It’s been a few days since the IPL wrapped up and if you are still suffering from IPL Withdrawal Syndrome (yes, it’s a thing!), perhaps the ODI Triseries between West Indies, South Africa and Australia starting on 3 June to will help ease your symptoms. And for those you missing your daily fix of fantasy cricket, OyeCaptain is running leagues for the triseries as well.
Australia, South Africa and the West Indies. The West Indies are still the subject of selection politicking – despite not having played in the domestic ODI tournament, Pollard and Sunil Narine were picked for this triseries while the other “rebels” DJ Bravo, Chris Gayle and DJ Sammy were not. The Windies will also be disappointed after missing out on qualification for next year’s Champions Trophy in England and will be out to prove a point. South Africa, led by the magnificent AB de Villiers, will be competitive but their team composition has issues of its own – they have apparently rested Dale Steyn but he is playing T20 cricket in England! At present, the World Champions Australia look the most settled of the three teams and will be the ones to beat. Mitchell Starc should make his return from injury to strengthen the Aussie bowling line-up.
Guyana, St. Kitts and Barbados. The pitches in the West Indies have become much slower and lower than in the heydays of the West Indian pace attack. Expect the spinners to dominate proceedings with the quicks having to rely on changes of pace and cutters to pick up wickets. Batting will not be easy and anything above 275 will be competitive on these difficult pitches.
Our Picks for your Fantasy Cricket Team
We have picked our top Fantasy Cricket XI from across the three teams for the entire tri-series so make sure these guys are in your teams! Enjoy!
1. Quinton de Kock (wicket keeper, SA) – QDK opens the batting, QDK keeps wicket and when he goes, he goes big! Only 23 years of age, de Kock already has 10 ODI centuries and will look to build on his strong IPL form going into the triseries.
2. David Warner (batsman, Aus) – Though his ODI record is underwhelming compared to his performances in Tests and T20s, Warner is never one to be taken lightly. He will be on a high after leading Sunrisers Hyderabad to an IPL victory and will want to continue his stellar, record-breaking form for the Australian team.
3. Marlon Samuels (batsman, WI) – The last time we saw Marlon was after winning the WT20 final with his feet on the table, answering the media’s questions and dissing Ben Stokes. An abrasive character, Marlon is at his best when he is provoked – both the South Africans and the Australians will have more than a word for Samuels so expect sparks to fly.
4. AB de Villiers (batsman, SA) – He has an ODI average of nearly 55, 72 scores of 50+ (more than 1 every 3 innings) and a strike rate over 100. He also loves the West Indies attack, having scored the fastest ODI hundred ever against them in just 31 balls. ABdV is coming off a stunning IPL season where he made nearly 700 runs at a strike rate over 168 and is a must-have for any Fantasy Cricket team.
5. Steve Smith (batsman, Aus)– Though his stats don’t look as good as ABdV or Warner, Smith is a real impact player. The Aussie skipper has a test average of over 60 and will be looking to boost his ODI average (40) in this series. His ability to play spin bowling will make him an asset given the spinners in the opposition.
6. Chris Morris (all rounder, SA) – In the last few months Morris has become a really important player for South Africa. He bowls his full quota of overs and combines sensible cricket with incredible power hitting down the order. His performance in SA’s last ODI series against England was fantastic (especially the 62 at Johannesburg to pull SA back from the brink of losing the series) and he had an excellent IPL for DD as well. SA seem to have finally found an all-rounder who can fill the large shoes of Jacques Kallis.
7. Carlos Brathwaite (all rounder, WI) – Do you remember the name? A big, big hitter and whole-hearted cricketer, Braithwaite is the future of the West Indies cricket. They will be looking to him to pick up crucial wickets in the middle overs and smash a few out of the park.
8. Kieron Pollard (all rounder, WI) – Pollard’s selection for this tournament created controversy. DJ Bravo even chest-bumped Pollard in the GL v MI game at the end of the IPL, as if to show his displeasure with his selection. Pollard will want to put this all behind him and focus on justifying his spot in the team. He is a canny operator with the ball and if he gets going with the bat, his power is unmatched.
9. Adam Zampa (bowler, Aus) – Australia’s newest leg-spinning sensation created quite a flutter in the IPL – 12 wickets from five games with a best of 6-19. Could Australia’s wait for a replacement for Warne finally be over?
10. Sunil Narine (bowler, WI) – Narine’s remodelled action saw him pick up 11 wickets in the IPL – a good, if not amazing, return for the man who has defined mystery spin for some time now. The South African and Australian batsman have been reared on bouncy, pacy tracks and with the exception of Steve Smith, all tend to play with hard hands so Narine will be looking to exploit their traditional weakness against spin.
11. Mitchell Starc (bowler, Aus) – Who can forget Starc’s first over to McCullum in the 2015 World Cup final? Starc will perhaps be the only genuine quick on display in the triseries, but he is making a return to the team after injury and it will be interesting to see whether he is back to full pace.
So there we you have our best XI! Good luck with your fantasy cricket teams!