a bench spot and hopefully he can do enough to keep his place in the team long term.
AVOID – Mac Wright
Wright is a classic avoid due to his role. He will likely bat in the middle order behind the likes of Short, Ben McDermott, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade and co, which means he won’t bat long enough, often enough, to warrant significant consideration for our sides. Better options at his price.
SMOKEY – Jordan Thompson
I am really keen on Thompson but I want to see how he adapts to the Australian conditions first. Another guy that gets classified under the Will Jacks theory, the fact he is an all-rounder immediately piqued my interest. In his last three first class games, he has taken a five-wicket haul and hit a half century. Watch this space.
LOCK – Aaron Finch
This is a *pending selection* pick. Finch is in doubt for Round 1 which leaves us with a bit of a conundrum. Can we afford to stash Finch? Once he is fit and ready to assume his place in the XI, he is well worth picking. Last season he averaged just 17.6 but in the three seasons before that he averaged 64.6, 41.4 and 86.9. Watch selection, if he is named, he is an absolute lock.
BREAKOUT CONTENDER – Will Sutherland
This talented athlete seems destined to rise to new levels this season. It looks increasingly likely that he will edge out Jack Prestwidge in an all-rounder role, which is often very promising for SuperCoach scores. In a recent Premier Cricket game, Sutherland took 2/18 off 8 and made 22 from 27 whilst also taking 15 wickets across four Sheffield Shield games. The Renegades are focusing on blooding youth and Sutherland certainly fits the bill.
AVOID – Zak Evans
The main thing with Evans is that he appears severely overpriced due to his final showing of the 2020-21 season being a five-wicket haul against the Hurricanes. If you ignore that score, he only averaged 38.5. I’m not convinced he is locked into the Renegades XI anyway either.
SMOKEY – Mackenzie Harvey
I think Harvey could be one of the main beneficiaries of the injuries to Finch and Shaun Marsh at the top of the order. He made 55 as an opener for Victoria just a couple of weeks ago and Renegades coach David Saker has indicated that he “probably would have played no matter what the situation is”. That’s promising signs for his job security going forward.
LOCK – Glenn Maxwell
He’s a premo, just pick him. He’s obviously super expensive, but he’s top dollar for a reason. Everyone knows he is a threat with bat and ball, but I really like that he is THE man for the Stars. He often floats up or down the order depending on the game situation, which means his opportunity will always be high. For those who are waiting to get him at a cheaper price, he is most successful against the Sixers with a career average of 87.1 SuperCoach points, higher than any other opponent. He’s also super consistent, having averaged 60+ points a season for the past four campaigns.
BREAKOUT CONTENDER – Syed Faridoun
Faridoun is a massive unknown but the Stars will be hoping that he can emulate some of the success of the last unknown Pakistani to pull on the Green, Haris Rauf. Rashid Khan believes that Faridoun will be Pakistan’s number 1 bowler within three years and that’s incredibly exciting. Whether or not Faridoun launches right now or takes a bit of time remains to be seen, but at only 62k there is plenty of upside.
AVOID – Qais Ahmad
Qais Ahmad has featured for the Hobart Hurricanes in the past, taking 19 wickets in his 18 BBL games. It is likely that he forms a tandem spin partnership with Adam Zampa eventually, but don’t pick Qais to begin with, he is unavailable at the start of the tournament due to commitments to the T10 league.
SMOKEY – Joe Clarke
A former Perth Scorcher, Clarke could end up taking the Gloves for the Stars in BBL11. Peter Nevill is the other candidate, although Clarke’s batting ability supersedes that of Nevill’s. Stars coach David Hussey believes that Clarke is poised to “set this tournament alight” and Clarke’s form in the practice matches have definitely backed up Hussey’s call. He made 64 off 40 balls in a warm-up match against the Renegades and if he can produce this in the regular season he will be a very handy player.
LOCK – Ashton Agar
I found it pretty tough to pick a lock for the Scorchers, but I like the value of Agar. Since late July, Agar has taken a wicket in 80% of the games he has played and his bowling has become difficult to score off for opposition batsmen. Has been released from the Australia A squad and should find himself in the middle to lower order, ready for some late big hitting, this year.
BREAKOUT CONTENDER – Nick Hobson
Hobson comes in at the bargain basement price of 42k and he is likely to open in the early stages of the tournament. In one of the practice matches he blasted 90 off 59 balls and if he can go close to replicating performances like that his price will go to the moon. There is a chance that when the cavalry arrives Hobson could still hold his spot if he shows enough in the first few rounds.
AVOID – Jhye Richardson
Scored the most SuperCoach points of any player last year but his fantastic cricket year has seen him included in international squads. He is probably the next fast bowler into the Test XI, so unfortunately we won’t see a lot of Richardson in BBL11.
SMOKEY – Aaron Hardie
Had been hampered by an elbow injury but has returned to bowling in the practice matches. He made 83 runs and was amongst the wickets on December 1 and could see an uptick in role whilst Mitch Marsh is with Australia A. May be worth a punt at just over 100k, but don’t destroy your structure for him.
LOCK – Josh Philippe
Picking Philippe as a keeper could be the biggest no brainer of Round 1. He was one of the best keepers last year and has a double gameweek. He’s opening again, is in reasonable form (2 x 45 in Marsh Cup, 129* in Shield) and is the most selected player at the time of writing (65%). Pick him and sleep easy.
BREAKOUT CONTENDER – Hayden Kerr
I was keener on Kerr prior to the news that Sean Abbott has been released from the Australia A squad to play BBL. I’m not sure that Kerr’s role with all these all-rounders (Abbott, Tom Curran, Dan Christian etc) is good enough anymore to warrant selection in our SuperCoach teams as he probably needs an injury or two to have a significant impact for the Sixers. Worth keeping an eye on.
AVOID – Carlos Braithwaite
Remember the name? King Carlos has a shoulder injury and is out indefinitely. He had five 55+ scores last season and would have been an interesting prospect at his price but make sure he isn’t in your team lineups now.
SMOKEY – Chris Jordan
Probably a bit harsh to place Jordan in the smokey category, given he has played 113 international games for England. His World Cup campaign was pretty uninspiring, but a player of his calibre simply has to be looked at. He’s also got a low ownership given he was only signed in recent days so could be a nice point of difference on the double.
LOCK – Daniel Sams
Sams is 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. He hit 66 off 27 in a practice match and will be one of the premium players again this year. No byes either, so he is a set and forget option.
BREAKOUT CONTENDER – Matthew Gilkes
Gilkes is yet to breakout but this year could be his year. It looks as though he will bat in the top 3 and given he is priced at just 62k, that is perfect for a bench spot. He made 51 in a Marsh Cup game opening the batting and blasted 35 off 15 in a warm-up game. The signs are there, can he finally put it all together on the big stage?
AVOID – Alex Hales
Hales is obviously a fantastic player, but I think he is too expensive to start with this season. Let’s look at last year’s prices to highlight this. He maxed out at 215k last year but bottomed out at 126k. He can cobble together some points from catches in the field but there will be a patch where his form drops and so too does his price, be sure to jump on when that happens. He also only has one score over 40 in his last ten T20 games, so to me he isn’t a must have and I would rather look at other players at his price.
SMOKEY – Sam Whiteman
Gone are the days of wicketkeeping for Whiteman but his form with the bat has been impressive and has led to this opportunity to sign for the Thunder this season. His past two games have included a 79 (Marsh Cup) and an 176* (Sheffield Shield). Possibly bats in the top 3 if he is selected and that would make him a nice cheapie option. Beware Ollie Davies’ return though which could impact Whiteman’s selection.