BBL|06 Predicted XIs – Version 1

After a successful go guessing the starting XIs of the teams last year, I thought I’d give it another go.
Of course, there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge between now and December 20, when the BBL kicks off, so I’ll have an updated version delivered to you shortly.

1. Dunk
2. Ludeman (wk)
3. Head
4. Hodge (c)
5. Lehmann
6. Pollard
7. Neser
8. Jordan
9. Richardson
10. Laughlin
11. Holland

Other players: Simmons, Smith, Dean, Stanlake, Weatherald, Carey, Agar

The Adelaide line-up is a tough one to pick, espescially considering two of their most important players Simmons and Ludeman, haven’t played much cricket this year. Neser at 7 brings good balance and allows Pollard to go higher up the order, and depending on the situation, he could drift even higher.

1. McCullum
2. Burns
3. Lynn (c)
4. Reardon
5. Ross
6. Cutting
7. Peirson (wk)
8. Floros
9. Fekete
10. Steketee
11. Badree

Other players: Swepson, Doolan, Labuschagne, Feldman, Heazlett, Wildermuth, Lalor

There aren’t a lot of quality pace options for the Heat, but their slow bowlers in Floros, Badree and possibly Swepson will be the key for Brisbane this season. The top 6 is impressive though; they can all go big when required.

1. Paine
2. Christian
3. Sangakkara
4. Bailey (c)
5. Wells
6. McDermott (wk)
7. Milenko
8. Broad
9. Rose
10. Boyce
11. Reed

Other players: Kingston, Rainbird, Tait, Michael, Webster, Bazley, Short

Who opens with Tim Paine? It could be Michael, it could be McDermott. But at this stage I think it makes most sense to open with Dan Christian, who has done it before for the Bushrangers. Pace bowlers are all jostling for a few spots: Broad seems the only lock ahead of Tait, Reed, Rainbird, Milenko and Kingston. There is still one spot Hobart’s roster to fill.

1. Klinger
2. Bell
3. Voges (c)
4. Marsh, M
5. Bancroft (wk)
6. Turner
7. Agar
8. Willey
9. Johnson
10. Tye
11. Paris

Other players: Whiteman, Cartwright, Coulter-Nile, Marsh S, Muirhead, Behrendorff, Richardson

Bell opens for this county side Warwickshire in limited overs games, and I expect Langer to offer him the same opportunity here. Bancroft will probably take the gloves once again as he offers more with the bat than Whiteman. Turner and Agar are the spin options, and then there’s five very good pace options. Looks like Behrendorff will miss the start of the BBL at least, as will Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Melbourne Stars
1. Wright
2. Stoinis
3. Pietersen
4. Maxwell
5. Hussey (c)
6. Faulkner
7. Triffitt (wk)
8. Hastings
9. Zampa
10. Boland
11. Beer

Other players: Gotch, Gulbis, Handscomb, Harper, Hilfenhaus, Quiney, Worrall

Incredibly, the Stars are unchanged from last season. Handscomb might be a notable omission this season due to Australian duties, but it means that Triffitt gets a chance, and he’s been impressive when he’s played. Lots of competition in the bowling department mean that probably only Hastings and Zampa are locks there.

Melbourne Renegades
1. Finch (c)
2. White
3. Harris
4. Ferguson
5. Beaton
6. Bravo
7. Nevill (wk)
8. Rimmington
9. Hogg
10. Narine
11. Tremain

Other players: Cooper, Doherty, Pattinson, Siddle, Wade, Walker, Winter

There are a few moving parts in the Renegades’ line-up that are still yet to be settled. Will James Pattinson be available? Will they go with two spinners? Does White retain his successful opening position? Getting the balance right is difficult too, because they are short of good all-rounders, with the exception of Bravo. Don’t want to rely on Finch as the sixth bowler.

Sydney Sixers
1. Roy
2. Haddin (wk)
3. Maddinson
4. Henriques (c)
5. Billings
6. Silk
7. Botha
8. Abbott
9. O’Keefe
10. Mennie
11. Bollinger

Other players: Starc, Hazlewood, Bird, Carters, Dwarshuis, Hughes, Lyon

So many Test players in their squad makes picking the starting XI pretty straight forward. Billings had a pretty good IPL in the middle order and Roy is a blaster from the start. Botha qualifies as a local player and he along with Henriques gives the team a great balance.

Sydney Thunder
1. Patterson
2. Blizzard
3. Morgan (c)
4. Russell
5. Gibson
6. Rohrer
7. Hartley (wk)
8. Green
9. McKay
10. Cummins
11. Ahmed

Other players: Khawaja, Sandhu, McDermott, Nair, McAndrew, Watson (c), Doran

It’s a different-looking side to the Thunder team that took the title last season, starting with no Hussey or Kallis and Khawaja unlikely to play much. But most of the team is the same, with Russell’s availability still pending. They’ve still got a few spots on their list to fill, so it will be interesting to see who gets drafted in.

10 thoughts on “BBL|06 Predicted XIs – Version 1

    1. McKay & Maddy.
      coz McKay will bowl full quota of 4ovrs most of times. Pollard might bowl 1 or 2 & less batting chances.
      Both Maddy & Roy are same.


  1. Pretty similar to mine Josh 🙂

    Simmons, Dunk, Head, Hodge(C), Ludeman(WK), Lehmann, Pollard, Rashid, Richardson, Laughlin, Holland

    McCullum, Burns, Lynn(C), Reardon, Ross, Peirson(WK), Cutting, Floros, Lalor, Badree, Feldman

    Paine(WK), Wells, Sangakarra, Bailey(C), Christian , McDermott, Milenko , Broad, Boyce, Rose, Tait

    Finch(C), Harris, White, Ferguson, Bravo, Cooper, Nevill(WK), Pattinson, Tremain , Narine, Hogg

    Wright, Stoinis, Pietersen , Maxwell, Hussey(C), Faulkner, Triffitt(WK), Hastings, Zampa , Boland, Worrall

    S Marsh, Klinger, Bell , Voges(C), Bancroft(WK), M Marsh, Agar, Willey, Coulter-Nile, Johnson , Behrendorff

    Roy, Maddinson, Haddin(WK), Henriques(C), Billings, Silk, Botha , Abbott, O’Keefe, Mennie, Bollinger

    Watson(C), Blizzard, Morgan, Patterson, Rohrer, Russell, Doran(WK), Cummins, McKay, Sandhu, Ahmed


  2. Can someone tell me how my team looks please?

    Bats: Head, Christian, Morgan, Abbot, Burns, White, Sangakkara.
    Wkt: Haddin, Dunk
    Bwls: Watson, Johnson, O’Keefe, M.Marsh, Floros, Hogg, Wright


    1. Hey Jesse, Looks pretty strong. No injured players and a good selection of internationals. Not sure Sean Abbott will be a strong scorer, but his double round first up means he’s probably worth hanging onto.


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