Fantasy Preview BBL|08 – Sydney Sixers

Since winning the first ever BBL tournament, the Sydney Sixers haven’t been able to have any significant impact on the competition. Lets take a look at the relevant SuperCoach options the Sixers present for this upcoming season as they look to get back into the finals in BBL08.

The prices below are indicative for SuperCoach BBL.

BATSMEN

PREMIUM

Joe Denly – $186,800 – BAT

One of two International signings for the Sydney Sixers, Joe Denly is ready to dominate in his second BBL tournament. Denly is available for the full tournament unless he plays in England’s test side making him available until just round six. Denly recently played a T20I game against Sri Lanka, making 20 runs, taking an impressive 4/19 and piling up 163 SuperCoach points.

Denly had a big Vitality Blast which is the England T20 competition that features some world class players. He opened the batting in all of his 12 games and consistently bowled four overs. With the oppurtunity Denly had with both bat and ball he managed to Average 34 with the stick in hand and take 20 wickets. Some seriously impressive numbers from the Englishmen.

Denly is a near certainty to open the batting as he did in his four Sixers games last year. He showed his talent with the bat last year but now presents even more value in BBL08 as his bowling has improved by a country mile. Hopefully adding the final ingredient for him to improve on his already impressive average of 69 SuperCoach points per game last tournament. Denly has the round three double game week, nice and early in the tournament.

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MID-PRICE

Moises Henriques – $88,000 – BAT/BWL

Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques was once one of the best white ball cricketers in the country although, lately that isn’t really the case. At just $88,000 however, some consideration has to be put into him. Taking into account that Henriques will be high up in the Sixers order around the third to fourth batsmen mark and the fact that he is almost rookie price and has high job security, Henriques is a genuine option.

Henriques has been in good form at state level playing for NSW in the Sheffield Shield. Recently scoring 152 against Queensland. It would be risky selecting Henriques but if it pays off it will be a huge reward, he has been a top fantasy scorer in previous years.

ROOKIE

Jack Edwards $42,000 – BAT/BWL

Tall, long blonde hair and talented cricketer is three ways you could describe cheap Sixers rookie Jack Edwards. A proud NSW boy, Edwards will be looking to strive playing for his home cities BBL franchise. Edwards was named in the JLT Cup One Day Team of the Tournament. From his six games Edwards had a splendid average of 54.6 runs per game and a high score of 116.

The Team of the Tournament featured stars like Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Andrew Tye and Adam Zampa, all members of Australia’s current T20I side, showing how much of an achievement making the team was for Edwards at just 18 years of age.

If Edwards is named in the Sixers team round one he is a lock at such a cheap price. Especially after he has shown he can dominate in a national competition.

WICKET KEEPER

Josh Philippe – $42,000 – WKP/BAT

Josh Philippe is one of the most promising young cricketers Australia has to offer. The wicket keeper batsmen gained the attention of cricket fans across the nation in late November when he suited up for the Prime Ministers XI when they took on South Africa in a one day game practice match. Phillipe was impressive making 57 off 53 balls and scoring 116 SuperCoach points.

I expect WA boy Philippe to be selected in the Sixers line up over Peter Nevill due to the ability to strike the ball and make runs more consistently than Nevill. I see him batting at around six and obviously taking the gloves. If Philippe is named round one you just have to select him in you team. Dirt cheap at just $42,000 and is a serious young talent.

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BOWLERS

PREMIUM

Sean Abbott – $148,300 – BWL

The Sydney Sixers only have the one premium bowler option and that man is Sean Abbott. Abbott has shown he can strongly influence the BBL taking twenty wickets from his ten games in BBL06, a monstrous effort which led him to being the number one wicket taker in the tournament that season. In BBL07 however, Abbott’s from dipped. Abbott only took three wickets in in his first five games (those three wickets coming from the one game). To be fair to Abbott however, he managed to take ten wickets in his final five games, regaining his form.

If Abbott can continue his BBL07 late season form and bowl at his best in BBL08 then, he offers great value for this BBL season and could be a handy starter to potentially make money and prepare for his double game week in week three.

MID-PRICE

Tom Curran – $130,000 – BWL

Another Englishmen, Tommy Curran will be looking to have a big BBL tournament for the Sixers playing on Australian soil, a happy hunting ground for him in the past. Curran has a ODI game 5 wicket haul to his name playing against the Aussies last Summer during the Ashes. Unlike some other International signings, Curran is priced reasonably cheap at $130,000 making him an interesting prospect.

Curran had a solid Vitality Blast recently playing for Surrey. He managed to take twelve wickets from his eight games. Curran also took part in arguably the hardest T20 competition in the world, the IPL. He had a good five games for the Kolkata Knight Riders, taking six wickets and having best figures of 2/19. Curran wouldn’t be the worst option to start the season with however, I  suggest waiting until his double game round in round three, after seeing how his form has been and then make a decision from there.

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ROOKIE

Daniel Fallins – $62,500 – BWL

With Steve O’Keefe already in the team many cricket fans across the nation think the second spinner in the Sixers team will be Lloyd Pope. However, I beg to differ. Daniel Fallins, unknown to many originally burst onto the scene playing for the Prime Ministers XI against England in a first class game. Fallins took five wickets in the first innings and one in the second finishing with a total of six wickets against quality opposition.

The right arm spinner came over from the Stars who he played two games for in BBL07. Although not taking any wickets it will have given Fallins some things to work on to perform at the level. He has been dominating NSW Premier Cricket in recent times. He has also taken nine wickets from four T20 games this summer. If he or Pope is named as that second spinner they must both be considered.

PREDICTED LINEUP

Josh’s predicted XI for round one (last updated December 8th)

1. Joe Denly
2. Daniel Hughes
3. Moises Henriques
4. Jack Edwards
5. Jordan Silk
6. Josh Phillipe (wk)
7. Steve O’Keefe
8.  Sean Abbott
9. Ben Dwarshuis
10. Tom Curran
11. Daniel Fallins

Unavailable: Nathan Lyon (Test team)


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