Welcome back to Clayto’s Captains for Round Seven. Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you to Schon who filled in for me last round.
Round Six proved to be a bit indifferent, with some DGW players going huge (e.g. Shinwari, Harper, McCullum) while others were a bit inbetween (Mujeeb, Nabi, Christian).
1. Rashid Khan – $226,800 (BWL)
Rashid has been at his brilliant best in BBL|08 recording figures of 3/19, 2/13, 0/9, 2/34, 1/18 and 2/25 from his six games.
This round he plays at the spin-friendly Spotless Stadium and the Adelaide Oval, where he’s only gone wicket-less once from nine matches.
He’s also proven to be a great lower-order hitter and could feature late in the Strikers innings to try combat their lack of power in the middle-order.
Rashid is as consistent as they come and an absolute lock for captaincy this round.
2. Travis Head – $207,500 (BAT)
After being axed from the One-Day side, Head will have a big point to prove this round as he looks to regain his spot in the side ahead of the World Cup.
Over his Big Bash career, Head has amassed 988 runs at an average of 34; highlighted by his superb NYE ton against the Sixers.
Last season, Head had a slow start by his standards, but picked it up by the end of the tournament to churn out scores of 53, 58, 85* and 44*; so hopefully he can continue that trend.
Head is the next best option behind Rashid since he’ll bat in the Top 3 and likely bowl a couple overs.
3. Jake Weatherald – $152,300 (BAT)
Weatherald has started to hit top form in BBL|08 with back-to-back fifties in his last two games.
However, his inability to capitalize on his starts is a factor that still worries me. From his 25 BBL games, Weatherald has got out for below 20 runs, a massive fifteen times.
With that being said, at his best Weatherald is one of the most damaging players in the competition, illustrated by his hundred last season.
On his day he can go huge, but is the risk worth it with both Rashid and Head available?
4. Daniel Sams – $189,800 (BAT/BWL)
Sams has been one of the surprise packets of BBL|08, averaging 82.7 points.
His high scoring potential has been a big plus, evidenced by scores of 168 and 149 in the opening two rounds.
However, Sams only managed a measly 28 points last round and will be looking to bounce back against the Strikers at Spotless.
If he can get his bowling back on track, he could be a solid option to use for the loophole.
5. Tom Curran – $217,200 (BWL)
Curran has proven to be a superb import for the Sixers and is currently third on the wickets leaderboard with 11 for the season.
He returns to Perth Stadium this round, where he took 5/35 last year in the ODI against Australia.
Curran will be hoping to replicate those exploits against an out of form Scorchers batting lineup who will be missing Ashton Turner.
He’s surpassed the 100 mark three times this season. Can he do it again at the pace friendly Perth Stadium?
Who are you going with? Good luck with your selections in round six!