BBL04 international players – Part 1

Some international players take the BBL by storm while others can be completely hopeless. Finding the next Yasir Arafat and avoiding the next Jade Dernbach will go a long way towards building a decent team. Here we take a look at this year’s international players, their prices in both competitions, their credentials and what they’ve been up to in the last 6 months. First up, the all-rounders.

 

JOHAN BOTHA (Strikers)

PRICE: $58,300 (BBL), 70k (Fox Sports)

THE NUMBERS: Batting average (19.75), batting strike rate (111.35), bowling strike rate (24.7), economy rate (6.25)

FORM: Perhaps more relevant than his recent form (10 wickets and 68 runs in 3 Shield games) is the potential scrutiny of his action. Following the ICC’s recent crackdown on chuckers, Botha’s bowling could once again be called into question.

BRIEF: A proven BBL performer and one of the few players you can rely on to bowl 4 overs and bat in the top 6, Botha should be a reliable fantasy cricket option for BBL04.

 

KIERON POLLARD (Strikers)

PRICE: $98,600 (BBL), 100k (Fox Sports)

THE NUMBERS: Batting average (30.52), batting strike rate (154.06), bowling strike rate (17.2), economy rate (7.99)

FORM: Currently in strong form in the South African T20 competition with scores of 72*, 1*, 13, 56*, 11*, 6, 32* and 9 as well as 11 wickets with the ball.

BRIEF: One of the few players who is safe to select despite not usually batting in the top 4. With his big hitting, wicket taking and brilliance in the field, Pollard should be getting the captaincy in a lot of fantasy teams.

 

ANDREW FLINTOFF (Heat)

PRICE: $80,000 (BBL), 85k (Fox Sports)

THE NUMBERS: Batting average (24.36), batting strike rate (145.69), bowling strike rate (16.2), economy rate (7.08)

FORM: While Flintoff’s T20 stats are impressive, he’s played just 32 matches and only 3 of them have come in the last 5 years. His comeback for Lancashire yielded 5 wickets and 21 runs from those 3 games in the English T20 competition.

BRIEF: Plenty of risk here. For starters, we’re not sure if he’s still any good. Even if he is, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him missing a game or two due to niggling injuries.

 

DARREN SAMMY (Hurricanes)

PRICE: $93,500 (BBL), 85k (Fox Sports)

THE NUMBERS: Batting average (19.53), batting strike rate (136.29), bowling strike rate (20.1), economy rate (7.46)

FORM: Currently taking part in the South African T20 competition, Sammy’s played 10 games, taken 9 wickets and scored just 78 runs usually batting at either 6 or 7.

BRIEF: Expect the Hobart top 6 to be something like Hales, Dunk, Birt, Bailey, Paine and Wells. The bad news is that Sammy won’t be batting higher than 7, good news is there are no bowlers among them so he should be consistently bowling his full quota of 4 overs.

 

JESSE RYDER (Renegades)

PRICE: $85,000 (BBL), 85k (Fox Sports)

THE NUMBERS: Batting average (26.80), batting strike rate (147.67), bowling strike rate (28.0), economy rate (7.83)

FORM: Opening the batting for Otago in the New Zealand T20 competition, Ryder played 5 matches, producing scores of 12, 33, 5, 56 and 10 for an average of 23 at a strike rate of 157. He then withdrew himself from the competition due to personal reasons.

BRIEF: Even if he joins the competition, he’d be a huge, unnecessary, risk due to his mental struggles.

 

DWAYNE BRAVO (Renegades)

PRICE: $115,400 (BBL), 100k (Fox Sports)

THE NUMBERS: Batting average (27.37), batting strike rate (124.94), bowling strike rate (19.0), economy rate (8.02)

FORM: Batting at 5 and generally bowling his 4 overs for the Dolphins in South Africa, Bravo’s averaged 22 and taken 7 wickets in his 8 games.

BRIEF: Plenty of question marks around his role. Could conceivably bat below all of Finch, Ryder, Cooper, Ferguson, Rohrer and Wade. A big risk at that price.

 

JACQUES KALLIS (Thunder)

PRICE: $92,500 (BBL), 100k (Fox Sports)

THE NUMBERS: Batting average (31.42), batting strike rate (111.70), bowling strike rate (24.3), economy rate (7.76)

FORM: Represented Kolkata in the Champions League for scores of 6, 6, 54* and 1. Only bowled in one of those games. Hasn’t played professional cricket since early October.

BRIEF: The strike rate’s a worry but he’ll probably open the batting and have to do a lot of bowling for the Thunder so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to do well.

 

LUKE WRIGHT (Stars)

PRICE: $103,700 (BBL), 85k (Fox Sports)

THE NUMBERS: Batting average (27.18), batting strike rate (146.38), bowling strike rate (22.7), economy rate (8.54)

FORM: His 3 appearances in New Zealand for Auckland have returned scores of 2, 18 and 7. Of more interest is the fact he’s bowled a grand total of 4 overs in 4 months of cricket.

BRIEF: Can go big with the bat but you don’t want to be wasting an all-rounder spot on someone who’s not bowling.

 

Player AVG (Bat) SR (Bat) SR (Bwl) ER
Kallis 31.42 111.70 24.3 7.76
Pollard 30.52 154.06 17.2 7.99
Bravo 27.37 124.94 19.0 8.02
Wright 27.18 146.38 22.7 8.54
Ryder 26.80 147.67 28.0 7.83
Flintoff 24.36 145.69 16.2 7.08
Botha 19.75 111.35 24.7 6.25
Sammy 19.53 136.29 20.1 7.46

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