Round 7 BBL line-ups predicted and explained from a SuperCoach perspective

The Ben McDermott mayhem of Round 6 is done and we’re straight into Round 7 with no byes or doubles, so to help you navigate your way we’ve assessed the likely XIs this round.

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Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars – Thursday 7:15pm AEDT @ Marvel Stadium

Scorchers

English paceman Tymal Mills will likely return for Perth after being rested against the Thunder. Matt Kelly replaced him in the XI and would be stiff to miss out having taken eight wickets in three BBL|11 games. Spinner Peter Hatzoglou was subbed out against the Thunder and could be the one to make way after a dip in form.

Probable Ins: T.Mills

Probable Outs: P.Hatzoglou

Unavailable: C.Connolly (U19 World Cup), J.Richardson (Ashes)

1 K.Patterson
2 J.Inglis (wk)
3 M.Marsh
4 C.Munro
5 A.Turner
6 L.Evans
7 A.Agar
8 A.Tye
9 M.Kelly
10 J.Behrendorff
11 T.Mills
12th C.Bancroft/P.Hatzoglou

Stars

Andre Russell’s stint with the Stars is over, so Pakistani speedster Haris Rauf comes in to bolster their attack. They’re not a like-for-like so the Stars may add Nick Larkin to beef up their middle-order, given Beau Webster’s struggles this season but the latter is more suited to batting in that role. Joe Clarke had a hamstring worry last game and is no lock to play, with Peter Nevill waiting in the wings if need be.

Probable Ins: Haris Rauf

Probable Outs: A.Russell

Unavailable: B.Stanlake (inj), S.Gotch (inj), L.Hatcher (inj), A.Russell (stint over)

1 M.Stoinis
2 J.Clarke (wk)
3 J.Burns
4 G.Maxwell
5 H.Cartwright
6 B.Webster
7 N.Coulter-Nile
8 A.Zampa
9 Qais Ahmad
10 Haris Rauf
11 B.Couch
12th S.Rainbird/N.Larkin

Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder – Friday 7:15pm AEDT @ Adelaide Oval

Strikers

Dan Worrall and Wes Agar are set to continue their game of musical chairs in the Adelaide line-up after the latter’s 0-44 from 3.3 overs last game. Despite their ordinary form, the Strikers lack the depth to change things up too much.

Probable Ins: D.Worrall

Probable Outs: W.Agar

Unavailable: A.Carey (Ashes), T.Head (Ashes), R.Gibson (inj)

1 J.Weatherald
2 M.Short
3 M.Renshaw
4 J.Wells
5 T.Kelly
6 H.Nielsen (wk)
7 G.Garton
8 Rashid Khan
9 D.Worrall
10 P.Siddle
11 Fawad Ahmed
12th H.Hunt/W.Agar

Thunder

Ollie Davies was the X-factor last game after recovering from a thumb injury and may come into the side to replace Matthew Gilkes after scores of 2, 6, 28 and 7 in his past four games. Fast bowler Brendan Doggett is also back in contention after a side injury but the Thunder’s attack appears settled.

Probable Ins: O.Davies

Probable Outs: M.Gilkes

Unavailable: U.Khawaja (Ashes)

1 A.Hales
2 O.Davies
3 J.Sangha
4 S.Billings (wk)
5 A.Ross
6 D.Sams
7 B.Cutting
8 N.McAndrew
9 C.Green
10 S.Mahmood
11 T.Sangha
12th M.Gilkes/B.Doggett

Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat – Saturday 1pm AEDT @ Blundstone Arena

Hurricanes

After a tough early fixture, Hobart have won three on the spin and are unlikely to make any changes. Scott Boland is unlikely to be released from the Test squad for this New Year’s Day game, but Jordan Thompson would be most likely to make way when/if he returns.

Probable Ins/Outs: None

Unavailable: J.Paris (inj), S.Boland (Ashes)

1 M.Wade (wk)
2 B.McDermott
3 D.Short
4 P.Handscomb
5 H.Brook
6 T.David
7 J.Thompson
8 N.Ellis
9 T.Rogers
10 R.Meredith
11 Sandeep Lamichhane
12th C.Jewell/W.Parker

Heat

Jack Wildermuth impressed as X-factor last game, scoring 27 and taking 2-18 so he needs to come into the XI, with spinner Matt Kuhnemann set to unluckily lose his spot, given the Heat bowlers were good against the Sixers. Brisbane’s batting line-up is struggling but there’s few options to turn to except youngster Nathan McSweeney.

Probable Ins: J.Wildermuth

Probable Outs: M.Kuhnemann

Unavailable: M.Labuschagne (Ashes), C.Sully (inj), M.Willans (inj), M.Neser (Ashes), M.Swepson (Ashes), T.Abell (inj)

1 C.Lynn
2 J.Peirson (wk)
3 T.Cooper
4 B.Duckett
5 S.Heazlett
6 M.Bryant
7 J.Wildermuth
8 J.Bazley
9 X.Bartlett
10 M.Steketee
11 Mujeeb Ur Rahman
12th L.Guthrie/N.McSweeney

Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades – Saturday 4:30pm AEDT @ Coffs Harbour

Sixers

The Sixers are top of the table and unlikely to make changes despite a poor batting display against the Heat. Jackson Bird is getting closer to a return from an Achilles injury but this seems too soon.

Probable Ins/Outs: None

Doubtful: J.Bird (inj)

Unavailable: N.Lyon (Ashes), B.Manenti (inj), T.Curran (inj), S.O’Keefe (inj), C.Jordan (stint over)

1 J.Philippe (wk)
2 J.Vince
3 D.Hughes
4 M.Henriques
5 J.Silk
6 D.Christian
7 H.Kerr
8 S.Abbott
9 Shadab Khan
10 B.Dwarshuis
11 L.Pope
12th M.Edwards/T.Murphy

Renegades

The Gades are bottom of the table with a 1-5 record but they don’t have the depth to make wholesale changes. Jack Prestwidge and Will Sutherland could swap again but that feels like moving the deck chairs. Kane Richardson was belted by the Canes but won’t be dropped. Shaun Marsh is close to returning from a calf injury which would likely force Jake Fraser-McGurk out but this game is probably too early for the injury-prone veteran.

Probable Ins/Outs: None

Doubtful: S.Marsh (inj)

Unavailable: M.Harris (Ashes), C.Boyce (inj)

1 S.Harper (wk)
2 A.Finch
3 N.Maddinson
4 M.Harvey
5 J.Fraser-McGurk
6 Mohammad Nabi
7 J.Prestwidge
8 J.Pattinson
9 K.Richardson
10 R.Topley
11 Zahir Khan
12th W.Sutherland/J.Merlo

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