BBL Power Rankings January 4th 2016
The mid point of the competition has come and passed and a few surprises have risen.
The Sydney Thunder started in top form but have dropped to a couple of consecutive losses, meanwhile the Brisbane Heat have scratched up their first win of the season. A few players have made real names for themselves in the shorter form of the game, most notably Andre Russell, Travis Head and Chris Lynn. Records have fallen by the wayside, with the most notable being the number of centuries in a Big Bash season.
- Perth Scorchers (3–1) — Started with a blemish but have since strung together some dominant displays with solid contributions across the board.
Star so far — David Willey — has done a job with the ball, and been economic about it, has also contributed solidly with the bat when required.
- Sydney Thunder (3–2) — Almost the opposite to the Scorchers, started strongly with three straight wins, and have dropped their most recent two matches including to the lowly Heat.
Star so far — Andre Russell — Dre Russ has been threatening with his pace and line when he has the ball in hand, explosive with the bat and spectacular in the field.
- Melbourne Stars (2–2) — Hot and cold but have had strong wins and close losses, will need to close out the close games to be in the mix come finals time.
Star so far — Luke Wright — Peeled off a ton in the Stars first match after the new year and looks a key to their batting line up going forward.
- Adelaide Strikers (3–1) — Have a shot at the title but need to have consistent output from all performers if they are to continue on their way.
Star so far — Travis Head — Brought the Strikers back from the brink of defeat when he took the broad sword he calls a bat to Sean Abbott’s bowling bringing up his ton.
- Hobart Hurricanes (3–1) — Can be in the hunt for a title, with a bit of consistency, have too many big name players not to be in the hunt come finals time.
Star so far — George Bailey — By far the most consistent performer in the squad, is less than 10 runs off third place in the competitions leading run getters and is doing so at an average of 90+
- Sydney Sixers (2–4) — The boys in pink have gotten off to a sluggish start and with only two games remaining need a bit of luck and two wins for them to see finals action.
Star so far — Nathan Lyon — He may have only played a third of their games but he starred with his return to white ball cricket including a five for that was the second best ever bowling figures in the big bash.
- Melbourne Renegades (1–3) — Similar to the boys in pink from the harbour city, the red side of Melbourne need a lot of results to go their way and a sprinkling of luck.
Star so far — Aaron Finch — A proven performer in domestic T20 cricket however even his broad shoulders can’t carry the team.
- Brisbane Heat (1–4) — Have struggled in a similar vane to the Renegades but suffer an even more pronounced case of “one man team syndrome”. Their win against the Thunder was impressive but most likely too little too late.
Star so far — Chris Lynn — Leads the competition in runs scored, has rolled out two half centuries and a century in his last three innings.