Hello to all and welcome to another edition of Clayto’s Captain’s. Round Two was a tumultuous round with some very high scores and some major disappointments. Round Three though looks as though it will be a high scoring round with two teams with a double game round along with no byes from any teams. Now let’s have a look at the fixture.
This is the Renegades first double of a tricky schedule which goes bye, double, bye, double making it hard to load up on Renegades. However I believe there are 3 main Renegades to target if you can get them all Aaron Finch, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine. The Scorchers also have the double and they have no byes so it is safe to load up on them and if you have been planning ahead you would’ve stocked up on some last round.
Now let’s move on to the top 5 options for Round 3.
1. Dwayne Bravo – This was a very tough choice between Bravo and Finch but I’ve gone Bravo because of his bowling potential. Bravo will bowl 4 overs in both games and because of the number of change-ups he has in his arsenal he has a great chance of grabbing some wickets along with some economy rate bonus points and he has shown us numerous times in the past he can do it consistently. And despite batting low at 5 he should bat most games because he can clear the rope opening up the chance of quick-fire runs with a strike rate bonus too.
2. Aaron Finch – The Renegades opener is destructive when he gets going and he showed that with his opening game performance of 63 off 37 which proved to be a match-winning performance. Finch also fields in the “hot-spots” which gives him ample opportunities to add to his total through catches. Finch has an incredible record at Etihad Stadium too which is where his opening game of the round takes place against the Scorchers. It’s a real 50/50 call between him and Bravo but I do worry about Willey swinging the ball back into him. His second game under the bright lights in the Melbourne Derby though is where I expect him to relish under the pressure considering how Tim Paine and George Bailey faired against the Stars bowling attack.
3. David Willey – Willey had a disappointing second round but he has a double game to bounce back. Willey is usually a consistent performer with the ball and although the Renegades will be tough for him I think he could feast on the Thunder’s fragile batting order. His batting however remains a question mark because he’s been moved all around the order so I’m not sure where he will bat but he generally gets a chance to come in if they need quick runs so hopefully he can capitalize on that chance this round.
4. Shaun Marsh – Despite getting dismissed cheaply in the Scorchers opening game Marsh looked in mighty fine touch and it also caused his price to drop down to 76K. And given his form he should be able hold off both attacks. The big question mark over him though is the availability for the New Year’s Day clash against the Thunder. He could be called back into the Test side in place of Nic Maddinson which makes him a risky choice in my opinion.
5. Sunil Narine – Narine started out his BBL campaign in fine fashion amassing 67 points. He also proved in that game he was a handy lower order bat. His bowling was attacked in that game however which could happen again as he faces two strong batting lineups. He is one of the worlds best T20 bowlers so he should be able to overcome that. An alternative option to him could be Brad Hogg.
That wraps up another edition of Clayto’s Captain’s some names who missed the list but are still worthy of captaincy are Mitch Marsh, Ian Bell and Michael Klinger to name a few. Let me know in the comments who your captain is.