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GameDay Squad AUS Cricket Round 17 Preview: Sydney Thunder Vs Sydney Sixers

GameDay Squad AUS Cricket Round 17 Preview: The Sydney Thunder take on the Sydney Sixers in the 19th match of BBL13 in Sydney at the Sydney Showground Stadium on Saturday the 30th of December.

Here's everything you need to know ....

Round Preview

Predicted Teams

Sydney Thunder: 1. Cameron Bancroft, 2. Alex Hales, 3. Jason Sangha, 4. Oliver Davies, 5. Alex Ross, 6. Daniel Sams, 7. Nathan McAndrew, 8. Chris Green, 9. Gurinder Sandhu, 10. Liam Hatcher, 11. Tanveer Sangha

Sydney Sixers: 1. Josh Philippe, 2. James Vince, 3. Daniel Hughes, 4. Moises Henriques, 5. Jordan Silk, 6. Jack Edwards, 7. Joel Davies, 8. Ben Dwarshuis, 9. Sean Abbott, 10. Jackson Bird, 11. Steve O'Keefe


Start Vs Sit

Batters - Oliver Davies vs James Vince

Davies had a good start to BBL13 and was one of the top three batsmen in his first two matches. Vince had been disappointing until his knock of 83 runs off 55 balls against the Stars. Davies averages 39 points and Vince averages 36 points. Even though Davies has been more consistent, I'm leaning towards Vince as I think the match up against the Thunder will suit him. I also believe that he offers a higher ceiling as he is an opening batsmen, especially if the Sixers bat second in this match.

Start: James Vince

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All-Rounder - Chris Green vs Steve O'Keefe

Going by the predicted teams for this match, we only have five all-rounders to select our four starters from. I have Green and O'Keefe ranked 4th and 5th in my all-rounder rankings for this match. I'll likely be starting Green as he is averaging 35 points compared to O'Keefe's average of 18 points. However, if you just look at the points these players have scored through bowling, Green averages 22 points and O'Keefe averages 16 points. I have Green ranked ahead of O'Keefe because of the batting upside he offers if he spends time at the crease. This was the tie breaker as their bowling performances have been very similar.

Start: Chris Green

Bowler - Gurinder Sandhu vs Nathan McAndrew

There isn't much separating these two players in my opinion. We have only seen Sandhu play the one match and he picked up one wicket in his three overs. McAndrew has played four matches and still hasn't been able to take a wicket. McAndrew is likely to bat higher up the Thunder's batting order and offers a bit of upside if he spends time at the crease but there is no guarantee that he will have a bat. Sandhu will probably bowl more overs and going by the BBL12 stats, there is more chance of him taking a wicket. I have Sandhu ranked just ahead of McAndrew and will likely start him.

Start: Gurinder Sandhu


Matchup Matrix

Key Takeaways:

  1. Opening and middle order batsmen have scored well against the Thunder

  2. Opening batsmen against the Sixers have struggled for runs

  3. Bowlers against the Thunder have scored well

Ground Matrix

Key Takeaways:

  1. Opening batsmen who bat in the second innings can score well

  2. Pace bowlers score well

  3. Avoid opening batsmen who bat in the first innings


Hot Take

Sean Abbott will be the top scoring player in this match with 80+ points.


Who to play in your GDS starting XI

  1. BAT - Jack Edwards

  2. BAT - Alex Hales

  3. BAT - James Vince

  4. ALL - Daniel Sams

  5. ALL - Moises Henriques

  6. ALL - Sean Abbott

  7. ALL - Chris Green

  8. WK - Cameron Bancroft

  9. BWL - Ben Dwarshuis

  10. BWL - Jackson Bird

  11. BWL - Gurinder Sandhu


Game 4 Preview


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