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Big Bash Team Previews: Part 3

Over the next week we’re doing brief team previews ready for our Big Bash debut on 5th December. Hopefully our thoughts will help you craft those Big Bash teams that top the leaderboard come the end of January!

Number 5 – Brisbane Heat

2020/21 Performance

4th place, won 7 and lost 7

Internationationals to avoid

Swepson, Labuschagne and Neser are all in the Aussie Ashes squad.
Mark Steketee is with Australia A.
Tom Abell is with the England Lions.

Overseas stars

Star of the show here is Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman. 7th ranked in T20 internationals, and has three Big Bash seasons under his belt. He had the best economy rate of all bowlers in last season’s competition.

Somerset captain Tom Abell could be a great pick at just 8m. A batting all-rounder with a fearsome strike rate, and some useful medium pacers to boot. He’ll miss the first few games, but from then on could be a great pick.

Ben Duckett will feature as the Heat’s gloveman, coming straight from a great season in the Hundred. Maybe not the most obvious pick for your keeper spot, but very nicely priced at 8m. 

Ones to watch

Chris Lynn is Mr Big Bash, and will look for another huge campaign with the bat. 4th in total runs last season, even at a lofty 10.5m he could just be a must-pick.

Rahman’s spin will be well complimented by a strong overall bowling attack. Jack Wildermuth, Connor Sully and Xavier Bartlett all catch the eye.

Predicted first game xi

Chris Lynn
Max Bryant
Ben Duckett
Sam Heazlett
James Peirson
Jack Wildermuth
James Bazley
Xavier Bartlett
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Matthew Kuhnemann
Connor Sully

Number 6 – Sydney Thunder

2020/21 Performance

3rd place, won 8 and lost 6

Internationationals to avoid

Saqib Mahmood is with England Lions.
Usman Khawaja is in the Ashes squad.

Overseas stars

England fans will know all about the lively Sam Billings. He’ll be available for the whole campaign, and can be relied on to score quickly late in the innings. Pricey for a keeper at 9.5m though.

Alex Hales was the star of BB10, scoring the most runs and slaying bowlers at a fantastic strike rate. Also topped the sixes chart with 30 in last season’s campaign.

Saqib Mahmood will miss the first few games, but could become an option later on at 8.5m. Seriously rapid,a good Big Bash campaign could see Mahmood flirt with an England test call-up.

Ones to watch

Daniel Sams could score some excellent all-round points, and is handily priced at just 8.5m. Other than that it’s all about the English here. Hales, Billings and Mahmood could prove fearsome foes at the tournament progresses.

Predicted first game xi

Alex Hales
Matthew Gilkes
Sam Billings
Alex Ross
Jason Sangha/Baxter Holt
Daniel Sams
Ben Cutting
Chris Green
Nathan McAndrew
Tanveer Sangha
Christopher Tremain/Jono Cook

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