I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Round Two of BBL SuperCoach.
Once again, we were reminded that DGW’s don’t guarantee points; with only three Strikers surpassing the ton.
Now here’s my Top 5 Captains for Round 3 of BBL SuperCoach.
1. D’Arcy Short – $263,100 (BAT/BWL)
Last round I mentioned the scoring potential Short has with the ball, and boy did he show it against the Stars. From his four overs, Short returned figures of 2/23, his best ever figures in a Big Bash game. In addition, he also maintained his solid form with the bat, in a handy 34 run knock to open the Hurricanes innings. This led to a massive SuperCoach score of 127 for the destructive all-rounder.
In Round Three, the Hurricanes play both their games on small grounds (Blundstone Arena and UTAS Stadium) which should heavily favour Short’s power hitting; and although the Scorchers bowling attack are in form, Short should dine out on a Thunder attack whom he scored 97 against last season.
If you don’t have him, do everything you can to get him in your side because he should easily be the best captain this round.
2. Jofra Archer – $189,700 (BAT/BWL)
Jofra has been firing on all cylinders to start BBL|08. From his two games, the big Englishman has outstanding figures of 2/23 and 3/25 with the ball (78 and 114 SC).
One of Archer’s biggest improvements so far has been his economy rate. In BBL|07 his economy was just below 8.00rpo. However, this season he’s managed to cut into that and decrease it to 6.00rpo. This is a great sign because even if he doesn’t take wickets, Archer should still manage to keep it tidy; therefore increasing his ceiling.
If you can’t afford Short, I think the Jofra is the way to go.
3. Joe Denly – $152,500 (BAT)
The English import has had a disappointing start to his Big Bash campaign, only managing scores of 13 and 1 in the Sixers opening two matches. In spite of that, I’m backing Denly to return to his best this round. Last season against the Stars, the Englishman had a man of the match performance with a superb 72* run knock and 1/19 with the ball. Coincidentally that was at the SCG, which is where they play tonight. Can Denly turn in a similar performance?
He’s certainly a risk but also a great candidate for the VC loophole.
4. Tom Curran – $148,000 (BWL)
Curran was simply incredible in the Sixers previous match, almost single-handedly leading them to the most unlikely of wins. The Englishman nabbed 3/24 with the ball and smashed 62 runs off 40 balls with the bat. This amounted to an enormous SC score of 203! Now although there’s no chance he could replicate that again, Curran is still a great option. He’s a lock to bowl 4 overs in each game as the Sixers go-to death bowler and provides nice lower-order hitting. More realistically, you’re looking at around 60 SC per game with Curran.
Curran is another VC loophole option since he has a great ceiling.
5. Jason Behrendorff – $159,800 (BWL)
As I anticipated, Behrendorff was an absolute handful for the Strikers on a seam-friendly Perth pitch last round, finishing with 2/16 off 4 overs and 98 SC points. This round the Scorchers play at UTAS Stadium which will likely provide far less assistance for quick bowlers. However, Behrendorff proved in Round One that he’s a fantastic bowler regardless of the conditions.
If you don’t fancy the DGW players, Behrendorff is a fantastic option.
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!