We cast an eye over the leading contenders before the winner is unveiled at this summer’s Dansie-McCauley Medal night in early April.
Bowling average: 20.84
Best figures: 4/22
Batting average: 15.50
Strike rate: 153.08
Highest score: 40
Two-time Strikers BBL MVP Rashid Khan wowed crowds again in BBL|09.
Rashid was Adelaide’s top wicket-taker for a third season in a row - this time alongside Peter Siddle with 19 scalps - and was also the club’s most economical bowler of the summer.
The talented leg-spinner was Player of the Match at Marvel Stadium against the Renegades in one of the most complete performances by a Striker. He finished with figures of 2/15 with 10 dot balls and an economy rate of just 3.75, smashed 25 runs from just 16 balls including two sixes, and nailed a sensational run out on ‘Gades captain Aaron Finch in a defining moment of the match.
Rashid’s incredible hat-trick against the Sydney Sixers at Adelaide Oval was the first in club history with his 4/22 from the same match the second-best BBL bowling figures for the Strikers.
The quickest player to reach 50 BBL wickets, Rashid continued to make valuable contributions with the willow. He struck a career-high BBL score of 40 in jaw-dropping fashion on New Year’s Eve to almost single-handedly snatch victory against the Thunder.
Batting average: 68.28
Strike rate: 135.41
Highest score: 68*
Reliable batsman Jon Wells was a regular match-winner for the Strikers in BBL|09.
The right-hander was Adelaide’s top runscorer for a second consecutive season with 478 runs - ranked fourth in the competition and a new record for the most runs by a Striker in any BBL series.
Wells was often the one guiding the Strikers home with the bat, finishing unbeaten at the crease seven times with four half-centuries and three Player of the Match awards along the way. His average of 68 was comfortably the strongest of BBL|09 with Stars allrounder Marcus Stoinis the next-best player at 54.
The Tasmanian was dismissed for less than 20 runs just three times in the entire tournament (15 innings) such was his consistency.
He also continued to be a valuable asset in the field, claiming five catches and saving countless runs with his speed and desperation patrolling the boundary.
Bowling average: 18.21
Best figures: 4/33
Peter Siddle had another stellar Big Bash campaign in his third season as a Striker.
The fan favourite claimed 19 wickets to be Adelaide’s leading wicket-taker alongside Rashid Khan, despite featuring in one less match than his talented teammate.
Siddle played a vital role for the side, often bowling key overs in the powerplay or at the death yet he maintained a strong economy rate of just 7.18. The 35-year-old went wicket-less in only four matches, including Adelaide’s abandoned clash with the Sydney Thunder in Canberra, and claimed two or more scalps on five occasions.
The consistent seamer returned personal-best BBL figures of 4/33 against the Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval late in the season which stands as the equal-fourth best bowling in a BBL innings by any Striker in club history.
Siddle, who announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket this summer, was duly selected in the BBL Team of the Tournament and remains one of the most respected players in the game among teammates, coaches, fans and opposition players alike.
Batting average: 35.54
Strike rate: 125.32
Highest score: 55
Wicketkeeper dismissals: 10
Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey was arguably Adelaide’s most impressive player in the first half of the season.
Carey carried the BKT Golden Bat cap as the competition’s leading runscorer in BBL|09’s early stages, starting the season with scores of 45, 55, 45 and 41, before heading to India in January to serve as vice-captain of Australia’s ODI squad.
The 28-year-old hit 391 runs to be the club’s third-highest runscorer of the series behind Wells (478) and Jake Weatherald (407) despite missing four matches while serving his country.
His healthy batting average of 35.5 was second only to Wells at the club with the consistent Striker scoring at least 25 runs in all but one of his 11 innings.
Carey also maintained a high standard behind the stumps, claiming 10 dismissals including an incredible diving catch against the Scorchers at Optus Stadium.
Bowling average: 21.47
Best figures: 4/33
One of the most improved players in the competition, Wes Agar became an important part of Adelaide’s XI in BBL|09.
The towering quick played a career-best 12 matches after working hard behind the scenes with just five BBL appearances through his first three seasons.
Agar’s sheer pace troubled even the BBL’s best batsman on his way to 17 wickets with a strike rate of 14.4 – the best of all Strikers bowlers in BBL|09.
The 23-year-old bagged two wickets or more in six matches, including 4/33 against the Hurricanes in Launceston for the equal fourth-best innings figures by a Strikers bowler in the club’s BBL history.
Agar also earned a deserved Player of the Match award - his first in the BBL - against Perth at Optus Stadium, snaring the first three wickets of the Scorchers’ innings in Adelaide’s 16-run victory.