BBL|07 Preview: Sydney Thunder

The Sydney Thunder has named its squad for the opening match against the Sixers. See it by clicking here.

BATSMEN

PREMIUM
Shane Watson $100,100
Watto has been all around the world since the last BBL, going to Pakistan, India and the West Indies to play in T20 tournaments. He’s priced very highly because of the seven wickets he took last time around, but it remains to be seen if Watto will bowl a lot this year. If he does, he’ll be worth the price.

MID-PRICE
Kurtis Patterson $50,100
Patterson had a fruitful BBL|06 at the top of the order, passing 20 on five occasions. Nicely priced if you want a reliable, top-order bat.

ROOKIE
Ryan Gibson $30,000
Gibson played five matches last season including the opening game of the tournament (against the Sixers), where he scored 53 off 43. For that reason I think he’ll get the nod in game one.

WICKET-KEEPER

Jos Buttler $82,000
The English blaster is a hugely talented wicket-keeper batsman and you might remember him for a few games he played at the Renegades. At the T20 Blast in England over winter, he scored at least 30 runs in nine of his 18 innings. He’ll be deployed in the top four and might even take a few catches too.

BOWLERS

PREMIUM
Chris Green $70,000
The only remaining premium priced player is the off-spinning all-rounder Chris Green. He always manages to pick up handy wickets but bats too low to expect any decent contributions with the willow.

MID-PRICE
Mitchell McClenaghan $65,000
We welcome the big Kiwi quick to the BBL for the first time and I’m really excited to see what he can offer. Took the fourth most wickets at the IPL last year and the fifth most the year before, so the Mumbai Indians have benefited greatly from his presence. He’s even been used on the odd-occasion as a pinch hitter, so he’s capable of slogging a few as well.

ROOKIE
Nathan McAndrew/Andrew Fekete
At the time of writing, neither are in the fantasy game yet, but once they’re added, I imagine there will be value there. Both a good chance to play against the Sixers. McAndrew’s played two games for the Thunder in the past whereas Fekete has represented the Renegades and the Heat.


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