Round 5 is done and dusted and it would have to fall into the category of relatively tricky rounds with several popular picks producing disappointing scores. In Round 1 and Round 3 stocking up on Sixers/Thunder players and Renegades/Scorchers players respectively payed dividends but Round 5 with the Renegades/Hurricanes painted a slightly different picture.
The carnage was unleashed early in the first game of the round with an epic collapse on behalf of the ‘Cane Train’. Losing the toss and batting first at the Adelaide Oval, the Cane train derailed spectacularly as the first 5 prized wickets fell before the team total passed 30 runs.
Tim Paine. Gone. D’Arcy Short. Gone. Kumar Sangakkara. Gone. George Bailey. Gone. And Dan Christian. Gone. I for one, managed to have all five of those players in my lineup as I’m sure would be the case for many coaches looking to maximise on the Hurricanes DGW.
Thankfully, most of us were able to amass relatively decent totals thanks to more familiar DGW scoring outputs from the likes of Aaron Finch, Sunil Narine and Co. However, if you were one who decided to go against the tide and managed to have players in the calibre of Stuart Broad, Jono Wells and Beau Webster in your side; well played. The carnage wasn’t just limited to the opening night in Adelaide, popular selections Marcus Harris and Kumar Sangakkara were both dropped on the back of poor form.
In better news, Round 5 is over and it’s time to look forward to round 6 with three trades to utilise. But the best way to describe our current predicament would be as a ‘minefield’. With byes to the Sixers and Thunder, injuries to key players and Australian ODI selection all key factors to consider.
Round 6 Preview
Bye: Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder
With no DGW teams in Round 6, there will be ample opportunity to diversify teams with trade targets and captain selections alike.
Round 5 also gave us an opportunity to take a good look at the Stars and possible trade targets with their DGW just around the corner. Australian trio Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner and Adam Zampa have all been called up for the ODI squad and must be traded out if owned.
However, the three ommissions puts more unique players into the spotlight. The likes of Rob Quiney, Luke Wright and Scott Boland now provide better value for money with more influential roles in the Stars outfit.
In case you are worried or confused about how the Stars will line up following three big omissions. Here is my predicted XI based on the squad picked to play the Strikers tonight:
Luke Wright, Rob Quiney, Kevin Pietersen, Peter Handscomb (WK), David Hussey (C), Marcus Stoinis, Evan Gulbis, Scott Boland, Ben Hilfenhaus, Cameron Gannon/Liam Bowe, Michael Beer, 12th man: Seb Gotch
As replacements for Sixers and Thunder players who have the bye, look to target the Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers who now have an uninterrupted run to the end of the season. However, this is where trading gets tricky. The announcement of the Australian ODI squad on Sunday shoved a spanner into the works of many sides. Overlook any players who have been named in the squad and your first priority therefore should also be to get rid of any ODI players you currently own.
The announcement of the One Day squad also brought good news for BBL coaches with two significant BBL batsmen overlooked and available to play for the entire duration of the Big Bash. Aaron Finch and George Bailey will be available for all BBL matches for the Renegades and Hurricanes respectively and both men will be eager to avenge their omissions so look out for some big scores.
[Australia’s 14-man ODI squad: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Mitch Marsh, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake.]
Bascially, here is the order of how trades should be prioritised heading into Round 6:
(i) Players called up to the Australian One Day squad/injured players (Chris Jordan, Samuel Badree)
(ii) Players from the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder who have a bye
(iii) Hobart Hurricanes whom you brought in for Round 5, as their bye is next round
(i) Melbourne Stars for their DGW in Round 7 (Wright, Quincy, KP, Handscomb, Boland, Beer etc)
(ii) Players from: Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers who have an uninterrupted run and to diversify your lineup
(iii) Any other potential trade targets you may have including returning national test players and under priced premiums
Lastly make sure you stay up-to-date with all injuries and selection news from all the BBL clubs. Chris Jordan has suffered a hamstring injury and has now been replaced by New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi at the Strikers, Dwayne Bravo has been replaced by Sri Lankan all rounder Thisara Perera at the Renegades and Samuel Badree has been replaced by English quick Tymal Mills and the ladder leading Brisbane Heat.
As always, feel free to leave any questions below or find me on Twitter. Good luck!