SC BBL|11: Season Begins December 5

Which gun all-rounders who don’t have an early bye are you picking for your starting team?

  • Daniel Sams

    Votes: 7 28.0%
  • D’arcy Short

    Votes: 5 20.0%
  • Both

    Votes: 6 24.0%
  • Neither

    Votes: 7 28.0%

  • Total voters
    25
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KFC SuperCoach BBL cheat sheet: How to pick a team for BBL11 in five minutes

Time is running out to register your KFC SuperCoach BBL team before the season starts on December 5. Follow this cheat sheet and you can’t go wrong.

Ok, so you haven’t spent the past two months stressing about your KFC SuperCoach team like me?

That’s probably a good thing.

The best part is, you still have ample time to enter your team ahead of BBL11.

All it takes is this handy guide and five minutes of your time to enter a KFC SuperCoach team and be in the running for some awesome prizes.

Last season’s winner Chris Baker was only in his second season of KFC SuperCoach BBL, so being a newbie doesn’t rule you out of the running for the $25,000 major prize.

Perhaps even more importantly, at least if you ask some KFC SuperCoaches, one of the baggy green trackies made famous by Shane Warne will be up for grabs every round.

The round winner will get their own baggy green trackie, plus $500 — double to $1000 if they’re subscribed to SuperCoach Plus.

What are you waiting for?

THE BASICS

● You have a $2 million salary cap to spend and need to pick 16 players in your KFC SuperCoach BBL team (seven bowlers, seven batters, two wicketkeepers).

● If players are listed as BAT-BWL or WKP-BAT, they are eligible to be selected in either position.

● Each player receives a round score based on their real-life performances. If they play twice in a round, their score is the accumulative total from both matches. This handy guide from our friends at Jock Reynolds Damo and Azza has all you need to know about the scoring system.

● You have three trades to use between each round to get your side ready for the next round. You are able to make trades once lockout lifts after the last game of each round.

PICK A FIVE-MINUTE TEAM
Start with players from the Sixers and Heat. The key to KFC SuperCoach is having as many players in your team that play twice each round. The Sixers take on the Stars and Hurricanes and Round 1, while the Heat face the Thunder and Scorchers. Then it’s the Strikers with the double in Round 2.

The 10 most-popular players from the Sixers and Heat are:
1. Josh Philippe – 60.2 per cent $177,300 WKP-BAT
2. Chris Lynn – 29.6 per cent $172,500 BAT
3. Dan Christian – 27.5 per cent $184,700 BAT-BWL
4. James Peirson – 24 per cent $89,800 WKP-BAT
5. Matt Willans – 20.7 per cent $42,000 BWL
6. Carlos Brathwaite – 19.4 per cent $117,300 BAT-BWL
7. Tom Curran – 19.4 per cent $201,000 BAT-BWL
8. Daniel Hughes – 18.7 per cent $78,300 BAT
9. Xavier Bartlett – 16.2 per cent $97,900 BWL
10. Mujeeb ur Rahman – 16 per cent $208,200 BWL

*Stats current as of November 25.

Try to squeeze in a Striker or two to be ready for Round 2. The five most-popular Adelaide players are:
1. Rashid Khan – 44.9 per cent $198,700 BWL
2. Matthew Renshaw* – 41.8 per cent $67,400 BAT-BWL
3. Alex Carey* – 15.1 per cent $163,400 WKP-BAT
4. Spencer Johnson – 14.2 per cent $42,000 BWL
5. Matthew Short – 11 per cent $62,500 BAT
*Don’t pick Renshaw or Carey to start though, they’ll be with Australia A until about Round 3.

If you’ve still got cash left over (how?) then pick a few premiums who can score well regardless of a double. The most-popular premium scorers are:
Glenn Maxwell – 54.6 per cent $195,500 BAT-BWL
Marcus Stoinis – 45.7 per cent $163,200 BAT-BWL
Mitch Marsh* – 39.6 per cent $132,700 BAT-BWL
D’Arcy Short – 36.5 per cent $179,600 BAT-BWL
Daniel Sams – 28.9 per cent $203,700 BAT-BWL
*Again, don’t pick Mitch Marsh. He’ll be away with Australia A.

Ok, now you’re really running out of money. That’s where the cheapies come in. These are the most-popular cash cows of BBL11:
Aaron Finch – 52.6 per cent $62,500 BAT
Josh Kann – 43.5 per cent $42,000 BAT-BWL
Matthew Renshaw* – 41.8 per cent $67,400 BAT-BWL
Seb Gotch – 28.3 per cent $62,500 WKP-BAT
Matt Willans – 20.7 per cent $42,000 BWL
Daniel Hughes – 18.7 per cent $78,300 BAT
Joel Paris – 16.2 per cent $62,500 BWL
Matthew Gilkes – 14.9 per cent $62,500 WKP-BAT
Spencer Johnson – 14.2 per cent $42,000 BWL
Baxter Holt – 11.6 per cent $62,500 WKP-BAT
*In case you missed it the first time, please don’t start Renshaw. He won’t feature until Round 3-4.

THEN …
– Check this summer calendar guide and Ashes/Australia story from The Phantom. If any of your players won’t feature in Round 1, remove them.

– Pick your captain. You want a player with a double game round (when a team plays twice). Josh Philippe, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Chris Lynn and Dan Christian are options in Round 1. Don’t forget to name a vice-captain as well, whose score is doubled if your captain doesn’t play.

– Name your emergencies. Unless you plan on watching the team news for every game of BBL11, you don’t want to risk missing out on KFC SuperCoach points because a player is a late withdrawal. Remember, teams aren’t named until 45 minutes to an hour before games. You can choose three, but if you choose two in the same position you get the lowest score of the two – unless you have two non-playing players in that position.

– Choose your team for Round 1. If you need help locking in the best side and have
subscribed to SuperCoach Plus, you can use the optimiser button to help guide you.
– Enter a league. KFC SuperCoach is already a great way to spend the summer, but the fun really starts when you banter with your mates. You can make a league of six or 10 people or start an unlimited group if you have too many friends and can’t choose.
– Read our advice articles — including from Shane Warne, Mike Hussey, Callum Ferguson and Isa Guha — then make as many changes as you need to until Round 1. You have unlimited trades until the BBL starts on December 5.

THE PRIZES
Major prize: $25,000
Round prizes: The winner of each of the 13 rounds receives $500, which is doubled to $1000 if they are a SuperCoach Plus subscriber. For the first time, each round winner will win a baggy green tracksuit too, just like Shane Warne’s.
 
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Now could he be a option to open with Hales ? wasn't their talk of him years ago batting higher up the order ?
I know you like to throw out of the box options out there, but if Chris Green opens for the Thunder in round 1 I will hop off the nearest pier!

With Davies’ injury, will likely look like this for Rd1:

Hales
J.Sangha/Gilkes (the other bats 3)
Billings
Ross
Cutting
Sams
McAndrew
Green
Tremain/Cook
T.Sangha

I will be highly surprised if they pick Holt. The only other option is a third international, which is probably the only other option, unless they pull a LRP for Davies.
 
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I know you like to throw out of the box options out there, but if Chris Green opens for the Thunder in round 1 I will hop off the nearest pier!

With Davies’ injury, will likely look like this for Rd1:

Hales
J.Sangha/Gilkes (the other bats 3)
Billings
Ross
Cutting
Sams
McAndrew
Green
Tremain/Cook
T.Sangha

I will be highly surprised if they pick Holt. The only other option is a third international, which is probably the only other option, unless they pull a LRP for Davies.
I second this massively. There is surely no way Chris Green opens in front of Gilkes, Sangha, Billings and Cutting. I would not be surprised to see Cutting open but I think it will be as you said. However I personally think Chris Green is one of the most overrated players ever given he bends his elbow and still fails to turn a ball, swings the bat without looking and stands in the field smiling at the camera. But again I have personal bias,.
 
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KFC SuperCoach BBL: Shane Warne’s top picks for BBL11
KFC SuperCoach BBL ambassador Shane Warne has revealed his top cheapies for BBL11 as he targets another high finish in the overall rankings. How many are in your team?

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He’s revealed his team, now Shane Warne is back to help choose yours.
The spin king will release his top cheapies, bowlers and batsmen for BBL11 in the next week before the tournament starts on December 5.
As cash cows are so important in KFC SuperCoach, that’s where Warney has started.

Check out his top-five cheapies below and then head to supercoach.com.au to enter your team.


Mackenzie Harvey launches for the Renegades last summer.
1. Mackenzie Harvey (Renegades) $97,800 BAT
The Renegades middle-order batsman had an outstanding finish to the last BBL tournament and with Aaron Finch under a cloud and Shaun Marsh injured, he’s going to get loads of opportunities early in BBL11. He’s shown he can score quickly and I’m surprised to see he’s available for less than $100k in KFC SuperCoach.

Aaron Finch is too cheap to ignore in KFC SuperCoach.
2. Aaron Finch (Renegades) $62,500 BAT
Speaking of Finch, no cheapies list this summer is complete without the Australian T20 captain. Ok, he had a very poor BBL10 – every KFC SuperCoach knows that. But at $62k you can’t afford not to pick him. If he regains the type of form which has seen him dominate the BBL for a decade, this will be the greatest bargain in SuperCoach history.

Matt Renshaw will be cheap, but has been chosen for Australia A.
3. Matthew Renshaw (Strikers) $67,400 BAT-BWL

He won’t be available at the start of the tournament after being picked for Australia A, but Renshaw is a great price for a player who does a bit of everything for the Strikers. He’s going to bat in the top-order this season and has shown he can provide a few handy wickets too.

Oliver Davies is capable of special shots.
4. Oliver Davies (Thunder) $74,200 BAT
Davies is another who won’t feature in Round 1 after he broke his thumb in a grade cricket game. That’s a shame as he’s a player I had locked in to my Club 23 Legends. He burst onto the BBL scene last summer and no Cal Ferguson – who is part of our KFC SuperCoach team now – means he’ll get big opportunities to bat at No. 3 or No.4.
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Zahir Khan is one of the cheapest internationals this season.
5. Zahir Khan (Renegades) $95,300 BWL
The Renegades are a haven for SuperCoach cheapies this season and Zahir is hard to pass up at $100k. He’s shown talent during stints with Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars and will be tricky to face for batsmen at Docklands. He’s got the goods to be one of the leading spinners of BBL11.
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KFC SuperCoach BBL: Shane Warne’s top picks for BBL11
KFC SuperCoach BBL ambassador Shane Warne has revealed his top cheapies for BBL11 as he targets another high finish in the overall rankings. How many are in your team?

Shane Warne

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November 25, 2021 - 6:34PM
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He’s revealed his team, now Shane Warne is back to help choose yours.
The spin king will release his top cheapies, bowlers and batsmen for BBL11 in the next week before the tournament starts on December 5.
As cash cows are so important in KFC SuperCoach, that’s where Warney has started.

Check out his top-five cheapies below and then head to supercoach.com.au to enter your team.


Mackenzie Harvey launches for the Renegades last summer.
1. Mackenzie Harvey (Renegades) $97,800 BAT
The Renegades middle-order batsman had an outstanding finish to the last BBL tournament and with Aaron Finch under a cloud and Shaun Marsh injured, he’s going to get loads of opportunities early in BBL11. He’s shown he can score quickly and I’m surprised to see he’s available for less than $100k in KFC SuperCoach.

Aaron Finch is too cheap to ignore in KFC SuperCoach.
2. Aaron Finch (Renegades) $62,500 BAT
Speaking of Finch, no cheapies list this summer is complete without the Australian T20 captain. Ok, he had a very poor BBL10 – every KFC SuperCoach knows that. But at $62k you can’t afford not to pick him. If he regains the type of form which has seen him dominate the BBL for a decade, this will be the greatest bargain in SuperCoach history.

Matt Renshaw will be cheap, but has been chosen for Australia A.
3. Matthew Renshaw (Strikers) $67,400 BAT-BWL

He won’t be available at the start of the tournament after being picked for Australia A, but Renshaw is a great price for a player who does a bit of everything for the Strikers. He’s going to bat in the top-order this season and has shown he can provide a few handy wickets too.

Oliver Davies is capable of special shots.
4. Oliver Davies (Thunder) $74,200 BAT
Davies is another who won’t feature in Round 1 after he broke his thumb in a grade cricket game. That’s a shame as he’s a player I had locked in to my Club 23 Legends. He burst onto the BBL scene last summer and no Cal Ferguson – who is part of our KFC SuperCoach team now – means he’ll get big opportunities to bat at No. 3 or No.4.
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Zahir Khan is one of the cheapest internationals this season.
5. Zahir Khan (Renegades) $95,300 BWL
The Renegades are a haven for SuperCoach cheapies this season and Zahir is hard to pass up at $100k. He’s shown talent during stints with Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars and will be tricky to face for batsmen at Docklands. He’s got the goods to be one of the leading spinners of BBL11.
Originally published as KFC SuperCoach BBL: Shane Warne’s top picks for BBL11
Makes a good point on Harvey but if there was an SC BBL commandments then don’t listen to Shane Warne would be one of them.
 
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SuperCoach Plus article: Pre-season power rankings
How do you rank the BBL’s biggest stars in terms of KFC SuperCoach importance? We’ve done the job for you. Check out our pre-season rankings in this week’s SuperCoach Plus article.

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The first power rankings of the KFC SuperCoach BBL pre-season are in.
We’ve crunched the numbers, analysed the form and looked at the KFC SuperCoach prices to determine the 20 players you should look at first when choosing your team.
Of course, these will change in coming days and weeks as we get closer to BBL11, which starts on December 5.

But for now, exclusively available to SuperCoach Plus subscribers, here are the 20 players to try and squeeze into your $2 million salary cap.
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Josh Philippe is ranked No. 1 in our first pre-season SuperCoach Plus rankings.
1. Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers)
The most-popular player in KFC SuperCoach and there’s no doubt the 60 per cent of teams with Philippe have got this one right. The gun wicketkeeper-batter plays twice in Round 1 and is one of the leading run scorers in the Sheffield Shield with 434 runs at an average of 54. If anything, 60 per cent of teams isn’t enough. He should be in 100 per cent.
2. Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades)
Knee injury concern aside, Finch is one of the greatest bargains in KFC SuperCoach history. OK, his form at the T20 World Cup was a bit scratchy and his BBL10 was a disaster. Anyone who paid more than $180k last season for him knows that. But if he can get anywhere near the form which has made him one of the BBL’s top batters for the past decade, you simply can’t afford to miss out.
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3. Tom Curran (Sydney Sixers)
Likely to bat about No. 7 due to Carlos Brathwaite’s injury worries, Curran is one of the best captaincy options for Round 1. There’s no doubting his quality at the death, when the bulk of KFC SuperCoach points are scored with the ball. In BBL08 and BBL09, he took a combined 42 wickets. Batting only accounted for a small percentage of his points two summers ago, but every point counts and the likely absence of Brathwaite has boosted Curran ahead of some of his teammates in the power rankings.

The evergreen Dan Christian is a top KFC SuperCoach option.
4. Dan Christian (Sydney Sixers)
Christian’s role at the Sixers is perfect for KFC SuperCoach. He bowls 2-3 overs most games (you need three to be eligible for the economy rate bonus) and then launches at the end of the innings to pick up the strike rate bonus with the bat. Christian had the highest batting strike rate of any player who scored more than 200 runs in BBL10, going at 182.5 runs per 100 balls. Oh, and there’s the small factor of a Round 1 double. Just lock him in.
5. Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)
Still one of the most destructive batsmen in the world, Lynn’s Round 1 double makes him a must-have in KFC SuperCoach. The Heat slugger is capable of massive scores regardless of the double and although his form in The Hundred wasn’t great (150 runs at 21.4) your KFC SuperCoach season could be over before it started if you fade him and he fires in Round 1.
6. Mujeeb ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat)
One of the leading wicket-takers at the recent T20 World Cup, Mujeeb will arrive in Australia brimming with confidence. The Afghani star has relied largely on the economy rate bonus for KFC SuperCoach points in recent seasons but has added a clear wicket threat to his arsenal of bowling weaponry. He’s a huge price for a player who rarely scores batting or fielding points, but he’s capable of justifying the $208k spend.

Mujeeb ur Rahman was one of the best bowlers in the recent T20 World Cup.
7. Jack Wildermuth (Brisbane Heat)
Remember last season when he was all set to be one of the best Round 1 picks before being called up by Australia A? Pray to the KFC SuperCoach gods that doesn’t eventuate again. Wildermuth has been playing regularly in Queensland grade cricket, a factor which should give him an advantage over many other Aussie players. Wildermuth started the summer with successive hundreds for Valley District and took three wickets in as many 50-over games.
8. Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers)
While you will have to wait until Round 2 for the Strikers’ double, Rashid comes up against last summer’s woodenspooner Melbourne Renegades twice in his opening three games. When you consider Shaun Marsh is injured and Aaron Finch is in doubt, Rashid could have a field day against an inexperienced Renegades’ batting line-up. His last three games against the Renegades are 45, 65 and 84 points which would all be decent returns in the opening round.
9. Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars)
I know, Maxwell at No. 9 just doesn’t look right. But when three teams have the double before the Stars in Round 3, this is as high as I could justify placing him. He’s one of the rare players in KFC SuperCoach that can score points from his bowling, batting and in the field. Spin signing Qais Ahmad won’t play until Round 3-4, so expect Maxwell to do plenty of bowling early. Your season could be toast after a few rounds if you don’t start with him.

10. Ben Dwarshuis (Sydney Sixers)
Reports out of the NSW camp of a side strain are concerning, but Dwarshuis still needs to be in the top-10 based on his BBL record and Round 1 double – pending fitness. The left-armer is shaping as one of the best point of difference selections to start with if he’s good to go for the Sixers in Round 1. Partnering Tom Curran at the death is only going to make him an even greater threat. Dwarshuis has 85 wickets in 69 BBL games, one of the best records in the tournament’s history.
 
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11. Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars)

Based on price and his role as an opening batsman, Stoinis would be a top-five ranked player if he was guaranteed to bowl more. But only eight overs in the past two seasons for the Stars have given KFC SuperCoaches serious headaches. As soon as there’s any indication he’s going to be bowling regularly, jump on. Even then, Stoinis is one of the best batsmen in the BBL and worth consideration on his power at the top of the order alone.


D’Arcy Short was one of the top scorers of BBL10 despite his batting average being down.
12. D’Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes)

Short had one of his worst BBL campaigns with the bat last summer yet still ranked sixth for total KFC SuperCoach points and 13th for average (57.5 points). His increased bowling role certainly helped, but if Short returns to anywhere near the sort of form which earned him a reputation as one of the BBL’s most dangerous batters, his starting price will be a bargain. The great stats man Brice Mitchell pointed out Short hasn’t been in this cheap for years!

13. Daniel Sams (Sydney Thunder)

The Thunder all-rounder added power hitting to his death-bowling prowess last summer to further enhance his reputation as one of the top KFC SuperCoach scorers of recent seasons. The only reason he isn’t top-five in this list is the Thunder doesn’t have a double until Round 10. He’s still one of the most-popular picks in the game though – with good reason. Last season, he hammered 200 runs at a strike rate of 188.7 and took 11 wickets from 10 games, averaging 65.2 points (ranked fourth overall).


Adam Zampa has averaged close to two wickets a game in the BBL for the past two summers.
14. Adam Zampa (Melbourne Stars)

Coming off a dominant T20 World Cup, Zampa is primed to dominate BBL11. The Stars leggie took 13 wickets to help the Aussies claim a historic World T20 title, conceding only 5.81 runs an over from 27 overs. But wait, there’s more. Zampa snared 19 wickets in 12 games last summer for the Stars and 20 wickets from 12 matches in BBL09, eclipsing even Rashid Khan over the same period. You can make a strong case for starting both Khan and Zampa this summer.

15. Daniel Hughes (Sydney Sixers)

There’s always a threat in KFC SuperCoach of starting a cheap batsman and being stuck with them for most of the season. This selection feels risky, but with every passing day KFC SuperCoaches are being left with little choice as more cheapies succumb to injury. Hughes has the Round 1 double, which adds to his appeal, and certainly the class to make a fast start for the Sixers. He has a point to prove as well after not being at his best in the BBL in the past few seasons.

16. Matthew Gilkes (Sydney Thunder)

Opportunity knocks for Gilkes at the top of the order this summer, with Usman Khawaja to be involved in the Ashes squad, Ollie Davies injured and Callum Ferguson retired — to play KFC SuperCoach with us. The keeper-batter is a highly-rated talent in New South Wales and although Englishman Sam Billings might take the gloves, most of Gilkes’ points will come from runs anyway. If you’re not planning to use your second wicketkeeping spot for a captaincy loophole, Gilkes looks like the player to start with.


Harry Nielsen appeals for a wicket against the Hurricanes.
17. Harry Nielsen (Adelaide Strikers)

Alex Carey’s understudy is one of South Australia’s leading run scorers in the Marsh Cup this summer with 197 runs and an average of 39. Nielsen will become one of the top cheapies available if Carey plays himself into the Ashes squad. Carey has long been touted as the likely successor to under-pressure gloveman Tim Paine, although Josh Inglis has also been included in the Australia A squad. If Carey is going to be away for the Round 2 double, Nielsen could start with a real bullet. Reigning champion Chris Baker has picked Nielsen.

18. Matthew Short (Adelaide Strikers)

KFC SuperCoaches have been here before, we understand that. But Short is looming as one of the real beneficiaries of the Australia A squad. Alex Carey and Matt Renshaw going out of the Strikers’ top-order means someone will need to step up and Short seems the obvious option. He’s been bowling well for Victoria and if he picks up a few overs for the Strikers, $62k could be a bargain.

19. Connor Sully (Brisbane Heat)

The young quick has burst onto the scene with a four-wicket haul in the Marsh Cup to put himself in the frame to debut for the Heat early in BBL11. Sully is one of the few players available this season at the basement price of $42k, although there is a risk he plays 1-2 games early and is then pushed out when Mark Steketee, Michael Neser and co. return. Still, with so few $42k players available, he needs to be looked at.

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James Pattinson has returned to the Renegades and is in red-hot form.
20. James Pattinson (Melbourne Renegades)

No bowler in Australia is in the form Pattinson has shown during the Sheffield Shield, snaring 10 wickets in two games for Victoria. He’s expensive at $157k for a player who doesn’t have a double until late in the season. But it’s a huge boost for the Renegades that he’s going to be much more available than he has been in recent summers. In his last outing against Round 1 opponent Adelaide Strikers, he scored 144 points, which underlines his enormous ceiling.

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I have had a bit of a rethink about my team tonight. With the unknown about the Strikers cheap top order, I am thinking of fading all of Wells, Neilson, Short and Gibson and see how they look in R1. If I can squeeze Rashid, Weatherald and Garton into my starting team, I should not have any financial pressure on my R2 trades and grab whichever one or two of the cheap Strikers look to have the better role after watching them play a match. This way might also make it easier to trade out the failed cheap bench picks from R1 if cash is not essential and maybe not get “stuck” with a $62k players who gets dropped.
 
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I know you like to throw out of the box options out there, but if Chris Green opens for the Thunder in round 1 I will hop off the nearest pier!

With Davies’ injury, will likely look like this for Rd1:

Hales
J.Sangha/Gilkes (the other bats 3)
Billings
Ross
Cutting
Sams
McAndrew
Green
Tremain/Cook
T.Sangha

I will be highly surprised if they pick Holt. The only other option is a third international, which is probably the only other option, unless they pull a LRP for Davies.
I guess it's easier to change one spot than do a complete overhaul of the batting line (not that too many BBL teams show any form of flexibility in their batting tactics & adjust the order depending on game circumstance/situation)

Haven't paid much attention to the Thunder to be honest apart that Davies , Doggett , Khawaja & Mahmood are missing the start so

1 Hales
2. Khawaja - Gilkes
3. (Ferguson) Davies - Sangha, J or Holt
4. Billings
5. Ross
6. Cutting
7. Sams
8. McAndrew
9. Green
10. Mahmood - Doggett (inj) , Tremain or Cook
11.Sangha , T

+ Still one local player to come

Could have 3-4 cheap batting options though present themselves

So they could be in line for 4 IRP/LRP's as well for the start

I have limited knowledge of Sydney Grade cricket so no idea who would be in the reckoning.
 
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Can Scott Edwards play BBL as a local ?

Born in Tonga , plays for the Netherlands , Jack Ryder medalist last season.

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Yes he is a dual citizen of Australia & The Netherlands
 
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