After what has seemed like an eternity, Australia’s favourite cricket competition is back! Heading into it’s 7th season, The Big Bash has continued to grow each year. Fans have fully embraced the concept with the high-energy and fast-paced style of play keeping everyone on the edge of their seats. With the season opener just around the corner and a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool up for grabs, I have put together a list of players who I think will help you win some cash!

Batsmen

Kurtis Patterson ($3,900)

Has long been touted as a future international and rated very highly in the shorter forms of the game. This kid has serious power up the top of the order and will look to get the thunder off to a flying start. At this price he seems like great value with plenty of upside.

Jason Roy ($6,500)

Now this guy is as clean a hitter of the ball as anyone in the league. He boasts a career strike rate of 145 and is no stranger to hitting huge sixes. Could be a risky pick as his aggressive style of play can result in some failures. I think his positives outweigh the negatives though.

Bowlers

Sean Abbot ($9,400)

While he will cost you the top price, Abbot is one of the real superstars of the league. His record in the competition speaks for itself where he sits 4th on the wicket takers list. While he is categorised as a bowler, Abbot is no slouch with the bat and can strike the ball over the fence with ease. He is also a quality fielder with a safe pair of hands.

Fawad Ahmed ($6,500) 

Once in the picture for test selection, Ahmed is one of the top leggies in the country. With awesome variation and a whole bag of tricks in his arsenal, Ahmed is made for T20 cricket. He took 9 wickets last season at a great economy rate of 6.79. Spinners play a crucial role in this format and generally take lots of wickets.

All Rounder

Shane Watson ($9,000)

We all know the quality Shane Watson possesses and he has been in good touch coming into this Big Bash season. A powerful top order batsmen who can masterfully pick apart bowling attacks or punish them with brute force. The Thunder will be relying on Watson to score a big chunk of their runs this year and he is easily the class out of the all rounders in this match. He will bowl all 4 of his overs and can expect him to chime in a with some wickets at a good economy rate.

Wicket Keeper

Jos Buttler ($8,000)

A huge inclusion in the Thunder squad this year, Buttler is a world-class player. He is a regular in the shorter formats for England and will bring much needed experience to a youthful side. He is a powerful batsman who can produce some awesome ball striking to go with handy work behind the stumps. He is only signed on for the first 6 matches before joining up with the English ODI team. He will be wanting to make an impact during his short stay.

 

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