December 18: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers in Sydney
Our XI: Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques, Ashton Turner, Cameron Bancroft, Josh Phillipe, Tom Curran, Steve O’Keefe, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Sean Abbott
Captain: Moises Henriques
Sixers captain Henriques is in great batting touch, so you can back him to be your captain. He scored a 60-plus in the Sixers’ warm-up game and a century in his last first-class game.
Vice-captain: James Vince
Vince started the MSL brilliantly and then tailed off a bit, but he’s been playing T20s for a couple of months now, and is good to go.
A revamped Scorchers set-up will have Bancroft taking the responsibility at the top, so you can’t ignore him.
You will remember him helping Australia chase 359 against India in Mohali earlier this year. He can hit those big scores when his team needs it – with the T20 World Cup around the corner, he will want to prove his worth.
With Andrew Tye out injured, Richardson will be the Scorchers’ top pick for early breakthroughs, and with a bunch of wickets behind him, he should deliver.
His death-bowling expertise makes Jordan a must-pick. He took a wicket in every game in the recent Abu Dhabi T10, and his economy rate could get you extra points.
A left-handed opener is always a fantasy delight. He’s been scoring consistently for New South Wales too, so you know he can get in among the runs if he gets going.
Point to note: The Sixers probably have a more settled side, so maybe best to pick more of their players.