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k1w1nOz’s Friday BBL Preview: Heat v Scorchers

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The atmosphere should be electric for tonight's BBL game, with another Gabba sellout and 40,000 cricket-mad Queenslanders cheering on their beloved Bash Bros.

It's another hot & humid day here in Brisbane today, but thankfully with only a 5% chance of rain come game time.

The Teams

The Heat have had a 3-2 stuttering start to this Big Bash tournament, while the Scorchers have had a handy 4-0 start to BBL07 (although 2 of those wins were against the now 0-5 Sixers).

The Scorchers hold a 5-3 advantage over the Heat, and despite the Scorchers impressive start to BBL07, the bookies have the Heat as $1.65 favourites - with the Bash Bros back to top form.

Likely Batting Orders

The Heat lineup tonight should be unchanged, while the Scorchers have opted to rest bowling spearhead Mitchell Johnson, but welcome back Ashton Agar.  James Muirhead has been dropped from the Scorchers squad - opening the door for either Joel Paris or Hayden Morton to make their BBL debut.  Left arm spinner Morton seems the more likely, given the Bash Bros dislike for slow bowling.

1Chris Lynn1David Willey
2Brendon McCullum2Michael Klinger
3Joe Burns3Hilton Cartwright
4Jimmy Peirson (wk)4Ashton Turner
5Alex Ross5Adam Voges
6Ben Cutting6Ashton Agar
7Cameron Gannon7Tim David
8Brendan Doggett8Josh Inglis (wk)
9Yasir Shah9Paris/Morton
10Mark Steketee10Jhye Richardson
11Mitchell Swepson11Andrew Tye

Players to Consider

Bowler – Yasir Shah

BBL07 features some of the best international spinners in the game, none more so than Shah.  Every ball he bowls looks like a possible wicket tacker - and batsmen REALLY struggle to score from him.  Averaging an incredible 4.2ER in his first two games, I'll be doing my best to squeeze Shah into my lineups.

Batsman – Joe Burns

Burns continues to reside in the shadow of Lynn & McCullum, despite already logging scores of 50, 45no & 18no in this tournament.  Sure, it's hard to go past playing at least one of the Bash Bros, but in a game where salary is at a premium, Burns makes for a quality play that doesn't require compromising the rest of your lineup.  Unlike bowlers, investing heavily in batsman is always a risky DFS proposition.

Keeper – Jimmy Peirson

We've had a run of really tough-to-pick keeper options in the last few BBL games.  Thankfully, tonight seems a lot easier, with Jimmy Peirson the obvious play.  He's only $1k more than Inglis on Draftstars and only $200 more on Moneyball - and given Pierson is all but guaranteed to bat compared to Inglis, this seems a safe spot to have high exposure to Peirson and just eat some chalk.

All-Rounder – David Willey

This is Willey's penultimate game for the Scorchers before returning to the England one-day squad.  He's only averaging 11 and managed one good score with the bat this tournament, but has grabbed 5 wickets in his 4 games at a reasonable 7.6ER.  As the only real AR option that can score with bat AND ball, Willey ticks both boxes and is my preferred AR play in this game.

POD Pick – Hilton Cartwright

Cartwright started this tournament with a solid 20 & an impressive 58, followed by a couple of dud scores - bringing his salary down to bargain price status.  He carries extra appeal in this game with the Scorchers shuffled bowling attack that could see him get an over or two.  If you feel like having a punt, Cartwright and his projected low ownership makes an ideal POD target.

Avoid – Jhye Richardson

Ok, I'm not saying "don't play Richardson" - but caution must be exercised any time you're playing a young quick against this Heat batting lineup.  Richardson will probably collect his average 1 wicket again in this game - but don't be surprised if the Bash Bros & Co target his bowling and send him to the fence repeatedly in the meantime.

If you’re new to BBL DFS, check out my BBL DFS Strategy Basics article.

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Good luck with your lineups tonight. Remember to always check final teams – and that it’s all just a bit of fun!