Round Six was either good or bad for coaches depending on whether you captained Hurricanes master blaster D’Arcy Short; who scored a huge 252 points on the back off a record breaking BBL knock of 122 not out!
This was the second round in a row that the #1 option on Clayto’s Captains went big, so I hope I can keep this streak going.
Round Seven is the first ODI affected game-week so plenty of coaches will be scrambling to fill holes in their teams. Therefore, it is imperative to nail your captain this week to try gain an edge.
Let’s have a quick look at the fixture for Round Seven.
This round is noticeably quite tricky because although two teams have a double (Scorchers and Thunder), there is also two teams with a bye (Hurricanes and Heat). I would usually recommend trading these players with the bye, but they have a double next week so stash them on your bench if you can. Likewise, I wouldn’t advise “loading up” on Scorchers and Thunder players since both teams have the bye next round.
Anyways here’s my Top 5 Captains for Round Seven.
1. Usman Khawaja – $113,600 (BAT)
Uzzy is coming into the Big Bash on the back of a superb knock of 171 in the Sydney Test against England. The last time Khawaja played in the Big Bash (back in BBL|05) he led the Thunder to the title with big scores of 109*, 62, 104* and 70. To further emphasize how good Uzzy is, he has a career average above 50 in the BBL. He comes at a hefty price tag but is worth every cent. It also helps that he’s got another match at the SCG against the Sixers.
2. Shane Watson – $96,700 (BAT/BWL)
The Thunder captain had a down week against a strong Strikers attack only registering 16 in Round Five. But Watto comes up against an undermanned Scorchers bowling lineup who have lost David Willey, Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye to ODI duties and the out of form Sixers who he scored 77 against in the opening game of BBL|07. Watto is your best bet if you can’t afford Uzzy.
3. Mitchell Johnson – $97,800 (BWL)
MJ has proven that his best years aren’t behind him in BBL|07 regularly clocking speeds above 140km/h, making life difficult for batsmen. Johnson has already got 7 wickets this season at a career best economy rate of 5.60. A lot of responsibility will lie on Johnson’s shoulders for the rest of this campaign and I think it will drive him to perform even better.
4. Ashton Agar – $92,900 (BWL)
Agar has been one of the hidden gems this season averaging almost 70 with a low score of only 50. Despite this, only 9% own the West Aussie making him a potential POD as captain this week. Agar has only played the Thunder twice in his career but both times he fired with the bat registering scores of 68 and 31 against them. He has a great record against the Strikers too, claiming 5 wickets at an economy rate below 8. Agar is your best bet for a POD captain.
5. James Vince – $51,700 (BAT)
The Englishman comes to the Thunder after a disappointing Ashes series in which he showed glimpses of his potential, but ultimately failed to reach that big score. But the BBL should provide a release for Vince allowing him to play freely without the added pressures of an away Ashes Series. The last T20 tournament Vince played in was the NatWest t20 Blast and he was superb for the Hampshire Royals averaging almost 40 with the bat and striking it at 158. Vince will either open or slot in at #4 for the Thunder which makes him another POD option to look at.
Two other options who just missed the cut are Mitchell McClenaghan and Ashton Turner.
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!