BBL SuperCoach Team Preview - Sydney Sixers
PREDICTED LINE UP
3- Joe Denly
6-Josh Philippe (wk)
TOP PREMIUM PLAYER
JOE DENLY (BAT $186,800)
The classy English opener will once again be important for the Sixers, until he potentially leaves for international duties midway through the BBL. He is listed as a batsman only in SuperCoach, but is a very capable bowler. This is evidenced by his 20 wickets in the UK Vitality Blast, and his 4/19 in his last T20i for England. The Sixers do have numerous spinners (O’Keefe, Pope, Fallins, Lyon), but expect Denly to still bowl handy overs. Bowling aside, he is a tremendous batsman, scoring 323 runs in the Pakistan Super League and then 409 runs in the Vitality Blast this season. A reliable top order play with a career T20 average of nearly 30, Denly is a consistent performer, and therefore should be a top SuperCoach asset, especially considering the Sixers’ fixture list.
TOP MID PRICED PLAYER
SEAN ABBOTT (BWL $148,300)
After taking 20 wickets in BBL06, Abbot slightly underperformed in BBL07 only taking 13 wickets. Abbott is usually called upon to bowl the death overs, which means that he has a greater chance of taking wickets and securing SuperCoach points than other bowlers. If you are going to pick seam bowlers in SuperCoach, then you generally want to pick guys who will either open the bowling or bowl the death overs as that is where there is the best wicket taking opportunities. Abbott will do that. He is also handy with the bat if given the chance.
TOP CHEAP PLAYER
JACK EDWARDS (BAT/BWL $42,000)
The Sixers are the team of cheapies, with Edwards, Philippe and Avendano all coming in at basement price. However, Edwards undoubtedly looks like the cheapie of the season. His performances in Shield cricket for NSW haven’t been very impressive, averaging only 17 if you take out his 101 vs Tasmania, but his strike rate has still been solid at 52.20. His form in white ball cricket is a different story though. In his five JLT One Day Cup games for NSW, he smashed 273 runs at an average of 54.60, striking at 97.84. Expected to open the batting and bowl some handy medium paced overs for the Sixers, Edwards will have every opportunity to score big SuperCoach points this season, and will make huge amounts of cash.
POINT OF DIFFERENCE
DANIEL HUGHES (BAT $97,800)
Following a strong BBL06 where he scored 304 runs at an average of 43, Hughes backed that up with an inconsistent BBL07 and therefore starts cheap. His career T20 strike of 112 won’t make him a huge amount of SuperCoach points. However, Hughes takes his time at the crease to accumulate runs. In fact, his career T20 average of 31 is very good. He is a player that will largely go overlooked, but I see a lot of value at his current price if he can start the BBL with some runs and will be a handy number for the round 3 double game week. He could be one of those players that goes under the radar all BBL but has a largely successful season, and therefore is nice POD if he gets going.
PREDICTED FINISH – 7TH
There are a lot of young players and new faces in this side, so the Sixers might struggle to keep up with the top teams this season. A lack of star power and explosive batsman might see them rely heavily on Denly to make a lot of runs early on, and the youngsters to step up right away. They will need to bowl well to win games, as I don’t think they will be able to chase down or set big totals too often. A lot hinges on Denly and how well the new faces do, but I don’t see them being too successful this BBL. Instead, this is very much a top team of the future.