BBL06 Studs and Duds  

Updated: December 14, 2016

With the BBL06 starting on the 20th of December, there is plenty of Fantasy Big Bash managers that will be thinking who is the gold mine of a team, but obviously there will also be the one ones we at OTLS like to call “Duds”

Adelaide Strikers


Stud: Kane Richardson- Oh Mr Richardson, how are you my good sir? For some reason the tall fast bowler cannot seem to even get into an Australian ODI squad, but for fantasy owners it is news to their ears. Sure he may have only struck 5 times in his 5 games last year, but if his form in the domestic competitions are anything to go by this year, Richardson, who is one of the competitions best death bowlers will heavily feature in many fantasy sides this year.

Dud: Tim Ludeman- Is it incredibly harsh to call one of the Strikers most consistent players a dud? Perhaps so, for the sixth edition of the Big Bash League, Ludeman has always been the first pick keeper in the Strikers set up. This year he has competition in Ben Dunk and Alex Carey as men who want to take over with the gloves at some point. Sure Dunk may spend a lot of time in the outfield but Carey has been in good form for the Redbacks and if Ludeman gets off to a slow start, his spot may no longer be secure.

Brisbane Heat


Stud: Chris Lynn- Superstar, an absolute superstar for the Heat in #BBL05, Lynn was the sides leading running scorer with 201 runs separating him from the next best batsman Lendl Simmons. Arguably one of the sides most important players and he thrives on that role. With the addition of Brendan McCullum the Heat fans can expect some unbelievable fireworks setting off at the GABBA with Lynn and McCullum aiming to deposit a couple into Vulture Street.

Dud: Joe Burns- You will notice a bit of a theme here, Test players who don’t seem able to transfer their skills in the longer format to the shortest format. Unlike his former test opening partner David Warner, Joe Burns seems to be in a form slump leading to the Big Bash, after being dropped from the test side Burns has struggled since being sent back to Shield cricket. Opening up with McCullum is going to add extra pressure to his cause as well with McCullum aiming to go at more than two runs a ball. Does Burns have a gear that we haven’t seen before? For me, it’s a no and he’ll have to prove many a doubters wrong in that case.

Hobart Hurricanes


Stud: Dan ChristianWith the likes of Sangakarra, Bailey and even Broad in the Hurricanes squad, it may seem strange to some that the man they call ‘DC’ is the Hurricanes stud. But here’s why, he comes in down the order from anywhere between positions 5-7 and as we all know can hit the ball out of any ground in the competition, he bowls his deceiving at off cutters and picks up “red time” wickets and he is never “out of the game” an absolute must as part of your thinking.

Dud: Shaun Tait- “The Wild Thing” and that is no understatement, reaching speeds above 150km/h and sometimes even 160km/h throughout his career, Tait is now far from what he used to be. He represented Glamorgan in our winter for England’s T20 Blast, but let’s be honest he struggled. Only taking 6 wickets in 9 games as the express pace opening bowler just is not good enough, stay clear, stay well clear.

Melbourne Renegades


Stud: Cameron White- An average of over 30, one of the most consistent batsman going around in Twenty20 and limited overs competition in the world, Cameron White is the definition of “stud” in fantasy terms. Expect him to come in at 3 behind Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris and when Finch potentially leaves for ODI duties he may be opening the batting and that could prove a goldmine for all fantasy coaches.

Dud: Peter Nevill- Incredibly hard to find a weak link in the Renegades squad for BBL06, but alas there has to be one fantasy dud and it was a toss up between Peter Siddle and Nevill. Nevill unfortunately got the nod, as he may only see time in the middle for a handful of balls towards the end of an innings as he’ll be coming in at 7 based on previous seasons. It’s a pass for one of the cleanest keepers going around in the country.

Melbourne Stars


Stud: Kevin Pietersen- One of the most sought after signatures around the world in Twenty20 competitions. With an average at just under 35 can you blame sides for wanting him? If the stars want to go one better and win BBL06 this summer Kevin Pietersen needs to be up in the most runs scored for the competition possibly alongside his countryman Luke Wright. Despite having a “bye” in the first round Kevin Pietersen is a must in your fantasy side.

Dud: Ben Hilfenhaus- We go from one of the most selected players in fantasy to arguably one of the least selected. The man named “Hilfy” is a fair way back in the Stars bowling lineup until the limited overs players head away for their ODI fixtures. It’s simple. Avoid.

Perth Scorchers


Stud: Michael Klinger- At an average of 38.91 in Twenty20’s throughout his career (mostly at the top of the order) Maxy Klinger is without a doubt one of the most consistent T20 batsman going around in the world at the minute. Expect him to open the batting with either Shaun Marsh or Ian Bell throughout the season and we all know how capable Klinger is at batting to at least the 15th over. A must.

Dud: James Muirhead- Remember this guy? Played 5 T20I’s back in 2014 debuting against England and then heading to the Twenty20 world cup? Well since then he has done a whole lot of nothing. He has moved over to Perth to take over the number one spinning role in the side, but will they even need him? With Johnson, Cartwright, Paris, Mitch Marsh, Behrendorff, Coulter-Nile and Ashton Agar offering a spinning option it’s hard to see where Muirhead will actually fit in.

Sydney Sixers


Stud: Brad Haddin- It is absolutely amazing that a 39 year old is deemed a stud for the Sixers, but how can argue? He is an entertaining top order batsman who stands behind the stumps to the likes of Doug Bollinger and Joe Mennie who will consistently charge in, has spinners such as Johan Botha and Nathan Lyon (towards the back end) which will try and drag opposition batsman out of their crease. It is almost a lock for Haddin to take one of your wicket keeping roles this summer.

Dud: Stephen O’Keefe– As a spinner in BBL06 fantasy you have to be consistently taking wickets, and with O’Keefe’s average at a tick under 30 at 29.64 it just is not good enough and there are better spinning options out there to throw into your lineup. His economy rate of 6.95 is intriguing as we know he keeps it tight, but even with that the next big issue is his body, can he get it right and get some consistent cricket into him? It’s a No from me.

Sydney Thunder:


Stud: Kurtis Patterson- If Cameron White has been the most consistent limited overs batsman in Australia over the last couple of years, there is one man coming for his throne (but in all formats) and he is Kurtis Patterson, having been in the test selectors minds leading up to the Adelaide test Pattersonw ill be looking to show his versatility that was on display in the Matador One Day Cup which saw him be a key cog in the NSW side who went on to win it, an absolute bargain in Fantasy this season and expect him to play a crucial role for the Thunder if they have any hope of going back to back.

Dud: Gurinder Sandhu- A bit like Muirhead, remember this guy? He played two One Dayers for Australia back in 2015 and hasn’t done much since. He was borderline awful in last season’s Big Bash League and eventually lost his place in the Sydney Thunder side. With the likes of McKay and Cummins expected to open the bowling, batting sides will be looking to go after a particular bowler from the Thunder and it could be their medium pacer in Sandhu. Pass.

Written by – James Herbert (@Herbie0809)

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