Ahead of the Big Bash League season, CricViz has a look at some of the key numbers based on the career data of the 18-member squads.
The Adelaide Strikers are a strong all-round batting unit and boast the highest BASRA in the league thanks to coming second across all metrics other than runs scored. The Brisbane Heat are a mid-strength batting team across all measurements other than runs (8th) where their dearth of experience is apparent. The Hobart Hurricanes are one of the weaker batting teams in the league, ranking in the lower half according to all five categories. The Melbourne Stars have an experienced batting squad (Runs: 1st) capable of scoring fast (SR: 3rd) but not necessarily because of their ability to hit boundaries (BPB: 4th). Other than for runs scored (2nd) the Melbourne Renegades rank in the bottom half of all other metrics, and particularly appear to lack power (SR: 5th, BPB: 8th). The Perth Scorchers appear to have a stable (Ave: 1st) but unspectacular (SR: 6th, BPB: 6th, BASRA: 5th) batting order, that may resist collapse but struggle to score quickly. The Sydney Sixers are the weakest batting team in the league according to their BASRA ranking (8th) which is predicated on the lowest average and strike rate of all eight teams; they also have the second highest BPB. The Sydney Thunder are an explosive batting unit with the lowest Balls Per Boundary of all teams which helps them to the highest strike rate and therefore third best BASRA, despite a poor (5th) average.
The Adelaide Strikers (ER: 8th, SR: =2nd), Hobart Hurricanes (ER: 7th, SR: = 3rd), Perth Scorchers (ER: 5th, SR: 1st) all appear to be expensive but threatening, while in contrast, Brisbane Heat (ER: 1st, SR: 8th), (Sydney Sixers (ER: 3rd, SR: 7th) and Melbourne Stars (ER: 4th, SR: 6th) all appear to be inexpensive but unthreatening. Two teams however are exceptions to the rule: the Melbourne Renegades are ranked in the top half for economy rate (2nd) and strike rate (4th) while the Sydney Thunder (ER: 6th, SR: 5th) are ranked in the bottom half for both.
The Perth Scorchers’ high team average is further explained by the presence of three players in the top nine averages including the top two, although with strike rates below 130 Shaun Marsh, Michael Klinger and Adam Voges’ lack power. The Adelaide Strikers boast four players in the top fourteen averages, including the two with the highest strike rates in this list: Kieron Pollard and Travis Head.
Melbourne Stars, Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder all have two players in the top fifteen – Heat’s Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum being the highest ranked pair – while Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers have none – Kumar Sangakkara (17th) and Jason Roy (21st) are their highest entries respectively.
Andre Russell emerges as the clear front-runner in terms of strike rate, his 166.12 is almost ten runs per 100 balls higher than his nearest rival Glenn Maxwell. The Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat emerge well from this list, boasting three and four entrants respectively. Ben Cutting‘s high strike rate is tempered by his low average, so too is David Willey’s, while Pollard and Head prove that high average can be married with a high strike rate. Alex Ross, who has moved from the Adelaide Strikers to the Brisbane Heat, is an unexpected entrant at 14.
Russell’s extraordinary strike rate ensures he has the highest BASRA (batting average + strike rate) of any player in the BBL this season. That he is followed by Pollard, Maxwell, Cutting and Head in a system that favours strike rates, with them having finished in the top five for strike rates, is no surprise. Luke Wright and Lynn are in a league below at 6 and 7 but are hugely valuable players. The high average of Kevin Pietersen elevates him to ninth – and give the Melbourne Stars three players in the top nine. Craig Simmons is an unexpected entrant at 12. Aaron Finch is the Renegades’ lone representative, so too is Jason Roy for the Sixers, while the Hobart Hurricanes have none. The Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder appear set to start the season without the injured Marsh and Shane Watson, who come in at 10th and 11th.
After not making any appearances in the batting rankings the Hobart Hurricanes have three entrants in the bowling rankings, including two in the top five. The presence of Jake Reed as the most economical bowler will come as a surprise, and it is certainly influenced by his small sample size, but 156 balls is 26 overs: enough to give an indication of quality and in that time Reed has taken 14 wickets. The sample size for all bowlers listed in the top six is small but reveals some unexpectedly potent bowlers. The Perth Scorchers have four entrants in the top eight which is reflective of the strength of their attack. Based on larger sample sizes Willey and Ben Laughlin are proven wicket-takers; that Willey also appeared in the highest strike rates speaks volumes of his value. The presence of Alister McDermott and Hodge were also surprising.
Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine are the only two bowlers in the league with economy rates of less than six. The Brisbane Heat have just no other bowlers in the top forty economy rates however, while the Renegades have four in the top ten (Narine, Tom Cooper, Brad Hogg and Peter Siddle) and six in the top 32. Ashton Turner, admittedly on a very small sample size, Adam Zampa and Jason Behrendorff are the only bowlers to appear in the top fifteen strike rates and economy rates. David Hussey, like Hodge before him, makes an unexpected appearance at 15.
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