Debuting with the Perth Scorchers in BBL|03, Simmons was one of the revelations of the competition. His big hitting took the BBL by storm, smashing 21 sixes, the most in BBL|03, with his best effort a blistering 11 sixes and four boundaries in the Scorchers’ semi-final win against the Sydney Sixers.
He finished BBL|03 with a strike rate of 167.24 with two centuries, including a record-breaking 39-ball century before signing a three-year deal with the Strikers.
Amassing 183 runs in BBL|04, Simmons formed a dependable opening partnership with Tim Ludeman at the top of the order.
He also proved an effective bowling change on regular occasions, frustrating batsman with his regular change-ups in flight and pace.