Ten things we learnt from BBL Fantasy – Round 4


1.     The home ground factor doesn’t seem to be making much difference

This week, the Sixers racked up the frequent flyer points playing at the GABBA and Adelaide Oval within four days. Despite this, they came out with two wins to push themselves to second on the ladder. Last round, both Melbourne teams won away from home without much difficulty and this is because, besides the occasional odd pitch, most BBL wickets are the same. Batsman friendly. So it doesn’t matter whether you’re playing in Queensland, Tasmania or Melbourne most pitches don’t have the characteristic differences that they do in test matches and are easier to adapt to.

2.     Who can stop the Stars?

The Melbourne Stars continue to dominate the competition with a batting line up that has scored 200 or more when batting first and have chased down their required totals quite easily. Whilst teams might be able to take a wicket or two, their depth has created massive problems with six international standard batsmen. Their bowlers are another story all together, it does seem that Malinga is down on pace from last season and Clint McKay is getting spanked but with Bird and Hastings stepping up those cracks are being pasted over.

3.     The Thunder’s woes are continuing

The Thunder are in massive trouble once again. Mike Hussey and Eoin Morgan have carried them since Khawaja’s injury and Warner’s test recall. Dilshan hasn’t fired yet and with Morgan now unavailable, their inexperienced batsmen have to stand up. Jason Floros batted well in the last match but Kurtis Patterson, Daniel Hughes and Ryan Carters need to get amongst the runs in order to take the load off Hussey.

4.     Don’t chase double round players for the sake of it!

Look, I understand the logic of trading in players twice but it does not necessarily mean you are guaranteed a good score. I know people who traded in Nic Maddinson this week for Simon Katich, whilst Katich scored 95, Maddinson ended up with -11 following a duck in the second game. Other players like North and Lee scored well over two games but Maddinson is a warning that nothing is certain even with two games.

5.     The Renegades have the bye this week

Pretty self-explanatory really… I would recommend trading out Murali. Whilst he has been steady, usually capable of getting you 40 points averaging a wicket and the 20 point economy bonus most rounds. Maybe it’s worth bringing in fellow 40 year old spinner Brad Hogg who is a far more attacking spinner who should average more points.

6.     World Class internationals treading water

The number one ranked t20 batsman in the world, Alex Hales, has not fired in this competition so far. Besides a quick fire 40 in the rain cancelled match down in Hobart in round 1, Hales has been dismissed cheaply. I would recommend sticking with him until he goes off for international duties because when he gets it right. You’re going to want those points. LasithMalinga seems to be struggling as well. I don’t know whether he’s carrying an injury or not but his pace is down and it seems he isn’t having the same impact as he did in the previous season.

7.     Premiership Hangover?

Last year’s champs the Brisbane Heat have been fairly lacklustre this season. Despite a strong side on paper, their batsmen haven’t fired with Luke Pombersbach especially not in form. Their bowlers haven’t been able to contain sides either conceding over 200 twice. It will be an uphill battle to even make the finals from here.

8.     Hobart will be happy to be on the park

Whilst the Melbourne Renegades have played five matches the Hobart Hurricanes have really only played two matches so far! With the match rained off in round one and the bye in round four, they’ll be happy to just be out on the park this round and will face the Perth Scorchers tomorrow night.

9.     Aaron Finch has hit himself into form

Unless you are a Renegade supporter, this is bad. Really, really bad. Thankfully he will be off to for international duties soon!

10.   BBL Fantasy is a cruel game

You may have a great side on paper, you may have batsmen who hit 50 runs the previous week or you may just have traded someone out who was scoring terribly and then they’ve pulled out a massive one. This is mainly because t20 cricket is, in part, a game of luck. So don’t fret if you pull out a terrible score every now and then because that’s the game… or at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself

Good luck in round 5!


  • Cheers Feathertop! Good Article!

    My Team:
    BAT: Finch, White, Bopara, Hales (North)
    ALL: Henriques, Wright (Hastings)
    WKP: Kieswetter (Whiteman)
    BOWL: Rimmington, Hazlewood, Bird, Vettori (Sandri)
    CASH LEFT: $68,300

    I’m thinking of trading Hastings to Marsh and maybe Sandri to Behrendorff. Also, would you field Kieswetter or Whiteman? I’m thinking of benching Finch this week and trading him next week. I don’t want a donut from my bowlers!

    Thoughts are much appreciated!

  • Great Article Mate!

    BAT: Finch, Bopara, Hales, Maddinson. (Katich)
    ALR: M.Marsh, Hastings. (Wright)
    WK: Kieswetter. (Nevill)
    BOWL: Bird, Hazelwood, Cutting, Murali. (Rose)

    $6k Remaining. Thinking of going Finch – Hussey and Murali – Nannes. Don’t want to trade in any Scorchers players because I have two forced trades next week with Katich/Hales having the bye and Bopara is in the English ODI squad. Would love everyone’s thoughts!

  • Went Murali to Bird, thoughts?

  • Does anyone know the the ODI team is named and when players will be unavailable?

    • according to cricinfo: already named
      dates are Jan 12 to Jan 26

      AUS: Clarke, Bailey, Coulter-Nile, Doherty, Faulkner, Finch, Haddin, Johnson, McKay, SMarsh, Maxwell, JPattinson, Warner, Watson

      ENG: Cook, Ballance, Bell, Bopara, Bresnan, Briggs, Broad, Buttler, Carberry, Finn, Jordan, Morgan, Rankin, Root, Stokes, Tredwell, Woakes

    • The ODI squads are available on the cricket australia website

  • Who should I trade in for Murali?

    Doug Bollinger, Gurinder Sandhu or Cameron Gannon???

    I am thinking Bollinger because he has had the break and has the double game coming up

    What do you think???

  • BAT: Finch, Marsh, Hales, Katich (Maddinson)
    ALR: Marsh, Wright (henriques)
    WK: Kieswetter (Whiteman)
    BWL: Cutting, Rimmington, Bird, McKay (Bollinger)

    17k remaining and not sure what to do maybe mckay to coulter-nile but not sure about other trade

    • Finch, SMarsh and McKay are ALL in the ODI squad, so you’d think they’d all be unavailable for selection (Coulter-Nile is too, just to nip that one)

  • Who is the best batsmen to put in? (excluding Finch, White, Hales, Katich & North)

  • Will Maxwell be available for the Jan 11 game, when Australia play the ODI on the 12th?

  • Is #4 a joke? It is absolutely essential to chase double game players, they have been getting massive scores.

    • I would say it’s not at all a joke… trading to get Maddinson in was a waste (if people did that). Proven players would be the ones you’re after. I won’t be chasing any Scorchers this week as they’ve got the bye next week – plus I have two trades to use on internationals.

      • Exactly right, I traded in Maddinson (-11) for White (116) last round and look how far that got me. This week I had to sheepishly do the exact opposite of that trade and get White back in.

  • Will Shaun Marsh play both of his games this round? 7th and 12th from memory, with the ODI’s starting on the 12th?

  • Who should I trade in for Murali?

    Doug Bollinger, Gurinder Sandhu, Behrendorff or Cameron Gannon???

    I need to win this week so should I go Behrendorff knowing that I will have to trade him out next week?

    What do you think???

  • Will bopara play this round???

  • 1 thing I learnt about BBL.

    Live stats is a joke.