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The Men’s Hundred Fantasy Game: CricViz Insight – Reliable Malan

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Top Order batters lead the way

Liam Livingstone top scored with 92 during the 2021 edition of the Hundred but with just 14 games gone so far in The Men’s Hundred 2022 we’ve already seen three scores surpass Livingstone’s 92 – all three of them coming from openers.

With Jason Roy’s spot as England’s T20 opener under pressure plenty of batters will be looking to use the Hundred as a platform to push for their selection, no more so than young guns Will Jacks and Will Smeed. 

Smeed became the first centurion in The Hundred with a brutal 101* from just 50 balls at Edgbaston against Southern Brave, Will Jacks became the second with 108* from 48 balls against the same opponents at the Oval just a few days later. 

Openers often found themselves a little stuck last year, unable to capitalise despite being set and finding it difficult to get back on strike regularly enough to make ‘getting set’ worthwhile – both of these young guns have shown the ability to bat through the innings with more effectiveness, the opportunity to time their innings when chasing a possible factor but even so, both batters should be in and around fantasy teams for their upcoming fixtures considering their form and low prices.

Bank on the ever reliable Malan

Dawid Malan has been dismissed just once so far in the Hundred, scoring 194 runs from just 97 balls to help guide his Trent Rockets side to three chasing wins from three. The Andy Flower lead Rockets side have given Malan the perfect conditions to extract his full potential with the bat in Hundred cricket, allowing him to open the innings alongside Alex Hales as well as being flexible with their batting lineup should Hales be dismissed, promoting Tom Kohler-Cadmore above Colin Munro to ensure a right-hander remains at the crease alongside Malan, reducing the potential for matchups or lopsided boundaries to slow him down

The 34-year-old left-hander’s ability to cash in with such consistency and ease on flat tracks makes him a highly valuable asset in the Hundred, which has seen good tracks dished out so far amid the heatwave sweeping across the UK. As the wagon wheel above shows, Malan is a frequent player of the lofted cover drive and pull stroke, two shots which will continue to serve him well providing pitches remain true. 

Malan’s Hundred form so far, as well as his newfound ability to start his innings quickly, will only help to secure his spot in England’s T20 side – and with two games in quick succession for Trent Rockets he should be a much of a lock in fantasy sides too.

Back the Manchester Originals batters

Manchester Originals may be winless from their opening three encounters but they have the opportunity to rectify that with two fixtures in quick succession against fellow strugglers Welsh Fire and Southern Brave, bringing their players into contention from a fantasy perspective.

Jos Buttler has shown glimpses of a return to form with scores of 59 off 41 and 41 off 25 to start the tournament – England’s white ball captain favouring the quicks in particular when it comes to scoring boundaries with his ability to move around the crease and capitalise on both width and anything straight. 

Both of Buttler’s upcoming opponents have suffered setbacks to their pace attacks, with Welsh Fire losing Naseem Shah prior to the tournament and Southern Brave missing Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills and Craig Overton – everything is set up nicely for a big score for Buttler.

Watch out for West Indies availability

West Indies stars Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo will all be leaving the competition in a few rounds time, so this could be your last chance to capitalise on their fantasy value. 

Narine has been the standout West Indies name so far this tournament, conceding just 76 runs from the 80 deliveries he’s bowled, whilst also taking 8 wickets. Narine is noticeably straight and this helps his fantasy potential even with five of his eight wickets coming from either an lbw or bowled – fantasy owners get a small bonus for those modes of dismissals and he could just be the difference in your fantasy side.

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