With the schedule of week two of the Big Bash League 10 reduced due to some Test series involving India, we decided to hold off until the end of week three to provide an update on how the English players are getting on.
The competition has certainly served up plenty of entertainment and drama over the past fortnight, with the Sydney Stars, the Sydney Thunder, and the Hobart Hurricanes the pick of the teams so far.
But which of our lads have stood out?
We’ve picked out five of the best performers from the past two weeks…
Alex Hales – 152 runs @ 30.40
The opening batsman has got better and better as the tournament has progressed, which will no doubt have pleased Sydney Thunder fans but left other sides concerned.
After making 35 from 21 in a mammoth 129-run win against the Melbourne Renegades, Hales hit a quite stunning 71 from 29 balls as he helped the Thunder hammer the Melbourne Stars.
Three weeks into the competition, no English player has scored more runs than the 31-year-old, who also gave us this moment…
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) December 29, 2020
Phil Salt – 122 runs @ 20.33
Salt started the tournament with two single-digit scores but seems to have found his form in the last fortnight, with his half-century against the Perth Scorchers a particular highlight.
Batting at the top of the order for the Adelaide Strikers, the 24-year-old has helped his side get off to some fast starts and climb to a healthy fourth in the table.
The left-arm spinner proved his worth with the bat in the opening week of the competition but has shown his qualities with the ball recently.
No Englishman has more wickets than Briggs in the competition so far, with his 2/8 against the Perth Scorchers and 3/20 against the Brisbane Heat helping the Adelaide Strikers claim important victories.
The 29-year-old has been keeping things relatively tight over the past two weeks, which has made him a really useful option for Strikers skipper Alex Carey.
Jason Roy – 70 runs @ 35
The Perth Scorchers may have had to wait a while for him to arrive but Roy has quickly shown why he’s one of the most feared white-ball openers in the world.
He eased himself in with 21 from 11 balls against the Adelaide Strikers before ripping 49 of just 32 balls to help his side claim their only win of the competition so far.
If the Scorchers are to bounce back from a poor start, you feel Roy will be a key man.
Another late arrival, Gregory made his presence felt straight away for the Brisbane Heat as he took 3/22 to help them claim a narrow win against the Hobart Hurricanes.
The England seamer looks likely to be an important weapon for them moving forward and has showcased his batting ability as well.
What about everyone else?
James Vince (116 runs @ 23.2) has made a few starts for the Sydney Sixers but has yet to really return to the level that saw him make an eye-catching 67 in the tournament opener.
The Hobart Hurricanes may have had to wait for Dawid Malan (54 runs @ 27) to arrive but he’s shown glimpses of why he’s the number one rated batsman in the world in this format.
After a promising start for Joe Clarke (44 runs @ 14.66), he has struggled for opportunities with the Perth Scorchers over the past two weeks – getting a duck in his only appearance in that period.
Will Jacks (44 runs @ 11 and 26/0) is another player that’s faded slightly after a bright start for the Hobart Hurricanes, while the Melbourne Renegades’ Benny Howell (0 runs and 36/0) has not featured in the past fortnight.
Dan Lawrence (41 runs @ 10.25 and 26/0) has featured four times for the struggling Brisbane Heat but his tournament is yet to really take off, the same can be said for Liam Livingstone (30 runs @ 15) of the Perth Scorchers.
Jake Ball is a recent arrival for the Sydney Sixers and is yet to feature but you can expect him to make an impact very soon, while Sam Billings (6 runs @ 6 and 1 stumping) made his first appearance in the Sydney Thunder’s hammer of the Melbourne Stars today.
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