Did something similar in S3 which looks really cringe reading in hindsight, but felt like being an opinionated arsehole would be perfect to pump up activity outside of the draft thread. Anyway, here's Rd 1: 1. HeathDavisSpeed - Steve Smith (267192) My #1 pick, most likely. In that sense it makes perfect sense as a call. 2. Boobidy - Ben Stokes (311158) I mentioned this in the other thread as a bit of a shock pick at 2. While he does have a lot of positive virtues - he can win games off his own back; he can probably bat Top 4 in a competition like this and he's good enough to be a new ball bowler. The problem is that while he's decent at these, at 2 there are specialists that can do either role better. And more importantly, I think I rate the likes of Holder and Jadeja higher as all-rounders, though obviously Stokes is the better batsman. Still obviously worth a first round pick though so far from a terrible call. 3. Captain - Virat Kohli (253802) Who I'd take second. Nearly as dominant as Smith but probably not quite as consistent. Makes perfect sense here. 4. Magrat Garlick - Pat Cummins (489889) Best bowler in the world at this point. Can bat, too. Can't argue with this one. 5. GoodAreasShane - Kane Williamson (277906) Third best batsman in the world, and there's a fairly large gap between the Top 3 batsmen in the world and the rest. Made perfect sense. 6. StephenZA - Kagiso Rabada (550215) Interesting this one, last year picking him here would've made perfect sense. Recently however some concerns have rolled into his game, it does feel like he's tended to roll weaker attacks at home a lot more than you'd like. Still, he does have a very good case of being the second best bowler worldwide, so picking him here is far from a bad call. 7. Cabinet96 - Jasprit Bumrah (625383) Possibly still somewhat debatable about longevity, but there's no denying that he has asked every question of him at Test level so far in his career. I might have been thinking all-rounder at this point, but still a good call. 8. Hunter - Jason Holder (391485) Probably at least a Top 10 bowler in the world, but more significantly is that he's comfortably the best batsmen of the elite quicks; the only one that could realistically bat Top 6. Great pick. 9. Number 11 - Josh Hazlewood (288284) Hmmm...he's a very good bowler, but the problem is he has been prone to having long periods where he's somewhat toothless. For the fourth/fifth bowler (depending on how you classify Holder) pick I think you need to be somewhat more consistent than that, especially in today's climate where so many great quicks exist. And unlike say a Starc he can't bat and his style seems fairly common. He still deserved to go first round, mind you, but I don't think I'd have taken him this early. 10. Phlegm - Neil Wagner (233713) I think this is the least justifiable pick of the first round coming so early, though in fairness it was more of a favourite pick. On performances it makes sense, but the problem is he's not a new ball bowler. It's something you might be able to cover if you get a couple of good new ball specialists with later picks, but as things stand I'd try to refrain from picking him as my best player. 11. Athlai - Mitchell Starc (311592) Similar case to Hazlewood, but he has two advantages over him - firstly he can bat, secondly his style is rather unique. Fair enough pick. 12. morgieb - Ravindra Jadeja (234675) At the risk of tooting my own horn, I really like this pick. All I'll say is that over the last 3 years at Test level he averages 50 with the bat and 25 with the ball. The perfect option to bat 5/6 and arguably the world's best spinner. 13. Howe and Dan - Trent Boult (277912) Ehh....probably still a couple of better bowlers left over. Big advantage though is that he's a lefty, I don't think there are any better left arm quicks left over. 14. Alex - Ravichandran Ashwin (26421) Has a case of being the world's best spinner, and can probably hold down a #7 role in a comp like this. Strong pick. 15. spark!ptz - Vernon Philander (46945) OK, he has struggled a bit with injury lately and he may seem slightly past it, but he'll at least be a good #8 here and he's still an outstanding bowler. #15 was a fair bit later than where I'd have picked him. 16. MrPrez - Shakib Al Hasan (56143) Very comparable to Stokes in terms of output, and has the added bonus of being a Top 5 (or so) spinner in the world. Excellent pick at 16. 17. Julian - Colin de Grandhomme (55395) This is an interesting one and one where I'm a bit undecided on. Even though his Test record is rather strong, I'm a bit skeptical on the amount of depth it has and he just doesn't feel like a first-rounder. With that said he was the best all-rounder left, and one of the few that would realistically be a Top 6/7 batsman and a Top 4 bowler. 18. ElvisSpike - Yasir Shah (43685) Another interesting pick. Under the old sim I'd think this was a pretty weak pick as there were plenty of better bowlers left over and even a couple of spinners, but under the new one there is a lot to say about this one as he's comfortably the best wrist spinner available. I'm not sure I would've picked him first round, but it's far from a terrible pick. 19. jimmy_c8 - Mohammad Abbas (389666) Would've been a dream pick a year ago, but now I feel like his bubble has burst post-injury. Still, the post-injury sample size isn't huge so he should still be quality in this, though I do think there were a couple of better quicks left over. 20. Benny - David Warner (219889) Not sure on this one. He probably wasn't the best batsman available, but was he the best opener available? In terms of churning out the runs probably yes, but there's a couple of other ones who fare better when the going isn't as easy. It's the sort of pick I wouldn't like this early in a smaller comp but in a bigger one he should do well. 21. Baxter - James Anderson (8608) Excellent pick this late in the round. Still one of the best quicks worldwide and better than quite a few taken ahead of him. 22. Chewie - Mohammed Shami (481896) Amongst the best couple of bowlers left over. Might've been thinking batsman here, but eh. Not really much of a gap in terms of picks anyway. 23. Skippos - Marnus Labuschagne (787987) The big question here is sample size. On paper there's heaps going for it - he's one of the few bats who has the potential to get to the Big 3's level, he bats Top 3, and he bowls very handy spin too. The problem is last year he'd struggle to go in the first 10 rounds. He's been outstanding this year but is it enough? Probably going to come down how the rest of the Australia/New Zealand series goes. 24. Gazza - Joe Root (303669) On reputation getting him at the end of the first round is an absolute steal, the problem is his form in recent years has not been all that good. Still, not many if any better bats available so a pretty fair pick. Best pick: Either Philander, Anderson or Shakib. Forced to call, let's say Philander. Worst pick: Wagner in terms of role played, Yasir in terms of ability, Labuschagne in terms of record. Forced to call, probably Wagner?