…but now that we’re in 2019, it seems like an appropriate time to revisit this.
Telegraph Fantasy Cricket CC/ODC 2019: How to Select a Team
As with Cricket Captain, 2019 is upon us, so if we want to succeed at TFC, then we already need to get our thinking caps on! Again, as with Cricket Captain, I’ve put forward my tactics before but feel that I can now expand on those in greater depth.
I’ll likely do both the above articles as audiocasts. My short-lived YouTube experiment is probably on hiatus. I just don’t have the space to be able to keep it clean and make it look sleek. I’ve got some really good ideas but with a second child having just arrived in a very small house, the audiocasts are a bit more feasible than recording videos.
Shehan Karunatilaka: Chinaman Book Review
I’m about fifty pages into this and am enjoying it so far. There’s such a lack of quality cricket fiction out there but hopefully this has bucked the trend.
Please take at look at my previous book reviews here…
Glamorgan have added batsman Charlie Hemphrey to their batting ranks for the 2019 campaign. The Doncaster born bat has done okay on the Australian domestic scene and a stint in county cricket should serve him well. The Welsh county have already acquired fellow Yorkshireman Billy Root and as a result they should be more of a force this term.
Nottinghamshire didn’t really seem to know what to do with Root. You could check three scorecards in a week and find him batting at three, then at nine playing primarily as a spin bowler then batting at five. The opportunity to play week in week out should help bring out the best of a player who has demonstrated that he’s good enough to carve out a career at county level.
As a batsman who bowls a bit and likely to get regular first team opportunities, Root is a player to consider come the 2019 edition of Telegraph Fantasy Cricket. Look out for my YouTube video of how to go about selecting your team soon!
It says it all that my Fifth XI finished the 2018 County Championship campaign as my top team!
Tom Bailey (1912), Ryan Higgins (1819) and Morne Morkel (1636), when he eventually got going, led the way for me. However an overall position of 7454th is nothing to write home about!
As the above graphic displays, Kent’s Kiwi quick Matt Henry, his domestic teammate and potential England Test debutant Joe Denly and Sussex’s former Yorkshire tearaway Ollie Robinson led the way in the overall points scoring. Ollie Robinson, oh look, another player that Yorkshire have either failed to develop or/and allowed to blossom elsewhere (Carver, Rhodes, Lees?)! There’s a theme developing here isn’t there?
Ed Barnard, Tom Bailey, Ryan Higgins and James Hildreth all made my England Ignored XI…
… having been consistent performers throughout the campaign. Please remember that this competition was specific to the County Championship (First Class) and One-Day Cup (List A). The T20 Blast had a completely separate fantasy competition.
My five teams did at least resign my wife and daughter’s XIs to the bottom of the family table. Anyway, there’s always next year!
This year’s competition has reached its conclusion, Ben Cox, Jofra Archer and all but I’m no richer!
That’s right, I didn’t win. Admittedly not bothering to keep on top of transfers and having only one player in the final having had just as many in the semi-final didn’t help my cause!
Overall, I finished in 3178th position with a total of 5728 points.
Kent’s Joe Denly led the way for my outfit with 1159 points and therefore should’ve been my captain. That honour fell to Samit Patel who totalled only 471 points before being doubled. Denly’s reward for being the star in my team… an as predicted call-up to England’s Test team for the tour of Sri Lanka.
There were contributions from throughout my side with Patel’s Nottinghamshire teammate Tom Moores (710) my next highest scorer. Liam Dawson, Ryan Higgins and Ross Whiteley all contributed in excess of 500 points.
I’ve already decided on a change of tack for next year that will involve a more active approach to transfers. Roll on 2019…
Here’s my Telegraph Fantasy Cricket team for the T20 competition.
Sticking to my tried and tested formula, I’ve selected batsmen that can bowl. Kent’s Joe Denly will surely contribute with the white ball and Ryan Higgins is definatley an all-rounder. He’s been opening the bowling for Gloucestershire in First Class cricket this year following his move from Middlesex. Ross Whiteley is a destructive T20 hitter who as broken into Worcestershire’s County Championship of late. He produced some strong innings in the One-Day Cup and has been collecting the odd wicket too. Sussex’s Harry Finch complete’s my batting line-up.
Tom Moores has seamlessly assumed Chris Read’s position behind the stumps at Nottinghamshire and he’s my gloveman this year.
Hampshire’s Liam Dawson has broke the record for England Lions One-Day bowling figures three times this year and fellow slow-left-armer Samit Patel performed superbly when opening the bowling in the Pakistan Super League last time out. With dry pitches all around the country these two should prosper and might be competing for a place on England’s tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies. Patel, with his all-round capabilities dons my captain’s armband.
AJ Tye didn’t have in easy against England in the ODI series or T20I but will come good for Gloucestershire at domestic level. Many county batsmen just can’t read what’s about to come out of his hand. Matt Coles has broke into the Essex XI and could actually be a useful option for England. He’ll take wickets and biff it with the bat too. Adam Zampa should enjoy the current Australian like English terrain Harry Brookes has broke into the Warwickshire side this year. He’s a capable willow wielder despite his listing s a bowler.
They’ll be an update at the end of the T20 Blast to see how my team performed.