Welcome to a preview and also an update of my adventures during the lockdown period as the Short Leg will be in action on the cricket field but not in person.
I have entered the Social Distancing T20 Shield competition on the Planet Cricket forums and will be up against 17 other Planet Cricket members to see who comes out on top in the short form tournament. This is an AI vs AI competition on Cricket 19 so while I won’t be putting my in game skills to use, I will be the manager, owner, coach and water boy for my newly created team: the “Short Leg XI”.
As part of the tournament, all the managers contested in a series of auction rounds to buy and select the players we wanted for our team. We all had W$T 1400 to spend on 16 players with one player at least coming from each category: Batters, Batting All Rounders, All Rounders, Bowling All Rounders, Keepers, Pace Bowlers and Spinners.
Auction Round 1:
Short Leg XI R1 Summary
In the first round, I had a very mixed round securing 8 players but missing out on some of the key signings that I had shortlisted as my important and star players. Kane Williamson, David Miller, Martin Guptill and Jonny Bairstow were all poached by other teams. I lost Williamson by only $2 as he went to Fire in Babylon for $112 which was incredibly disappointing. In terms of losing more players, my bids for Marcus Stoinis ($86) = $90, Mitchell Santner ($74) = $85, and Kagiso Rabada ($88) = $136 were unfortunately not enough to acquire their services. There was also another frustrating and heartbreaking loss as Trent Boult was poached for $90 following my unsuccessful bid of $88.
It was not all doom and gloom though as I secured some very good players and bargains. Most notably, Glenn Maxwell aka the Big Show has joined the ranks for a cheapish $100 as well as snapping up Aussie keeper Alex Carey $85 and West Indian extravagant batter Shimron Hetmyer for just $90. Sam Curran $87 was the most expensive all rounder in the first round however I think he will be a success whilst D’Arcy Short is set for a good tournament with bat and ball.
Aussie international and future Test keeper with a T20 average of 31. Can bat in the middle or up the top.
A left handed aggressive batsman with an average just below 40 who can also bowl some handy left arm chinemanns. Will be very useful in an opening partnership.
Best buy of my team by far. A true all rounder with incredible skills with the bat, ball and in the field. Will be the crucial cog if we will have success! One of the best all rounders in the world.
A young Afghan spinner most recently in the CPL and Big Bash. His googlies and leg spinners make him an exciting proposition.
Usually seen on the Test scene, Curran joins my team with his T20 skills on the rise from the IPL and his ability to score quick runs and take big wickets makes him a must buy.
A Sri Lanka big hitter who will be key with his pace off and slower deliveries as well. A well rounded player who could make a big impact.
A highly economical bowler who has a variety of skills and deliveries. Will be a leader in the bowling ranks.
The Short Leg XI Captain. An elegant yet explosive batsman with a lot of flare and promise. His middle order runs and playing of spin will be very valuable.
Auction Round 2:
Round 2 was underway and I had a big ambition to sign top order batsmen and sign them I did. Diminutive stroke maker Temba Bavuma joins the ranks for a lowly $82 for his ability to bat well and long at a more than adequate strike rate. I needed another good signing so I splashed the cash for a number 3/4 and Joe Root at $117 was the man that popped up and accepted the invitation. On the bowling side, Australian quick Jhye Richardson was a bargain at $86 whilst spinning all rounder Krunal Pandya $81 will be a good backup to Qais or a genuine all rounder in his own right.
With every win there is a loss and both Tim Southee and Mark Wood were snatched away very narrowly. Southee went to Ducks XI for $99 and only $3 more W$T than my bid whilst Wood was snaffled up by LLL on a tiebreaker after both parties bid $94. Nevertheless, Round 2 was a good improvement on Round 1 only leaving me two players to pick with seamers in short supply so far.
Likely to start as a backup but he is more than capable of featuring. The young Kiwi opening keeper batsman is a highly innovative and brute player who will be ready to fill in across the order.
The younger lesser known Pandya will be looking to make a name for himself in this tournament. Can provide runs down the order and bowl some helpful overs in the powerplay. The spinning all rounder will be in and about the team.
A promising and sharp Perth seamer who has made a good impression on the international stage. His raw pace will be providing nightmares for opposition opening batsmen.
The small batsmen looking to make substantial scores. The South African Bavuma is a very technical and smart cricketer who will bring some calm and sense to our onslaughts. Will be looking for him to rotate the strike, run well and bat the majority of the innings whilst operating at above a strike rate of 110. Could open with Short.
A cheap alternative at the top of the order who will start on the bench. Despite that, his flamboyant nature and ball striking will be hard to ignore and makes him a very useful squad player.
Joe Root may be a Test captain but his T20 record is nothing to be scoffed at. Root averages north west of 30 at a tidy strike rate as well which will be crucial in the overs after the powerplay. Hopefully, he can compliment Maxi in a formidable duo at 3 and 4.
Auction Round 3:
I was in desperate need of seam bowlers that could fill the void left by Boult, Rabada, Southee and Wood. Whilst Morkel, Hazlewood, Broad and Anderson were all available to pick, I decided to spend my remaining $190 on two impressive and experienced heads. Doug Bracewell is a quick hostile bowler with the ability to score some crucial lower order runs too. Steve Finn is becoming a T20 bumper bowler and I am confident his abilities and skills can match those of the international stars.
Both will start as backups but will certainly feature in the tournament for their experience and fantastic records with the ball.
With our team complete, we will be playing in Group A against five other very good sides. Games will be streamed on Youtube and I will be linking my games to the site so you can watch them if you please. Alternatively, to catch up on any action from the Lodckown Tournament you can read the forum: https://www.planetcricket.org/forums/posts/3399740/
I would just like to say a huge thank you to the tournament organizer and creator Waste Your Youth who has put in hours of hard work and commitment to this tournament and deserves full credit for the start of this tournament. Just hoping his team will not take glory haha! Here is a link to some of his academy creations where he has made all of the International teams whilst keeping them all regularly updated for the Cricket 19 game. https://www.planetcricket.org/forums/posts/3398380/
I am looking forward to seeing how we will fare in the tournament and I will be giving regular updates as the tournament progresses. Thank you for the support on this blog it is nice to see some new followers as well as my older followers and from me I hope you are all coping with lockdown and are staying safe. Thanks
Selected Players joining other teams:
Alastair Cook $130 to Lucky Lockdown Lunatics, Virat Kohli $98 to Montreal Midgets, AB De Villers $100 and David Warner $98 to Gilly’s Grubs, Shikhar Dhawan $113 to Gilly’s Grubs
Hashim Amla $92 to Lockdown Losers, Rohit Sharma $121 and Aaron Finch $110 to Twelve Fine Legs, Steve Smith $113 to Ducks XI, Chris Lynn $100 to Neptune Gaming, Faf du Plessis $117 to Spartans, Keaton Jennings $78 to Lockdown Losers
Jos Buttler $110 to Twelve Fine Legs, Quinton de Kock $90 to Isolated XI, Jonny Bairstow $134 to Thunder,
Chris Gayle and Marnus Labuschagne $95 to Fire in Babylon, Marcus Stoinis $90 to Twelve Fine Legs, Suresh Raina $90 to Isolated XI
Nathan Lyon $85 to Ducks XI, Jack Leach $120 to Lucky Lockdown Lunatics, Harbhajan Singh $88 to Lockdown Losers, Rashid Khan $89 to Ducks XI, Yuhvensdra Chahal $150 to Trump’s Fringe, Imran Tahir $103 to P9 Panthers, Mujeeb $105 to Isolated XI
Hardik Pandya $82 to Gilly’s Grubs, Jason Holder $95 to Fire in Babylon, Tom Curran $85 to Lockdown Losers, Moeen Ali $110 to Lucky Lockdown Lunatics, Andre Russell $100 to Lockdown Losers, Ravi Jadeja $110 to Isolated XI, Shahid Afridi $87 to Montreal Midgets
Ben Stokes $137 to Blocktown Brotherhood, Dwayne Bravo $113 to San Francisco Suckers
Lockie Ferguson $83 to Lockdown Losers, Sheldon Cottrell $79 to Fire in Babylon, Trent Boult $90 to Montreal Midgets, Pat Cummins $110 to Ducks XI, Mitchell Starc $100 to Fire in Babylon, James Anderson $95 to Ducks XI
Neil Wagner $90 and Jasprit Bumrah $119 to Trump’s Fringe, Kagiso Rabada $136 to Thunder, Jofra Archer $140 to Blocktown Brotherhood, Tim Southee $99 to Ducks XI, Josh Hazlewood $97 to Lockdown Losers, Morne Morkel $115 to Gilly’s Grubs