As footy goalposts come down across the country, the ‘summer of cricket’ has traditionally been a season of sports. But as the game goes global with a year-round calendar, cricket is being played all around the world, making it perfect for satisfying your fantasy sports cravings. In Australia, fantasy cricket is growing in popularity, especially in the sub-continent. Daily Fantasy contests for Australian international matches, Big Bash, and Women’s Big Bash league fixtures are offered on Draftstars. The format is simple: pick four batters and three bowlers while staying under a $100,000 salary cap. All-rounders can be chosen as either batters or bowlers for added flexibility. Points are accrued through runs, wickets, and fielding actions, with bonus points for high strike rates and low economy rates. Toss decisions, weather conditions, player batting order, and death over bowlers all play a role in drafting a successful fantasy team. All-rounders and top-order batsmen are valuable in this format, especially in shorter formats like T20s. So next time you play, keep these tips in mind for a winning fantasy team.

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