Rebel WBBL|03

WBBL|03 Fantasy guide: Wicketkeepers

We analyse each team's nominated wicketkeeper heading into WBBL|03 to help your Big Bash Fantasy selections

Susie Giese

08 December 2017, 10:00 AM

The Rebel WBBL season starts tomorrow, and with it, the Big Bash Fantasy's new WBBL Fantasy game.

Take part in the WBBL|03 season and play with a fresh team every day over 34 match days, featuring all 59 matches! There's a great cash prize every day and a $10,000 tournament grand prize to be won.

It's simple and free to enter and play.

1. Join the game and start playing today.

2. Pick a fresh squad of five players from all teams playing on each match day. Play any day and every day!

3. Create or join a league and take on your mates.

The wicketkeeper could make or break your Big Bash Fantasy side, so make sure you pick carefully!

A keeper who’s also a handy run-scorer is your best bet for racking up those points. When picking your wicketkeeper each game day, consider batting average, catches and stumpings.

We take a look at the numbers from WBBL|02 for each Rebel WBBL club’s nominated keeper:

Adelaide Strikers:

Tegan McPharlin

Wicketkeeping | 6 catches | 2 stumpings | Batting | 12 innings | 108 runs | 9.82 average | 77.14 strike rate | 0 sixes | 9 fours

WBBL|02 fantasy points* | 268

The WBBL|02 captain had a solid campaign last summer, upping her averages from the inaugural season with an average of 11 runs from her seven innings, as well as taking six catches and making two stumpings for the season. She will again position herself behind the stumps and look to lead by example as the Strikers look to take the competition by the scruff of the neck and force their way into finals.

Heat's Tegan McPharlin celebrates a caught-behind // Getty
Heat's Tegan McPharlin celebrates a caught-behind // Getty 

Brisbane Heat:

Beth Mooney

Wicketkeeping | 2 catches | 9 stumpings |Batting | 14 innings | 407 runs | 37 average |110 strike rate | 1 sixes | 46 fours

WBBL|02 fantasy points* | 777

Mooney has been solid behind the stumps for the Heat, with her quick reflexes yielding nine stumpings last summer. The Australia opener is also a proven performer with the willow. Across her 28 WBBL innings to date, she has made 807 runs at an average of 35.09, including a high score of 78no. She has a penchant for hitting boundaries and may have the occasional six up her sleeve. Mooney’s batting average also climbed higher last summer, cracking 37, with four half-centuries and three unbeaten knocks to her credit. Mooney broke records in the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes T20s, making 86no – the highest T20 score in Australia – in the first match, before an incredible 117no in the third, breaking the record she set five days earlier. It was also the second highest Women’s T20 international score in history.

Magic Mooney snares four stumpings

Hobart Hurricanes:

Georgia Redmayne

Wicketkeeping | 7 catches | 5 stumpings | Batting | 14 innings | 278 runs | 23.17 average | 89.97 strike rate | 0 sixes | 36 fours

WBBL|02 fantasy points* | 504

The wicketkeeper-batter made her WBBL debut last summer and had an impact in her dual role for the Hurricanes. As keeper, she took seven catches and landed five stumpings. As batter, she made 278 runs at a handy average of 23.17, with a high score of 64no her sole half-century, although she did have two unbeaten knocks. With more confidence and experience under her belt, the 23 year-old will be eyeing an even bigger summer in WBBL|03.

Redmayne's acrobatic one-handed catch 

Melbourne Renegades:

Emma Inglis

Wicketkeeping | 4 catches | 5 stumpings | Batting | 14 innings | 286 runs | 20.43 average | 100 strike rate | 2 sixes | 37 fours

WBBL|02 fantasy points* | 500

The former Melbourne Star will be keen to build on an impressive first two seasons in the WBBL. She has accumulated 465 runs at an average of 20.22, of which 286 came at a run-a-ball last summer, with an average of 20.43. In the second edition of the WBBL, she had a high score of 51 and smashed 37 fours and two sixes. Behind the stumps, she took four catches and made five stumpings, which fell shy of her four catches and 12 stumpings from WBBL|01, but was nevertheless a solid return. She will don the gloves for the Renegades in place of former captain Rachel Priest, who has headed north to Sydney Thunder.

Emma Inglis knocks the bails off for former team Stars // Getty
Emma Inglis knocks the bails off for former team Stars // Getty

Melbourne Stars:

Lizelle Lee

Wicketkeeping | Yet to make WBBL debut | Batting | Yet to make WBBL debut

WBBL|02 fantasy points* | Yet to make WBBL debut

The South Africa recruit will don the gloves in her WBBL debut, replacing Emma Inglis, who crossed to Melbourne Renegades. On the international scene, Lee has also filled a top-order batting position for the Proteas, making 729 runs at an average of 23.51, including a high score of 69no. In a five-ODI series against Australia Down Under in 2016, she took a couple of catches and made a stumping, but it was her exploits with the bat the earned her player-of-the-match honours in the third ODI, with a knock of 102.

South Africa keeper Lizelle Lee has joined Melbourne Stars // Getty
South Africa keeper Lizelle Lee has joined Melbourne Stars // Getty

Perth Scorchers:

Megan Banting

Wicketkeeping | 0 catches | 0 stumpings | Batting | 2 innings | 12 runs | 6 average | 75 strike rate | 0 sixes | 1 fours

WBBL|02 fantasy points* | 12

One of two wicketkeeping options at the Scorchers, alongside Emily Smith, Banting is expected to again don the gloves this summer, building on her 10 WBBL appearances across the opening two seasons – including six last summer. Her opportunities with the bat and behind the stumps have been limited thus far – she has only faced nine deliveries - but with more experience under her belt, the 21-year-old will be looking to make an impact in WBBL|03. Smith, meanwhile, played 10 matches for the Scorchers last summer, taking one catch and making three stumpings, for a WBBL career total of six catches and 12 stumpings.

Megan Banting is hoping for a big summer with the Scorchers // Getty
Megan Banting is hoping for a big summer with the Scorchers // Getty 

Sydney Sixers:

Alyssa Healy

Wicketkeeping | 9 catches | 8 stumpings| Batting | 16 innings | 479 runs | 29.94 average | 123.77 strike rate | 9 sixes | 63 fours

WBBL|02 fantasy points* | 933

Australia’s top wicketkeeper, who led the Sixers to their maiden championship in WBBL|02 in the absence of injured skipper Ellyse Perry, has had a profound impact with the bat and behind the stumps. The 27-year-old has made 674 runs at an average of 28.30 in the WBBL, the bulk of which came last summer. In WBBL|02, she racked up 479 runs at 29.94, with an impressive strike rate of 123.77. Among the mound of runs, she pounded out 63 fours and nine sixes, and made a half-century in four of her 16 innings. In the field, she took nine catches and made eight stumpings.

Healy's freakish look away run-out
Sydney Thunder:

Rachel Priest

Wicketkeeping | 6 catches | 2 stumpings| Batting | 14 innings | 263 runs | 18.79 average | 100.77 strike rate | 6 sixes | 34 fours

WBBL|02 fantasy points* | 449

The former Renegades glovewoman and captain will slot in behind the stumps for Thunder this summer, and has the added benefit of being a dynamic batter. In WBBL|02 she made 263 runs at 18.79, collecting six maximums and 34 boundaries along the way. She took six catches and claimed two stumpings, bringing her WBBL career total up to 9 catches and 13 stumpings, as in addition to 512 runs at 19.69.

Rachel Priest has crossed to Sydney Thunder // Getty
Rachel Priest has crossed to Sydney Thunder // Getty
 *Points are indicative using last season’s Big Bash Fantasy BBL scoring system and may differ from current system