Just three rounds left in this year’s Big Bash League before we head to the semi-finals, the Points Table at the present moment is still tight, with five teams tied at four points each, separated only by net run-rate. Table-toppers Brisbane Heat would be in action this round, and they would be without their in-form batsman Chris Lynn, who would be attending international duty, with the likes of Mitch Marsh, Adam Zampa, Glen Maxwell, Travis Head, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins and Billy Stanlake.
Cricket-21 has picked our BBL Fantasy Team for the three games in Round 6.
Brendon McCullum | Brisbane Heat
The Brisbane Heat opener was seen in fierce form this BBL, scoring 198 runs with a strike rate of 175.8. The second-leading runs scorer among openers and sixth overall, Brendon McCullum has four 30+ scores in just five innings so far.
With Chris Lynn travelling to play in the ODI series against Pakistan, the onus would fall on McCullum to ensure that the Heats stay on the top of the league.
Ben Dunk | Adelaide Strikers (WKT)
The wicket-Keeper batsman has been the best opener for Strikers, scoring 232 runs at an averageof 58.0, more than that of Tim Paine’s average from his six innings so far.His strike rate of 184.3 in the Powerplay overs would be pivotal in securing a win against the Stars, which would get the Strikers to the top half of the table.
Kevin Pieterson | Melbourne Stars (C)
The 36-year-old, despite missing the first game, is the leading run scorer for the Stars. He would be taking guard against the Strikers after coming off two fifties, the second of which helped record his team’s first 200 this season.The right-hander could be traded in ahead of other Stars batsmen including, Rob Quiney, Luke Wright and Glenn Maxwell, whose Boundary % are far lesser than Pieterson’s 63.51%.
Having scored nine fifties in 21 BBL games, Cricket-21 expects the Stars batsman to continue his good run down under this season.
Ian Bell | Perth Scorchers
Ian Bell who has been priced at $53,700 has been the most consistent batsman for Perth Scorchers and has earned 176 points at the end of round five. The Perth Scorchers could use Bell’s limited-overs experience, a big win for them could take them to the top of the table at the end of round 6.
Brad Hodge | Adelaide Strikers
Brad Hodge has scored most of his runs in the middle-phase of the innings, scoring them at a strike-rate of 134.2 , the fifth best in this BBL so far. His 36 (29) against the Sixers and 30 (20) against Hurricanes helped the Strikers record their two wins this BBL.
Daniel Christian | Hobart Hurricanes
The fourth-leading wicket taker for this season is a good pick from the Hurricanes who lie second from the bottom of the table. He has not only gone wicket-less in this tournament yet, he has also picked up a five-wicket haul.Christian’s ability to strike big makes him a budget-pick to replace the travelling Mitchell Marsh.
Andrew Tye | Perth Scorchers
Andrew Tye could replace David Willey, who would be travelling with England to India. The Scorchers bowler has been the most economical pacer in this tournament, edging slightly ahead of the out-bound David Willey, a much more expensive pick than Tye.
Brad Hogg | Melbourne Renegades
Hogg gets his spot ahead of Zampa, with the leg-spinner being called up for national duty. The 45-year-old Chinaman priced at $53,100, has gone wicket-less in his last two games, but could be amongst the wickets when his team meets the Hurricanes, who are languishing near the bottom of the table.
Sunil Narine | Melbourne Renegades
Sunil Narine is one of the most expensive bowlers in the circuit, but his recent promotion up the order makes him an important pick for this round. Even if the Renegades’ experiment with Narine’s batting fails, he would still be in contention to pick wickets with the ball.
Mitchell Swepson | Brisbane Heat
Swepson the leading wicket-taker among spinners in the tournament would be even more sought-out now that Samuel Badree is ruled out of the tournament due to injury. Swepson’s price of $61,100 and his good run of form has earned him a spot in this round’s Cricket-21 Fantasy Team.
Mark Steketee | Brisbane Heat
As far as price is concerned Mark Steketee is one of the best picks for Round 6. Even though he has not shown the form he showed early in the tournament in the last two games, he would certainly improve on the 297 points he has earned so far.