Big Bash League 06: Sportzwiki’s Combined Playing XI
Get set and go. This is how KFC Big Bash League took off in 2011 to witness the record breaking numbers of spectators thronging to the stadiums, before millions of viewers turned on their Television sets to see the nerve-racking games, spellbound bowling spells and walloping of the cricket ball by batters, edition after another.
Bowlers bagged the much-needed tricks before batsmen feed their brains to pierce the gaps to setup the run-fests.
A six-year journey has seen enough in the Australian domestic circuit while numbers were set up in term of runs and wickets in the lucrative T20 league.
It has been exciting year for the fans and cricketers which had lot on an offer from the commentary box to the 22-yard surface.
We had witnessed impressive performances from all eight teams during the tournament be it pulling a stunner or smacking the balls out of the park; sending down dream spells.
It was the sensational fast-paced package for die-hard fans of cricket.
Breaking down numbers; in 35 matches, the teams amassed 10, 641 runs in 1,330.4 overs at the strike-rate of 132.6.
Feeding the bowling number, the fast and slow bowlers took 416 wickets at an economy of exactly eight.
Fifty-two fifties, 876 fours, 382 sixes and 301 catches, but only hundred from Hobart Hurricanes’ Ben McDermott, who smashed 114 off 52 balls against Melbourne Renegades summed up the Big Bash League.
Runners-up in first two editions, in the last four years, formidable Perth Scorchers won their third coveted Big Bash League’s Title (2013-14, 2014-15, and 2016-17).
Here’s the list of BBL’s combined Playing XI:
- Brendon McCullum (C) – Brisbane Heat: Leading The Pack
The New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman who has been known for his batting ability, has gelled the Brisbane Heat team well which consisted of both juniors and seniors following his immaculate display of leadership. He is best among a lot to lead the team of the combined XI.
The astute thinker has played an important role for the team. He has also been a crowd favourite since he made himself available for the BBL.
In the combined XI, he will hold the top place being the leader. The stand-out performance of McCullum came against Melbourne Renegades when he smashed 18-ball half-century.
The 35-year-old McCullum scored 323 at the strike-rate of over 170. His average in the tournament was 46.14.
- Michael Klinger – Perth Scorchers: Clicks With Bat At Top
The 36-year-old right-hand opening batsman Michael Klinger has been the batting mainstay for Perth Scorchers throughout BBL 06 season and eclipsed past Aaron Finch’s record, who was leading the Bi Bash’s run charts.
In the BBL 06 final, Klinger flayed the Sydney Sixers bowling lineup by playing some incredible strokes to give their side a nine-wicket victory after restricting the visitors at 141 for nine in allotted overs.
In the 16th over, Klinger smashed a six on the bowling of Johan Both to seal the grand victory in final.
He scored unbeaten 71 off 49 balls in which he has smashed five sixes and five boundaries respectively at the strike-rate of 144.89.
Klinger has played significant role for Scorcher at top at different stages of the game by giving several starts to his side.
Klinger, who is the third highest run-getter this year in BBL after Ben Dunk of Adelaide Strikers and Aaron Finch of Melbourne Renegades.
In 10 matches Klinger scored 334 runs at an average of 37.11 which included three half-centuries. His strike-rate has been 127.
In 2014-15 BBL season, Klinger was the top run-getter scorer in BBL charts while playing for Scorchers. He amassed 326 runs at an average of 36.22 which included one hundred and a fifty.
In 51 BBL games, he has scored 1,608 runs at an average of 36.54 which included one hundred and 11 fifties.
- Aaron Finch – Melbourne Renegades: Making Out Of Options
Enjoying the batting success, Finch has scored 354 runs in eight games for Melbourne Renegades. He has smashed four half-centuries and his average was 44.25. Finch is the second highest scorer this year after the Adelaide Strikers Ben Dunk.
The Melbourne Renegades’ skipper Finch has played an important role for his side with his consistent performance with the bat before utilizing his bowlers quite well during the crucial overs to stay in the hunt, but his fate has something different on an offer.
The 30-year-old right-handed batsman Finch is a part-time spinner and throws himself up to compete while also holding the ball. And We’ve witnessed such scene against the Perth Scorcher when he was smashed for a six on the last ball.
Finch has also been the part of Indian Premier League franchises Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians.
He is also the second leading scorer in six BBL editions so far with 1561 runs to his name in 40 games at an average of 43.36. He has also hit 13 half-centuries and a hundred.
- Chris Lynn – Brisbane Heat: The Lynchpin
At no. 4 is Brisbane Heat’s star batter, who has been named as the Player of the Tournament for the consecutive year.
Lynn had scored 309 runs in his five games at an average of over 154, before his neck injury ended his BBL season following the 50-over series against Pakistan.
The hard-hitting Lynn, who earned 18 votes, has smashed 26 sixes which were the highest for BBL 06 season. He has been the vital cog in the wheel for Heat.
Lynn has played 44 matches in which he has amassed the tally of 1412 at an average of 41.25 while having the strike rate of 157.76.
The swashbuckling batter has scored one hundred and 11 fifties. He has smashed 92 sixes and 94 fours. His unbeaten 98 in Perth was best innings which saw balls sail several times over the boundary ropes.
- Ben Dunk – Adelaide Strikers: The Perfect Knock
The wicket-keeper batsman for Sydney has been the number one run-getter this season for BBL 06 among all eight teams for the Adelaide Strikers.
At the strike-rate of 164, the top-order batsman has amassed 364 runs at an average of exactly 52 in his eight outings for the Strikers.
The 29-year-old Dunk has been the prime batsman for his side to score 30-plus scores at will which is seen as a crucial knock in 20-over format.
The left-handed batsman has also hit three centuries. Having a Zero on his name, Dunk has smashed 16 sixes and 35 boundaries.
Better late than never, the Strikers’ recruit Dunk after he played for Hobart Hurricanes which was seen as a less-hyper move.
Dunk was named Player of the Tournament in the third BBL edition after leading the run chart of BBL with an average of 44 after scoring 395 runs.
In one of the interesting game, Dunk against his old side Hobart Hurricanes smashed unbeaten 79 off 49 balls while chasing down the target of 162.
- George Bailey – Hobart Hurricanes: Steadying The Ship
The batting mainstay for Hobart Hurricanes George Bailey scored 247 runs which included three fifties this season at an average of 49.90 while having the strike-rate of 132.80.
The 34-year-old Bailey has been consistent for Hurricanes. He has faced 186 deliveries in the season.
The Tasmania-born Bailey is backing on a lot of experience after leading Australia national side where he played a defining role at the top-order following the first-class cricket.
He has played an unbeaten knock of 74 against the Melbourne Stars at Hobart, followed by 69 unbeaten against Sydney Thunders in BBL 06 edition.
In 39 appearances, Bailey scored 935 runs at an average of 38.95 runs and smashed five fifties. For six seasons, his overall average is 133.19. He has also played for the Melbourne Stars in the past.
- Mitchell Swepson – Brisbane Heat: The Leggie Sensation
Mitchell Swepson, who has been named in the Australia Test squad for India tour is the man who broke into the combined Playing XI of BBL as there was a strong contender which included Melbourne Renegades’ Sunil Narine who picked 13 wickets.
The rookie leg-spinner has been handy with his slow bowling by picking the wickets regularly in middle-overs of the game when batsmen were settling to stack up the runs for their teams.
The right-arm slow bowler Swepson bagged 12 wickets for the Heat as he was backing on his variations at an average of 21.25. He bowled with the economy rate of 7.5 runs per over. He would play a great role in the middle-overs with his slow bowling.
- Ben Dwarshuis – Sydney Sixers: Banking On The Figures
The 22-year-old left-arm fast bowler Ben Dwarshuis was second leading wicket taker for Sydney Sixers after playing the final against the Perth Scorchers.
The New South Wales-born cricketer is sitting number six at the most wickets table this season which saw around 20 sold-out games in overall 35 matches.
Clean in stride, Dwarshuis picked 13 wickets at an average of 23.69 in 10 matches. His best figures came against the Melbourne Stars where he picked three wickets for 25. He also bagged three wickets against the Melbourne Renegades while conceding 35 runs.
- Mitchell Johnson – Perth Scorchers: The Swansong
In the much-awaited BBL 2017 final, Mitchell Johnson picked only wicket of English recruit Michael Lumb, who replaced Colin Munro of New Zealand did not look that good, but the fast bowler had given his best to set the Perth Scorchers for a title clash after wreaking havoc through the batting order of Melbourne Stars where he bowled four overs which included two maidens two take three wickets while conceding just three.
It was phenomenal for a new ball bowler who always aimed to strike first.
He has also bagged 3 for 33 against the Adelaide Strikers during the early days of this season. He has played the significant role as a bowler for Scorchers while bagging 13 wickets in the series at an average of 16. The left-arm bowler’s economy has been under seven which is quite health for such a format.
- Sean Abbott – Sydney Sixers: Sealed The Semis
After the completion of KFC Big Bash League grand finale the 24-year-old Sean Abbott was adjudged Young Player Award as he topped the bowling chart by taking 20 wickets in 10 games and an average of 16.15.
He was quite phenomenal for Sydney Sixers and his captain Moises Henriques had shown enough belief in his bowling spearhead while using him well between the overs.
With his deceptive delivers which deceived the batters Abbott enjoyed the prime form in BBL with a white ball.
The right-arm bowler also used his slow cutters before surprising the batsman with odd bouncers.
His best figures came against the Adelaide Strikers when he picked five wickets for conceding just 16 runs.
The 24-year-old Abbott earned 16 votes alongside Ben Dunk which is given by on-field umpires.
The players could’ve earned six points which is the maximum number for every game.
However, Abbott was wicket-less in the final against Perth Scorchers where he bowled three overs to give away 33 runs at an economy of 11.
Abbott has played total 44 BBL games for Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder in which he has bagged 44 wickets. His best figures were five for 16.
- Scott Boland – Melbourne Stars: Ball In A Hand
The right-arm fast bowler who has been considered as the best death bowler played nine matches for the Melbourne Stars this year while picking 14 wickets at an average of 20.42. His best figures came against Adelaide Strikers when he picked four for 30. His economy in fast-paced T20 edition was 8.37.
The Melbourne-born pacer would be an ideal partner for Mitchell Johnson and young fast bowler Sean Abbott to give tough time batters on the bouncy tracks.
Against Sydney Sixers Boland picked three wickets while conceding 37 runs.
The quick learner had impressed the Cricket Australia selectors in the recent past by his ability deliver under pressure at domestic circuit before making his debut in ODIs last year against India in WACA.
Boland has played 22 matches for the Stars in which he has bagged 30 wickets at an average of 22.40.
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