Round Seven left many coaches in agony with plenty of poor scores from DGW players while others were overjoyed with big scores from the likes of Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Usman Khawaja, Hilton Cartwright and Cameron Bancroft.
Round Eight should see plenty of big scores with 3 DGW teams, however there are 3 teams with a bye because of this; which could bitter the mood.
Here’s a quick look at the Round Eight fixture.
The Hurricanes, Heat and Sixers all have a DGW this week and have plenty of great options to choose from. Meanwhile, the Renegades, Scorchers and Thunder have the bye.
Now here’s my Top 5 Captains for Round Eight.
1. D’Arcy Short – $122,600 – (BAT/BWL)
Short is arguably the most in-form batsman in Australia at the moment and has compiled a whopping 406 runs from his 6 matches this season with scores of 97, 96, 42 and 122* in his last four. Short faces off against the Heat in Hobart again with hopes of scoring another big ton; as well as the Strikers who he fell just short of a hundred against at Blundstone with 96 off 58 balls. There’s not much else to say about Short, he’s simply a must-have for the VC loophole this round.
2. Brendon McCullum – $73,400 (BAT)
Baz will head into the Heat’s reverse fixture against the ‘Canes extremely fired up after the controversial Alex Ross dismissal in the previous game. I’m expecting a huge game from the skipper in response, to lead the Heat to a crucial win. It helps that this game takes place at Blundstone Arena which has extremely small boundaries; and every Hurricanes bowler except Jofra Archer has an economy rate above 8.00 at the ground this season. If you’re confident Short will have a bad game, Baz is next in line for your VC loophole.
3. Jofra Archer – $98,700 (BAT/BWL)
Archer had a very poor DGW by his standards only managing a total of 74 from his two games. I think the Barbadian can turn his form around when his side return to Hobart where he’s taken 5 wickets at an economy rate under 6. The tall quick plays the Strikers in his second game who he took 3/15 against earlier this season. These are two vital games for the Hurricanes and hopefully Archer brings his A-game.
4. Joe Denly – $69,200 (BAT)
The English opener played an important role in the Sixers first win, with an important 43 run knock at the top of the innings. His recent form in T20 competitions suggests he can keep this up since he averaged 43 in the NatWest t20 Blast and 31 in the Bangladesh Premier League. For the Sixers sake I hope he can keep this up.
5. Moises Henriques – $53,800 (BAT/BWL)
Mozzie made his long-awaited return in the Sydney Smash on Saturday and like Denly played a significant role in the Sixers victory. The all-rounder claimed 2 scalps with the ball and had a handy knock of 18 with the bat to get his side over the line. With injury no longer hindering him, Mozzie’s scoring potential is huge. He could be a POD captain if your VC falters.
Some other options for captain who just missed the cut are Ben Cutting, Dan Christian and Carlos Brathwaite.
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!