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Strikers MVP contenders

06 March 2018

Who will be crowned the Strikers' Most Valuable Player of BBL|07?

An even contribution throughout the squad was the key to Adelaide’s championship-winning season with a host of players in MVP calculations.

Many of the top contenders also missed matches for various reasons throughout the tournament, making it even more difficult to predict a winner.

We assess the chances of some of the leading contenders ahead of SACA’s Neil Dansie Medal Night later this month.

RASHID KHAN
Matches:
11
Wickets:
18
Bowling average:
13.83
Economy:
5.65
Best figures:
3/20

Rashid Khan bowls Sam Billings

Rashid starred in his debut Big Bash season.

He finished as the competition’s equal-leading wicket-taker and boasted the best economy of any player to bowl more than four overs. Rashid became the first player in Big Bash history to claim multiple wickets through their opening five matches.

The teenager only went without a wicket once and picked up two Player of the Match awards – in both wins against the Thunder.

A consistent and eye-catching performer who is sure to poll strongly.

ALEX CAREY
Matches:
11
Runs:
443
Batting average:
49.22
Strike rate:
141.43
Highest score:
100
Catches:
14

Alex Carey's glittering century against Hobart

Carey was one of the most devastating batsmen of BBL|07.

He set a new Strikers record for the most runs in a single season, highlighted by a sensational century against Hobart at Adelaide Oval. The 26-year-old also hit another two half-centuries including an unbeaten 83 against the Sixers at the SCG.

Carey was also sharp behind the stumps all summer. He topped the league for dismissals by a wicket-keeper with 14 catches.

He earned two Player of the Match awards and should feature regularly in the voting.

BEN LAUGHLIN
Matches:
12
Wickets:
16
Bowling average:
23
Economy:
8.36
Best figures:
4/26

Laughlin heroics sets up amazing catch

It was another superb season from the BBL’s all-time leading wicket-taker.

Laughlin played every match and was a crucial cog of the Strikers’ dynamic attack often bowling important spells in clutch overs.

He started BBL|07 in style with 4/26 against the Thunder and took incredible figures of 3/11 in the Strikers’ stirring New Year’s Eve victory over the Heat.

Laughlin also showed his prowess in the field with four catches, although the stats sheet won’t credit his unbelievable assist to Jake Weatherald against the Renegades at Etihad Stadium.

PETER SIDDLE
Matches:
11
Wickets:
11
Bowling average:
20
Economy:
5.94
Best figures:
3/17

Siddle strikes with three wickets in BBL Final

Siddle played his role to perfection in his first season as a Striker.

His economy of 5.94 was the best of any seamer to bowl more than four overs as he continually challenged batsmen with his accuracy and consistency. Siddle also managed two maidens in BBL07 - a rare feat in the modern game.

The 33-year-old claimed 2/6 in his Strikers debut against the Thunder and stepped up with 3/17 in the final against Hobart.

A veteran of 62 Tests with Australia, Siddle’s experience and guidance amongst the young Strikers squad also proved invaluable.

JAKE WEATHERALD
Matches:
12
Runs:
383
Batting average:
31.91
Strike rate:
126.82
Highest score:
115
Catches:
7

Weatherald crushes match-winning ton

The big-hitting opener could storm into MVP contention late in the count.

Weatherald finished the tournament with four of his career-best BBL scores from the final five games of the series, including his record-breaking century in the decider at Adelaide Oval.

The 23-year-old ranked second in the competition for sixes (19) and third for runs overall such was his blistering end to the series.

The athletic youngster played every match was arguably Adelaide’s best in the field, taking seven catches to be equal-second in the league for non-wicket-keeper catches.

TRAVIS HEAD
Matches:
9
Runs:
374
Batting average:
53.42
Strike rate:
133.09
Highest score:
85*

Head's clutch half-century at Etihad Stadium

The captain led from the front in his first season as Strikers skipper.

Head was the only Striker to boast an average above 50, blasting three half-centuries and finishing unbeaten at the crease in both finals. He was also twice named Player of the Match.

He continued his trend of taking timely wickets at key stages. Head claimed four scalps from just 13 overs with Shane Watson and Tim Paine among his victims.

Head missed three matches due to Australian ODI and T20I commitments, which could hurt his MVP chances, but made an impact in almost every game he played.