Ponting names his all-time greatest BBL playing XI
The 10th edition of the ongoing BBL league has been well and truly entertaining while also keeping the fans at the edge of their seats. Players of the respective teams are doing their best to give a treat to the supporters with their gameplay.
Meanwhile, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting made the headlines after he came up with his all-time great BBL XI. There is no doubt that the Big Bash League has entertained its fans and followers over a decade. BBL is one of the most-watched cricket leagues in the world. Thanks to Cricket Australia for successfully running franchise cricket for a long time.
The former World Cup-winning champion was asked to pick just two internationals in his team. The former captain picked his team mainly on the basis of some certain statistics like balls per boundary, batting average plus strike rate and wickets per innings.
As far as opening pair is concerned, the veteran picked Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh. Finch scored 2252 runs to his name in 63 games while the left-handed batsman Marsh essayed 1884 runs in 59 games at a batting average of 45.95. Surprisingly, the BBL’s highest run-scorer Chris Lynn did not find a place in Ponting’s BBL XI.
The former skipper firmly believes that Finch and Marsh are more reliable to give a rollicking start on a consistent basis.
Then, Ponting went on to pick Brad Hodge who scored 1412 runs to his name in 50 games with balls per boundary of 6.18 and batting average plus strike rate of 177.14. According to the legendary captain, Hodge is a terrific player in all three formats and has lived up to his expectations in BBL for several years at different clubs.
Ponting picks Matthew Wade ahead of Alex Carey in his BBL XI
Talking about the No.4 slot, Ponting preferred Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell is a terrific hitter of the cricket ball and apart from that he is also a decent bowler and a great fielder. George Bailey who has enough experience to his resume earned his place in Ponting’s BBL XI.
According to the former Australia skipper, Marcus Stoinis is the best all-rounder in the Big Bash since the last couple of seasons. Stoinis has often opened the batting in BBL which reaped rewards more often than not. Matthew Wade got the nod ahead of Alex Carey in Ponting’s XI.
Sean Abbott, Rashid Khan, Lasith Malinga, and Ben Laughlin made it in Ponting’s XI. The aforementioned players performed when it mattered the most.
Here’s Ponting’s BBL XI:
Aaron Finch (c), Shaun Marsh, Brad Hodge, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Sean Abbott, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Lasith Malinga