In a victory for old bulls over young cocks, experience dominates youngsters of BBL10’s pre-Christmas squad revealed by Former Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades favorite Brad Hogg.
While young guns Josh Philipe, Jake Weatherald and Ben McDermott occupy the top three positions in Hogg’s batting lineup, the average age of his XI is over 30.
However, Hogg might think 30 is young, as he was still sending his cunning left arm cuffs less than a week before his 47th birthday.
Power hitter Colin Ingram is named at four, grafting drummer and scary outfielder Jordan Silk ranks at five, and box office talent Glenn Maxwell is listed at six, while all-rounders Dan Christian and James Faulkner are the last of the drummers at seven. and eight respectively.
Lightning-fast Nathan Coulter-Nile is named at age nine, while leg turner Adam Zampa and paceman Peter Siddle round out the side.
Hogg said the veterans impressed him in the first 26 games of the BBL season.
“The good thing about it is these guys are always very competitive and they match the youngsters. In fact, they are leading the way,” Hogg told Wide World of Sports.
“Daniel Christian – just the way he’s going to get around the wicket. He found something – a way to stop some players in these finals with what I call negative tactics, but it works fine. It’ll be interesting when someone finds a way to negate this tactic of getting around the wicket – playing more round arms so that it comes from a bigger angle. Once it’s canceled, what feedback does Christian have? That’s the most interesting .
“But he and a lot of the older guys have been brilliant this year.”
Hogg said the best pre-Christmas player was Faulkner, the former Melbourne Stars performer who now shoots for the Hobart Hurricanes.
Faulkner has long been a mainstay of Australia’s short-form squads, enjoying such success that he earned the nickname ‘The Finisher’ and won the player of the match in the final victory of the 2015 ODI World Cup vs New Zealand.
But injuries and form killed her dream run.
He hasn’t played in an international match since October 2017 and Tasmania haven’t offered him a new contract for summer 2020-21, the state he made his debut for at the age of 18.
Faulkner is carving out an exceptional BBL10 campaign for himself, the left arm having taken eight wickets at 13.50 and only conceding 6.75 points per over.
“It was a sensational story and I love it when you’re broken down, you have some issues with your body and then you get back to it,” Hogg said.
“He just won’t give up and he’s so tough. I really love James Faulkner’s efforts.”
Hogg overlooked Tim David, Callum Ferguson and James Vince despite the fact that they all scored more points than Philipe in BBL10, but he said he went for the Sydney Sixers’ opener because he managed admirably its growing spotlight.
“There’s a lot of talk about Philipe. He’s getting a lot of coverage now and sometimes that can affect some players,” said Hogg.
“But he held his head up high and focused on the job at hand. It’s more off the pitch than on the pitch for me that I liked his presence.”
Hogg gave special mentions to Sixers tweaker Steve O’Keefe and Melbourne Renegades fast pitcher Jack Wildermuth.
Brad Hogg’s pre-Christmas BBL10 team
1. Josh Philipe (runs 102, average 34, best score 95)
2. Jake weatherald (97 races, average 32.33, best score 68)
3. Ben mcdermott (races 135, average 135, best score 89)
4. Colin Ingram (145 races, average 36.25, best score 55)
5. Jordan silk (73 races, average 36.50, best score 45)
6. Glenn maxwell (races 85, average 42.50, best score 46)
seven. Dan Christian | (lanes 71, average 35.5, best score 50, wickets four, best bowling numbers 3-36, average 7.62)
8. James faulkner (wickets eight, best bowling numbers 3-21, average 6.75)
9. Nathan Coulter-Nile (wickets four, best bowling numbers 4-10, average 8.25)
ten. Adam Zampa | (wickets two, best bowling numbers 2-10, average 17)
11. Peter Siddle (wickets eight, best bowling numbers 5-16, average 15.62)
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