International Twenty20 fixtures won’t provide SuperCoach BBL points.
But don’t underestimate their importance in helping shape your starting side.
Australia’s clean sweep of Sri Lanka provided some important lessons for SuperCoaches which will translate to BBL09.
New Zealand’s current T20 series against England across the Tasman is also of interest, with Sydney Sixers Tom Curran and James Vince, Brisbane Heat’s Tom Banton and Melbourne Stars mid-season arrival Pat Brown in the English squad.
Unfortunately Banton hasn’t featured in the opening two games as many coaches factor him into their plans for Round 1 due to Brisbane’s double.
Brown was expensive on Sunday with 0-32 from two overs after snaring 1-33 in game one.
Vince was England’s matchwinner in the opening T20 with 59 from 38 balls, a performance which would have netted 101 SuperCoach points.
But, as has historically been the case with many batsmen, he then scored only one point in game two.
Mitch Starc was a standout in Australia’s Twenty20 clean sweep of Sri Lanka.Source:Getty Images
Australia v Sri Lanka
– Billy Stanlake looms as a bargain at $108,300. The towering quick took 2-23 in Australia’s game two win and will spearhead Adelaide Strikers’ attack. He’s cheap enough you can start him on your bench for Adelaide’s Round 1 bye to plan ahead for a Round 3 double.
– Don’t write off Alex Carey. He might be stuck in the middle order for Australia but he will open for the Strikers with Jake Weatherald. His series average showed you can’t rely on wicketkeeping points every game.
– Mitchell Starc could be a real factor if he finds a BBL09 club. Starc could yet be included in the Test team to face New Zealand, but if he misses out he’ll need to be in your plans. Perth Scorchers are in desperate need of pace reinforcements.
– Even the best players are prone to low scores. Steve Smith tallied 0 in game one and Aaron Finch was scoreless in game two against Sri Lanka. You can almost always rely on bowlers to score but batsmen carry an element of risk.
– Bowlers are a safe bet for points. While few BBL games will be dominated by bowlers as the Australia-Sri Lanka series was, the combination of economy rate bonuses and wickets can be a quick source of points.
– Batsmen who are listed at No. 5 or lower are never guaranteed a hit. Australia’s No. 5 only faced 15 balls for the series, Ashton Turner in game three.
Sydney Sixers batsman James Vince started England’s T20 series against New Zealand impressively.Source:AP
New Zealand v England (after two games)
– James Vince’s 59 from 38 in game one was hard to ignore. He was prominent in BBL08 and has a double game week in Round 1. He needs to be considered and should bat top three for the Sixers.
– Pat Brown will be a handy mid-season downgrade. His economy rate was high in game one and two but he is a young bowler who has excelled in England is too cheap to ignore …
– Tom Curran’s opening effort of 0-25 from four overs was impressive, but he was then left out for game two. He’s more prominent with the bat in BBL than he is for England. I wouldn’t read a lot into this series for Curran. He showed last summer how dominant he can be for the Sixers, who have a Round 1 double.
Kane Richardson celebrates a wicket against Pakistan before rain lashed Sydney.Source:News Corp Australia
Australia v Pakistan (after one game)
– Watch the weather. SuperCoach BBL scores still count when a match is washed out. Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner and Alex Carey scored zeroes as a result of Australia’s game one wash out against Pakistan.
– Kane Richardson is capable of justifying his high price. $214,300 is a lot to pay for a player who doesn’t have a double game week until Round 5 but Richardson’s performances in T20s in the past 18 months have been superb. Richardson would have scored 73 points against Pakistan in Sydney.
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Originally published asSuperCoach BBL: International Watch