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Big Bash League 2021/22

How did the 18 English players fare in the 2021/22 Big Bash League?

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Here’s a look at how the English players – both capped and uncapped – performed in the latest edition of the Big Bash League.

Ian Cockbain – Adelaide Strikers

6 matches, 239 runs @ 59.65, SR: 141.42

Playing club cricket in Adelaide, the Gloucestershire batter was parachuted into the Strikers set-up late on in the tournament and excelled in his first overseas T20 tournament. He delivered two match-winning half-centuries and ended up topping his side’s batting averages.


George Garton – Adelaide Strikers

6 matches, 6 wickets @ 34.66, ER: 10.4 | 63 runs @ 12.6, SR: 143.18

Garton preceded his England debut in the Caribbean with a first stint in the BBL, although it was one to forget as he proved to be expensive with the ball.

Ben Duckett – Brisbane Heat

12 matches, 302 runs @ 25.16, SR: 128.51

Back-to-back half-centuries against Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars proved to be the high point of Duckett’s stint, and he finished as the Heat’s leading run-scorer in a difficult season for the club, who finished second bottom in the league table.

Tom Abell – Brisbane Heat

2 matches, 9 runs @ 9, SR: 69.23

A knee injury in the field brought Abell’s stint to a quick end and meant he was only able to bat once in the tournament.

Jordan Thompson – Hobart Hurricanes

11 matches, 8 wickets @ 21.37, ER: 9 | 52 runs @ 7.42, SR: 152.94

The hard-hitting Yorkshire all-rounder had little to shout about with the bat but still had something to say with the ball; the highlight was a haul of 3-24 in a win over Sydney Thunder which included the key top-order wickets of Alex Hales and Jason Sangha.

Harry Brook – Hobart Hurricanes

7 matches, 44 runs @ 7.42, SR: 75.86

Following a breakout summer at home, Brook was unable to light up in Australia, putting up five single-figure scores in seven innings before jetting off to the Caribbean for his international debut.

Jordan Cox – Hobart Hurricanes

1 match, 10 runs @ 10, SR: 83.33

The Kent batter briefly filled in for Brook while the Yorkshireman was on Lions duty.

Tom Lammonby – Hobart Hurricanes

3 matches, 0 runs @ 0 

Lammonby was called into action from grade cricket after Thompson came into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. The Somerset batter played in three matches but was required with the bat just once when he collected a two-ball duck.

Reece Topley – Melbourne Renegades

8 matches, 9 wickets @ 25, ER: 8.38

The Renegades finished at the bottom of the league table but Topley was at least able to end his stint on a high note – he finished with figures of 3-27 in a five-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars.

Laurie Evans – Perth Scorchers

15 matches, 361 runs @ 40.11, SR: 144.40

The Surrey batter enjoyed a fantastic maiden BBL campaign, helping the Scorchers to their fourth BBL title. He was the man of the hour in the final, hitting a 41-ball 76* from No.6 to resuscitate their innings after the top order collapsed, and one of only two overseas players to make Wisden’s Big Bash team of the tournament.

Tymal Mills – Perth Scorchers

7 matches, 12 wickets @ 15.83, ER: 7.35

Before he jetted off to play for England, Mills proved to be another key component of the Scorchers machine, taking three three-wicket hauls during his spell.

James Vince – Sydney Sixers

9 matches, 149 runs @ 18.62, SR: 110.37

Vince, who helped the Sixers to back-to-back titles in 2020 and 2021, didn’t reach the same heights in his most recent stint with the club, with his highest score of 44 coming in his first game of the tournament.

Chris Jordan – Sydney Sixers

5 matches, 3 wickets @ 46.66, ER: 7.77

There was little to write home about for the England T20I veteran who came into the tournament after an injury to Carlos Brathwaite.

Tom Curran – Sydney Sixers

4 matches, 5 wickets @ 18.6, ER: 10.14

A haul of 3-27 to go with a score of 27 in a win over the Hurricanes looked as if it would set up a strong tournament for Curran but a back injury meant his campaign ended prematurely.

Sam Billings – Sydney Thunder

9 matches, 284 runs @ 40.57, SR: 153.51

Billings enjoyed a productive stint with the Thunder, hitting two match-winning half-centuries before England handed him an unexpected Test call-up.

Alex Hales – Sydney Thunder

13 matches, 383 runs @ 31.91, SR: 148.44

Hales remains both a consistent and explosive top-order presence in the BBL – he was the tournament’s leading run-scorer in the 2020/21 season and put up some handy numbers this time round too.

Saqib Mahmood – Sydney Thunder

6 matches, 13 wickets @ 16.15, ER: 9.13

Mahmood enjoyed a spectacular introduction to the BBL, taking four wickets in his first two overs in a win over the Heat.

Joe Clarke – Melbourne Stars

13 matches, 419 runs @ 32.23, SR: 151.26

Clarke enjoyed an excellent campaign. He ended up ninth in the run charts, top of the most fifties tally, with five, and fourth in the strike-rate stakes for those to make at least 200 runs.

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