Welcome to the first edition of Clayto’s Captains for BBL|08.
With just under two days to go until the season kicks off on Wednesday, coaches are finalising their teams (as well as their captain) for what will be the biggest BBL season yet. As per usual, I’ll cast an eye over who I believe are the best five captaincy options this round.
Unlike last season, two teams have the double to start the season. Both the Scorchers and the Heat have numerous fantasy relevant options, which should lead to a high scoring round to kick off BBL|08.
Now onto the Top 5 captaincy choices for Round One.
1. Chris Lynn – $202,000 (BAT)
Lynn goes into Round One on the back of some bad form in the limited over series’ against India and South Africa. Despite that, Lynn should head into the first lockout as the most selected captain and with good reason. Lynn is a proven T20 superstar and has a career BBL record of 1560 runs at an average of 41; all while striking at almost 160! And if that doesn’t have you salivating already, here’s another juicy stat. At The Gabba, Lynn’s strike rate rises to an incredible 173; which is where the Heat play their opening game this round.
Just sit back, relax and lock him in as skipper.
2. Andrew Tye – $246,800 (BWL)
Tye only played 6 games last season but averaged a whopping 91.2 SuperCoach points per game, which was the second highest behind D’Arcy Short. This round he faces off against a weakened Renegades batting lineup and one of his favourite opponents the Sixers (12 wickets, 6.07 ECO). This is a positive for coaches who’ll be hoping he can replicate his BBL|07 exploits.
Although he costs a pretty penny, Tye is a proven commodity and well worth a look as a captaincy option.
3. David Willey – $194,000 (BAT/BWL)
The Englishman is in a three-way battle with Sam Whiteman and Josh Inglis to open the batting alongside Michael Klinger. If Willey manages to secure the opener’s spot, there’s a high chance that he’ll improve on his average of 71.7 from last year. However, his scoring potential with the ball may decrease (in turn) due to the Scorchers plethora of seam bowling options.
Nonetheless, Willey is one of the few reliable all-rounders who have the double this round; and with that in mind, he comfortably slots in at the #3 spot.
4. Brendon McCullum – $113,100 (BAT)
Baz was well below his best in BBL|07 and only managed a total of 248 runs for the tournament. This slump continued in the off-season, as he struggled to find top gear in various T20 tournaments around the globe. However, a return to The Gabba may be just what the Kiwi needs. Over his career, McCullum has amassed 384 runs (ave.32) at The Gabba, with a strike rate over 150.
It would be quite a risky move to captain Baz, but it could pay off big time.
5. Ashton Agar – $197,900 (BAT/BWL)
I originally had Mitch Marsh ($198,000 – BAT/BWL) in this spot, but given the uncertainty around the Test squad for Boxing Day I’ve instead opted for Ashton Agar.
Last season, Agar had a breakout campaign for the Scorchers with 149 runs (SR of 128) and 8 wickets at a superb economy rate of 5.74. This led to a great SuperCoach average of 73.1 points per game. His role with the bat should improve with a number of regulars unavailable, which could lead to him batting as high as #5. In addition, Agar should still get 4 overs with the ball since Qadir is unlikely to make the XI for the Scorchers opening games.
He’d be a POD option, but I believe Agar is one who shouldn’t be overlooked.
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!