Picking the starting sides for each BBL is one of the most challenging but enjoyable aspects of Fantasy BBL each year. But, I’ve done the research and taken a few educated guesses to give you the best indication of how the sides will shape up.
3. Ingram (o/s)
4. Head (c)
6. Carey (wk)
9. Rashid Khan (o/s)
Remaining squad: Wes Agar, Wells, O’Connor, Winter, Grant, Cormack, Drew
Click here for Strikers Preview: Adelaide experimented with Dean opening in the warm-up games and that looks like the best bet, unless Carey gets a crack at the top. Ingram, Head and Lehmann are locks in the middle order, and the fast bowling cartel of Neser, Siddle, Laughlin, Stanlake looks really strong. I’ve got high hopes for young Rashid Khan too.
1. McCullum (c) (o/s)
2. Peirson (wk)
11. Shadab Khan (o/s)
Remaining squad: Gannon, Yasir Shah (replacement), Labuschagne, Floros, Lalor, Renshaw, Prestwidge, Bryant, Valente
Click here for Heat Preview: Batting will again be the Heat’s strong point, with the likes of McCullum, Lynn and Cutting among the best six-hitters out there. But where does Cutting bat? Who’s their sixth bowler? Plenty of questions surround the make-up for No.6 and below. The spin duo of Swepson and Shadab is really exciting though.
View the Heat round one squad by clicking here.
3. Bailey (c)
4. Wade (wk)
7. Archer (o/s)
11. Mills (o/s)
Remaining squad: Paine, Kingston, Reed, Rainbird, Moody, Reardon, Rogers
Click here for Hurricanes Preview: Doolan looks like getting first crack at opening with Short in Paine’s Test absence, good news for fantasy owners. International Jofra Archer is a good No.7, and with Milenko and Boyce, they bat deep. They’ll go in with two spinners because Christian and Archer both bowl pace.
1. Finch (c)
4. Ludeman (wk)
7. Bravo (o/s)
8. Nabi (o/s)
Remaining squad: Holland, Mennie, Pattinson, Wildermuth, Pollard (replacement), Webster, Short, Walker, Sutherland
Click here for the Renegades Preview: A very hard line-up to predict, probably the toughest. No room for Holland, Patto (injury), Wildermuth or Webster? It’s great depth to have. Ludeman’s position is an interesting one, because the top three look set and it would be a mistake to have him too low.
1. Dunk (wk)
2. Wright (o/s)
3. Pietersen (o/s)
8. Hastings (c)
Remaining squad: Hilfenhaus, Handscomb, Worrall, Gulbis, Quiney, Harper, Coleman, Bowe
Click here for Stars preview: Apparently Handscomb won’t be available for selection for the first few matches, meaning Quiney, Stoinis and Faulkner close out the middle order. Hilfy might get a gig over Boland and Worrall, but the three of them are very close. Pietersen will likely go home over Christmas once again as well.
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3. Voges (c)
6. Inglis (wk)
7. Tim David
8. Willey (o/s)
Remaining squad: Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Bancroft, Benhrendorff, Coulter-Nile, Paris, Whiteman, Cameron Green
Click here for Scorchers Preview: Another tough one to pick. Who opens with Klinger? I’d go with Cartwright because of Whiteman’s injury and the Test boys national duties. Turner is a quality bat and deserves a go higher up the order, and Inglis has been included but he’s the only remaining quality batsman in the squad. Coulter-Nile’s injuries look like keeping him out for a bit too, unfortunately.
1. Roy (o/s)
3. Henriques (c)
5. Billings (o/s)
6. Nevill (wk)
Remaining squad: Starc, Lyon, Thornton, Silk, Sams, Bird, Jack Edwards
Click here for the Sixers Preview: Fewer international players on the Sixers’ squad this season is a relief for selection, and the top six looks very strong. No room for Silk, who’s back in form, but the ever-reliable Botha at No.7. The bowling looks weaker than usual, but Lyon will slot in once the Tests are done and Mickey Edwards is an option to spice things up later in the comp.
Update: Bird will not be released for BBL with Starc’s bruised heel injury cloud (foxsports.com.au)
View the Sixers’ squad for round one by clicking here.
3. Buttler (wk) (o/s)
7. Chris Green
8. McClenaghan (o/s)
Remaining squad: Khawaja, Nair, Blizzard, Gibson, Hatcher, McKay, Sandhu, Cummins
Click here for the Thunder Preview: The Thunder obviously look weaker when Khawaja’s not in the top order, so for the first bit of the tournament, Patterson and Watson (maybe!) will be facing the new rock. Buttler is a very destructive hitter and I’m really looking forward to watching McClenaghan make his BBL debut.
View the Thunder squad for round one by clicking here.