1- D’Arcy Short, Total Points: 733, Average: 105, Games: 7
Star Hobart Hurricanes player D’Arcy Short takes the opening spot in the SuperCoach team of the year so far. A no brainer selection, Short averages 105 points from his five games which includes just one score under 90 points and four tons. Short’s points have come about from his incredible consistency with the bat and his new found ability to take wickets, regularly bowling two or more overs a game.
2- Jos Buttler, Total Points: 402, Average: 57, Games: 7
English International and star Wicket-Keeper Jos Buttler gets the second opening spot above the likes of Wade, Carey and Weatherald. A world class player, Buttler was able to please many coaches across the country who opted to either start with him or have him in their team and some point. A solid scorer, Buttler has hit the ton twice including a massive score of 140 in round three that won many coaches games in their H2H leagues.
3- Chris Lynn, Total Points: 467, Average: 67, Games: 7
Heat captain Chris Lynn is an obvious inclusion at number three and continues to show he is one of the most dominant T20 performers in the country. Averaging a solid 67 points from his seven games, Lynn has been a force to be reckoned with. Lynn has had just one score under 85 and has provided a safe captaincy option for coaches throughout the season.
4- Ashton Turner, Total Points: 482, Average: 60, Games: 8
It seems that Scorchers captain Ashton Turner continues to get better and better each BBL season. Coming in at four most games this year for the Scorchers, Turner has showcased his immense hitting power and ability to tear games apart. His output in his games thus far has translated to bulk SuperCoach points having scored above 70 points five times. Starting the season as a POD, Turner has rewarded any coach that selected him not only with his scoring output but, also his money making ability having risen in price by $60,000 so far. A worthy addition to the SuperCoach team of the year at the present time.
5- Marcus Stoinis, Total Points: 359, Average: 72, Games: 5
The Hulk otherwise known as Marcus Stoinis has again been a solid SuperCoach performer again so far this season. Stoinis has averaged 72 points per game and has played a SuperCoach friendly role for the Stars this year, regularly bowling four overs and opening the batting on occasions. Stoinis has displayed his incredibly high ceiling having posted scores of 194 and 115 this season. An easy selection for the number five spot in this seasons team of the year so far.
6- Daniel Christian, Total Points: 511, Average: 64, Games: 8
Thirty-Five year old Dan Christian has shown everyone this season that age is just a number. Coming in at number five and bowling 2-4 overs for the Renegades, Christian has been taking wickets and making runs for fun this season which has translated to handy SuperCoach points. Christian has averaged 64 points from his eight games so far and has scored above 80 points four times.
Christian made the cut for the team currently, just listed at number 6 edging out Star International recruit Dwayne Bravo and Hobart Hurricane James Faulkner.
7- Daniel Sams, Total Points: 619, Average: 77, Games: 8
A surprise to many this BBL (unless your Tim Michell), Daniel Sams has been super! Starting at $154,000, Sams rewarded those who selected him as a POD selection as early a round one where he scored a massive 168 points which he then backed up in round two with 149 points. These huge scores led to Sams rising in price by $70,000 peaking at $224,000, even more reward to those who picked him. A man with an incredibly high ceiling, Sams is a worthy member of the team of the year to date listed at seven.
8- Tom Curran, Total Points: 617, Average: 77, Games: 8
Despite performing poorly in his first game, Tom Curran has managed to take BBL08 by storm this season and has become many coaches man crush (myself included). Curran has showed he can score as big as anyone this season, posting the biggest score yet of 203 points in round two. Curran averages the fourth most out any player to ore than five games this season with a beautiful average of 77 points per game. Curran rewarded any coach who picked him from the start as his starting price was $121,000 and he peaked at $218,000. The English International can bat he can bowl and the best part for coaches is that he plays the full tournament. Extremely worthy member of the team of the year.
9- Rashid Khan, Total Points: 700, Average: 88, Games 8
Every big bash fans favourite International player Rashid Khan hasn’t disappointed in this seasons installment of BBL. The Afghanistan right arm leg spinner has averaged 88 points from his eight games this season and has twice been a safe captaincy choice in his double game rounds two and seven. Khan is averaging the second most points of any player to play more than five games behind D’Arcy Short and has posted four scores above 100 points. An absolute lock in this team.
10- Kane Richardson, Total Points: 443, Average: 74, Games: 6
Kane Richardson has for a few years now been one of the dominant T20 bowlers in Australia. In his six games this season, Richardson has managed to average 74 points per game including hitting the ton in 50% of his matches played. Richardson averages the third highest points of fast bowlers to play more than five games behind only Curran and Sams, making him a welcome inclusion into the team,
11- Sandeep Lamichhane, Total Points: 291, Average: 73
Although only having played four games of the BBL season so far, Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichhane deserves to be in the early SuperCoach team of the season. Lamichhane was an unknown player to many coaches but quickly made a name for himself. Priced at just $62,000 to start the season, Lamichhane rewarded every coach who selected him by making a whopping $88,000 and averaging an impressive 73 points per game. Sandeep’s scores won matches and he made trading very easy when it was time for him to go, given how much he elevated his price.
12th Man- Jhye Richardson, Total Points: 344 , Average: 70 Games: 5
Young gun Jhye Richardson was extremely unlucky to miss out on selection in the team so far. He averages less points than the three fast bowlers selected (Curran, Sams and K.Richardson) and doesn’t bat high enough to be considered an all rounder. However Richardson has been huge for any coaches that selected him. Making a total of $53,000 and averaging an impressive 70 points per game.
This team was put together on the 16th of January and is likely to change as the season goes on.