SuperCoach BBL ambassador Shane Warne.
SuperCoach BBL ambassador Shane Warne.

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THIS is the year of Mitchell Swepson.

Young leggies can take a while to mature, but at 25 and with three Big Bash seasons under his belt, now is the time for Swepson to explode.

To me, it appears someone has told him to bowl too fast, and he's also lost some patience.

But once the penny drops, it could all happen very quickly for him.

Every team needs a good wrist spinner in T20 cricket and I'm therefore backing him as the bowling buy of the year in SuperCoach BBL at a very affordable $101,500.

I've fit four spinners into my SuperCoach squad - Swepson, Ashton Agar, Cameron Boyce and boom 18-year-old Lloyd Pope.

Unfortunately, the tight $2 million salary cap means I've had to skip the likes of Rashid Khan and Fawad Ahmed.

 

 

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STARTING XI:

D'Arcy Short, BAT/BOWL, Hurricanes, $258,900

I spent time with him at Rajasthan Royals and saw first-hand how far he hits the ball.

Underrated bowler and could surprise with important wickets in the middle overs.

D'Arcy Short is known for his striking but could take a few surprise wickets.
D'Arcy Short is known for his striking but could take a few surprise wickets.

 

Chris Lynn, BAT, Heat, $202,000

The most destructive T20 player in the world alongside Chris Gayle and the next man on this list …

Jos Buttler, BAT/WKP, Thunder, $160,200

I've got a bromance with Jos following our time at Rajasthan. He's got so many shots and is impossible to set a field to.

 

English short form star Jos Buttler is at the Thunder again this season.
English short form star Jos Buttler is at the Thunder again this season.

 

Marcus Stoinis, BAT/BOWL, Stars, $227,900

I'm tipping Stoinis to have a lightbulb moment this year and tear up the Australian summer. I'd like to see him play all three forms for Australia. However, he can't get too technical, he just needs to go out and play. If he does, he'll be on a plane next year to the World Cup and Ashes.

George Bailey, BAT, Hurricanes, $90,900

The veteran Hurricane starts very cheap for a player of his skill and experience.

George Bailey is at a bargain price. Picture: Sarah Reed
George Bailey is at a bargain price. Picture: Sarah Reed

 

Ashton Agar, BAT/BOWL, Scorchers, $197,900

He bats, he bowls, he fields - great utility cricketer.

Will Sutherland, BOWL/BAT, Renegades, $42,000

The son of Cricket Australia's CEO, just 18, is one of the best all-round talents in the country. Currently injured but will return to play plenty of Big Bash.

Will Sutherland is one of the best young talents in Australia.
Will Sutherland is one of the best young talents in Australia.

Cameron Boyce, BOWL, Renegades, $87,200

No frills, no fuss. A very honest leggy who gets the job done.

Andrew Tye, BOWL, Scorchers, $246,800

Australia's cleverest bowler. Death bowling is so important in T20 cricket and he's the best in the business.

Andrew Tye is now a regular with the Australian side.
Andrew Tye is now a regular with the Australian side.

Mitchell Swepson, BOWL, Heat, $101,500

All the hard work is about to pay off.

Billy Stanlake, BOWL, Strikers, $137,500

If he stays fit, he could play a huge role in Australian cricket in the next 12 months. Possesses explosive pace and height. But I really like that he bowls at the stumps and takes wickets in the first six overs.

 

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BENCH:

Will Pucovski, BAT, unsigned, $42,000

Victorian 20-year-old scored 243 in the Sheffield Shield opener last week. Currently unsigned, but will surely be snapped up before the December 7 deadline.

MacKenzie Harvey, BAT, Renegades, $42,000

Youngest player on the Renegades' list at 18 and could open the batting given Aaron Finch will likely be on Test duty. Value.

 

Mackenzie Harvey has shown glimpses of greatness with Victoria this season.
Mackenzie Harvey has shown glimpses of greatness with Victoria this season.

Jack Edwards, BAT, Sixers, $42,000

NSW 18-year-old scored a brilliant ton in the JLT Cup and averaged 54.60.

Tim Ludeman, BAT/WKP, Renegades, $62,500

Underrated and cheap. Back-up for Buttler at wicketkeeper.

Lloyd Pope, BOWL, unsigned, $42,000

Red-headed leggie who gives the ball a rip. Sound familiar? At 18, he's yet to officially sign for a club. But judging on his brilliant googly on first class debut last week (video directly below), it's a matter of time.

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JUST MISS OUT ...

Fawad Ahmed, BOWL, Thunder, $152,700

Unlucky not to play more cricket at a higher level. I really rate his leg spin and as long as he doesn't try too much, he'll have a huge Big Bash. Spins the ball both ways, which you need in T20 cricket.

Joe Denly, BAT, Sixers, $186,800

Experienced English batsman who also bowls handy leggies.

Brendon McCullum, BAT, Heat, $113,000

Love his attitude to cricket and he enjoys the pace and bounce of his home Gabba pitch.

 

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