With the 7th installment of the Big Bash League at it’s halfway point, I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at the best performers across the competition this year as well as some others who have been disappointing so far.
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So who’s been shining and who’s been flopping?
D’arcy Short – Hobart Hurricanes
Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you would have heard this guy’s name thrown around. Short has been a revelation for the otherwise struggling Hurricanes. He is averaging 60 runs per innings at a crazy strike rate of over 160! He has a top score of 97 and is no stranger to finding the boundary. He leads the competition with sixes (10) and fours (24). He is one of the top fantasy performers averaging 41 Moneyball Fantasy Points per game and shows no signs of slowing down. Get him in your side!
Andrew Tye – Perth Scorchers
A limited overs specialist, Tye became a household name through the Big Bash with his array of bowling variations which had batsmen in all sorts facing up to him. After leading the competition last year, once again he sits atop the wicket taker standings (14) through 5 games. Even more impressive, he took a hat trick a couple of games ago – his SECOND in the competition. At an economy rate of just under 8 he has also kept it tight throughout his spells.
Andrew Tye has been dominant so far this season.
Rashid Khan – Adelaide Strikers
A seemingly unknown 19 year old from Afghanistan, Khan has been super impressive in his first stint in Australia. He has been a huge part of the reason the Strikers sit at the top of the Big Bash ladder having only lost 1 game so far. A specialist leg-spinner oozing with confidence, he has taken 10 wickets while being the most economical bowler in the competition – giving away just over 5 runs per over. Rashid has been impossible for batsmen to get on top of with his constant change-ups and usually brings about a false shot. Has been a great find for the Strikers and they will look to Khan to help continue their strong run to the finals.
Cameron White – Melbourne Renegades
This guy is seeing them like watermelons at the moment. Averaging a huge 142.5 with the bat (thanks to a few not out scores), White has been tearing the competition apart. His experience and smarts with the bat has guided the Renegades to a few good wins this year and seems to be in cruise control at times. He leads the competition in runs scored (285) and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. Opposition bowlers – Look out.
Sean Abbott – Sydney Sixers
Unfortunately the man who topped the wicket-taking ladder last season with 20 has had a season to forget so far with the Sixers. The Sydney side is still without a win on the bottom of the ladder and Abbott isn’t on his own, with strong performances lacking from many players. As a former Australian T20 player, he would have been expected to make a big impact on this year’s competition. It has gone the other way in fact, with Abbott having only taken 6 wickets in 6 games this season at an economy rate of 9 runs per over. He will need to have a total change in form if the Sixers are to win a game this season.
Luke Wright – Melbourne Stars
The experienced Englishman would be pretty disappointed with his performances so far this year. Having played in the last few BBL seasons and scoring a ton of runs, Wright was expected to lead from the front for the Stars this year. Through 4 matches the powerful opener has only scored 71 runs at an average of 17.75. The whole of Australia is aware what he is capable of and opposition bowling attacks will need to continue to pick up his wicket early to minimise he impact he can have on games.
Time for Luke to lift.
George Bailey – Hobart Hurricanes
A veteran of the competition, Bailey has been somewhat disappointing as captain of the Hurricanes. With only 40 runs to his name at an average of 10, he and Hobart supporters would have expected a little better so far this season. Another worry is his strike rate, scoring at only a run a ball which, in this day and age is too slow for this format of cricket. A regular player and captain in the ODI setup, Bailey will hope for a turnaround in form before the series against England starts up.