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Predicting each BBL team’s best XI

Nic predicts the best XIs for BBL06.

This article will attempt to help you guys put together your BBL Fantasy squads by giving you an idea as to how each team might line up this season. For this article I’ve used previous BBL’s as a reference point and taken form into account where possible.

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Adelaide Strikers

  1. Ben Dunk
  2. Tim Ludeman (WK)
  3. Travis Head
  4. Brad Hodge
  5. Kieron Pollard
  6. Jonathon Dean
  7. Michael Neser*
  8. Kane Richardson
  9. Adil Rashid
  10. Ben Laughlin*
  11. Billy Stanlake
  12. Jon Holland

Biggest loss from BBL|05: Mahela Jayawardene (replaced by Pollard)

Depth: Jake Lehmann, Gary Putland*, Craig Simmons, Kelvin Smith, Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald.

Key points: An important note here is that you should always be looking for wicketkeepers who bat near the top of the order and Tim Ludeman, despite a poor BBL05, fits that description. Watch out for Ben Laughlin who is technically out of contract with the Strikers, along with Michael Neser and Gary Putland so whether they’re actually playing is up in the air.

Ladder prediction: 3rd

Tim Ludeman – Adelaide Strikers

Brisbane Heat

  1. James Pierson (WK)
  2. Brendon McCullum
  3. Joe Burns
  4. Chris Lynn
  5. Marnus Labuschagne
  6. Nathan Reardon
  7. Ben Cutting
  8. Josh Lalor
  9. Luke Feldman
  10. Samuel Badree
  11. Andrew Feketee
  12. Jason Floros

Biggest loss from BBL|05: James Hopes (retired)

Depth: Alex Doolan, Alex Ross, Sam Heazlett, Mitchell Swepson and Jake Wildermuth

Key points: Joe Burns being freed up from international duties certainly helps the Heat out, but their bowling stocks are razor thin. Badree is world-class, but beneath him is nobody. Chris Lynn’s availability for round one is unknown as he recovers from injury.

Ladder prediction: 6th

Brendon McCullum – Brisbane Heat

Hobart Hurricanes

  1. Tim Paine (WK)
  2. Kumar Sangakkara
  3. Jonathan Wells
  4. George Bailey
  5. Dan Christian
  6. Ben McDermott
  7. Simon Milenko
  8. Stuart Broad
  9. Cameron Boyce
  10. Jake Reed
  11. Shaun Tait
  12. Dom Michael

Biggest loss from BBL|05: Darren Sammy (replaced by Stuart Broad)

Depth: Ben McDermott, Sam Rainbird, Hamish Kingston and Clive Rose.

Key points: The Hurricanes still have three list spots to fill which is why they have minimal depth. They recently traded Ben Dunk to the Strikers in return for Hamish Kingston and they’ll be hoping to get more from legendary batsman Kumar Sangakkara who failed to deliver last season.

Ladder prediction: 7th

Kumar Sangakkara – Hobart Hurricanes

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Melbourne Renegades

  1. Aaron Finch
  2. Marcus Harris
  3. Cameron White
  4. Dwayne Bravo
  5. Callum Ferguson
  6. Tom Cooper
  7. Peter Nevill (WK)
  8. James Pattinson
  9. Nathan Rimmington
  10. Brad Hogg
  11. Sunil Narine
  12. Peter Siddle

Biggest loss from BBL|05: Chris Gayle (replaced by Narine)

Depth: Chris Tremain, Xavier Doherty, Matthew Wade (test), Tom Beaton, Nick Winter and Guy Walker

Key points:  Why the Renegades would opt for two big name spinners when Etihad Stadium proved a spinners’ nightmare last season is odd, but they’ve put together a strong team and have some solid depth. Cameron White is in great form right now and should be considered for your team.

Ladder prediction: 5th

Dwayne Bravo – Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Stars

  1. Luke Wright
  2. Marcus Stoinis
  3. Kevin Pietersen
  4. Glenn Maxwell
  5. David Hussey
  6. James Faulkner
  7. Tom Triffitt (WK)
  8. John Hastings
  9. Adam Zampa
  10. Scott Boland
  11. Michael Beer
  12. Ben Hilfenhaus

Biggest loss from BBL|05: None

Depth: Peter Handscomb (test), Evan Gulbis, Sam Harper, Dan Worrall, Robert Quiney and Sebastian Gotch.

Key points: The Melbourne Stars come into BBL|06 with an unchanged list which is a feat in itself. They’ve lost Handscomb to the test side, but have a plethora of keeping options behind him including Tom Triffitt, Sam Harper and even Robert Quiney if it comes to that. Their batting depth may be the only query.

Ladder prediction: 2nd

Glenn Maxwell – Melbourne Stars

Perth Scorchers

  1. Michael Klinger
  2. Shaun Marsh
  3. Adam Voges
  4. Mitchell Marsh
  5. Ian Bell
  6. David Willey
  7. Ashton Agar
  8. Sam Whiteman (WK)
  9. Mitchell Johnson
  10. Nathan Coulter-Nile*
  11. Andrew Tye
  12. Hilton Cartwright

Biggest loss from BBL|05: Brad Hogg (Renegades)

Depth: Jason Behrendorff (injured), James Muirhead, Ashton Turner, Joel Paris, Cameron Bancroft and Jhye Richardson

Key points: If the Scorchers get their best XI together, nobody will be able to stop them. Thankfully for everyone else, it’s unlikely Coulter-Nile will be fit in time for the start of the season and Shaun Marsh could be called back into the test squad. However, they have strong enough depth to cover both without much issue.

Ladder prediction: 1st

Michael Klinger – Perth Scorchers

Sydney Sixers

  1. Jason Roy
  2. Brad Haddin (WK)
  3. Daniel Hughes
  4. Moises Henriques
  5. Sam Billings
  6. Jordan Silk
  7. Johan Botha
  8. Stephen O’Keefe
  9. Sean Abbott
  10. Joe Mennie
  11. Doug Bollinger
  12. Ben Dwarshuis

Biggest loss from BBL|05: Michael Lumb (replaced by Roy)

Depth: Jackson Bird (test), Nic Maddinson (test), Nathan Lyon (test), Mitchell Starc (test), Josh Hazlewood (test), Ryan Carters and Henry Thornton

Key points: Where do we start with this rabble of a squad? The Sixers have had a team made up of test players for many years now and have done nothing about it as the problem grows. They have no depth available and their XI isn’t a great starting point.

Ladder prediction: 8th

Moises Henriques – Sydney Sixers

Sydney Thunder

  1. Shane Watson
  2. Kurtis Patterson
  3. Aiden Blizzard
  4. Eoin Morgan
  5. Andre Russell*
  6. Ben Rohrer
  7. Jake Doran (WK)
  8. Pat Cummins
  9. Clint McKay
  10. Gurinder Sandhu
  11. Fawad Ahmed
  12. Chris Green

Biggest loss from BBL|05: Michael Hussey (retired)

Depth: Usman Khawaja (test), Alister McDermott, Ryan Gibson, Nathan McAndrew, Jason Sangha and Arjun Nair

Key points: The Thunder lost Hussey and Jaques Kallis from their tournament winning team and haven’t really replaced them. Morgan comes into the side, but there’s still a clear hole at the top of the order with Khawaja also out. They still have list spots to fill and the Thunder are awaiting the results of Andre Russell’s hearing before confirming him as their second international signing.

Ladder prediction: 4th

Shane Watson – Sydney Thunder

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    November 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Anyone wanna join a league?
    Code: 796875

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    November 28, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    How come no mention of craig simmons i the strikers team, hes in best 11

    • Nic Negrepontis

      Nic Negrepontis

      November 29, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Had a poor BBL05. Can’t see him in their starting XI. Especially at the top of the order.

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        November 30, 2016 at 2:28 pm

        Agree Simmons is depth, Could also see Carey playing ahead of Ludeman, Man is killing it at state level and is coming of a good Matador as well

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        December 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm

        ludeman didn’t play!

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    November 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    McKay and Maddinson or Pollard and Roy

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      Nic Negrepontis

      November 29, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Maddinson is in the test squad, so the other two.

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    November 29, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Who is the inform import in batting, Roy / Bell / McCullem / Morgan?

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    November 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I have Lynn but due to what you said should I get rid of him if so who should I get rid of him for which one will be the best options out of these Bravo,Finch,Willey or Henriques. Also is worth getting Russell? And should I keep Head despite he may be in the Australian Squad?

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      November 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Go with your gut, Lynn should still average highly. Head is in the one day squad not the test team he should be fine.
      Russell and Bravo are definitely worth having

      • Nic Negrepontis

        Nic Negrepontis

        November 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        If Lynn plays round 1, back him in. Not 100% sure what his injury status is. I’d go Bravo simply because all-rounders have more scoring potential. Don’t pick Andre Russell until the Thunder confirm his status. He may be able to play in this tournament depending on his ICC hearing. The Aus/NZ tour shouldn’t affect the BBL.

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    November 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Haddin,Ludeman or Dunk as wicketkeeper? Also is Klinger worth getting in due to him been pretty underpriced in my opinion?

    • Nic Negrepontis

      Nic Negrepontis

      November 30, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Haddin of those 3. Klinger opening the batting makes him potentially a good option.

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    November 30, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Can you give me any tips or help on anyway to improve my team cheers appreciate it.This is my team

    Batsmen- Shane Watson,Dwayne Bravo,Cameron White,Michael Klinger and Kevin Pietersen with Marcus Harris and Kumar Sangakarra on my bench.
    Wicketkeeper- Ben Dunk and on the bench Jake Doran
    Bowlers-Andre Russell,Travis Head,Ben Cutting,Michael Johnson and Luke Wright with Brad Hogg and Guriender Sandhu on my bench.
    Thoughts on my team appreciate it love your work as well!

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      November 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Also 20k left as well

    • Nic Negrepontis

      Nic Negrepontis

      November 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Doesn’t look like there’s anything wrong with the team! Don’t mind the batsman heavy angle either. They tend to average more.

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      November 30, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Just watch out first round Pietersen and Wright have a bye. But you have good bench cover for them

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    November 30, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Would love some feedback on this team:
    BAT – Russell, Head, Willey, White, Blizzard (Sangakkara, Hughes)
    WIC – Haddin (Doran)
    BOW – Henriques, Bravo, Watson, Johnson, Pollard (Cartwright, Nair)

    Russell will depend on availability, if available a must have!
    Bench rookies will depend on playing.

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    November 30, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    How much of an impact do you think the dot-ball scoring will play? Make bowlers more important than selecting batting all-rounders?

    Also Doran seems no brainer for WK2 seeing as he’s basement price and the only keeper the Thunder have.

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      December 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      I’d prefer to go to Dunk as he bats too and is likely to actually score well, and increase his price dramatically compared to Doran.

      And I tried looking for hours trying to find BBL stats on bowlers in regards to dot balls, I don’t thin they’ll be huge, but they will add up with a 4 overs with a couple dot balls each over.

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    December 1, 2016 at 6:50 am

    BAT: T.Head, J.Roy, E.Morgan, K.Pollard, K.Sangakkara (K.Patterson, M.Harris)

    WK: T.Paine (B.Dunk)

    BOWL: A.Russell, M.Henriques, C.McKay, S.Badree, P.Cummins (J.Botha, G.Sandhu)

    Lots of Sydneys and Adelaide for the R1 double. Liking the new setup without all-rounders and with dot ball points.

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    December 1, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Thoughts on current team:
    Bat: A Russell, D Christian, K Pollard, J Botha, K Sangakkara,(M Harris, K Patterson)
    WK: Dunk (Paine)
    Bowl: M Henriques, D Bravo, S Watson, S Badree, M Marsh (J Faulkner, G Sandhu)

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      December 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Henriques is under an injury cloud, monitor.

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    December 1, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Also would it be a good idea to trade Russell out in Round 2 for McCullum which will allow Patterson to be upgraded to Pietersen.

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      December 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      The way I see it, If you choose Russell R1, you keep him the entire season.

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    December 1, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Please keep in mind I have never played BBL Fantasy and I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve never even heard of half these players. With that in mind I’d love some honest feedback about this team.

    Team Name: The Harlequins

    Cash Left: $7,800

    Bat: A.Russell, A.Finch, A.Voges, C.White, K.Sangakkara (J.Silk, J.Floros)

    Wkp: T.Ludeman (T.Triffitt)

    Bwl: T.Head, D.Bravo, A.Zampa, S.Badree, M.Johnson (G.Sandhu, H.Cartwright)

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      December 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Completely fine with the batters, don’t like the bench options though. Look for the 30kish players. (Harris, Hughes, Carey, Weatherald, Patterson etc).

      I fee mostly every team should start with Haddin, as it’s a double game for them R1. I’d go Doran or Dunk for W2 as well, but yours should work too.

      Zampa and Badree are POD’s, i’ve considered both so I like your bowlers. Bench options fine IMO too.

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    December 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Well here’s an early little team, got a few players I don’t want to change, but some rookies and players I know nothing abut are subject to change.

    Head, SMarsh, McCullum, Hughes, Blizzard. (Sanga, Weatherald**) – Not sure if Weathers will get game time as I know nothing of him.

    Paine. (Dunk) – Thinking of going to Doran to free up a little more cash.

    Dre, Watto, Cutting, Pollard, MMarsh. (Wright, Faulker) – Both DP’s, and both have 1st round bye. Will help a lot having these 2 for the double bye rounds, not to mention they can both score.

    Got 15,600 left over at this point.

    Anyway, would like some thoughts or queries.

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      December 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Weatherald has been playing good cricket for the redbacks in shield and matador and no doubt will play well for strikers however the concern is whether he gets a slot in that batting lineup

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    December 2, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Ok this is my first time not winging my team

    BAT; Head, Lynn, S. Marsh, Pollard, Blizzard (Sanga, Harris)

    WKP; Haddin (Dunk)

    BWL; Bravo, Watson, McKay, Christian, Richardson (Sandhu, Cartwright)

    $13,300 in the bank
    My plans are to drop Dunk to Doran in order to go McKay to Maxwell, and then Ride Blizzard and Sandhu till their bye and downgrade/upgrade them to get a premo… (granted they make enough cash)

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      Fantasy Guru (YouTube)

      December 4, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Shaun Marsh will probably eventually be re-called for the test match so I probably wouldn’t be starting with him. Other than that good batting lineup. Shane Watson also got injured in his BBL warm up and is likely he will miss the start of the BBL season so I would go after someone else.I would just drop Dunk to Doran since of how cheap Doran is before the start of the season because he is at basement price.

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    December 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Who would be best to get out of Harris, Patterson and Blizzard? Only need one of them Sangakkaras in my other bench spot

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      December 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Blizzard because he played well in his BBL Warm up match and will likely be opener now with Watson out for the start of the season.

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        December 9, 2016 at 2:37 pm

        Hey Nic,
        I wouldn’t mind some feedback on this squad mate:

        BAT- McCullum, Klinger, White, Sangakkara, Patterson (Pietersen, Harris)
        WK- Haddin (Dunk)
        BOWL- Henqriues, Bravo, Christian, Badree, Abbott (Zampa, Agar)

        Still $30k left in the bank. What should I do with it?

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    December 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    With Shane Watson (Sydney Thunder) unlikely going to play for the start of the upcoming BBL season due to a calf injury he did in his BBL Warm up. Who would be the best replacement for Watson I can use him as a bowler or batter?

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    Random Guy

    December 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Pollard or Klinger?

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    December 9, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    what do you guys think of Badree as a pod

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    December 20, 2016 at 8:54 am

    League Code

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    December 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Mitch Marsh or not?

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