Fantasy Preview BBL|08 – Hobart Hurricanes

After just missing out in BBL07 losing to the Adelaide Strikers in the Final, The Hobart Hurricanes will be looking to take the extra step in BBL08 and lift up championship trophy. Lets take a look at the relevant SuperCoach options the Hurricanes present for this upcoming season.

The prices below are indicative for SuperCoach BBL.

BATSMEN

PREMIUM

D’Arcy Short – $258,900 – BAT/BWL

D’Arcy Short tore BBL07 to pieces averaging a whopping 95.6 SuperCoach points per game, hence his hefty price tag. Short took just the three wickets throughout the tournament but his points came from his average of 52 runs per game from his eleven outings which included big scores of 122, 97, 96, 68 and 59. Short hasn’t been in the best of form lately which is concerning considering he has such an expensive starting price in the SuperCoach format. In Short’s last seven T20I outings playing for Australia against Pakistan, South Africa and India respectively. Short has only managed 33 runs as his highest score, scoring 4, 2, 10, 0, 7 and 14 in his other six games. Based on his form and the expensive price Short comes at it could be better off to wait until his DGW in round three, as a trade in target at a likely cheaper price.

MID-PRICE

Matthew Wade – $106,900 – BAT/WKP

An experienced campaigner, Matthew Wade has been in good form for his state side Tasmania over the past few months. With Tim Paine out, Wade is more than likely to take the keeping gloves over teammate McDermott and is a strong chance to open the batting as well. If Wade opens in addition to taking the gloves he could provide huge value. Last season Wade opened the batting three times for the Hurricanes. In those three games he averaged an impressive 40 runs with the bat off the back of his three scores 17, 31 and 71. When Wade didn’t open the batting however, it was a different story as he averaged just 16 runs with the bat, hence is low price.

With Paine out of the side it’s not the worst idea to select Wade and could be a risk with the potential to pay off big time, especially if he is to open the batting.

See the Hurricanes’ fixture in detail in the BBL|08 fixture analysis

ROOKIE

Caleb Jewell – $42,000 – BAT

Unknown to many, 21 year old Caleb Jewell is ready to show the cricketing world what he’s got as he represents the Hobart Hurricanes in BBL08. Jewell has been tipped by many cricketing news outlets to be in the Canes’ best XI this season and I agree. I see him batting in the middle order, possibly at five after skipper George Bailey. If named round one Jewell is a lock, taking into account his cheap price tag and potential.

WICKET KEEPER

Ben McDermott – $115,300 – WKP/BAT

Not many players in the BBL can say they have a BBL ton but that’s exactly what Ben McDermott can happily say. In BBL06 McDermott burst onto the scene scoring 114 off just 52 balls at a strike rate of 219 in what was a match winning performance to remember when Hobart Hurricanes chased down the Renegades total of 222. McDermott has gone on to become one of Australia’s regular members of their T20 team and is an integral part of the Hobart Hurricanes. McDermott probably won’t get the gloves due to Wade being in the team however, he will have the opportunity with the bat where he is likely to bat at three. He is the perfect trade in target at the end of round two in preparation for his round three DGW.

I suggest you trade out Alex Carey after his round two double game round to McDermott as Strikers have the round three bye and Hobart have the round three double game round, perfect set up!

BOWLERS

PREMIUM

Jofra Archer – $174,400 – BAT/BWL

Jofra Archer, The boy from Barbados who’s is fast becoming an Englishmen lit up BBL07 with his exciting skills and fierce pace. The Hurricanes quick averaged 64 points from his 12 BBL games last season after he took 16 wickets for the tournament.

Archer took part in the recent  T10 league featuring world class players like; Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Dwayne Bravo, David Willey and Brendon McCullum just to name a few. In that tournament he managed to take five wickets from his six games which was a decent effort considering bowlers only get two overs per game in the T10 format. He managed to average a healthy 38 points per game including two big scores of 71 and 75, impressive numbers from the big quick.

Archer also took part in the IPL which is arguably the most challenging T20 competition in the league given the caliber of the players. However, he managed to adapt to the standard taking 15 wickets from his 10 games Archer is available for the whole BBL tournament and has an early double game round in round three. Lock him in your side and throw away the key he is a genuine gem.

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MID-PRICE

James Faulkner – $136,700 – BAT/BWL

Coming across from the Stars, Tassie boy James Faulkner is now back in his home state and is preparing to suit up for the Hobart Hurricanes in BBL08. Often referred to as the finisher, Faulkner possesses the ability to take games into his own hands, successfully chasing down scores late in the game absorbing all the pressure with ease. Having represented Australia numerous times in the past in all three formats, the talent Faulkner has is obvious but it’s a matter of whether or not he can get back to his best after a quiet BBL07 by his standards.

Faulkner played in the recent T10 league which was mentioned earlier in the discussion of Jofra Archer. Faulkner had some good performances when he scored 64 points and 84 points respectively, however he had some poor scores as well throughout the competition which reduced his average to 23 points per game from his 8 games. Roughly 46 points per game if it was a T20 competition.

I see Faulkner batting at 6 in the Canes’ batting order as well as bowling anywhere between 2-4 overs per game. At his cheap price he is certainly worth a look especially when you take into consideration that he has a double game round early in round three and has been such a talent over the last few years for both the Aussies and the Melbourne stars.

ROOKIE

Simon Milenko – $69,500 BAT/BWL

Playing for both the Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes over his career, Simon Milenko has been in the BBL system for a while now. An all rounder Milenko has shown he has the ability with both bat and ball. Having taken 3 wickets in a single game in BBL05 and making 66 not out last season against the Scorchers. At his price he is worth a thought and is Hurricanes best bowling rookie option but its a no from me.

How will the Melbourne Stars line up in BBL|08?

PREDICTED LINEUP

Josh’s predicted XI for round one (last updated December 7th)

1. D’Arcy Short
2. Matthew Wade (wk)
3. Ben McDermott
4. George Bailey (capt)
5. Caleb Jewell (possibly Jake Doran)
6. James Faulkner
7. Johan Botha
8. Simon Milenko
9. Jofra Archer
10. Clive Rose
11. Tymal Mills

Unavailable: Tim Paine (test squad)


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