Analyzing the 2021-22 Big Bash League Team of the Tournament (BBL 11)

| February 9, 2022 7:37 am PST

With the 2021-22 Big Bash League season in the books, it’s time to analyze the BBL 11 Team of the Tournament.

The Perth Scorchers capped off a memorable campaign by securing a record fourth Big Bash title, preventing the Sydney Sixers from winning three in a row. Two Scorchers stars are in the Team of the Tournament, alongside three Sixers players.

There are several surprise exclusions, too, but I won’t give you any clues just yet. Let’s examine the BBL Team of the Tournament for 2022 and find out who made the cut – and who didn’t!

1. Ben McDermott, Hobart Hurricanes

  • Runs: 577
  • High Score: 127

When Ben McDermott became the first player in Big Bash history to hit back-to-back 100s just after Christmas, he all but cemented his place in the BBL Team of the Tournament for 2022.

On December 27, McDermott smashed an unbeaten 110 off 60 deliveries as Hobart beat Adelaide. Two days later, he hit his second successive century – bludgeoning 127 off 65 balls as the Hurricanes crushed the Renegades by 85 runs.

Player Team Innings Runs
Ben McDermott Hobart Hurricanes 13 577
Jonathan Wells Adelaide Strikers 17 501
Matt Short Adelaide Strikers 16 493
Glenn Maxwell Melbourne Stars 13 468
Jason Sangha Sydney Thunder 12 445

Sadly, the Canes lost to Adelade in the Eliminator and ended up falling by the wayside once again. But McDermott enjoyed a phenomenal campaign on a personal level. Let’s not forget that he also fell just seven runs short of notching another 100 against Brisbane.

In addition to hitting the most sixes and the second-most fours in the tournament, McDermott finished with an average of 48.08 and a strike rate of 153.86. There is absolutely no denying that he deserves his place in the 2021-22 Big Bash Team of the Tournament.

2. Josh Philippe (wk), Sydney Sixers

  • Runs: 429
  • High Score: 99*

When I shared my bold predictions for the 2021-22 Big Bash season back in October, I predicted that Josh Philippe would score the most runs in the competition. Although he missed out on the Golden Bat, he still made it into the Team of the Tournament.

Having scored 429 runs across 14 innings, the 24-year-old finished eighth on the Golden Bat leaderboard. He came agonizingly close to becoming the first-ever Sixers player to make a century but ended up falling just a single run short.

Unfortunately, Philippe missed the end of the campaign due to COVID-19. The Sixers’ season might have ended very differently had their superstar wicketkeeper played in the final two matches.

3. Joe Clarke, Melbourne Stars

  • Runs: 419
  • High Score: 85

We all know that the Stars endured another disappointing season, but Joe Clarke still managed to enjoy a freakishly consistent campaign with the bat.

The Englishman became only the second player in BBL history to score 50+ runs in four consecutive innings. Although he failed to reach triple figures in BBL 11, he ended up with the most half-centuries in the comp.

Joe Clarke’s Mid-Season Hot Streak
  • 52 (40) Hobart Hurricanes
  • 85 (44) Brisbane Heat
  • 52 (32) Perth Scorchers
  • 83 (58) Adelaide Strikers

Despite the Stars’ failure to reach the finals, Clarke finished ninth in the run-scoring charts. He also recorded the fourth-best strike rate in the top ten. For that reason, few would argue that he doesn’t deserve a spot in the BBL Team of the Tournament.

4. Mitch Marsh, Perth Scorchers

  • Runs: 347
  • High Score: 100*
  • Wickets: 5
  • Economy: 47
  • Best Figures: 2-50

It’s safe to say that 2021 was an incredible year for Mitch Marsh. After firing Australia to the T20 World Cup title in November, “The Bison” starred for the Scorchers as they clinched a record fourth Big Bash crown.

Marsh smashed an unbeaten century against Hobart before scoring 86 against the Renegades. He also chalked up 59 runs against Brisbane in the final regular-season match before guiding his team to glory in the finals.

Believe it or not, Marsh played just eight matches in BBL 11 – with injuries and an Ashes call-up impacting his season. But he still managed to rack up 347 runs and ended the campaign with a huge average of 57.83.

It is easy to forget that Marsh is still only 30. It feels like he has been around forever, but he is arguably playing the best cricket of his career right now.

5. Matt Short, Adelaide Strikers

  • Runs: 493
  • High Score: 89
  • Wickets: 8
  • Economy: 7.15
  • Best Figures: 2-13

Having scored 493 runs in 16 innings, Matt Short finished third in the final Golden Bat standings. The Adelaide opener also chipped in with some important wickets for the Strikers, who made it all the way to the Challenger against all the odds.

The South Australians lost eight of their opening ten matches and suffered a six-match losing streak across December and January. Thanks largely to the exploits of Short, they turned things around in style – securing six straight wins on their way to reaching the last three.

Short (155.52) registered the second-highest strike rate among the top 30 run-scorers in BBL 11, finishing behind Glenn Maxwell (159.72). He finished second in the six-hitting charts, too, having smashed 26 maximums.

6. Moises Henriques, Sydney Sixers

  • Runs: 440
  • High Score: 76*

Moises Henriques was undoubtedly one of the most consistent players throughout BBL 11. Although he registered just two 50+ scores in 15 innings, he still managed to finish seventh on the Golden Bat leaderboard.

The Sixers captain added 440 runs to his overall tally of 2340, passing the 100-match mark along the way. Not only does he find himself seventh in the all-time run-scoring charts, but he is also one of only a handful of players to have played 100+ Big Bash matches.

Ultimately, Henriques failed to lead the Sixers to an unprecedented three-peat. But he still did enough to earn a place in the 2021-22 Big Bash Team of the Tournament.

7. Daniel Sams, Sydney Thunder

  • Wickets: 19
  • Economy: 8.49
  • Best Figures: 4-33
  • Runs: 191
  • High Score: 98*

Daniel Sams starred with both bat and ball for the duration of BBL 11, making him the perfect all-rounder for the Team of the Tournament.

The 29-year-old scored 191 runs in 12 innings for the Thunder. It is worth noting, however, that more than of those runs came in a single match. Sams bludgeoned 98* off 44 as Trevor Bayliss’ side thrashed the Gades by 129 runs.

With the ball, he took 19 wickets – meaning only five players claimed more scalps in BBL 11. His standout bowling performance came on New Year’s Eve, when he notched figures of 4-33 against Adelaide.

Interestingly, Sams is the only Thunder player in the BBL 11 best XI. Teammate Jason Sangha is one of two X-factor players, alongside Sean Abbott.

8. Rashid Khan, Adelaide Strikers

  • Wickets: 20
  • Economy: 6.34
  • Best Figures: 6-17

Even though Rashid Khan had to leave the Big Bash League midway through the season, he still made it into the Team of the Tournament. That tells you everything you need to know about this guy’s ability.

Before teaming up with the Afghanistan national side, Rashid picked up 20 wickets in just 11 matches. Only three players claimed more scalps in BBL 11. With that in mind, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that all three of those players feature below.

The magical spinner gave the Strikers a special parting gift in his final match of the campaign, posting outrageous figures of 6-17 against the Heat. He also ended the season with a super-strict economy rate of 6.34.

9. Hayden Kerr, Sydney Sixers

  • Wickets: 25
  • Economy: 7.50
  • Best Figures: 4-32

To say that Hayden Kerr enjoyed a breakout season in 2021-22 would be a massive understatement.

The 25-year-old made his debut for the Sixers back in BBL 09, although he only played five matches that season. He then failed to make a single appearance in BBL 10 as the Sixers secured their second successive title.

However, he swiftly became one of the Sixers’ most important players in BBL 11. He took 25 wickets in 17 matches to finish second on the Golden Arm leaderboard and ended the campaign with best figures of 4-32.

Kerr starred with the bat, too, hitting an unbeaten 98 against Adelaide to send the Sixers through to the Decider. He was already on course for a Team of the Tournament berth by that stage, but that knock sealed the deal.

10. Andrew Tye, Perth Scorchers

  • Wickets: 25
  • Economy: 8.07
  • Best Figures: 3-15

Throughout BBL 11, Andrew Tye cemented his status as one of the greatest Big Bash players of all time. The veteran paceman was immense for the entirety of the campaign and played a key role in Perth’s title triumph.

Not only did the 35-year-old claim 25 scalps in 16 innings, but he also secured his best figures of the tournament in the final – registering 3-15 in the Decider.

Thanks to another amazing season, Tye now sits second in the BBL’s all-time wicket-taking charts. Between 2014 and 2022, he has clinched 118 wickets in 85 Big Bash matches and looks set to bolster his tally next season.

11. Peter Siddle (c), Adelaide Strikers

  • Wickets: 30
  • Economy: 8.33
  • Best Figures: 5-23

Last, but certainly not least, Peter Siddle captains the BBL 11 Team of the Tournament following a remarkable season.

At the ripe old age of 37, Siddle finished five wickets clear of his nearest challengers in the Golden Arm standings. He took 30 wickets in 17 matches en route to reaching the Challenger with Adelaide, picking up best figures of 5-23 in the process.

Player Team Innings Wickets
Peter Siddle Adelaide Strikers 17 30
Hayden Kerr Sydney Sixers 16 25
Andrew Tye Perth Scorchers 16 25
Rashid Khan Adelaide Strikers 11 20
Tom Rogers Hobart Hurricanes 13 20

The Strikers looked destined to struggle when Rashid left for international duty, but Siddle held everything together. His lethal yorkers in pressurized spells of death bowling took Adelaide to within two wins of securing the title.

It remains to be seen whether Siddle will return for BBL 12. But if his recent performances are anything to go by, there is no reason why he can’t continue to take wickets at a rapid rate.

Final Word on the BBL 11 Team of the Tournament

It is worth noting that Sean Abbott and Jason Sangha were selected as the two “X-factor” players in the BBL 11 Team of the Tournament.

Abbott now finds himself atop the competition’s all-time wicket-taking leaderboard after claiming 19 scalps last season. As for Sangha, he enjoyed an impressive breakout season – scoring 445 runs while picking up four wickets.

In all honesty, I’m shocked that Glenn Maxwell didn’t make it into the Big Bash Team of the Tournament for 2022. I mean, he smashed the record for the highest individual score in a Big Bash innings – hammering 154* off just 64 deliveries against Hobart.

Johnathan Wells, Kurtis Patterson, Tom Rogers, and Ashton Agar are a few other players who were unfortunate to miss out on the BBL Team of the Tournament.

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Ben Morris
Ben Morris

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