Welcome to the BBL fantasy preview for Round 5. And wow…what an amazing finish we had to the round with a last ball thriller between the Thunder and Stars followed by one of the biggest displays of power hitting you will ever witness on a cricket pitch. Yet again, the Big Bash League has been hit with #Lynnsanity.
In fantasy terms, it was a Round of highs and lows for coaches as the Brisbane Heat played out their double game round. Victorian all rounder Dan Christian bowled for the first time in BBL|06 and took a modest 5/14, behind only Lasith Malinga’s 6/7 for the best figures in BBL history. Tim Paine and rookie sensation D’Arcy Short continued in their merry ways at the top of the order and staked their claims for a spot in your side for the Canes DGW in Round 5.
Chris Lynn sent shock waves throughout the fantasy world with just 13 against the Sixers and rumours of a shoulder injury. In the same game, popular bowler Samuel Badree suffered a hamstring injury further plunging our sides into dissaray.
But, in typical #Lynnsanitty fashion, the captains curse was not to continue as Chris Lynn saved a great deal of fantasy teams with an absolutely jaw dropping 98 off 49 deliveries including 11 sixes against the Perth Scorchers at The Furnace no less.
The other major talking point to emerge out of Round 4 is another injury to a star international recruit of the competition. Last round it was Dwayne Bravo, now it’s Andre Russell who has also been ruled out of the tournament. As a replacement, the Thunder have brought in the West Indies World Cup hero Carlos Braithwaite promoting much excitement around BBL circles. Carlos comes at a price of $80,000 with DPP status so is certainly enticing. The Renegades are yet to reveal the idenity of their international recruit but are hopeful of him making an appearance at Saturday’s derby. If I were to take a guess, with James Pattinson also coming back into the lineup, I have a feeling the new recruit could be Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardena or former Perth Scorcher Michael Carberry. Both of whom played quite well in BBL|05 and would add much needed depth and exerpeince to the Gades batting lineup.
Round 5 Preview
Double: Melbourne Renegades, Hobart Hurricanes
Bye: Perth Scorchers, Brisbane Heat
Round 5 is set to be a tricky week for trades, unlike Round 3, two DGW’s are now accompanied by two byes limiting the options available for our trades. If we’ve learnt anything from Round 1 and Round 3, target players from the Renegades and the Hurricanes. The Renegades will play in every round from now on while the Hurricanes have a bye in Round 7, so approach any Canes pickups with caution.
James Pattinson is a chance to return on Saturday but is a highly risky selection given his injury history and price tag. Aaron Finch, Cameron White, Sunil Narine and Brad Hogg all generated high scores in the Gades last DGW and should definitely be at the top of your list for trade targets.
As for the Hurricanes, Tim Paine may be too expensive for most coaches to bring in but there are plenty of other options available. Opening batsmen D’Arcy Short comes with a small price tag and DPP status, George Bailey has shown great form, while Dan Christian and Stuart Broad showcased their selection credibility in Monday’s win over the Strikers; whom they will play again in the return fixture tonight.
When planning ahead, keep in mind that the Sixers and Thunder have the bye next, followed by the Hurricanes whose bye corresponds with the Stars DGW. So start thinking about Melbourne Stars to bring into your lineup while ensuring you have a keen eye on fallen premiums to add further value to your side. Another factor to also keep in mind (yes, this time of the tournament gets very confusing) is the upcoming One Day Series between Australia and Pakistan, be careful as to who might be called up for national selection. Below, I’ve listed a few players who I think are a chance at being called up to the One Day squad and whom you should monitor with caution.
ODI Squad Possibilities: Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades), George Bailey (Hobart Hurricanes), Travis Head (Adelaide Strikers), Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat), Mitchell Marsh (Perth Scorchers), Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars), James Faulkner (Melbourne Stars), Adam Zampa (Melbourne Stars) and Pat Cummins (Sydney Thunder).