Another good season for the Stars came a cropper in Perth in the Big SEMI in the strangest of circumstances. With the Scorchers needing 3 off the last ball to win, the 3, yes 3, Stars’ captains (Warne, White and Faulkner) converged to set the field and managed to stuff up the number of fielders inside the 30m circle. The bowler, Faulkner, then duly overstepped and so what should have been the last ball was a no ball twice over. Mike Hussey then smashed the next ball for 4 and it was season over for the Stars.
Some withering spells including the spell of the tournament, 6/7 in Perth, meant Malinga finished with 13 scalps at the amazing average of 10.67 and at just a tick under 5 runs per over – no other Stars bowler could keep the runs under 7. He was sorely missed when national team duty beckoned at the business end of the season.
Hodgey just keeps churning out the runs with 342 at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 144. His colleagues n the top 6 couldn’t even get close and were mired in mediocrity with none average above 30 or scoring more than 200 runs. BH was a shining beacon of excellence in a star studded batting order that celebrated ordinariness across the BBL season. Hodgey was 3rd highest run scorer in the BBL and he also hit 31 fours and 13 sixes which ranked him 3rd in each category.
For his bowling not his batting. 11 wickets at an average of 21.36 was a fine return with the ball. With the bat he played some curious innings – including a run a ball 11 when Hodge was bltzing the Strikers. Faulkner seemed incpable of playng a big shot – the first one he attempted he was duly caught.
Where to start? SK Warne bowled pies, got carted and dropped catches – and all that was just the first game! He refused to bat twice and then missed games for a white Christmas and through suspension. Warne created a massive bullshit all swearing all finger pointing bru-ha-ha with Marlon Samuels 90 minutes after he’d tugged D Hussey’s shirt then claimed that what is said on the field should stay on the field – your miked up Warney! And finally he masterminded not being captain in his last game, costing hmself a Cricket Australia fine, and didn’t bowl!
Scratched around like an old chook at the crease to record only 122 runs in 8 innings at an average of 17. Didn’t bowl which was surprising given how much bowling he did in the Tests he played but he did keep when the pressure of having so many great Australian representatives to squeeze into an XI meant Peter Handscomb got the chop.
The Tony Ronaldson look alike was batting at 5 for most of the tournament but opened in the TRUCK final to record half his runs for the BBL season with 88. White, who skippered the side in Warne’s absence, did nothing else of note with bat or ball but did take four catches – a strange path he now treads, the former captain of the Australian T20 team.
Didn’t get much of a run with the bat usually coming in a t No8 but was very expensive with the ball going for 8.69 runs per over and only taking 3 wickets at an average of nearly 52. Ouch!
“Warnie didn’t bowl tonight, refused to bat twice and dropped four catches. Thank God for his tweets otherwise his BBL would have been a waste”
Doctor Turf on twitter about SK Warne’s Big Bash.
What they should do
Pension off Warney and look to get a decent spinner.
Forget about names and Australian representatives how about playing some batsmen who can make runs and some bowlers who can take wickets and keep the runs down.
The Stars should look to address the slow starts they have had in their past two seasons. It has cost them the opportunity to host a Big SEMI at the MCG. Also it would mean they won’t have to go to Perth where they have now gallantly lost two Big SEMIS.
Also as per Cricket Australia rules, the Stars should stop trying to be clever with the captaincy and teach James Faulkner how to get his foot behind the line when bowling.