Expert Q&A: SC BBL|10 top 10 finisher Aidan Manning on starting risky imports & captaincy picks
Adelaide-based uni student Aidan Manning played SuperCoach BBL diligently season, finishing in 10th overall aided by shrewd trading and well-considered planning around fixtures.
The 24-year-old Strikers fan, who laughs about losing his off-stump to Shaun Tait as a teenager, generated cash early and capitalised on the doubles.
HB: Tell about how your season went last year, to finish top 10?
Aidan: I was in the top 10 for the last few rounds of the season. It was tight between fourth to 20th so it was just a matter of holding on to a top 10 spot for as long as possible.
HB: Tell us some key moves?
Aidan: There was a game between Heat and Stars in Queensland and the rain was on its way. I was away camping and had to decide between Chris Lynn or Glenn Maxwell as captain. As soon as I saw Heat were batting first I went with my gut and backed in Lynn to slap some bombs in a reduced overs matches and he delivered!
HB: Any bad trades or starters?
Aidan: I started Will Jacks and Andre Fletcher which was disastrous. Both are imports and hadn’t been exposed to the BBL before. I didn’t even know who Will Jacks was but was sucked into him after reading tweets and seeing he was opening the batting. I think sometimes it’s best to stick to what you know and if I had my time again I’d avoid players I have zero clues about and that have also had zero BBL experience. Imports are very hit and miss so you need to ensure you are getting players that have been proven in Australia before.
HB: Was there a strategy that underpinned your success?
Aidan: Plan early for double headers and make sure you plan for teams with byes. Being able to start players that have a bye week 1 on the bench definitely catapults you up the list. Sometimes paying more for a player on your bench for week 1 benefits you.
Captaincy is definitely a massive role. You just have to play the percentages as boring as that sounds. If a team have a double you must pick someone in that squad and back who you think will have an impact.
In terms of types of players, guys like Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Rashid Khan, Marcus Stoinis and Marnus Labuschagne are BBL gems due to getting a chance at making points in both innings. Opening batsmen also have a chance to bat 20 overs so I find picking one or two of them a great choice due to them getting the best chance of making runs.