Merry Christmas to all you coaches out there and welcome to another edition of Clayto’s Captains.
Round One proved that a DGW does not necessarily guarantee points, with many star names from the Scorchers and Heat failing to produce for coaches.
This round the Strikers have the double and with names like Rashid, Carey, Stanlake and Laughlin; hopefully they won’t let us down. Meanwhile, the Heat have the first of their two byes in a row.
Also here’s a guide on how to VC loophole which effectively gives you a second chance with your captain.
1. Put the ‘VC’ on a Strikers player such as Rashid Khan.
2. Ensure you have a non-playing Heat player such as Chris Lynn on the field and place the ‘C’ on them
3. If your ‘VC’ performs well you won’t have to do anything because you will now receive double points since the Heat player isn’t playing this round.
4. But if your ‘VC’ had a bad game then move your ‘C’ onto a player of your choice such as D’Arcy Short.
With that out the way, here’s my Top 5 Captains for Round Two.
1. Rashid Khan – $210,900 (BWL)
The Afghani superstar kicked off his season in fine fashion with a superb 3/19 in the Strikers opening night win against the Heat. Rashid looked more dangerous than ever, which is saying something considering he only went wicketless once in BBL|07. And even if he doesn’t take wickets, you can bank on him having an elite economy rate, evidenced by the fact he has an economy rate of 5.58 in the Big Bash. This round he’ll get a chance to bowl to the fragile Renegades and Scorchers batting lineups, who both showed vulnerability in their recent games.
Based on these factors, Rashid looks like a great captaincy choice.
2. Alex Carey – $212,300 (BAT/WKP)
Carey also played a large role on opening night, with his knock of 70 off 46 helping guide the Strikers to victory. He also chipped in with the gloves, leading to a SuperCoach score of 132 points.
He’s proven to be a reliable batsman in BBL cricket, averaging 49.22 runs to go with a strike rate of 141. On top of this, Carey has only scored less than 10 runs a total of three times from a possible 13 BBL games. But even if he does have a bad day with the willow, he could easily rack up around 30 points with his keeping alone to somewhat salvage his score.
I believe you can’t go wrong with either Rashid or Carey, but if I had to choose I’d have Carey slightly behind in second.
3. D’Arcy Short – $258,000 (BAT/BWL)
Too expensive, he’s bound to drop in price, he’s out of form. That’s what most coaches thought when it came to D’Arcy Short. Well boy did he prove us wrong. The powerful all-rounder fired back with an excellent 67 off 52 balls in the Hurricanes win (94 SC). He didn’t get much of an opportunity with the ball in that game either, bowling only the one over. Scarily for non-owners, that means Short could easily eclipse the 94 he scored in Round One.
Short is the perfect option if you are going to VC loophole Rashid or Carey.
4. Glenn Maxwell – $160,100 (BAT/BWL)
Maxwell was one of the Stars who suffered most from the rain affected game at Manuka. Coming in at #3, The Big Show was forced to go from ball one for the Stars to have a chance at chasing the D/L adjusted total. This resulted in a four ball duck and zero SC points. However Maxwell should fare much better this round, with the short boundaries at Blundstone providing ample opportunities for runs. Just don’t expect many bowling points if the Stars persist with three front-line spinners (Beer, Zampa and Lamichhane).
5. Jason Behrendorff – $138,700 (BWL)
The returning quick starred with the new ball in Round One, returning figures of 2/17 and 2/28 against the Renegades and Sixers. This round Behrendorff will have his first opportunity to play at the new Perth Stadium. If the pitch is anything like the one produced for the Second Test, it will be a paradise for fast bowlers and for Behrendorff in particular.
Behrendorff could be a great POD option for the VC loophole.
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!