Big Bash League 2014: Ranking the Top 50 Players

Tim Collins@@TimDCollinsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2014

Big Bash League 2014: Ranking the Top 50 Players

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    The 2013-14 Big Bash season came and went in rapid fashion, delivering an action-packed 35-game schedule in an exhilarating six-week stretch.

    In what is becoming something of an Indian Premier League audition, the importance of Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition continues to grow for international cricketers, helping to raise its standard with each year that passes.

    That was certainly true of the competition's third edition, which was arguably the most exhilarating and unpredictable season of the Big Bash.

    But now that it's been and gone, it's time to draw some conclusions from it all.

    Here we count down the tournament's top 50 players, using a statistical algorithm to determine objectively the weight of each and every performance compiled over a thrilling Big Bash tournament.

Calculating the Rankings Step 1: Points Allocation

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    As with all rankings systems, it was critically important to remove the heavy bias of opinion from these Big Bash League rankings by formulating an algorithm that could objectively evaluate the performances of each player.

    The first step in that process was to award points for each basic statistic accumulated by each player across the course of the tournament.

    The points awarded for each basic statistic are listed below:



Calculating the Rankings Step 2: Rate of Performance

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    Given the time constraints inherent in Twenty20 cricket and its emphasis on the rate of scoring, it was vital that each player's accumulated statistics were measured against strike rates (for batsmen) and economy rates (for bowlers).

    To do this, it was necessary to establish a "par" measurement, by averaging the strike rates and economy rates of all players across the 35 matches of the tournament.




    With those "par" numbers attained, each player had his statistics measured against the rate at which they were accumulated.


    Batting Examples:

    Batsman 1337148.02124.551.19 (148.02/124.55)400.5
    Batsman 2364130.83124.551.05 (130.83/124.55)382.4


    Bowling Examples:

    Bowler 15058.167.740.95 (7.74/8.16)479
    Bowler 2342.56.717.741.15 (7.74/6.71)395.1


    As you can see, performing this step ensures that quick scoring and tight bowling are rewarded, reflecting the standout factors that are inherent in Twenty20 cricket.

Calculating the Rankings Step 3: Adjusted Points Per Match

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    The final step in the algorithm averages a player's Adjusted Points Total across the combined number of innings the player has contributed to with both bat and ball.

    This ensures that players are judged on a per-innings basis, rather than raw, accumulated totals.

    To do this, the Adjusted Points Totals from each player's batting and bowling statistics are added together, then divided by the number of innings to determine each player's Adjusted Points Per Innings.





    For a player to qualify, he must have contributed to a minimum of five combined innings with bat and ball (three innings with the bat and two innings with the ball would qualify a player for these rankings).

Limitations of the Ranking Algorithm

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    Every statistical algorithm has its limitations and this one is no exception.

    However, it's important to outline the limitations that are inherent in this objective ranking system.

    1. The formula can't account for the match situation. Therefore, runs and wickets compiled in pressured situations don't carry more significance than those accumulated at other times.

    2. In using par-adjusted strikes rates, the algorithm cannot determine if a player was forced to operate in a defensive manner following the loss of wickets.

    3. The system can't account for the varying degrees of scoring that occur in different conditions and venues.

    4. The system can only judge a player on accumulated statistics. For example, a bowler who goes wicketless in an impressive spell will receive fewer points than a bowler who claims two fortunate wickets in an otherwise loose spell.

    5. Statistical evaluations such as this will also favour all-rounders, given their ability to accumulate points in both of cricket's major disciplines.

    6. By judging players on a per-innings basis, this system will inherently favour those who have competed in fewer innings, as it's easier to maintain higher levels of performance across shorter time periods.

    7. Another downfall of evaluating players on a per-innings basis is that batsmen who finished an innings not out, or who were only able to face a small number of deliveries, are somewhat punished.

50. Moises Henriques

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    Team: Sydney Sixers

    Innings: 16

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 19.84

    Moises Henriques was a steady contributor for the Sydney Sixers with both bat and ball in this edition of the Big Bash League.

    Although the all-rounder was a long way from being the most spectacular of players in the competition, the 27-year-old put together 203 runs at a strike rate of 126.87 to go along with four useful wickets.

    Unquestionably his best performance was his 55 from 39 deliveries against the Melbourne Renegades, which propelled his side to a thrilling two-run victory.

49. Daniel Vettori

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    Team: Brisbane Heat

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 19.92

    Although retirement can't be far away, Daniel Vettori continues to be among the most impressive spinners in the limited-overs game.

    In this season's Big Bash, the New Zealander claimed seven wickets from his seven matches, while conceding just 6.25 runs per over in the process.

    Vettori's economy rate is also made more impressive by the fact that his team conceded more runs than any other side in the competition.

48. James Hopes

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    Team: Brisbane Heat

    Innings: 13

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 20.01

    Once a regular in the Australian 50-over side, James Hopes continues to be a useful limited-overs all-rounder in the twilight of his career.

    Across seven matches in this season's Big Bash, Hopes claimed eight wickets and compiled 70 runs; his bowling going at well under the "par" rate of 7.74 at a tidy 7.12 runs per over.

    The all-rounder would have found himself significantly higher on this list had his strike rate with the bat (114.75) been slightly quicker.

47. Nathan Rimmington

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    Team: Melbourne Renegades

    Innings: 12

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 20.76

    Nathan Rimmington was a consistent performer for the Melbourne Renegades in 2013-14, grabbing 10 wickets from eight matches to finish as his side's most prolific bowler.

    On five separate occasions, the right-armer claimed two wickets; his figures of 2/14 and 2/12 against the Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes, respectively, being his finest performances.

    At 7.42 runs per over, Rimmington was also far from the most expensive of bowlers in the tournament and would have found himself further up this list if not for four rather unsuccessful efforts with the bat.

46. Michael Neser

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    Team: Adelaide Strikers

    Innings: 12

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 20.77

    With 10 wickets from only seven efforts with the ball, Michael Neser was among the most prolific bowlers in this year's Big Bash.

    The 23-year-old South African didn't take long to make his impact in the tournament, kick-starting his campaign with consecutive three-wicket hauls against the Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers.

    Although on the expensive side at 8.46 runs per over, the right-armer's wicket-taking ability was a key ingredient in Adelaide's steady bowling unit.

45. Lasith Malinga

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    Team: Melbourne Stars

    Innings: 7

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 20.91

    Unquestionably one of the best exponents of death bowling in world cricket, Lasith Malinga again proved his worth to the Melbourne Stars in 2013-14.

    Although he played in just six matches, the slingy right-armer claimed five wickets at an impressive economy rate of 5.95.

    His 2/8 performance from four overs against the Adelaide Strikers set up arguably the easiest victory of the tournament for his side.

44. Ben Cutting

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    Team: Brisbane Heat

    Innings: 15

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 21.02

    If not for his expensive economy rate with the ball in hand, Ben Cutting would be among the top 10 in these rankings.

    Across eight appearances, the all-rounder smashed 130 runs at a strike rate of 178.08 to go along with his seven wickets.

    In fact, Cutting hit every sixth ball he faced over the fence, clubbing 12 sixes from only 73 deliveries in the tournament.

43. Brett Lee

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    Team: Sydney Sixers

    Innings: 13

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 21.35

    While retirement looms for Brett Lee, he's still proving to be a valuable performer with the ball.

    One of only five players in the tournament to claim a four-wicket haul, Lee grabbed 10 scalps in nine appearances for the Sydney Sixers in 2013-14.

    Although he conceded his runs at a rate of 7.91 per over, the rhythmic right-armer showed that he is still one of the finest exponents of the yorker in tight situations.

42. Luke Pomersbach

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    Team: Brisbane Heat

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 21.42

    Luke Pomersbach owes his place in these rankings to one spectacular innings, in which he thumped eight fours and three sixes from only 32 deliveries to race to 60 against the Hobart Hurricanes.

    If not for that innings, the left-hander wouldn't feature in these rankings, given that he recorded three scores of four or less in his eight efforts with the bat.


41. Tom Cooper

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    Team: Melbourne Renegades

    Innings: 7

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 21.95

    Tom Cooper was anything but explosive in this season's Big Bash, compiling his runs at a rather meagre strike rate of 108.82.

    However, aside from a duck against the Melbourne Stars, the 27-year-old right-hander was a consistent source of runs for the Renegades, scoring 111 in five innings to go along with one wicket.

    Unquestionably his best effort was his 60 from 44 balls in the second of the Melbourne derbies, which looked capable of steering his side to victory before Glenn Maxwell exploded in typical fashion.

40. Brad Hogg

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    Team: Perth Scorchers

    Innings: 12

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 21.96

    He's the most exuberant player in the competition and he's 43 years of age.

    Although he's no longer playing at international level, Brad Hogg is proving himself to be a fine Twenty20 spinner.

    With nine wickets from his 10 matches at an economy rate of just 6.19, the left-armer was a huge component of the Perth Scorchers' overwhelming success in this year's competition.

39. Travis Birt

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    Team: Hobart Hurricanes

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 22.18

    With 177 runs for the tournament at a strike rate of 140.47, Travis Birt continued to justify his reputation as one of Australia's most dangerous limited-overs batsmen.

    In the surprisingly successful Hobart Hurricanes side, Birt was a source of consistency, recording six consecutive scores between 21 and 33 to become a valuable cog in his side.

    Although the left-hander failed to convert any of those starts into large totals, the Twenty20 format places an emphasis on players who can rapidly put together a useful contribution.

    Birt is one of those.

38. Jon Holland

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    Team: Adelaide Strikers

    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 22.51

    Jon Holland scrapes into this rankings after just passing the five-innings qualification mark.

    Although the left-arm spinner played just four matches, he took the ball on three occasions and batted twice.

    Indeed, his bowling proved effective, with Holland claiming four wickets from just three innings at an economy rate of 6.33.

37. Ben Laughlin

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    Team: Hobart Hurricanes

    Innings: 14

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 22.52

    One of the most prolific bowlers in this year's competition, Ben Laughlin's somewhat-lowly place in these rankings is due to his expensive economy rate.

    Although the right-armer claimed 14 impressive wickets in just nine innings, he conceded runs at a rate of 7.96 an over.

    However, that shouldn't detract too heavily from his campaign overall, given that Laughlin's experience at the elite levels is considerably inferior to many of his counterparts in this year's Big Bash League. 

36. Joe Burns

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    Team: Brisbane Heat

    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 23.52

    Another player who owes his place in these rankings to just one stellar performance is Joe Burns.

    With a small sample size that just clears the qualification mark, the right-hander's 69 from only 45 balls against the Hobart Hurricanes on December 28 is enough to push his per-innings score to 23.52.

    The 24-year-old will certainly look to build upon his 118 runs from six innings in next year's competition.

35. Michael Hill

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    Team: Melbourne Renegades

    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 23.59

    Although he played just five matches, Michael Hill was a productive player for the Melbourne Renegades in 2013-14.

    Three of his five innings produced scores between 30 and and 40, helping to provide his side with stability at the top of the order.

    Although the left-hander's strike rate of 122.44 was lower than many of the other leading batsmen in the tournament, Hill is a player somewhat better suited to longer formats and is regarded as an Australian Test player of the future.

34. Shaun Tait

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    Team: Adelaide Strikers

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 23.91

    He was once Australia's special weapon in Twenty20 cricket, teaming up with Brett Lee to terrify the opposition.

    While some of his sheer pace has declined, Shaun Tait's wicket-taking ability is still there.

    In only seven appearances with the ball, the right-armer claimed 11 wickets at a strike rate of 14.7 to cement himself as Adelaide's spearhead.

    The only thing holding Tait back from higher positions on this list is his economy rate of 8.92 runs per over.

33. Nathan Coulter-Nile

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    Team: Perth Scorchers

    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 24.00

    Despite being forced to miss much of this year's Big Bash due to his involvement in the national side, Nathan Coulter-Nile proved his worth in only five games for the all-conquering Perth Scorchers.

    The tall right-armer claimed eight wickets in his five showings with the ball, which included best figures of 3/15.

    Also useful as a lower-order hitter, Coulter-Nile smashed 42 not out from only 25 balls against the Adelaide Strikers to display how effective he can be in both of the game's major disciplines. 

32. Gurinder Sandhu

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    Team: Sydney Thunder

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 24.85

    Gurinder Sandhu was a bright spot in an otherwise miserable campaign for the Sydney Thunder.

    At just 20 years of age, the right-armer claimed 10 wickets in only eight appearances, which included consecutive three-wicket hauls against the Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Renegades.

    Adding to those impressive numbers is Sandhu's economy rate which, at 6.50, was one of the better marks in the tournament.


31. Mark Steketee

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    Team: Brisbane Heat

    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 25.30

    Picked from obscurity from Brisbane club cricket, Mark Steketee quickly justified the faith shown in him by the Brisbane Heat when he collected six wickets in his first four appearances in this year's Big Bash.

    Although the 20-year-old was expensive in conceding 8.26 runs per over, his ability consistently to pose a threat during his first stint at this level was impressive.

    The young right-armer will now look to build on his experience in this year's Big Bash, with first-class cricket the likely next goal for Steketee.

30. Muttiah Muralitharan

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    Team: Melbourne Renegades

    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 25.75

    Muttiah Muralitharan is arguably the biggest casualty of the formula used in these rankings, considering how impressive the veteran off-spinner was with the ball.

    Across eight matches, Muralitharan claimed eight wickets at a vastly impressive economy rate of 5.41.

    However, because the rankings judge players on a per-innings basis, Muralitharan's two short stints at the crease with the bat that failed to yield a single run severely hurt him here.

    If not for those two innings, the Sri Lankan would have come in at No. 18.

29. Cameron Boyce

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    Team: Hobart Hurricanes

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 26.77

    With one of the best strike rates in the tournament at 11.3, Cameron Boyce was a hugely effective leg-spinner for the Hobart Hurricanes in 2013-14.

    Across just six matches, the 24-year-old grabbed 10 wickets, which included a stunning 3/11 performance against the powerful Melbourne Stars.

    Although somewhat expensive at 7.43 runs per over, Boyce will be hoping his wicket-taking ability can push him towards an IPL contract in India.

28. Nathan Lyon

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    Team: Sydney Sixers

    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 26.79

    Another spinner to enjoy success in this year's Big Bash, Nathan Lyon returned to limited-overs cricket after a successful Ashes campaign to be an effective spinner for the Sydney Sixers.

    In only four efforts with the ball, the off-spinner claimed five wickets, while he conceded just 6.50 runs per over—well below the 7.74 average.

    The 26-year-old will now turn his attention to the might of South Africa.

27. Daniel Christian

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    Team: Brisbane Heat

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 26.80

    Topping the batting averages for the Brisbane Heat, Daniel Christian was a consistent source of runs for his side when he wasn't competing against England in the national team.

    In six innings with the bat, the right-hander scored 186 runs, which included two unbeaten half-centuries against the Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Stars.

    The all-rounder also grabbed three wickets for his side but did go at 10.10 runs per over in the process, which significantly hurts his ranking here.

26. Alex Hales

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    Team: Adelaide Strikers

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 26.96

    Only behind Brendon McCullum in the ICC's Twenty20 Batsmen Rankings, Alex Hales proved again why he's one of the world's best in this year's Big Bash.

    In eight efforts with the bat, the Englishman thumped 175 runs at a strike rate of 153.50.

    With 23 fours and six sixes in the competition, Hales sent one of every four deliveries he faced to—or over—the fence.

25. Jason Behrendorff

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    Team: Perth Scorchers

    Innings: 13

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 27.42

    Jason Behrendorff was another of the Perth Scorchers' bowlers to enjoy immense success in this year's Big Bash.

    In his nine showings with the ball in hand, Behrendorff claimed 11 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 6.37.

    The 23-year-old also showed he could be useful with the bat by clubbing two fours and a six in only 16 deliveries to contribute 26 valuable runs against the Melbourne Stars.

24. David Hussey

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    Team: Melbourne Stars

    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 27.47

    David Hussey was the rock in the middle of the explosive Melbourne Stars' batting line-up in 2013-14.

    While his strike rate of 119.20 was only moderate, the veteran right-hander averaged 49.66 by cruising to 149 from seven innings, which included four not outs.

    With the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hodge, Luke Wright and Cameron White blazing around him, Hussey anchored his side's innings with aplomb. 

23. Josh Hazlewood

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    Team: Sydney Sixers

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 28.24

    Another player to be pushing for regular Australian selection is Sydney Sixers spearhead Josh Hazlewood.

    Across nine matches in this year's Big Bash, the 23-year-old right-armer claimed 14 wickets, which included two impressive three-wickets hauls against the Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers.

    If not for an economy rate of 7.88, Hazlewood would have found himself considerably higher on this list.

22. Craig Kieswetter

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    Team: Brisbane Heat

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 28.26

    Craig Kieswetter was another member of the English brigade to enjoy success in the 2013-14 Big Bash.

    Playing for the Brisbane Heat, the right-hander was his side's second leading run scorer, with 192 runs from eight innings.

    While his strike rate of 116.36 was short of exemplary, two steady and effective fifties at the top of the order proved that there's still room for composure in the Twenty20 game.

21. Michael Lumb

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    Team: Sydney Sixers

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 29.85

    Long regarded as one of the best Twenty20 batsmen in the English game, Michael Lumb was a consistent source of runs for the Sydney Sixers in this season's Big Bash.

    In eight innings with the bat, the 33-year-old left-hander struck 187 runs at a strike rate of 125.50, which included two consecutive fifties against the Brisbane Heat and the Adelaide Strikers.

    The second of those half-centuries was undoubtedly his most exhilarating performance, one that saw the Englishman club five sixes to comfortably steer his team to victory.

20. Nic Maddinson

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    Team: Sydney Sixers

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 30.14

    Alongside Michael Lumb at the top of the Sydney Sixers line-up was Nic Maddinson.

    In nine innings, the left-hander thumped 211 runs at a strike rate of 129.44 to form a strong opening partnership with Lumb.

    Like his partner, Maddinson reached two half-centuries in this year's Big Bash, the first of which was a blistering 61 from 40 balls to set up an opening-match victory for his side.

19. John Hastings

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    Team: Melbourne Stars

    Innings: 13

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 30.58

    As we move into the top 20, we're hit by a plethora of Melbourne Stars players, who dominated the competition before falling short of the tournament's final.

    John Hastings was certainly one of the Stars' leading performers, grabbing 13 wickets in nine innings, while conceding just 6.15 runs per over.

    While far from spectacular, the journeyman helped the Stars become the tournament's most dominant team in the group stages.

18. Luke Wright

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    Team: Melbourne Stars

    Innings: 15

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 30.59

    Luke Wright was one of a number of Melbourne Stars batsmen to light up arenas around Australia.

    With his brutal hitting, the right-hander hammered 288 runs from nine innings, which included two rapid half-centuries.

    Alongside a strike rate of 144.72, the Englishman cemented his status as a match-winner, while also securing himself England selection ahead the ICC World Twenty20.

17. Tim Paine

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    Team: Hobart Hurricanes

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 33.95

    After an impressive Big Bash campaign in 2013-14, it seems Tim Paine will be among the thoughts of the Australian selectors when they sit down and look for Brad Haddin's replacement in the coming years.

    In nine innings with the bat in this year's tournament, Paine raced to 235 runs with two half-centuries, at a strike rate of 133.52.

    His 57 from only 30 balls against the Sydney Sixers was unquestionably his most explosive performance, but it was his calm 65 against the Melbourne Stars in the first semi-final that was undoubtedly his most important effort.

16. Michael Klinger

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    Team: Adelaide Strikers

    Innings: 7

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 34.66

    Despite his team struggling for much of the tournament, Michael Klinger was a consistent source of runs for the Adelaide Strikers in 2013-14. 

    At the top of his side's order, Klinger formed an effective opening partnership with Alex Hales; the right-hander scoring 223 runs at an average of 44.60.

    His best effort was a sublime 86 from only 55 balls, which set up a victory over the tournament's eventual champions, the Perth Scorchers.

15. James Pattinson

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    Team: Melbourne Renegades

    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 34.86

    After returning from a back injury that ruled him out of the Ashes, the Big Bash represented an important opportunity for James Pattinson.

    With the rigours of first-class bowling absent, Pattinson was able to return to competitive cricket by bowling with pace and aggression in short bursts.

    The right-armer certainly did that, claiming eight wickets in only four matches, that included an impressive 4/24 haul against the Hobart Hurricanes.


14. Cameron White

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    Team: Melbourne Stars

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 34.90

    A cog in the powerful Melbourne Stars batting line-up, Cameron White thumped his way to 207 runs at a strike rate of 135.29 in the 2013-14 Big Bash.

    While his time in Australian colours has been reduced to the Twenty20 arena, White's thunderous hitting hasn't departed, which was made evident in his spectacular 84 not out from only 49 balls against the Melbourne Renegades.

13. Shaun Marsh

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    Team: Perth Scorchers

    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 35.19

    Shaun Marsh had played a steady, but unspectacular role in the Perth Scorchers side until they reached the tournament's final against the Hobart Hurricanes.

    Prior to the match, the left-hander hadn't passed 40 in his five innings.

    However, with his side getting off to a slow start, Marsh thumped 63 not out from 43 deliveries to propel his side to victory.

    He finished the tournament with 193 runs at an average of 38.60.

12. Chris Lynn

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    Team: Brisbane Heat

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 35.97

    Chris Lynn was unquestionably was one of the most surprising players in this year's Big Bash.

    Across eight innings, the 23-year-old smashed 198 runs for the Brisbane Heat, at a strike rate of 144.52.

    The right-hander's 81 from only 53 balls against the Perth Scorchers was particularly impressive, seeing him strike four fours and six colossal sixes in a successful chase.

11. Jos Buttler

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    Team: Melbourne Renegades

    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 37.62

    With Matt Prior's place far from certain, Jos Buttler's ongoing form in the limited-overs arena is a promising sign for England's emerging gloveman.

    In this year's Big Bash, Buttler thumped his way to 130 runs from only five innings, at a thunderous strike rate of 151.16.

    While Test selection may be still some distance away, Buttler is certainly knocking on the door of the selectors.

10. Simon Katich

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    Team: Perth Scorchers

    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 38.24

    The second leading run-scorer in the competition, Simon Katich was incredibly consistent for the Perth Scorchers in this season's Big Bash.

    With 314 runs from his 10 innings, the veteran left-hander was a critical component in steering Perth to tournament glory, regularly providing the valuable contribution that helped his team to victory.

    Although his style isn't flashy or spectacular, Katich managed to maintain a strike rate of 130.83—well above the tournament average.

9. Yasir Arafat

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    Team: Perth Scorchers

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 42.11

    Yasir Arafat was a true success story for the Perth Scorchers in 2013-14.

    In only six appearances for his side, the right-armer claimed 12 wickets at an absurd strike rate of 12.00

    Arafat provided his most telling contribution of the tournament by claiming 4/24 in helping the team to a Super Over victory over the Sydney Sixers.

8. Michael Hussey

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    Team: Sydney Thunder

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 43.77

    His side endured a torrid time, but that didn't stop Michael Hussey piling on the runs in typical fashion.

    Although he's now retired from the international arena, the left-hander's appetite doesn't seem to have subsided; the veteran striking 258 runs from eight innings at an average of 36.85.

    Too often his teammates provided little in the way of support but efforts like his 85 from 56 balls against the Adelaide Strikers again showed why he remains a class above most.

7. Glenn Maxwell

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    Team: Melbourne Stars

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 44.16

    He may have only finished with 143 runs for the tournament, but no one scored them at a faster rate than Glenn Maxwell.

    Renowned for his explosive hitting, the right-handed Victorian struck his runs at a mammoth strike rate of 198.61.

    Despite only facing 72 balls in the competition, Maxwell hammered nine fours and 11 sixes—good enough for a boundary every three-and-a-half deliveries.

6. Cameron Gannon

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    Team: Brisbane Heat

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 44.21

    Mentioning Cameron Gannon's strike rate almost seems like purposely writing a typo. 

    But it's true, Gannon claimed 18 wickets in eight matches at a strike rate of 8.7.

    Not bad for a 25-year-old with very little first-class experience behind him.

    He was also the only bowler in the tournament to claim two four-wicket hauls.

5. Brad Hodge

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    Team: Melbourne Stars

    Innings: 7

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 44.76

    Through a fine Big Bash campaign, Brad Hodge has earned himself a recall to Australia's Twenty20 team at 39 years of age.

    In only seven innings, the veteran right-hander amassed 219 runs for the Melbourne Stars at an average of 36.50. That he compiled his runs at a strike rate of 132.72 made the achievement all the more impressive.

    For a player who has been harshly snubbed by national selectors throughout his career, a final stint in Australian colours is a deserved reward for Hodge.

4. Aaron Finch

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    Team: Melbourne Renegades

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 46.30

    Aaron Finch has enjoyed a stunning couple of months in the Australian summer, hammering his way to big totals for both Australia and the Melbourne Renegades.

    In only six innings in this season's Big Bash, Finch raced to 262 runs at an average of 52.40, striking them at 148.02.

    His 84 not out from just 55 balls against the Melbourne Stars was unquestionably his finest performance.

3. Jackson Bird

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    Team: Melbourne Stars

    Innings: 7

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 56.44

    In such a batsmen-friendly format, it's a massive achievement by Jackson Bird to come in at No. 3 on this list.

    Across seven innings, the extremely accurate right-armer claimed 13 wickets at an economy rate of 6.71.

    A four-wicket haul against the Melbourne Renegades was the most prolific performance of his campaign, but more impressive is the fact that Bird claimed a scalp in each and every match he played.

2. Ben Dunk

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    Team: Hobart Hurricanes

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 61.11

    Few had seen much of Ben Dunk until this season's Big Bash. Going forward, they're likely to see plenty more of him.

    The competition's leading run-scorer, Dunk smashed his way to 396 runs from his 10 innings, at an average of 43.88.

    The left-hander was also able to compile his runs in spectacular fashion, recording a collective strike rate of 145.75.

    His three fifties were also the most of any player in this season's Big Bash.

1. Craig Simmons

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    Team: Perth Scorchers

    Innings: 7

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 71.74

    Craig Simmons' story in the 2013-14 Big Bash is among the most remarkable in world cricket in recent times.

    Before the tournament began, the left-hander was playing Grade cricket. He didn't even have a contract with a Big Bash team.

    Now he looks set for a massive deal in the IPL.

    In smashing the only two hundreds of the tournament, Simmons elevated himself into the national spotlight like few have ever done before him.

    While the Big Bash still has its doubters, Simmons' story is proof of the opportunity the competition provides.