Where the hell did it all go wrong?
Off the back of cleaning up at the CLT20 in October with largely the same squad and then winnng their opening game of BBL02 the Sixers had won something like 12 T20 games in a row. The sky seemed the limit and a successful Big Bash campaign was about to onfold. But the wheels fell off in a big way without a settled batting line up (Lumb at the top of the order missed half the Bash) and with an attack that was short on wicket takers. Only 3 wins for the season and two of those were against the Sydney Thunder!
10 wickets at not much was a great return for the Queensland cop. Also busted open a drug trafficking ring in Sydney’s inner north on his days off. Serious talent and great time management skills.
A good alround effort may see him rewarded with another Australian T20 gig. Proved his flexability by batting up and down the order all the way from opening to No 7 for his runs and his spin yielded 5 wickets.
Australian ODI call ups are getting harder and harder to fathom. “Espanyol” made no runs at an average of 11.14 and follwed up by taking no wickets at an average of 38 and an economy of 9.7 runs per over. Baffling.
Mystery spinner indeed. So mysterious he got 1, that’s right 1 wicket in 5 games.
He’s economy rate was solid (a touch under 7) but he just didn’t get the wickets – only 4 ‘poles’ in 8 games. Has father time cuaght up with Bing?
What they should do
Aim for some consistency with their batting order. Haddin was at 3 then opening, Henriques was the No 5 finisher then he was opening. Steve Smith was shuffled around the order too. Get your best batsmen to face the most balls – it’s pretty simple.
Steve O’Keffe is not an opener. It has and may work occasionally as a shock tactic but he is a No 7 batsmen and probably should bat there regularly.
Don’t worry about recruiting mystery spinners, try and get a wicket taking spinner. Is Stuart Macgill busy?
If Cricket NSW could take a break from sacking CEO’s and coaches mid season they really need to have a good hard look where it all went wrong this Big Bash season with their two franchises finishing last and second last.