We were once again treated to another team firing on the double, with six Thunder players scoring 96 or above.
This provides coaches with a great opportunity to prepare for Round Six where both the Renegades and Heat have the double.
Anyways, here’s my Top 5 Captains for Round Five.
1. D’Arcy Short – $270,800 (BAT/BWL)
Short was superb in the Hurricanes Round Three double, posting 208 points and rewarding owners who coughed up the big bucks.
Against the Sixers, Short averages 51 with the bat and has a strike rate close to 160; so sadly for non-owners, I think his price will only further increase.
There’s not much to say really, he’s playing at Blundstone and loves facing the Sixers. If you have him, don’t over-think it and just captain him.
2. Rashid Khan – $225,300 (BWL)
Despite a family tragedy, Khan fronted up for the Strikers on Monday night and took 2/34 to get his side over the line on NYE.
Since then, he’s decided to stay on with the Strikers and will play against the Renegades in Geelong. Although the ground in Geelong has incredibly small boundaries, Rashid should be in for a big score considering the Renegades have struggled with the bat and given he took 2/13 against them earlier this season.
3. Chris Lynn – $190,500 (BAT)
Lynn bounced back strongly against the Sixers with a stellar 84 runs off 55 balls (126 SC). This was the type of performance many coaches expected from him Round One, but at least he’s kicked into gear right before the Heat’s second double in Round Six.
Before that though, he faces a stern test against the Scorchers. Last time out, the Optus Stadium pitch proved extremely troublesome for batsmen, especially against the Scorchers deadly pace attack. But if anyone can take them down it’s Lynn.
4. Marcus Stoinis – $165,700 (BAT/BWL)
Stoinis was another who repaid the faith owners had in him after a disappointing start, with a whopping 194 SC points in the Melbourne Derby; on the back of 2/26 with the ball and 78* with the bat.
This round he faces the Thunder, who arguably have one of the weaker bowling attacks in the competition. As a result, I could easily see Stoinis going big again.
Stoinis is a terrific option since he’s bowling again and opening the batting.
5. Tom Curran – $205,000 (BWL)
The English import continued his strong form with the ball, claiming 3/25 against the Heat (inc. 11 dot balls). This helped him churn out another ton, in a match where his batting was barely required.
Curran will face an even greater challenge this round against the Hurricanes though. Not only will he be bowling to batsmen such as Short, Wade, McDermott and Bailey but it’s also at Blundstone Arena where the small boundaries make it tough for bowlers.
It’s certainly fraught with risk, but Curran could be a great risk/reward for people wanting to climb up the ranks.
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!