International Twenty20 fixtures won’t provide SuperCoach BBL points.
But don’t underestimate their importance in helping shape your starting side.
Australia’s clean sweep of Sri Lanka provided some important lessons for SuperCoaches which will translate to BBL09.
New Zealand’s T20 series against England across the Tasman was also of interest, with Sydney Sixers Tom Curran and James Vince, Brisbane Heat’s Tom Banton and Melbourne Stars mid-season arrival Pat Brown in the English squad.
Vince was England’s matchwinner in the opening T20 with 59 from 38 balls, a performance which would have netted 101 SuperCoach points.
But, as has historically been the case with many batsmen, he then scored only one point in game two.
Here’s what you should take from the recent internationals:
Australia v Sri Lanka
– Billy Stanlake looms as a bargain at $108,300. The towering quick took 2-23 in Australia’s game two win and will spearhead Adelaide Strikers’ attack. He’s cheap enough you can start him on your bench for Adelaide’s Round 1 bye to plan ahead for a Round 3 double.
– Don’t write off Alex Carey. He might be stuck in the middle order for Australia but he will almost certainly open for the Strikers with Jake Weatherald. His series average showed you can’t rely on wicketkeeping points every game though.
– Mitchell Starc could be a real factor if he finds a BBL09 club. Starc could yet be included in the Test team to face New Zealand, but if he misses out he’ll need to be in your plans. Perth Scorchers are in desperate need of pace reinforcements and loom as a possible home.
– Even the best players are prone to low scores. Steve Smith tallied 0 in game one and Aaron Finch was scoreless in game two against Sri Lanka. You can almost always rely on bowlers to score but batsmen carry an element of risk.
– Bowlers are a safe bet for points. While few BBL games will be dominated by bowlers as the Australia-Sri Lanka series was, the combination of economy rate bonuses and wickets can be a quick source of points.
– Batsmen who are listed at No. 5 or lower are never guaranteed a hit. Australia’s No. 5 only faced 15 balls for the series, Ashton Turner in game three.
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New Zealand v England (after three games)
– James Vince’s 59 from 38 in game one was hard to ignore. He was out cheaply in game two but responded with 49 from 39 deliveries in game three. Vince was prominent in BBL08 and has a double game week in Round 1. He needs to be considered and should bat top three for the Sixers.
– Pat Brown will be a handy mid-season downgrade. His economy rate was high in each game but he is a young bowler who has excelled in England.
– Tom Curran’s opening effort of 0-25 from four overs was impressive, but he was then left out for game two. He’s more prominent with the bat in BBL than he is for England, although he returned in game three with an impressive outing of 2-29 and 14 not out.
– Tom Banton debuted with 18 from 10 balls in game three before he was out attempting an audacious lap sweep. His second game (68 SuperCoach BBL points) was very encouraging, although he did survive a DRS call.
Australia v Pakistan
– Watch the weather. SuperCoach BBL scores still count when a match is washed out. Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner and Alex Carey scored zeroes as a result of Australia’s game one wash out against Pakistan.
– Kane Richardson is capable of justifying his high price. $214,300 is a lot to pay for a player who doesn’t have a double game week until Round 5 but Richardson’s performances in T20s in the past 18 months have been superb. Richardson would have scored 73 points against Pakistan in Sydney.
– Don’t believe that Steve Smith isn’t just as good in T20s. His efforts in the second T20 game against Pakistan would have been worth 137 SuperCoach BBL points, 65 better than the next best Australian Ashton Agar.
– Aaron Finch ($167,000) might well be worth the extra money. It’s tempting to look for all-rounders at this price, but Finch has a double game week in Round 5 and can cash in before then. He has four scores of 37+ in six hits against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
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