If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you are planning on playing BBL Fantasy for the upcoming season. With the two footy codes’ seasons coming to an end, it’s never too early to start pre season planning. So here are some players you should have on your radar for Fantasy Big Bash in BBL 05.
Brendon McCullum – Brisbane Heat
I am going to say it right now: McCullum is a must have in your lineup. His extremely powerful hitting at the start of an innings is exactly what you want for a batter. Not only does McCullum belt the ball out of the park, unlike many other players, he can stay in for a while and continue doing this. His keeping brings another dimension to the table with McCullum too. With the Heat’s only other wicket keeper right now being Jimmy Pierson, I think McCullum will don the gloves this season.
Chris Gayle – Melbourne Renegades
Being a big Renegades fan myself, not only am I happy we signed him, I am also happy that we can now choose him in our fantasy sides. Everyone knows how destructive he can be in T20 games, I’m guessing he will be just as destructive in the BBL. We saw in the World Cup that he has no trouble playing on our grounds with some absolute monster scores. The only question is how he will fair at Etihad Stadium? There’s also a slim chance he may get a few overs during the tournament as at Etihad, spinners are very handy.
Aaron Finch – Melbourne Renegades
Gayle’s partner in crime for BBL 05 will be Aaron Finch. Gayle’s arrival will help Finch out a lot as he won’t have to do all the hard hitting and he can anchor the team more. The anchor of the opening pair traditionally goes better in the fantasy game as they get to spend more time at the crease scoring more runs. I am backing Finch in to recover from a below par BBL 04 and get back to his previous BBL form that we have become very used to over the years.
Kumar Sangakkara – Hobart Hurricanes
I truly wish this man did not retire. The more I see of him the better he seems to get. Expect him to be the mainstay of the Hurricanes innings while the likes of Ben Dunk will be slogging it around. Sangakkara is someone who to be honest I am not sold on yet, especially if he is not opening. If he is only selectable as a wicketkeeper then I don’t think he should be chosen over the likes of McCullum. But if he is a batsman, then I can see why you would pick him because he is destructive when he gets going.
Usman Khawaja – Sydney Thunder
Would have been one of my first picked players last season had he not got injured. He will more then likely open with Kallis. In last year’s Matador Cup he was scoring runs for fun and never looked like going out which is exactly what you want from a batsman. It’s also important to note he will be at somewhat of a discounted price due to him missing BBL 04. I highly recommend to snap him up if he has a strong pre season.
Marcus Stoinis – Melbourne Stars
Similar to Khawaja in that he also missed BBL 04, Stoinis will also be at a low price, most likely rookie price. With his recent Australian selection, if he stays fit he is guaranteed a starting spot in the Stars lineup. He will more than likely finish the innings off but has the potential to bat higher up the order, which if so he is a must have. Stoinis should chip in with a few overs. With the loss of Luke Feldman and Jackson Bird, they will be looking to bowl more of their allrounders. Another upside is that later on in the season he will be required to do even more with a solid chunk of the Stars squad having international duties like they seem to do every year.
James Pattinson – Melbourne Renegades
Dominated the BBL last year and I expect him to do the same this year bearing his potential international duties. He bowls heat and can swing it late, a deadly force in all formats of the game especially T20 cricket. May have a hefty price tag but you know what you’re going to get from him; wickets and a good economy. Fantasy gold.
Samuel Badree – Brisbane Heat
There’s a reason why he’s the No.1 T20 bowler in the world. Not only does he get wickets, he keeps it tidy. He also has some nifty tricks up his sleeve which wreak havoc among international batsmen so it doesn’t take a genius to work out what’s going to happen to less experienced batsmen. Was going to play last year but pulled out with injury. Expecting him to have a huge BBL in a side that has made a lot of improvements.
Jackson Bird – Sydney Sixers
Had an incredible BBL 03, which he followed up with a solid BBL 04. He has now moved north to the Sixers in a move that could bring back the form of BBL 03. Known wicket taker and doesn’t always bowl in the batting powerplay which is important for is economy rate. If he gets his old form back he is a lock for this BBL.