The Adelaide Strikers won their first Big Bash with a commanding victory over the Hobart Hurricanes in BBL|07. Unsurprisingly, they’ve got a lot of attractive fantasy options for us once again.
The prices below are indicative for SuperCoach BBL.
Travis Head – $207,500
Travis Head will be playing Test cricket, so Alex Carey (see below) is the other premium batsman in Adelaide’s squad.
Head had a terrific BBL|07: he captained his side to the title, he scored the fourth most runs in the competition (374) including three 50s in nine games and finished with the best average at the Strikers.
Head also chipped in with four wickets and four catches in a terrific campaign.
Colin Ingram – $105,800
The South Africa’s BBL|07 was inconsistent, he only scored over 25 three times. But when he did, he was very damaging, belting 66 (44), 48 (31) and 68 (31).
He has since played in the Pakistan Super League, England’s Vitality Blast, the Caribbean Premier League and the Afghanistan Premier League.
If Head is unavailable, Ingram will be the captain and will be a good selection as he’ll bat at No.3.
Jon Wells – $62,500
Jake Lehmann (also $62,500) would seem like a solid option here, but as long as the Strikers continue to play him as finisher, he just won’t have any value.
Wells is likely to find himself in the middle order as well but all last season he was No.5 and Lehman a spot lower.
Has scored five 50s in T20 cricket and is important to the Strikers’ success, but I wouldn’t be picking him to be a starter in BBL fantasy.
Alex Carey – $199,600 – BAT/WKP
Only D’Arcy Short scored more runs than Carey’s 443 in what was a breakout tournament for the keeper-batsman.
He’s price is steep but it’s for good reason, he was utterly brilliant last year with a hundred, two 50s and a strike rate of 142.
The Strikers have a double round in round two so you’ll definitely want to have him in by then – could you go without him in the first round?
Rashid Khan – $198,800
Just pick him. Most batsmen in the BBL can’t pick his bowling, so you should!
Most wickets in the tournament last year (18), an awesome average (13.8), an amazing economy (5.7) and he’s been doing it for fun all year in the various T20 competitions.
It’s the easiest selection of the whole game. Check out Schon’s in-depth Rashid analysis
Ben Laughlin – $136,000
Laughlin, who is now 36, is a very safe bet at only $136,000.
While his teammate Billy Stanlake is priced around the same mark, I believe you’ll get a much more consistent output from Benny.
He always bowls the death overs, and took 16 wickets to Stanlake’s 11 last year.
Also holds the record for matches played (62) and wickets taken (85) in all BBL cricket.
Liam O’Connor – $62,500
While the bowlers look pretty settled for the Strikers, Liam O’Connor might play a game or two depending on the wickets.
Adelaide’s second spinner behind Rashid, given Michael Neser’s spot in the team, another leg-spinning option might be preferred for some games.
Played seven games in BBL|06 and impressed with his demeanour.
He only managed the single game in BBL|07 which was the final (Rashid Khan was unavailable), but finished with the very respectable figures of 0-27 from four overs.
Schon’s round one prediction (last updated on December 15):
1. Alex Carey (wk)
2. Jake Weatherald
3. Colin Ingram (capt)
4. Matt Short
5. Jon Wells
6. Jake Lehmann
7. Michael Neser
8. Rashid Khan
9. Peter Siddle
10. Ben Laughlin
11. Billy Stanlake
Unavailable: Travis Head (Test team)