After 56 regular season matches and the first two finals, the cricket.com.au editors have selected the best XI players from BBL|11 to form an unofficial Team of the Tournament.
According to the BBL rules, only three internationals could be included and we also selected two X factors that could have easily made it to the team, with plenty of tough picks likely to generate a lot of debate.
The official KFC BBL|11 Team of the Tournament, selected by the eight Big Bash coaches, will be announced on Monday.
1) Ben McDermott (Hobart Hurricanes)
Matches: 13 | Print runs: 577 | SR: 153.86 | 100s: 2 | 1950s: 3 | HR: 127
The Hurricanes opener has firmly put his name forward for raise to the Australian side for the T20I series against Sri Lanka, starting on February 11. His 577 runs for the season at 48.08 were back-to-back centuries, with 110 not out against the Strikers and 127 against the Renegades one of the highlights of the tournament. McDermott was such an asset to the Hurricanes that they lost only one game in which he scored more than 50, which was when the Stars crushed them for a record total of 2-273.
2) Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars)
Matches: 13 | Print runs: 468 | SR: 159.72 | 100s: 2 | HS: 154no | wk: 4 | Eco: 7.70
Maxwell just nicked Josh Philippe for a spot here by breaking the all-time high individual score in the Big Bash with 154 not out in the final game of the regular season. The skipper of Stars reached two incredible centuries in the tournament, further reinforcing why he is one of the most damaging players in the world when he sings. He’s been a little inconsistent in between, with five consecutive scores under 15, and will no doubt be disappointed that the Stars have gone through another season without any silverware being hit hard by COVID-19 this summer. He also threw 24 overs throughout the tournament, with the best of 2-19 against the Heat.
3) Mitch Marsh (Perth Scorchers)
Matches: 7 | Print runs: 342 | SR: 147.41 | 100s: 1 | 1950s: 2 | HS: 100no | wk: 5 | Economic: 8.46
He only played seven games this season due to his call-up to the Australian squad Ashes, but when Mitch Marsh did play, it was good to see. Averaging 68.40 in this BBL, Marsh is arguably the most destructive T20 batter in the world right now, as evidenced by his first knockout this season, a sensational 100 that didn’t go out against the Hurricanes. Marsh is a match winner, as he proved in the T20 World Cup final, and when you throw in his five wickets, he is a complete cricketer that any team would love to have.
4) Joe Clarke (Melbourne stars)
Matches: 13 | Print runs: 419 | SR: 151.26 | 50s: 5 | HR: 85
After a slow start with just 14 runs in his first four innings, the young England wicketkeeper batter came alive in the bottom half of the tournament and became the first player to cross 50 five times. He demonstrated his strength with a pair of sixes moving back 20 rows in the MCG. Clarke also took the gloves for the season, taking five catches and three stumpings. He was a good fit with all his team-mates and if England don’t get him for the national team before next summer, there’s no doubt that the Stars will bring him back for another season.
5) Moises Henriques (c) (Sydney Sixers)
Matches: 14 | Print runs: 420 | SR: 136.80 | 1950s: 2 | HS: 76no | wkt: 1 | Cost saving: 6.33
In the unpredictable game that is T20 cricket, there is probably no one more reliable than Sixers captain Moises Henriques. With the minimum of fuss, the 34-year-old has steadily amassed 420 runs off 42, and while he’s only sent three overs, his leadership, composure under pressure and ‘no fear’ culture that he and coach Greg Shipperd have built at the Sixers is a major reason they’re pushing for another title to make it a historic three-peat.
6) Jason Sangha (Sydney Thunder)
Matches: 11 | Print runs: 384 | SR: 130.61 | 1950s: 2 | MS: 91 | wkt: 3 | Cost saving: 6.33
It has been a remarkable season for the young Thunder batter, who was not sidelined in the first three games and also was not selected the last two seasons. But Sangha seized his chance when it came and secured his spot as number 3 for his side for the remainder of the tournament. His rise also saw him promoted to stand-in captain when Chris Green was ruled out as a close contact with COVID, and he didn’t lead from the front with 91 in their New Year’s Eve game against the Strikers. At just 22 years old, Sangha has a great future ahead of him in Australian cricket.
7) Sam Billings (World Cup) (Sydney Thunder)
Matches: 9 | Print runs: 284 | SR: 153.51 | 1950s: 2 | MS: 67 | Catches: 7 | Stumps: 1
Unfortunately Billings left the tournament early, first due to his selection in the England T20 squad for their West Indies tour before being rushed to their Ashes squad to make his Test debut in Hobart. Before that, he was the dominant midfielder for the Thunder averaging 40.57 in his nine games. The 30-year-old has spent four seasons in the Big Bash and there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing him again if higher honors don’t stand in the way.
8) Daniel Sams (Sydney Thunder)
Matches: 14 | Wickets: 19 | Cost: 8.23 | BB: 4-33| Print runs: 190 | SR: 163.79 | 50s: 1 | HS: 98no
With the 19 wickets of Sams, he is equal to sixth in the league this season. The left-armer again showed his class with the ball throughout the campaign, but it was with the bat that he proved his all-round value for the Thunder. Everyone knows Sams can hit a big ball, but with a handful of COVID cases sweeping through the side, he was elevated to hit number 4 against the Renegades. And he showed he has what it takes to be a true all-rounder by going all the way with a powerful 98 that isn’t out, falling two runs short for a first century as he only had a four out. made it to the last ball of the innings.
9) Ashton Agar (Perth Scorchers)
Matches: 14 | Wickets: 17 | Cost: 6.83 | BB: 2-16 | Print runs: 118 | SR: 147.50 | HR: 30no
Agar has recovered from his crushing non-selection in Australia’s T20 World Cup triumph to showcase the class that established him as one of the best white ball spinners in the country. The left armer was extremely consistent in his line and length throughout the tournament, conceding just a stingy seven runs per over, the second lowest economy rate of BBL|11’s top 25 wicket takers. The development of his at bats in the late innings also proved to be a valuable asset during the excellent season of the Scorchers.
10) Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers)
Matches: 11 | Wickets: 20 | Cost: 6.34 | BB: 6-17
The superstar leg spinner never disappoints in the Big Bash and this season was no exception. Unfortunately, the National job meant Rashid had to leave the tournament early, but his 6-17 in his final game against the Heat — the third best BBL numbers ever — kicked off the current five-game winning streak of the Strikers as they turned their season around to reach the finals. Rashid would be disappointed not to have had as much impact with the bat this year, taking just 51 runs and two sixes.
11) Peter Siddle (Adelaide Strikers)
Matches: 15 | Wickets: 27 | Cost: 8.29 | BB: 5-23
Evergreen Siddle continues to grow as a T20 bowler with his cunning and full-view experience this summer. With 27 scalps at 5:14 p.m., the 37-year-old sits comfortably on top of the BBL|11 wickets tally. Travis Head and Alex Carey were also on the Test team throughout the regular season, meaning Siddle took on the captaincy and led the Strikers to five straight wins as they stormed into the Finals.
Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers)
Matches: 15 | Print runs: 429 | SR: 143.47 | 50s: 4 | HS: 99no
Another outstanding season from the 24-year-old Sixers opener, just picked for a top spot by Maxwell. Which is ironic, as he surpassed the Stars captain earlier in the tournament when he countered Maxwell’s first BBL ton with 99 who wasn’t out to give the Sixers the win in the final over of their clash at the MCG. Philippe has become a reliable pillar at the top of the Sixers batting lineup and is key to their success over the past three seasons.
Hayden Kerr (Sydney Sixers)
Matches: 15 | Wickets: 24 | Cost: 7.34 | BB: 4-32
Very stiff not to get into the final XI, but the selector’s preference for an extra spin option and the plethora of fast bowling all-rounders meant Kerr was relegated to an X factor. It was a breakthrough season for the 25-year-old left-armer who continued the form he showed in his Marsh Sheffield Shield debut. He has played all 15 games for the Sixers, having initially been used as cover for a couple of injuries at the start of the tournament. He has also gained the trust of captain Henriques during the campaign, who has no qualms about throwing the ball into the difficult overs.