Big Bash League Team of the Week: Simmons' Smashers

Antoinette Muller@mspr1ntFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2014

Big Bash League Team of the Week: Simmons' Smashers

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    The Big Bash League has seen some solid contests and thrilling finishes. Every week, players stand out with certain performances. 

    That is how this team has been selected.

    Picked solely from the teams that played last week, those who have had the biggest impact on a match or notched up an impressive score make the cut.

    The name of our team is open to discussion, but since hundreds in T20s don't come along very often, this week's honour goes to Craig Simmons. 

    Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments about who should make the side.


    All data taken from the BBL official site

1. Craig Simmons

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    A blistering 102 off 41 balls for the Perth Scorchers against the Adelaide Strikers earns Simmons the first opening spot.

    Perth won by five runs in the end after posting a mammoth 203 in 20 overs, largely thanks to Simmons. He was the only player to pass more than 30 and one of just three to cross the 20-run mark. 

2. Craig Kieswetter

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    Opening alongside Simmons is Craig Kieswetter after his 51 off 46 for Brisbane Heat. The Adelaide Strikers had no reply to Kieswetter and the Heat's score and lost by 32 runs.

    That win keeps their hopes alive of reaching the semi-finals of the competition. 

3. Moises Henriques

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    Slotting in at No. 3 is he of the previously peculiar moustache.

    Henriques hit a brisk 55 off 39 for the Sydney Sixers to help them post 151-6 in 20 overs.

    They managed to scrape a win by just two runs over the Melbourne Renegades, with Henriques also picking up a wicket as his side defended their total.

4. Steve Smith

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    Smith gets a go at No. 4 for his 52 off 32 against the Hobart Hurricanes. Sydney Sixers won by seven runs after posting 179-5, with Smith being the only player to manage a fifty. 

    Smith is captaining the Sixers and looks set to lead them into the knockout stage. 

5. Phil Hughes

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    Hughes cracks the nod lower down the order for his 58 off 45 in the Adelaide Strikers' losing cause against the Perth Scorchers. Everyone needs a bunny in their team.

    Though it was a fine knock, it was also a reminder of how little form he's had the rest of the year, with a string of low scores. 

6. Tim Paine (wk/captain)

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    Tim Paine also shuffles down the order compared to where he would feature for the Hobart Hurricanes, but he takes a place in this team for his effort of 57 off 30 against the Sydney Sixers.

    He retains the captaincy and the wicketkeeping gloves for the purposes of this exercise. Here's hoping less responsibility with the bat will mean better thinking with his team.

7. Dwayne Bravo

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    Fresh off a series defeat and a tour to New Zealand, Bravo scored 38 off 30 and picked up a wicket to boot.

    It's not exactly mind-blowing stuff, but the No. 7 slot is perfect for somebody like Bravo. He's a game-changer and can be a match-winner with either the bat or the ball.

    Slotting in at seven gives him the opportunity to play his natural game, and countryman Sir Viv Richards could be heard purring over his performance during the match on the official BBL television commentary. 

8. Johan Botha

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    Botha takes the role of spinner for the simple reason that he can bat a bit, too. He hasn't showed that in this competition yet, but his two for 11 for the Adelaide Strikers puts him ahead of Ajantha Mendis in this week's team.

    Botha missed the start of the tournament through injury but appears to be returning to form. 

9. Ryan Harris

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    Can Harris do any wrong at the moment? Not only has he just bowled through the Ashes after delaying knee surgery, he's now in the Big Bash and took two for 14 against the Adelaide Strikers. 

    Australia will need to think carefully about how they handle him with a huge series against South Africa looming on the horizon. 

10. Shaun Tait

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    If there was a museum dedicated to those who have perfected the art of the yorker, Tait would have his wax replica all over it.  

    In a week where pickings were somewhat slim for bowlers, Tait took three for 41 and two for 26 for the Adelaide Strikers.  

    Although he showed signs of inconsistency and was a tad on the expensive side, when it comes to experience and sheer pace, there's nobody else you'd rather have in your team. 

11. Gurinder Sandhu

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    Sandhu has just 10 T20s to his name and only made his debut last year, but his three for 21 opening the bowling for the Sydney Thunder against the Melbourne Renegades earns him the nod in this iteration of team of the week.

    He gets there just ahead of Cameron Gannon, who took three for 11 against Brisbane Heat, primarily because Sandhu's wickets came in a win which snapped a losing streak for the Thunder that dated back to 2011.