Top 5 Players in the Big Bash League so Far

Alex Telfer@@troyspeerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2014

Top 5 Players in the Big Bash League so Far

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    In amongst the incredible flashing bails, the pyrotechnics, the umpire-cam and of course the obligatory cheerleaders, there has actually been some cricket.

    The latest instalment of the Big Bash League has got off to a flying start with a number of players producing regular match-winning performances.

    Here are the top five performers so far, based on their overall contribution.

5. Jackson Bird

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    Matches: 4

    Overs: 16

    Wickets: 5

    Economy Rate: 5.50

    Jackson Bird's nagging line and length has reaped rewards. The Stars ace has collected nine scalps in the opening four matches.

    The Birdman has taken a wicket in every game, with his four-wicket blitz in the Melbourne derby particularly crucial.

    Will the 27-year-old make a return to the Australian team for the forthcoming ODI series against England? 

4. Chris Lynn

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    Innings: 5

    Runs: 184

    Strike-rate: 153.33

    Sixes: 14

    If Brisbane are to make the semi-finals, they will need the big-hitting Chris Lynn to continue doing what he does best.

    The 23-year-old blasted 56 off 35 balls against the Thunder to propel his team to an unassailable score and take his tournament tally of sixes to a league-leading 14.

    Lynn's penchant for clearing the ropes and ability to play match-winning innings makes an international appearance in the upcoming T20 series against England a possibility.

3. Cameron White

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    Innings: 4

    Runs: 167

    Strike-rate: 145.21

    50s: 2

    Cameron White continues to thrive in the format and is one of the main reasons behind the Melbourne Stars' position at the top of the table.

    The IPL regular teed off against their city rivals, the Renegades, striking 53 in their first meeting of the campaign and a brutal 84 off just 49 balls in the second.

    With White's international days appearing to be numbered, the T20 mercenary is free to ply his trade all round the world. 

2. Brad Hogg

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    Matches: 5

    Overs: 20

    Wickets: 5

    Economy Rate: 5.60

    Who said T20 cricket is a young man's game? At the tender age of 42, Brad Hogg continues to be a more-than-useful bowler in the game's shortest format.

    The Strikers man has taken five wickets, including a match-clinching 3/21 against defending champions Brisbane.

    However, sometimes a low economy rate can be more important than wickets, and Hogg's miserly overs have been crucial in helping Perth to three wins. 

1. Aaron Finch

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    Innings: 5

    Runs: 262

    50s: 3

    Sixes: 12

    Ever since Aaron Finch's blistering innings of 156 off 63 balls against England in the summer, the 27-year-old's stock has gone through the roof.

    The Melbourne Renegades blaster has taken no prisoners so far in this year's Big Bash, racking up 262 runs and 12 sixes in just five innings.

    Finch's best innings was an in-vain unbeaten 84 in the all-Victorian battle, which included half-a-dozen maximums.