Sydney Thunder preview

 

BEST XI

Jacques Kallis ($92,500/100k)

Andrew McDonald ($44,500/TBA)

Michael Hussey ($76,800/85k)

Eoin Morgan ($91,100/100k)

Aiden Blizzard ($41,500/55k)

Kurtis Patterson ($36,000/55k)

Chris Hartley ($32,000/70k)

Patrick Cummins ($59,400/85k)

Nathan Hauritz ($41,500/55k)

Gurinder Sandhu ($82,400/70k)

Dirk Nannes ($61,700/85k)

 

– The Khawaja injury could open the door for McDonald to open the batting. It’s a role he’s performed for the Redbacks since making the move from Victoria as well as in the Thunder’s practice matches. Although he’s played his entire career as an all-rounder, don’t expect him to do much bowling. He’s had a terrible run of injury over the last couple of years. In the practice match, he didn’t bowl at all (in fact, he batted in the top 3 for both teams).

– Another option to open is Chris Hartley, following his impressive Matador Cup at the top of the order for Queensland. It’s even possible that McDonald and Hartley could open together. However, the Thunder practice match would suggest that there are no plans for Hartley to open at this stage.

– Kallis shapes as one of the few all-rounders who will regularly bowl 4 overs. With a lack of other all-round options, he should be used a lot with the ball.

 

REMAINING SQUAD

Batsmen: Daniel Hughes, Jake Doran

All-rounders: Nil

Bowlers: Chris Tremain, Josh Lalor, Christopher Green, Ahilen Beadle

 

FIXTURE ANALYSIS

Bye: Round 5

Double: Round 8

With a bye before their double round, you should really only be picking Thunder players you believe to be excellent value.

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