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Maddinson can swing a game: Greg Chappell

Former Aussie skipper picks his top 5 young batters of BBL

In the second of a three-part series, today CA National Talent Manager and Hall of Famer Greg Chappell nominates his Top 5 Young Gun Batsmen to watch in the KFC T20 Big Bash League.

Greg Chappell’s Top 5 Young Gun Batsmen

Nic Maddinson (Sydney Sixers)

Greg says: Nic Maddinson is an exciting young player who had a good inaugural BBL last season. He is a player of quality who hasn’t yet reached his potential. He can swing a game with an ability to deliver what’s required in any given situation with power and finesse. He’s also an excellent fielder with a strong arm.

Steve Smith (Sydney Sixers)

Greg says: Steve Smith is a mercurial player just coming in to his own. He’s the type of player who can play a special innings and is equally good against pace or spin. He reads the play extremely well and is someone who can be the marquee play for his team.

Joe Burns (Brisbane Heat)

Greg says: Joe Burns looks to be a player suited to the long format with his classical, upright style but he’s a player of immense talent who will adapt his game to suit T20. He’s the sort of player that when he scores runs he seems to be doing it easily.

Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)

Greg says: Chris Lynn has all the hallmarks of being an exciting batsman and appears to be better suited to the shorter formats of the game at this stage. He has plenty of power and could be an explosive player for the Heat. I expect him to play some very exciting innings throughout the season.

Ben Dunk (Hobart Hurricanes)

Greg says: Ben Dunk is a hard hitting wicket-keeper batsman. A left-hand batsman who is a clean hitter of the ball, Ben will get his chance with the Hurricanes this year to show his wares. Strong and athletic, he has shots all around the ground. Keep your wits about you when Ben is batting if you intend to sit behind the bowlers arm.

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