I have two goals in KFC SuperCoach BBL this season.
Firstly, to improve on my best ever ranking of 500th of 70,000 players last year — I’m aiming for top 10 in the upcoming season.
Secondly, and most importantly, is to beat main rivals in the Fox Cricket commentary crew — Mike Hussey, Isa Guha and Michael Vaughan — and also emerging KFC SuperCoach guru Callum Ferguson.
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I smashed them all last year and they are all playing catch-up in 2021/22.
Hussey is probably the biggest threat. He does very well in both KFC SuperCoach AFL and BBL and you can guarantee Mr Cricket is studying during every single waking moment, and probably while asleep.
Isa studies every night over a glass of wine and in between commentary stints. She absolutely loves the game and will be tough to beat.
No-one needs to worry about Vaughan because he’ll just name every English player possible and therefore come last.
Ferguson is new to the KFC SuperCoach BBL crew. I’ve heard he is very good but he’ll need to pull out the big guns and make an impression early.
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Josh Phillippe (Sydney Sixers) $177,300 WKP-BAT
Matt Gilkes (Sydney Thunder) $62,500 WKP-BAT
Josh Phillippe is an extremely talented young cricketer and a genuine chance of playing for Australia in all three formats in the not-to-distant future. Also has the double in the opening round.
D’Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes) $179,600 BAT-BWL
Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat) $172,500 BAT
Ben McDermott (Hobart Hurricanes) $163,200 BAT-WKP
Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars) $163,200 BAT-BWL
Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades) $62,500 BAT
Ollie Davies (Sydney Thunder) $74,200 BAT
Matt Renshaw (Adelaide Strikers) $67,400
The Hulk, Marcus Stoinis, is my first player picked. He is one of the leading runscorers in the BBL over the last few years and bowls some handy overs. He gets a bit of tap and gets whacked but takes wickets, which is really important. Also quite cheap this season after barely bowling last year.
We’ve seen how destructive D’Arcy Short is at the top of the order, but his left-arm wrist spinners are also extremely underrated. He could even come into calculations for Test matches this summer.
Chris Lynn has been through a tough period with injuries but I feel he still has plenty to offer in BBL. Ben McDermott is a player I’ve always rated for his hitting ability, while for a player of his calibre, Aaron Finch is outrageously cheap after a poor BBL and impossible to ignore.
Ollie Davies makes the cut based on hitting potential shown last year, while Matt Renshaw is very cheap for a guy who has played for Australia and gone well in the Big Bash previously with both bat and ball.
Daniel Sams (Sydney Thunder) $203,700 BWL BAT
Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) $198,700 BWL
Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars) $195,500 BAT-BWL
Mitch Marsh (Perth Scorchers) $132,700 BAT-BWL
Joel Paris (Hobart Hurricanes) $62,500 BWL
Josh Kann (Hobart Hurricanes) $42,000 BAT-BWL
Spencer Johnson (Adelaide Strikers) $42,000 BWL
Daniel Sams is evolving all the time and his numbers are outstanding in the BBL. He bowls in the tough overs and his batting is dangerous at the end.
I’ve never played a KFC SuperCoach season without Rashid Khan and I’m not planning on changing this year. His prowess with the ball is well known and he’s turned himself into a handy lower order hitter.
Glenn Maxwell is Australia’s most dangerous player in T20 cricket and simply must be a part of the Club 23 Legends. He bats, he bowls and he’s probably the best fielder in Australia.
Mitch Marsh is my pick for the most powerful hitter in Australia. He plays half his games in Perth and loves those fast bouncy conditions and also takes some very handy wickets. Joel Paris is a talented player who has never got off the ground due to injury, while Josh Kann and Spencer Johnson are my cheapies.