India are in town for an intriguing Test series, which is captivating the Australian audience. But, make no mistake – the public is waiting with bated breath for the start of the Big Bash League season eight (BBL | 08). BBL is just around the corner with a bigger and better outlook.
Starting from December 19 to February 17, over a course of 59 matches eight franchises from the six Australian cities will vie for top honours. The competition is extended to a full home and away season for the first time. Each side is set to play each other twice. The toss will be replaced by a bat flip, with “hills and flats” replacing the traditional “heads or tails”.
What does this mean for your fantasy league selections? Keep an eye on some of the top players who have been consistent over the years to swell your points tally. Let’s take a look at some of those ‘must haves’ in your fantasy team.
Bowler: Andrew Tye (Perth Scorchers)
Often hailed as the bowling magician in the shortest format of the game, Tye is someone who’s almost always among the wickets. With 55 Big Bash wickets in just 38 matches, the fast bowler is fourth in the all-time bowling list. With an average of 18.84 and an economy rate of 7.21, Tye is a complete package for T20s.
What makes the bowler a must-have in your fantasy team is his consistency. Just ten of his 38 matches saw Tye drawing a blank, while picking three wickets or more in eight innings. Need we say anymore?
Batsman: Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)
Among the Big Bash players who have played at least 20 matches, Chris Lynn has the best strike rate of 158.05 in 49 matches. With 1560 runs, Lynn is third in the all-time top run scorers of Big Bash and boasts an excellent average of 41.05.
What makes Lynn an interesting proposition is his ability to find the boundaries and put the ball beyond it. He scores one six every 9.68 deliveries, while finding the boundary every 8.97 balls. With 102 sixes so far, he heads the list of most sixes and is almost 50 sixes above his nearest contender. Have him in your fantasy side already!
All-Rounder: Shane Watson (Sydney Thunder)
He is not flamboyant like his fellow all-rounders, but Watson is definitely as effective as any. Watson has 670 runs to his name in 26 games for the Thunder, averaging 26.80 at a strike rate of 136.17. With 57 fours and 34 sixes to his name, he averages 3.5 boundary shots per match.
Not just that, with 19 wickets in those 26 games at an economy rate of 8.25 runs per over, Watson adds all-rounder value. Being the Thunders’ captain, he is set to play most of the season. He can bring a lot of points to your fantasy side, so draft him!
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