The Sydney Thunder have been absolutely awful so far and enter this one as big underdogs against the Stars despite being at home. We have you covered with another $6,000 guaranteed. See our tips below.

Big Bash | Thunder vs. Stars

BATSMEN

Kevin Pietersen – $7,200

He’s much more likeable now he isn’t part of the England team and his ability has never been questioned. He made 15 off just 8 deliveries in the opening match but showed his excellent range of shot-making and is the most exciting batsman in this game.

Kurtis Patterson – $3,000

To be able to fit all of the other players into our team we need to look for some cheap value. Kurtis Patterson has hardly set the world alight so far this tournament with just 55 runs at a strike-rate of 107.84 across his four matches and is averaging just 6.2 moneyball points a game. So why should you pick him? He is opening the batting and is performing well below the form he has shown in the Sheffield Shield and Matador Cup this season. He is due to make runs and at his price even if he fails it is not the end of the world.

WICKET-KEEPER

Jay Lenton – $3,500

The 6’3 wicket-keeper did very well last match with a stumping and 16 runs low down the order for the Thunder. Considering Sam Harper has only faced two balls so far this tournament, Lenton seem to be the better option of the two here.

ALL-ROUNDER

Shane Watson – $8,500

Now that he appears to be back bowling he represents excellent value at $8,500. He has batted at number 3 in both matches he has played so far and bowled two overs last match for a wicket. He’s the perfect all-rounder.

BOWLERS

Patrick Cummins – $9,200

Funnily enough, we’re not really picking him for his excellent bowling ability here. He is the Thunder leading run-scorer with 112 runs so far with three scores above 30. He is really an all-rounder, not a bowler, so we can essentially get an extra all-rounder in our squad by picking him. His bowling has also been excellent, with 4 wickets in 15 overs.

Scott Boland – $7,100

He’s actually been very disappointing so far this season but I do like picking bowlers that bowl towards the death of innings as that’s when most wickets are taken in Twenty20 cricket. He’s got figures of 1/77 off 8 overs so far this tournament but against a poor Thunder batting order this could be the game where he goes bang.

 

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