Predicted Big Bash Round 1 XIs

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars @ Adelaide Oval

South Australia has the opening game of the tournament, which is a pleasant change of pace.
Spin generally plays a role at AO, so all-pace attacks are unlikely.

Strikers Predicted XI:
1. Craig Simmons
2. Tim Ludeman (wk)
3. Alex Ross
4. Brad Hodge
5. Kieron Pollard
6. Jono Dean
7. Johan Botha
8. Kane Richardson
9. Adam Zampa
10. Ben Laughlin
11. Shaun Tait
Coach Darren Berry wants Hodge in the middle order so a spot at three or four is likely for the big pick-up. Have a look how I came up with the rest of the line-up here.

Stars Predicted XI:
1. Luke Wright
2. Cameron White (c)
3. Kevin Pietersen
4. Glenn Maxwell
5. Dave Hussey
6. James Faulkner
7. Tom Triffit (wk)
8. John Hastings
9. Clint McKay
10. Michael Beer
11. Jackson Bird
The Stars confirmed that Peter Handscomb’s replacement Tom Triffit would play against the Strikers, and he fits in nicely amongst plenty of all-rounders. KP has a good Adelaide record and could go bang striaght away.  Perhaps Rob Quiney and Scott Boland are unlucky given their good state form.

Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades @ SCG

Both these sides promised a lot last BBL and neither delivered. Now they get a chance, and both with new recruits, to make a big impact on the tournament.

Sixers Predicted XI:
1. Michael Lumb
2. Dwayne Smith
3. Nic Maddinson
4. Ed Cowan
5. Moises Henriques (c)
6. Ryan Carters (wk)
7. Jordan Silk
8. Sean Abbott
9. Brett Lee
10. Stephen O’Keefe
11. Doug Bollinger
I’ve excluded a lot of the squad for consideration due to test commitments – Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon and even Josh Hazlewood and Mitch Starc I’ve left out, because whether or not they’re made available is unclear. Ed Cowan replaces Marcus North and will get a go after remodeling his technique. Lumb and Smith make a formidable opening pair.

Renegades Predicted XI:
1. Aaron Finch (c)
2. Matthew Wade (wk)
3. Callum Ferguson
4. Tom Cooper
5. Ben Rohrer
6. Dwayne Bravo
7. Peter Nevill
8. Andre Russell
9. Nathan Rimmington
10. Andrew Fekete
11. Fawad Ahmed
It’s a very solid batting line-up that will only improve once Jesse Ryder arrives for the second half of the competition. Peter Siddle & James Pattinson have been excluded for the same reason as the guys above, but don’t be surprised if Pattinson is allowed to play, in which case he’ll take Fekete’s spot.

Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes @ MCG

The Stars play two games inside the first round, so look to those guys for the first round especially. Hobart have a very similar squad to last year but with a couple of new inclusions.

Hurricanes Predicted XI:
1. Alex Hales
2. Ben Dunk
3. Tim Paine (wk)
4. George Bailey (c)
5. Travis Birt
6. Jon Wells
7. Darren Sammy
8. Evan Gulbis
9. Cameron Boyce
10. Ben Hilfenhaus
11. Xavier Doherty
A very similar side to what took them into the final last season, but with two new international acquisitions in Hales and Sammy. Joe Mennie and Michael Hill might push for the first team but it looks pretty set at this point.

Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat @ Stadium Australia

The Thunder desperately need to become a competitive side, and with a handful of new signings they have a golden opportunity. The Heat missed a chance last year and with the talent in their squad they just shouldn’t be allowed to miss finals.

Thunder Predicted XI:
1. Usman Khawaja
2. Jacques Kallis
3. Mike Hussey (c)
4. Eoin Morgan
5. Aiden Blizzard
6. Kurtis Patterson
7. Chris Hartley (wk)
8. Nathan Hauritz
9. Patrick Cummins
10. Gurinder Sandhu
11. Dirk Nannes
It’s a very tough line-up to call, because there’s new guys everywhere including Kallis, Blizzard, Hartley and Andrew McDonald. Hartley could easily open as he has done for Queensland, but opening with Kallis (as he as done for Bangalore) would be a big statement. The bowlers are pretty settled, although Chris Tremain should push for selection.

Heat Predicted XI:
1. Joe Burns
2. James Peirson (wk)
3. Peter Forrest
4. Dan Christian
5. Chris Lynn
6. Nathan Reardon
7. Ben Cutting
8. James Hopes (c)
9. Andrew Flintoff
10. Cameron Gannon
11. Samuel Badree
There is a lot of depth in the Heat squad, but Mitch Johnson, Shane Watson, Ryan Harris and Dan Vettori will miss (at least initially) through test duties. Peirson has opened the batting for Queensland before, but Christian or Hopes could open if need be. Don’t expect Flintoff to bat too high, as his batting for Lancashire in winter was fleeting.

Perth have the bye for Round 1, but here’s how I reckon they’ll line-up in Round 2.

Scorchers Predicted XI:
1. Michael Carberry
2. Michael Klinger
3. Adam Voges (c)
4. Sam Whiteman (wk)
5. Ash Turner
6. Hilton Cartwright
7. Ashton Agar
8. Brad Hogg
9. Yasir Arafat
10. Andrew Tye
11. Jason Behrendorff
It’s a significantly weaker Perth line-up without the two Marsh brothers, but it may well be a reality for them this BBL. James Muirhead will be pushing hard for selection after crossing from the Stars. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Joel Paris are unlikely to be recovered from their injuries in time for the start of the tournament.


So there’s my best XIs. If I left anyone out unfairly, give me a serve in the comments below, or find me on twitter @joshschon.

21 thoughts on “Predicted Big Bash Round 1 XIs

    1. Hi CJ,
      I like the look of Ferguson and think he’ll be batting pretty high for the Renegades.
      As for Stoinis, there’s a lot of quality in that line-up that isn’t there in the Shield including Pietersen & Wright.
      He’ll be there and there abouts but isn’t in their first team IMO.


    1. In the large positions like batsmen and bowlers no, but for wicket-keepers and all-rounders I’d advise against it.
      You get three trades per round but you might need them elsewhere. Also remember that the Strikers and the Thunder don’t have byes.


  1. Sorry Josh very last one hows the look of Darran Sammy I have 13,500 left and if I get rid of him I would be looking at the likes of
    Luke Wright
    Andrea Russell
    Who should I choose


  2. Hey mate, just a couple of questions.

    Who would you go for, Mosies Henriques or Dwayne Smith?

    Who in your opinion are the best bargin bowlers that will certainly play and score?



    1. Hi Michael,
      I’d choose Smith or Mozzy this season, because Smith will open the batting and is a classy, proven performer.
      The best cheap bowlers would be the Thunder pair of Cummins and Hauritz, Doug Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus, Xavier Doherty and Shaun Tait.


  3. Hi Josh,
    I have Luke Wright as my only A/R at the moment and am confused who to get. I am looking at Faulkner, Pollard and Kallis but there are many more options. Thoughts are appreciated. Cheers


    1. Hi Ben,
      Faulkner and Pollard are at the top of my list for sure. Both proven performers and both will both four overs each match. Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo are worth a look, but both are pricey. If you need a bit of value look at Johan Botha or Sean Abbott.


  4. HEAT Batting order will be (imo)

    Reardon would move up if Milenko was selected


  5. I dont think the renegades will play that many batsmen. If patto plays they will bat right down to 10. With that being said, o’brien will play ahead of a nevill. They have always played two spinners and cant see why that would change this season. Great article tho mate. Reckon your spot on with most teams…


    1. Hey Jason,

      Joel tore a quad late in October and had a time frame of 4 to 6 weeks on his injury. It’s possible that he won’t quite get up for the first round, I’d wait for some more news on this front in the next couple of days.


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