BBL|07 Clayto’s Captains – Round Six

This Round’s edition of Clayto’s Captains is going to be fairly different as it has been requested that I explain how the ODI Series will affect the BBL and its players. Therefore, what I will do is start by explaining the ODI’s effect on the BBL; then I will move on to the captaincy options for Round 6 like usual.

So, as most of you are probably aware the ODI Series between Australia and England begins on the 14th of January and runs through until the 28th of January. This means that any BBL players selected will be unavailable for quite some time.

From my knowledge the Australian camp convenes on the 10th of January so any players in the Australian ODI squad will be unavailable from the 10th onwards except Chris Lynn who’s allowed to play for the Heat on the 10th against the Hurricanes. However, it’s been reported Lynn is out for 3 weeks with a calf injury so it’s highly unlikely he will play that game; and I’d expect either Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell or Usman Khawaja to replace him in the side.

Put simply this is the last round for all players from Australia and England selected in the ODI’s such as Aaron Finch and Travis Head. From Round 7 onwards these players will be replaced with players from the Test side and replacement internationals such as Nathan Lyon and Carlos Brathwaite.

Here’s a list of all the incoming and outgoing players:

Incoming

Outgoing

Nathan Lyon

Aaron Finch

Usman Khawaja

Chris Lynn

Shaun Marsh

Andrew Tye

Cameron Bancroft

Travis Head

Joe Denly

Marcus Stoinis

Carlos Brathwaite

Jhye Richardson
James Vince

Adam Zampa

Jackson Bird

Jos Buttler

Tim Bresnan

David Willey

Jason Roy

Sam Billings

Now that I finished my explanation of the ODI’s, I’ll quickly discuss the Round 6 fixture and then move onto my Top 5 captains for this round.


This round the Hurricanes have the double and fortunately none of their players are in the ODI side, so they’ll be available the entire round. Meanwhile the Thunder have the bye but hold them if you can because they have another double next round.

Now for the Top 5 Captains for Round Six:

1. D’Arcy Short – $96,300 (BAT/BWL)
The powerful opener has fell just short of a hundred in his last two outings with scores of 97 and 96 at strike rates well over 150. One of Short’s games this week is against the bottom of the table Sixers who he scored 61 off 29 against last season. Short’s in ripping form and should punish a weak Sixers outfit again. Given he’s had fantasy scores of 145 and 138 in his last two he’s well and truly earnt the number 1 spot this week.

2. Jofra Archer – $102,300 (BAT/BWL)
The Barbadian quick has been one of the most consistent BBL Fantasy players this season; only dropping below 85 once. Jofra should be able to rip through a poor Sixers batting attack and score well in the Hurricanes first game this round. What interests me is how Archer will go against a powerful batting unit like the Heat with names like Baz McCullum, Ben Cutting and Joe Burns. He’s still a terrific option though and practically neck and neck with Short for the #1 spot.

3. David Willey – $93,300 (BAT/BWL)
Willey plays his final game for the Scorchers this season against the Renegades at the WACA. The English all-rounder performed well against the Gades earlier this season, smashing a quick-fire 31 off 21 with the bat and had figures of 1/12 off 2 overs with the ball. He’s a great option if your Hurricanes VC fails.

4. Rashid Khan – $98,500 (BWL)
The Afghani leg-spinner was terrific last round scoring a whopping 170 in the Strikers final double game week. Khan has been the epitome of consistency for coaches this season; grabbing two wickets in every single game and never going at an economy rate above 6. Khan will perform well again and is one to look at again.

5. Dwayne Bravo – $113,400 (BAT/BWL)
Bravo registered his worst score of the year in the Melbourne Derby which was still a solid 43. The New Big Dog comes up against the Scorchers again who he scored 66 against in the reverse fixture at Etihad. Bravo should get back to his best this round for the Renegades in an important match at The Furnace.

Two smokey options from the Canes are Matthew Wade and Dan Christian. Both have the potential to go huge on their day.

As always, I hope you enjoyed the article and if you have any queries or questions about your teams feel free to leave a comment below and I will try get back to you as soon as I can or you can send me a tweet on Twitter.

Good luck coaches!


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