Moeen Ali

The ultimate guide for The Men’s Hundred Match No.8, Birmingham Phoenix vs Southern Brave, at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

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Birmingham Phoenix – Team Notes

Batting Options: If Graeme van Buuren isn’t dropped for one of the pace bowlers, Henry Brookes or Timm van der Gugten, it will be 7; otherwise, 8.

LHB Options: 3 in the top 6

  • Opportunity Alert – Tim David’s off-spin could come in handy.  

Main Bowling Options: 6

  • Threat Alert – One of the bowlers will almost certainly be underbowled. And, given that the opposing batting lineup features four right-handed batters in its top five, Moeen Ali is the one who could be affected.

Support Bowling Options: 1 (Liam Livingstone)

Spin trio: Covered if Graeme van Buuren plays; if he is dropped, they do not have SLA.

In Form: Plenty in decent form, but none in top form.

Out of Form: None

Express Pace: Not available  

Slow ball variations: Available 

Elite New ball value: Not available 

Big Name(s) on the bench: None that is available for selection 

Potential Changes: Miles Hammond/Dan Mousley out, Matthew Wade (if available) in; Graeme van Buuren out, Henry Brookes/Timm van der Gugten in

It’s unclear why Matthew Wade was unable to play in the first game, and there have been no updates since then. However, if he has joined the team, he will be Will Smeed’s opening partner for this game. Hammond or Mousley will play at No.5

Phoenix’s only options for 135+ pace bowling in the first game were Kane Richardson and Tom Helm. We doubt they’ll risk it again, particularly against Southern Brave and at Edgbaston. As a result, Brookes or Gugten are likely to start in place of Buuren. While the move strengthens their pace bowling unit, it also shortens their batting lineup, putting even more pressure on Moeen and Livingstone to perform.


Southern Brave – Team Notes

Batting Options: Strictly speaking, 7. 

LHB Options: 1 in the top 5

  • Opportunity Alert – With Ross Whiteley only expected to bat at No.6, Imran Tahir and Liam Livingstone will be preferred over Moeen Ali to control the middle overs alongside Benny Howell if Quinton de Kock is dismissed early.

Main Bowling Options: 5

Support Bowling Options: 2 (Marcus Stoinis, Tim David)

Spin trio: Legspin and offspin covered; no SLA

In Form: James Vince

Out of Form: Ross Whiteley, George Garton

Express Pace: Available if Tymal Mills plays 

Slow ball variations: Available if Tymal Mills plays 

Elite New ball value: Not available 

Big Name(s) on the bench: George Garton 

For the first half of the year, the left-arm pace bowling all-rounder was battling long covid. And it showed in his Blast performance, where his numbers were abysmal: 16-0-189-1. So it’s not surprising that he missed the Braves’ first game of the season.  It’s unclear how and when the Brave think-tank plan to incorporate Garton into the starting lineup.

Potential Changes: Craig Overton out, Quinton de Kock in; Michael Hogan out, Tymal Mills in (if fit)

Quinton de Kock was with South Africa when the Southern Brave played their first game, but now that he is available, he will not only take Alex Davies’ opening spot, but also the wicketkeeping gloves. Davies will return to the No.4 position, which he held for the defending champions last season.

Tymal Mills sat out the first game due to a toe injury, but he did say in an interview with the host broadcaster that he expects to feature in the second game.


Match Centre – Rating and Comparison

Team RatingBirmingham PhoenixSouthern Brave
Batting Quality0.70.7
Batting Depth00
Complementary Openers0.81
Spin Hitting10.8
Pace Hitting0.60.7
New Ball Swing & Seam00
Enforcer00.3
Death Bowling0.30.7
Bowling Depth11
Complementary Spin10.8
TOTAL5.4/106/10

Edgbaston, Birmingham – Venue Notes

Edgbaston is one of England’s smallest cricket grounds, with one really short straight and square boundary and only one of the eight boundaries crossing the 75m mark. While the scoring may not always be as high as it was last year, one thing is certain because of the short boundary dimensions: there will be a lot of sixes.

At Edgbaston (The 100 Men 2021 numbers): 

  • Average first innings score – 161 (1st)
  • Average 4s 1st inn – 13.25 (2nd)
  • Avg 6s 1st inn – 7.5 (2nd)
  • Avg runs PP 1st inn – 36.5 (4th)
  • Avg runs in Death 1st inn – 42.75 (4th)

At Edgbaston (The Blast numbers – Last 3 years): 

  • Average first innings score – 163 (6th)
  • Average 4s 1st inn – 12.7 (6th)
  • Avg 6s 1st inn – 6.3 (3rd)
  • Avg runs PP 1st inn – 43.45 (4th)
  • Avg runs in Death 1st inn – 42.95 (7th)

Moeen Ali absolutely loves Birmingham, both with the bat and with the ball. He is not only the third highest run scorer in the shortest format here since 2017, but he also has an excellent bowling average and economy rate at the venue.

Birmingham Boss Moeen Ali at Edgbaston, Birmingham since 2017: 

  • With the bat: 513 runs at 51/175
  • With the ball: 12 wickets at 21/7.7

Phoenix players Chris Benjamin and Will Smeed are the 7th and 14th highest scorers at the venue since 2017. Jake Lintott of the Southern Brave has the most wickets in the same period (25 at 16/7).


Indibet Cricket Prediction

Southern Brave to win the game

Over 10.5 sixes in the match 

James Vince Player Performance Points Over 29.5

Race to 10 runs: 

  • Will Smeed to win vs Miles Hammond if Matthew Wade is in the XI
  • James Vince to win vs Alex Davies 

Highest Opening Partnership: Southern Brave 


Fantasy Corner

Base Team: James Vince, Jake Lintott, Chris Jordan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Quinton de Kock, Benny Howell, Tim David and James Fuller (if SB bat first)

Differentials: Jake Lintott (35%), Matthew Wade (10%), James Fuller (26%) 

Top Budget picks: Matthew Wade, James Fuller, Will Smeed

Top C/VC picks: Moeen Ali, James Vince, Liam Livingstone 

Fantasy Notes and Tips: 

  • Birmingham Phoenix’s bowling attack is mediocre, so Southern Brave star batters should fare well in this game.
  • Both teams have short batting units, so there will be plenty of cheap wickets at the death.
  • Both teams’ new ball bowling units are mediocre, especially if Tymal Mills replaces Michael Hogan, so bank on openers to deliver.

Predicted Playing XI

Birmingham Phoenix: Will Smeed, Matthew Wade/Miles Hammond, Moeen Ali(c), Liam Livingstone, Miles Hammond/Dan Mousley, Chris Benjamin, Benny Howell, Tom Helm, Graeme van Buuren/Henry Brookes, Kane Richardson*, Imran Tahir*

Southern Brave: James Vince(c), Quinton de Kock*(wk), Marcus Stoinis*, Alex Davies, Tim David*, Ross Whiteley, James Fuller, Chris Jordan, Rehan Ahmed, Jake Lintott, Tymal Mills/Michael Hogan

Stats credit: Raviteja Rajavarapu, Cricsheet, Cricmetric

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