Fantasy suggestions for Match No. 35 of BBL 2020-21
Jan 10: Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat, Queensland
Pro Tip: Carrara Oval, Queensland has been the best batting surface in BBL10 so far with an average of only five dismissals per innings. The batting average of 28.68 and strike rate of 145.57 is the best among all venues, so fill your team with batsmen.
Our XI: Josh Philippe, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Steve O’Keefe, Lloyd Pope, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Substitutes: Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Burns, Jack Wildermuth.
Player availability: All players are available as of now.
We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.
Captain: Josh Philippe
Philippe is the ongoing BBL season’s second leading run-scorer with 266 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of 142.24. He has managed to score 40-plus runs in both his last two attempts at Carrara Oval as well as against the Heat.
Vice-captain: Chris Lynn
Lynn, one of the BBL’s most explosive batsmen, has been at his best form since the start of this edition recording scores of 20, 69, 30 and 48 so far. He missed a handful of games in between this season due to an injury, but has never looked out of touch. He has hit 154 sixes in 79 BBL innings, 64 more hits than the next player on the list.
Lewis Gregory: After losing three consecutive games, Gregory has come in and completely changed the fortunes for Heat helping them win four of their next five games. He has picked up six wickets and has scored a crucial 29(27) and 31*(16) so far in this season. He also won the Player-of-the-Match award for his 3 for 22 against Hurricanes earlier in the season.
James Vince: Even though we have not yet seen the consistency of James Vince in the past, he has played a couple of vital knocks for Sixers in this BBL. Heat are one of his favorite opposition in BBL, making scores of 75, 39, 51 and 20 against them in the past and he will look to carry on that form in this game too. He has scored 181 runs in eight games in BBL10.
Mujeeb ur Rahman: Only 19 years old, Mujeeb has overcome a poor BBL09 and performed exceptionally well in BBL10 picking up 12 wickets in seven games at an average of 14.33. The Carrara Oval pitch has been assisting spinners more than pacers in this BBL and he is likely to exploit the conditions better.
Max Bryant: Even though he is yet to register a 50-plus score in BBL10, Bryant has been grinding it out in the middle by top scoring the batting charts for Heat with 210 runs in eight games at a strike rate of 138.15. He scored a 23-ball 40 against Sixers earlier in this season.
Llyod Pope: One of the most exciting prospects from Australia’s spin department is the 21-year old Pope. Although he didn’t get many chances earlier in the season, he has come back and bowled tight lines in recent games with spells of 3-0-15-0 and 2-0-13-2. He was the highest wicket taker in the 2018 U-19 World Cup for Australia with 11 wickets in five games.
- Joe Burns and Joe Denly can be swapped
Source: ESPN Crickinfo