Given the footy seasons were still going when it fired up, and the Test in the UAE has begun before it’s wrapped up, it’s very possible you haven’t paid much attention to the JLT Cup.
Australia’s domestic one-day competition has provided some great early-season insights into the players we might be picking in our BBL Fantasy sides.
I’ve watched a lot of the series (too much, to be honest), and I’ve jotted down some notes for you to consider as our BBL Fantasy preparation ramps up. Tasmania and Victoria will be updated after the final on Wednesday.
Most runs: Jack Edwards 273, Moises Henriques 256
Most wickets: Sean Abbott 12, Daniel Sams 9
The teenager Jack Edwards is certainly the story for the Blues’ campaign, becoming the youngest player ever to score a century in an Australian domestic one-dayer. Daniel Sams also impressed – the Thunder recruit scored two 50s from No.7 and took nine wickets.
Most runs: Chris Lynn 452, Sam Heazlett 380
Most wickets: Mark Steketee 14, Billy Stanlake 9
Chris Lynn was on another level at times this tournament, with his strike rate of 117 proving how easy the runs came for him. I’d be surprised if we don’t see the 19-year-old Max Bryant (237 runs, 144 strike rate) during the BBL – the young opener is such a clean striker of the ball. The reliable Mark Steketee had an excellent campaign and at 24 years old, he’s ready to go to the next level.
Most runs: Callum Ferguson 328, Jake Weatherald 261
Most wickets: Adam Zampa 12, Kane Richardson 8
Callum Ferguson was the standout with two centuries, and Jake Weatherald and Tom Cooper also reached three figures once each. Alex Carey started the series as SA’s opener but found the going tough and was demoted down the order. Adam Zampa will again be a safe selection in BBL Fantasy, and he was the Redbacks’ best and most consistent bowler in the JLT Cup.
Most runs: Ben McDermott 427, Jordan Silk 211
Most wickets: Gurinder Sandhu 18, Clive Rose, Riley Meredith and Tom Rogers 9
Ben McDermott and Gurinder Sandhu were absolutely brilliant during the JLT Cup, and will have to be considered for your side. Sandhu has struggled in BBL in the past, but his move to Tasmania has done him wonders. George Bailey seems to be slipping further down the order so will have be ignored, but both Tom Rogers and Riley Meredith showed enough to suggest they can make an impact at BBL level, and both should be cheap too.
Most runs: Peter Handscomb 361, Cameron White 332
Most wickets: Jackson Coleman 10, Chris Tremain 9
Peter Handscomb could be a superstar, but the uncertainty around his batting position makes it hard to pick him. His JLT Cup strike rate was good, he’s capable of this, and if he was a lock for the top three he’d be a great pick because of his cheap price. Cameron White keeps getting better with age and will be a good pick once again. Nic Maddinson scored two 50s for the Vics but struggled otherwise, although he will likely open for the Stars. Jackson Coleman swings the ball but I have my fantasy doubts on the left-armer.
Most runs: D’Arcy Short 404, Josh Phillipe 236
Most wickets: Andrew Tye 18, Nathan Coulter-Nile 9
The Warriors only lost one game in the JLT Cup, to Victoria in the knock-outs. A majority of D’Arcy Short’s runs came in his mammoth 257, but he looked in good touch in the other matches. When Marcus Stoinis batted he was at his brilliant best, but contributed less with the ball than normal. Andrew Tye is a genuine gun and should be one of your first picked.
For a complete (non-fantasy) review of the JLT Cup, head to googly.com.au.