The Big Bash season is finally upon us and what better way to kick it off with $20k guaranteed for the Sydney Derby. Read below for some Big Bash fantasy tips.
Big Bash | Sixers vs. Thunder
Jason Roy – $7,500
Jason Roy is somewhat of a Twenty20 specialist, having played 124 matches with an average of 28.33 at a phenomenal strike rate of 143.88. He made his international debut for England in 2014 and has been an ever-present in their short form team ever since. Roy had a strike rate of 164.45 in the most recent Twenty20 season in England and scored 39 off just 15 balls in the Sixers last practice match against Hong Kong in Coffs Harbour.
Eoin Morgan – $6,500
The Sydney Thunder announced that Eoin Morgan will captain the side in the absence of Shane Watson and the England ODI captain brings a wealth of experience to the lineup, with an illustrious career which includes 170 ODIs for England and 64 T20Is. Eoin Morgan will represent the Sydney Thunder for just the first five games of the season before joining his England team-mates for their limited overs tour of India. His Twenty20 record is excellent with an average of 26.84 at a strike rate of 128.66 and he will add a lot to the Thunder top order, coming in at number three in their last practice match against Bangladesh and adding 33 runs.
Brad Haddin – $6,100
Haddin is going to have to play an important role for the Sixers this year, batting at the top of the order it will be his job to hold the innings together as big hitters around him try to keep the run-rate going. He has plenty of experience and is a safe option to lock into your teams.
Moises Henriques – $9,800
The Sixers captain is going to have to play an extremely integral part in the Sixers bowling attack, given that they are missing Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon who are all on international duty. He has a batting average of 24.39 at a strike rate of 123.81 and a bowling average of 27.76. He should bowl his full allotment of overs and bat in the middle order. His Matador Cup form has been sensational so far in 2016, currently sitting second in run-scoring, amassing 414 runs with a high score of 164*.
Pat Cummins – $4,800
The best bargain in this match is young Pat Cummins, who is a rising star in the game and actually played a test match for Australia before suffering a horror injury. He’s on the comeback trail, most recently playing in all three ODIs against New Zealand and has been in sensational form for the Thunder in their practice matches – taking 2/19 against Bangladesh. While occasionally his economy rate is an issue, he’s a wicket taking bowler who averages a wicket every 19 deliveries throughout his Twenty20 career to date. His Matador Cup form has been strong, with 15 wickets in 6 matches.
Gurinder Sandhu – $3,000
Sandhu is an intriguing option as a minimum priced player thanks to his horror BBL05 season where he took just 1 wicket in 6 matches and had an economy rate of 10.52; however in BBL03 and BBL04 he was the leading wicket taker for the Thunder with 10 and 8 wickets respectively. If he’s back to his best form, which the lead-up matches suggest, he’s a viable punt play at his price.