Carey, Larkin & Avendano: What this week’s BBL signings means for SuperCoach
The bulk of Big Bash League clubs have now completed their 19-man rosters with far fewer new signings this week although expect a flurry of replacement players over the next fortnight.
Replacement players will likely be bargain prices and often need to initially be part of 13-man playing squads, so keep an eye out for those.
Here’s a rundown of the past week, hopefully it helps with your planning with the season less than two weeks away now!
Also Honeyball has got something special in the works for SuperCoaches to be released early next week, so keep an eye out for that and stay tuned for updates!
The Strikers concluded their recruitment with the addition of young pair Liam Scott ($42k BAT/BWL) and Spencer Johnson ($42k BWL) who are depth players and unlikely to get many opportunities.
Scott is a 20-year-old batting all-rounder who’s played for SA in the Sheffield Shield this season, scoring 226 runs at an average of 37.66 and has bowled 76 overs albeit with only one wicket.
Johnson is a 24-year-old left-arm fast bowler who can bowl up to 140-145 kms p/hr. He played one 50-over game for SA in 2017 but was expensive. He played a few CA Second XI T20s in January.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey ($165k WKP/BAT) was also re-signed and once he’s back from Australia A duty, expected to be halfway through Round Two, he’ll slot into their XI batting at four or five.
Don’t be surprised if the Heat name a few replacement players in the coming days, with a host of players unavailable for their early games including international reps Joe Burns ($73k BAT), Marnus Labuschagne ($64k BAT/BWL), Tom Banton ($156k BAT/WKP) and the injured Morne Morkel ($138k BWL).
The Stars confirmed the addition of 24-year-old NSW rep Liam Hatcher ($42k BWL) who is an emerging fast bowler. Depending on what happens with their final international signing, which is expected to be announced soon, he may get a game or two.
Stars coach David Hussey said: “We’re glad to have Liam on board this season and he’ll add further depth to our bowling stocks.”
Melbourne currently appear short of quality fast bowling options, so it’s likely that international recruit will be a quick. Our speculation, for what it’s worth, is Chris Jordan.
With no Dale Steyn, Haris Rauf, Dilbar Hussain and Daniel Worrall this season in green, there is a spot available in the attack.
The Stars did re-sign fast bowler Jackson Coleman ($96k BWL) who did well in his lone appearance in BBL|09 by taking 3-16 before losing his spot.
They’ve also re-signed Nick Larkin ($100k BAT) and he could slot into their top four after playing 14 games last season and scoring almost 300 runs.
The Sixers confirmed batsman Justin Avendano ($ TBC – BAT) as a replacement player for the injured Mickey Edwards ($62k BWL) who has a back problem that’ll keep him out all season.
Expect a few more announcements like this from the Sixers with Nathan Lyon ($102k BWL) and Mitchell Starc ($190k BWL) out until mid-to-late January on Test duty.
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