The week in SuperCoach BBL news: Fixtures drop, call-up carnage, IPL form

The 2020-21 SuperCoach BBL season is still over a month over but the time is nigh for coaches to start planning and drafting their teams. This week was particularly significant for plans.

Every Thursday in the lead-up to BBL|10, we’ll produce this weekly rundown on key updates such as new signings, international call-ups, Shield/overseas form, key quotes, fixtures, you name it, we got it etc. Hopefully it helps your planning!

FIXTURES

SuperCoach BBL planning got a whole heap easier with the pending BBL|10 fixtures revision finally being made public on Thursday, confirming the entire schedule. As a result, SuperCoaches can plot knowing who’s got double game rounds and byes where and when.

The key early points are the Melbourne Stars start the season with a double game round, while the Strikers start the campaign with a bye before back-to-back double game rounds. The Hurricanes also have a double game round in Round Two and the Stars have a bye in Round Three.

Have a read of this yarn as we had a good look at the opening three rounds, while the brilliant Brice Mitchell created the below spreadsheet for ideal planning.

SIGNINGS

Plenty of clubs have topped up their lists with new signings. We’ve got a full rundown here.

CALL-UPS

England named their squad for their ODI and T20I matches against South Africa which will coincide with the start of the BBL, running from November 27 to December 9.  

This is significant as it’s understood the England squad will fly out of South Africa on December 10. We anticipate players arriving from overseas for the BBL will need to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, meaning this English contingent won’t be available until after Christmas.

The BBL contracted players selected are Tom Curran ($204k BWL/BAT), Sam Billings ($160k WKP/BAT), Dawid Malan ($175k BAT), Jason Roy ($160k BAT), Lewis Gregory ($175k BAT/BWL) and Liam Livingstone ($166k BAT/BWL) while Tom Banton ($156K BAT/WKP) is a reserve. Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan, who both played in BBL|09, were also selected.

The two BBL contracted English players who were overlooked are Alex Hales ($162k BAT) and James Vince ($98k BAT), so they’ll have full availability.

Malan and Archer may be able to depart early having only been picked for the T20Is (November 27 – December 1).

Meanwhile, Australia’s ODI and T20I squad for their white ball matches against India from November 27 to December 8 was also announced.

With the start of BBL|10 moved from December 3 to December 10, there is hope those players will be available and BBL boss Alastair Dobson reiterated that during his press conference on Thursday.

It’s also worth flagging that there are two Australia A games in Sydney against the touring Indian side in the schedule for December 6-8 and December 11-13, which may be a hindrance. The First Test starts December 17 in Adelaide.

UPDATES

Steve Smith appears extremely unlikely to return for the Sixers in BBL|10 with international players set to enter bubble for the India series. “I’ll be honest with you, absolutely no chance,” Smith told ESPNCricinfo when asked about playing BBL|10.

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The injured Mitch Marsh ($164K BAT/BWL) is a chance to be available for BBL as he recovers from an ankle injury sustains early in the IPL. Marsh’s brother Shaun said: “Mitch is going well. He got out of his moon boot a few days ago…  I think he should be right for Big Bash.”

Worth noting, national selector Trevor Hohns indicated he wants Mitch to play in the aforementioned Australia A games.

FORM GUIDE

In the IPL play-offs, Stars opener Marcus Stoinis ($185k BAT/BWL) found form, taking a wicket and blasting 65 from 46 balls batting at five in Delhi Capitals’ loss to Mumbai on Thursday night.

Delhi’s Daniel Sams ($196k BWL/BAT) continues to struggle, going wicketless and getting a duck, while Mumbai’s Nathan Coulter-Nile ($138k BWL) was economical with 0-27 from four overs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore pair Aaron Finch ($184k BAT) and Adam Zampa ($184K BWL) both returned to their XI on Friday night, with Finch making 32 from 30 balls to finish off an average season by his standards.

Zampa was afforded few chances all season but got a gig in the play-offs, impressing with 1-12 from four overs.

Fellow Star Glenn Maxwell’s ($185k BAT/BWL) IPL form has been so bad he was actually dropped from Kings XI Punjab’s final game of the season.

Beyond the IPL, as relevant as the red ball format can be, there’s a few noteworthy points from the Sheffield Shield, led by Scorcher Cameron Green’s ($62k BAT/BWL) return to bowling for WA. The young all-rounder got through 12 overs in WA’s Shield draw with Tasmania taking two wickets.

Renegades veteran Shaun Marsh ($155k BAT) posted scores of 115 and 88, with the latter coming in T20 style as WA had a second innings slog. Marsh’s 88 took 74 balls and included five sixes.

Popular BBL|09 bat option Callum Ferguson ($104k BAT) copped a pair for SA and promptly retired from Shield cricket, meaning he’ll be focused solely on Sydney Thunder this summer.

New Renegades signing Mitch Perry ($42k BWL) made his first class debut for Victoria, taking 2-35 (11) and 0-32 (12), while new Stars recruit Will Pucovski ($42k BAT) made a massive 255no. Marcus Harris ($62k BAT) also made 239.

Heat spinner Mitch Swepson ($105k BWL) took a 10-wicket haul for Queensland in their narrow loss to NSW, with two five-fas.

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