Devil’s Advocate: What if Tymal Mills can play both Scorchers DGW games? And the Curran dilemma?

In today’s Devil’s Advocate we’re gonna discuss a few topics, but the main one is the effect WA’s hard border is on the Perth Scorchers’ Round 4 double and their best options to trade in.

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First, we’ll get started with a brief recap of the round gone, we just saw three players nearly score tons in the last 36 hours, with two reaching the milestone and Josh Philippe ($249k WKP/BAT) finishing on 99*. Well done to those who had all three and captained Glenn Maxwell ($190k BAT/BWL), you would have had a monster week.

From a Scorchers perspective, we saw Tymal Mills ($139k BWL) debut for Perth in style, scoring 101 points. We also saw a dominant performance from Mitch Marsh ($163k BAT/BWL) and another clinical spell of spin bowling from Ashton Agar. So where does that leave us heading into Round 4?

Well, Mills’ availability is now in doubt as he is not able to enter WA. However, reports suggest that the match between the Scorchers and the Hurricanes (Perth’s first of their Round 4 double) is set to be moved away from Perth’s Optus Stadium to Hobart.

This would be a cruel blow to WA cricket fans as they lose yet another match. However, this may open the door for Mills to play both games of the DGW.

If Tymal can play, then Matt Kelly ($138k BWL) owners will look to do a direct switch between Tymal and Kelly, which only costs $1.7k. If Tymal can’t play the first game, then Matt Kelly is a hold for sure, as the best-case scenario is that he plays the second game too.

Kelly has been very stiff to lose his spot, so there’s also the scary scenario that with Perth playing two games in three games, they may opt to rest one of their bowlers.

Jason Behrendorff ($150k BWL) has long been injury prone – he missed several games for WA earlier this season – and is most probable to be managed. He’s also only been used for three overs in Perth’s past two games, so they may be managing his workload or worried about using him at the death, as they did in the first game against Brisbane.

In saying that, he played every game except one last season, only due to the birth of his second child and he plays a unique role in the power play whereas Kelly, Mills and Andrew Tye ($160k BWL) all have similar roles at the death. He’s less replaceable than those three. It’s an awkward which will have SuperCoaches worried.

Secondly, we also want to revisit an old Devil’s Advocate article about the Sixers all-rounder situation. We talked about what to do if both Dan Christian ($104k BAT/BWL) and Tom Curran ($170k BAT/BWL) shared all-rounder roles, and to some extent they have.

However, with Curran suffering back spasm on Wednesday night and Steve O’Keefe ($171k BWL) injuring his calf, could it be time to look at Christian again if both TC and SOK are out for a period of time?

Back spasms are not easy to play through, so carrying an all-rounder who won’t bowl and will bat at seven isn’t great but he has several days to recover with the Sixers’ next game not until Tuesday.

As for SOK, the Sixers have previously taken a cautious approach with managing SOK’s workload, so it’s feasible for him to miss a few games, especially given his age, injury history and the fact he didn’t play on, whereas Curran did, but didn’t bowl. Not to mention, Chris Jordan ($117k BWL) plays his final game of his BBL|11 stint this round. So with all of that in mind, what could Christian contribute?

If Curran doesn’t get up, the Sixers bowling line-up could look like this:

6. Christian
7. Kerr
8. Jordan
9. Abbott
10. Dwarshuis
11. Pope

Expect Kerr, Pope and Christian to share eight overs. The Sixers aren’t reluctant to bowl Christian for four overs if there’s something in the wicket, as his slower balls and cutters become highly effective on two-paced pitches.

Let’s also take into account that you’re no longer paying $185k for DC. You’re paying $105k. That’s the same as his starting price last year, and now he has the exact same role. So what’s stopping us from picking him if we find out that Curran and SOK are missing time? The answer should be nothing.

Overall, there’s a few things to monitor during this three-day break, but more importantly, sit back and relax and watch the carnage unfold in the Second Ashes test, with Pat Cummins ruled out and Steve Smith back as captain, along with Michael Neser making his Test debut and Jhye Richardson making his return to the Test side.

That also has a trickle-on effect into the BBL, with Neser certain not to return to the BBL firming up Liam Guthrie ($76k BWL) and Xavier Bartlett‘s ($138k BWL) JS and the word is Scott Boland ($139k BWL) has been flown to Adelaide as cover impacting the Hurricanes’ bowling line-up.

Enjoy the Ashes, and do some SuperCoach planning on the side!

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