A final spot is up for grabs tonight in Canberra as the Thunder and Renegades present coaches with plenty of under-priced options that should see great exposure.
No Uzzie, no White, no Finch, no Ferguson and now no Hodge - with so many unknowns about tonight’s clash it is a tough one for coaches but there is enough form to glean likely batting line-ups and bowling changes which is half the battle in BBL DFS.
Manuka is traditionally an absolute runs-fest so expect both sides to stack their batting.
Thunder Vince, Patterson, Watson, Cowan, Rohrer, Nair, Green, Lenton, McCleneghan, Sandhu, Ahmed (Blizzard, Fekete)
Renegades: Harris, Ludeman, Short, Cooper, Bravo, Pollard, Webster, Wildermuth, Richardson, Tremain, Hogg (Holland,Harvey)
No Khawaja tonight and no Ferguson makes the Thunder top order look thin. Cowan should slot in at #4 to provide some stability should the top order collapse and don’t be surprised to see former local Blizzard come in for Nair who still won’t bowl.
Watto gets his 4 overs tonight.
For the Renegades it’s a bit of a dog’s breakfast. Harris comes in late for Hodge and will open while Short should earn a recall and bat #3 for White as he did a few starts ago.
Will be amazed if they play Holland on this deck so expect that Webster comes in for some extra batting – they can afford it with their two all-rounders in Pollard and Bravo.
Can see Cooper getting 1-2 overs early whilst Bravo and Pollard should both get their quotas given their slower ball control – last 10-11 overs to be split amongst Hoggy and the seamers.
Brad Hogg may be out of favour with everyone but that Thunder tail is long and the power hitting really dries up once Watto is out so don’t discount Hoggy to come on and take a few tonight. In a game where few bowlers will see lots of economy, you’d be happy with a 35pter from Hogg here but 2-3 wickets is not out of the question. I like him tonight. Ludeman almost a no-brainer here.
Watson or Bravo is not the choice tonight, it’s how do you fit them both in. It’s doable. Don’t be surprised to see Bravo bat #4 to get him some overs ahead of finals. Kurtis Patterson hard to miss if Thunder bat second whilst Short’s price appeals strongly, but Watson is the one. Should dominate tonight.
All seamers that don’t have variation. I’m looking at you McCleneghan, Tremain, Richardson and Wildermuth. If the pitch is a road as expected, these guys will go the journey.
Blizzard will be worth a look if he plays, Renegades look more capable of bowling Thunder top order into trouble so Rohrer and Bliz/Cowan could be handy exposure. Wildermuth, Webster and Lenton will I expect be lowest owned, followed closely behind by Richardson.