Billy Stanlake, the Adelaide Strikers pacer impressed with his pace and bounce this BBL. His 3/17 of 3.2 against the Sixers early in the tournament convinced the Australian selectors to name him for the ODIs against Pakistan. Even though he just got one wicket in the two games he played, a lot is expected off this lanky 22-year-old fast-bowler.
Sam Heazlett, for a few moments during his 28 of 12 against the Renegades, outshone even the McCullum. The Heats had lost an opener in the second over of the game, Heazlett too was out a few balls before the powerplay, but not before carrying his team to past 80 before the field restrictions were lifted.
Apart from his big hits, Heazlett can also don the gloves if needed, making him a useful cricketer to have in the squad. The selectors did not waste too much time naming him in place of rested Steve smith in the ODI squad to tour New Zealand for three ODIs.
As far as memorable moments in BBL history goes, McDermott’s 100 would be right up there as one of the finest moments of the tournament. A poor run of form for the Hurricanes meant that they were languishing near the bottom of the table, and the Renegades drove them down even more setting them the biggest total in BBL history, the ideal setting for 22-year-old Ben McDermott.
He blasted his way to a hundred, the only one this BBL, tearing the Renegades bowlers apart and helping clinch one of just three wins that they got this season in eight games.
Even though Australia now have a group of experienced spinners, including Lyon, O’Keefe, Agar and the young leg-spinner Zampa, Swepson with his performance in this BBL has catapulted himself into the Australian Test Squad for the Tour of India. Adil Rashid, the English spinner did not have the best of test series against India, but it looks like he second-leading wicket taker in the BBL has it in him to make an impact for Australia.
Clocking above 140 Kmph consistently throughout the series, Stekette could develop into any top-order batsman’s nightmare, with 10 of his 15 scalps this season being that off top four batsmen. His ability to pick wickets constantly has set him apart from the rest. On six occasions he has picked 2+ wickets in six occasions this season making him a potential opening pacer in the limited over format for Australia.