Daniel Hughes – $73,300
Hughes had an impressive BBL|06 amassing 304 runs at an average of 43. He comes into this season in impressive form after a great JLT Cup and start to the Shield season. The left-hander should open the batting again for the Sixers and is a good option at $73K.
Jason Roy – $68,000
Roy returns to open the batting for the Sixers in the first half of the season. The Englishman is coming off some hot form in the PSL, NatWest t20 Blast and T20I series against South Africa. Roy can be very hit or miss due to his batting style/role which results in a $68K price tag. He is well worth considering though.
Nic Maddinson – $35,600
Highly talented New South Wales youngster Maddinson is priced cheaply once again after another poor BBL season last year. In the Sixers practice match against the Hurricanes last week Maddinson top scored with 49; illustrating his potential when he bats patiently and doesn’t throw his wicket away. A risky selection but if he can get back to his best he will skyrocket in value.
Peter Nevill – $30,000
Nevill moved back to the Sixers during the offseason this year. He comes in at a cheap price this year after only averaging 10 points per game in BBL|06. He doesn’t have the best record at T20 level with a batting average of only 13 at a strike rate just over 100 but he could still be a useful bench option given his job security.
Sean Abbott – $102,100
Abbott has emerged as a star T20 bowler for the Sixers with a total of 40 wickets over the past three BBL’s including a huge 20 wickets in BBL|06 alone! In Thursday’s practice match he put in a well-rounded effort with figures of 2/33 with the ball and 59 runs off 43 balls; showcasing his ability with the bat. Abbott will cost you a pretty penny, but he is a proven commodity at Big Bash level.
Moises Henriques – $55,500
The Sixers captain was affected by a persistent side strain last season which hindered his ability to bowl. This affected Henriques’ scoring and consequently he is priced at only $55K. He’s once again under an injury cloud after picking up a groin injury during a Shield match. Henriques will likely be unable to bowl for some time but he is a class act with the bat; evident by his record of over 600 runs at a strike rate of 130 in the past three BBL campaigns.
Jackson Bird – $31,200
Update: Bird won’t be released from the Australian team in time for the Sixers’ opening match against the Thunder on December 19th.
The seamer looks like a bargain at $31K after a disappointing BBL|06 in which he could only manage one wicket. If Bird can return to the form that saw him grab 13 and 8 wickets respectively in BBL|03 and BBL|04 he will be one of the cash cows of the tournament. In my opinion he’s too hard to ignore at that price.