CHEAPIE ALERT! Best youngsters in Big Bash

TRENT Copeland, former Test quick and reigning Sheffield Shield Player of the Year, reveals his breakout youngsters for upcoming Big Bash season.

Mackenzie Harvey | BAT | Renegades | $42,000

The youngest player on the Renegades list is a star in waiting, he just needs a chance. With Aaron Finch in Test calculations, there may well be a full time batting slot open atop the order, and I can assure you this dynamic left-hander will be in the reckoning. If you haven’t seen him play, have a look at his 39-ball half century against the England ODI team last summer as a 16-year-old — where he hit Liam Plunkett for six over cover, and speedster Mark Wood for a couple of incredible pull shots/ramps for six.

Trent Copeland is the reigning Sheffield Shield player of the year.Source:The Daily Telegraph

Jack Edwards | ALLROUNDER | Sixers | $42,000

‘JED’ as he’s affectionately known is an extraordinary talent. He dominated the U/19 World Cup for Australia on their way to the final of that tournament, and since made his debut for NSW in the JLT One Day Cup. He smashed an amazing hundred during the tournament and finished with the eighth most runs of any player. A seriously tall human with flowing long blonde locks, he possesses some very handy bowling attributes as well as a likely berth at the top of the order in Nic Maddinson’s absence. Get on, and thank me later. I’d be amazed if Jed doesn’t play for Australia in the very near future.

Will Sutherland | ALLROUNDER | Renegades | $42,000

The son of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland is making a name for himself for all the right reasons, taking a MOM worthy five-wicket haul in the first JLT Cup One Day match for Victoria and consistently proving a threat with the new ball. Where he fits in with the bat will be the question as to how much game time he gets in the BBL, but at cheapie price, you simply cannot look past him. Picked up a back injury for the Vics and may miss the opening matches of the BBL, but get on as soon as he returns.

Cameron Green | ALLROUNDER | Scorchers | $42,000

A big strapping all rounder standing 6-foot-7-inches. Hailing from the WACA, he can bowl in excess of 140km/h and bat in the top six — I’ll have some of that at cheapie prices thanks! Just in case you weren’t sold already, Green took 5/24 on first class debut at just 17 years of age and has a high score of 45 where he hit James Pattinson for a couple of sixes on to the hill at the WACA. The only issue I see for him is selection given all of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye are healthy, plus overseas player David Willey is on the books again. If Green gets a start he’s a must own. One who could play for Australia before the ‘average’ cricket fan has seen him play.

Cameron Green of Western Australia during the JLT One-Day Cup.Source:AAP

Max Bryant | BAT | Heat | $42,000

Bryant has long been touted as one of the best ball strikers of the young generation of batting stars, opening the batting for the Australian U/19 World Cup campaign, playing for the CAXI in last year’s JLT One Day tournament, and this year getting the start at the top of the order for Queensland. Bryant scored the fastest EVER 50 by a Queenslander in one day domestic cricket against South Australia this week. Yep, faster than Chris Lynn, Usman Khawaja, Matthew Hayden, Stuart Law etc, finishing with 71 off 32 balls. It’s hard to see any of Lynn, Brendon McCullum or Joe Burns not in the top three to start, but should Bryant get his chance, know he’s definitely up for it.

Usman Qadir | BOWL | Perth Scorchers | $93,800

Now this one may fly under the radar as Qadir — leg spinner hailing from Pakistan — isn’t a household name by international player standards. Let me start by noting that Usman is the son of former Pakistan legend Abdul Qadir. Having spent the last 12 months playing grade cricket in Sydney and bowling to us in the nets at NSW training I can assure you he’s good — well, my stumps being knocked over by wrong ‘uns in numerous net sessions can. By way of comparisons, think about the style of spinner Rashid Khan is for the Strikers, and Qadir is very similar. I’d be amazed if he wasn’t a success in this tournament. Emerged with 3/50 against Victoria in the JLT Cup.

Daniel Sams | BOWL | Thunder | $127,700

You may have seen Sams play for the Sixers last season, and what you will have seen was left-arm pace bowling with good slower balls and death execution (and he is above cheapie price as a result). What you won’t have seen, though, is how good he can bat … like I’m talking some of the biggest sixes you will ever see! I would be amazed if Sams didn’t feature in the top six for the Thunder, and if not he could still play a Ben Cutting-like role for the last 10 overs. In the JLT Cup, Sams scored 152 runs at 38, with a high score of 62 and strike rate of 116.92. Expect Sams to be a key player this season for the Thunder.

Brendan Doggett | BOWL | Heat | $112,500

Most people wouldn’t know the name, but in fact Doggett toured UAE with the recent Test squad! Having taken a five-wicket haul in the winning Queensland Sheffield Shield final last summer and impressing on the Australia A tour of India, those who have seen him play will know he could very well break out in the Big Bash this year. Bowls rapid (145km/h easily!), has a very easy action to generate pace and ‘hits the hole’ well at the death. One of my first picked if playing.

Brendan Doggett is at the Heat again in BBL 08.Source:Getty Images

Jason Sangha | BAT | Thunder | $42,000

Sangha has been dubbed a future Test batsman from a very young age, and captained Australia in the U/19 World Cup last summer. Batting with exceptional hands and seemingly endless time against the quickest of bowlers, he burst on to the radar last year when he scored 133 off 266 balls for the CAXI against a full strength England Test side in a tour match — including Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Mason Crane and Moeen Ali. What isn’t in the stats or the common perception about Sangha, though, is his more than adequate leg spinners off the old Bill O’Reilly style run up (you’ll know what I mean when you see it). Very good chance to play you would think, and could provide allrounder type stats from the pure batting category.

Tom O’Connell | BOWL | TBA | Unsigned

The South-Australian-come Victorian leg spinner took to JLT One Day cricket like a duck to water, taking eight wickets at an average of just 25 through four matches. Having dominated club cricket in Adelaide last season, the 18-year-old made the move and hasn’t looked back, and is a handy lower order batter. A ‘leggie’ that gives it a good rip will no doubt be at the forefront of a Big Bash team’s plans come December, so watch this space.

Others to watch out for include:

– Jack Prestwidge, Riley Meridith and Spencer Johnson. All bowl in excess of 140km/h.

– Param Uppal

– Josh Phillipe


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