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BBL13 SuperCoach: Best bowlers for Big Bash League 2023-24

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The BBL13 SuperCoach competition kicks off on December 7, with several star players opting in for what should be one of the best Big Bash League seasons to date.

With the beginning of Major League Cricket in 2023 and the restarting of the SA20 league in South Africa in addition to the Indian Premier League and recent ODI World Cup, several players have gained further experience all over the world and built strong form in the lead-up to the Australian summer.

A key tactic for SuperCoaches will be to favour bowlers and all-rounders, as those players will have more opportunities to score points this season than their batting counterparts.

Let’s look at the top 10 selections for the bowling slots in the 2023-24 Big Bash League season.

Usama Mir (Melbourne Stars)

Price: $125k
Projected points per game: 77

Pakistani spinner Usama Mir could be the best BBL SuperCoach buy in recent history when he suits up for the Melbourne Stars this summer. Despite a disappointing Cricket World Cup campaign in India, Mir’s performances in the Pakistan Super League and SA20 have him projected to be the second-highest scorer for this BBL season. Standing almost two metres tall, the amount of drop and bounce Mir is expected to get out of Australian wickets will make him incredibly difficult to score from, which should inevitably bring wickets.

Jhye Richardson (Perth Scorchers)

Price: $247k
Projected points per game: 65

Perth Scorchers seamer Jhye Richardson is returning from yet another shoulder injury via the Sheffield Shield and will be at the top of all ‘must-have’ lists for SuperCoaches this season. The three-time BBL champion does not stand as tall as some of his teammates, meaning most fuller deliveries skid on, which are only harder to hit with the pace and swing he can generate. If Richardson is fully fit for round one of the BBL, he will be a very popular selection.

Ben Dwarshuis (Sydney Sixers)

Price: $183.7k
Projected points per game: 59

Ben Dwarshuis’ ability to swing the ball into the right-hand batter’s stumps early in the innings, along with the variations he bowls later in the piece, make him a very dangerous bowler for the Sydney Sixers. Expect him to bowl a lot of overs at the start and end of the innings, where taking wickets can be much easier. Dwarshuis is also a handy lower-order batter, which only adds to his all-round value as a BBL SuperCoach prospect.

Chris Jordan (Hobart Hurricanes)

Price: $106.9k
Projected points per game: 56

English seamer Chris Jordan has perfected the art of disguising his variations by making no changes to his normal bowling action, making it very difficult for batters to pick up the type of delivery being bowled. He joins the Hobart Hurricanes this season, and bowling on Tasmanian wickets will be the closest to typical English conditions that players face in Australia. Jordan is also a talented fielder, which should bring him additional SuperCoach points for catches and run-outs.

Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars)

Price: $118.3k
Projected points per game: 56

Melbourne Stars all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is priced well below the level he has shown on the biggest stage of late. The ‘Big Show’ was almost as good with the ball at the 2023 Cricket World Cup as he was with the bat. Any points he scores with the ball, along with the efforts he can produce in the field, will only come as a bonus to the runs he can score at a high strike rate. Maxwell’s SuperCoach value could skyrocket very quickly this summer.

Paddy Dooley (Hobart Hurricanes)

Price: $200.1k
Projected points per game: 52

Paddy Dooley burst onto the BBL SuperCoach scene last season for the Hurricanes as a spin bowler with an incredibly unorthodox action that batters struggled to adjust to. He has had a solid start to the summer for Western Suburbs in the Brisbane Premier Cricket T20 competition, as well as for the University of Tasmania. Should he continue to improve, Dooley will be a strong performer for the Hurricanes this season.

Lance Morris (Perth Scorchers)

Price: $157.2k
Projected points per game: 46

Lance Morris is one of the great unknowns of recent years in Australian cricket, having played just a handful of games in the BBL for the Perth Scorchers. One of the quickest bowlers in the country, he has been on the fringe of national selection without yet earning a cap. Should he be fully available for the BBL13 season, the pace and bounce Morris generates will be enough to put batters on the back foot where they will struggle to score and be dismissed cheaply.

Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars)

Price: $116.7k
Projected points per game: 44

When fully fit, Marcus Stoinis is a handy middle-overs bowler who uses his variations effectively to make scoring difficult. But it is with bat in hand that he is most dangerous. The raw strength of Stoinis is enough that he does not necessarily need timing from the middle of his bat to clear the boundary. If his body is right, Stoinis will be an incredibly handy pickup for SuperCoaches to start the competition.

Hayden Kerr (Sydney Sixers)

Price: $141.4k
Projected points per game: 42

Hayden Kerr is a talented left-arm seam bowler who can swing the ball early in a match and bowl variations when the ball is softer. Being slightly shorter and slower than Sixers teammate Ben Dwarshuis, Kerr often bowls with greater control to execute plans more effectively. Any late-innings runs he scores with the bat will only be a bonus for SuperCoaches.

Andrew Tye (Perth Scorchers)

Price: $185.4k
Projected points per game: 38

Andrew Tye is the leading wicket-taker in Perth Scorchers history; however, with Lance Morris, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Aaron Hardie and Ashton Turner all expected to play in the side, Tye may not be guaranteed four overs per game. If he does bowl his maximum overs on a regular basis, the veteran seamer will likely exceed his points projection and be one of the most consistent BBL13 SuperCoach players.

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