Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to the Round Four edition of Clayto’s Captains.
Last round our DGW players finally fired, with plenty of Hurricanes and Sixers surpassing the 100 point mark.
With that in mind, here’s my Top 5 Captains for Round Four.
1. Daniel Sams – $224,000 (BAT/BWL)
Sams was well below his best in the Thunder’s thrilling clash against the Hurricanes managing only 22 points; a far cry from the scores of 168 and 149 he recorded in the opening two rounds.
This round he comes up against the Scorchers and Strikers, who have both been shaky with bat in hand. This should provide Sams a great opportunity to bounce back strongly and return to the heights he reached in Rounds One and Two.
Sams’ all-round ability gives him a huge ceiling (as proven in R1+R2) and with that in mind, he just edges out Buttler for the #1 spot this week.
2. Jos Buttler – $181,200 (BAT/WKP)
The destructive Jos Buttler has carried over his superb form to BBL|08, with outstanding knocks of 63 and 89 in his past two games (101 and 140 SC). However, he’ll face his greatest test of BBL|08 this round, coming up against the Scorchers and Strikers who have star-studded bowling lineups. But, the Englishman is one of the most innovative and clever players in world cricket and will have constructed plans to counter these bowling attacks.
Buttler is another great option as captain this week.
3. Shane Watson – $126,600 (BAT/BWL)
Watto has made starts in all three of the Thunder’s matches but has failed to go on with them, recording scores of 22, 19 and 20. This has really hurt his scoring since the Thunder don’t view him as a bowling option and resulted in poor SC scores of 28, 28 and 31. On the positive side, in each innings Watto has looked in decent touch and timed the ball nicely, so it’s only a matter of time before he has a breakthrough innings. The question is whether that will come this round.
In his BBL career, Watto only averages 17 against the Strikers and 14 against the Scorchers, all while striking below 111 against both sides. But anything can happen in T20 cricket and maybe Watto will turn it around this week.
It would be a gutsy call but captaining Watto could pay off big time.
4. Glenn Maxwell – $145,700 (BAT/BWL)
The Big Show lives for the big stage and he’ll have it on New Year’s Day in a blockbuster Melbourne Derby against the Renegades. He’s started off the SuperCoach season well and is averaging 76 points (minus the rain-affected game in Round One). One of the major positives in his SC game has been his willingness to bowl himself despite the inclusions of Lamichhane and Zampa in the Stars lineup. This has helped maintain his high ceiling and shake off fears that his scoring may drop due to the spinners the Stars have at their disposal.
Against the Renegades, Maxwell has an exceptional record with the willow, averaging 32 with the bat at a strike rate over 150. Considering this and the form he’s currently in, Maxwell could go big against the Renegades on New Year’s Day.
Maxwell is a perfect VC loophole option this round.
5. Chris Lynn – $187,700 (BAT)
Lynn was a major disappointment for coaches in Round One, only managing a total of 87 from his two games. However, he hasn’t played since December 22 so maybe the long break can revitalise and refresh him heading into 2019.
His side play their second straight game at Metricon this round, where he struggled against the Hurricanes (29 off 37) in the opening round. This time though, the weather forecast is much better and hopefully the conditions will be more conducive to batting.
Lynn is a proven BBL superstar and could be a nice POD option since most coaches would’ve traded him.
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!