Klinger top Scorchers batsman vs Thunder

Cricket - Big Bash - 11 Jan 08:40

Now I've discovered Shaun Marsh won't be back for this game, Klinger stands out as the class act and 11/4 looks good value.

His record so far this season isn't great, he's only really got going once where he made a match-winning 83. The ability is obviously there, his T20 record is extremely strong and he's never far from making a telling contribution with the bat.

The main dangers to him all bat lower down the order. Turner is the Scorchers leading runscoring so far, but will come in 4 or 5. Depending on the match scenario he may only have a late cameo to play or have to go for his shots from ball 1.

Voges is the other mainstay in the side, but his role has been to be the "insurance policy" coming in at 5 or 6, a steady hand in case their is a crisis so it's impossible to back him.


Cartwright could open up, he's done it for Australia in ODI's and made runs against the Stars at the start of the season but he hasn't convinced me.

Bancroft is a test match opener but has always been utilized down the order in T20 cricket and this format doesn't really suit. Agar is a handy cricket but he's more likely to be the finisher here, not the mainstay. Phillipe, Bosisto and David have looked a little out of their depth.

Looking at it on paper, with all the personnel changes the Scorchers have had to make and players roles changing game by game, the one constant should be Klinger as the rock at the top of the order.

This looks a perfect opportunity for him to bat deep and provide a foundation for his side, whether they are trying to set a target or chase one down. I'd like him to be in slightly better nick, but his record is so strong that he can be backed to grind out the runs.

11/4 is the best price, Hills offer a bet boost on mobile once a day so that's an opportunity to eke out a bit on an extra edge.

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