As we examine the aftermath of a domestic Twenty20 tournament so perfectly scripted that Hollywood is in talks with James Sutherland to produce a BBL05 film (Steve Carell is rumoured to be playing the role of Michael Hussey), we should take some time to reflect on the great cricketing performances provided by the players. What better way is there to do this than picking the best eleven players of the tournament?
2015 saw the fortunes of Test bowlers across the world depend on two factors: the pitch curator and the weather. When the ball didn’t swing on flat pitches, bowlers were reduced to containing roles as batsmen adjusted their Twenty20 strokeplay to stack up the runs in the Test arena. However, given a little swing and seam or spinning conditions, bowlers exacted their revenge on loose defensive techniques to reap the rewards. Below, I’ve put together my top ten bowling performances in Tests in 2015.
80, 883. Before I note anything about the cricket, that number, the attendance figure for the 16th group match of the BBL – not even a final – between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegade is a ridiculous number. Eat your heart out, BCCI.
2015 was quite an unusual year for Test batsmen. It seemed as if each batting line-up thought that, according to their contracts, they were only required to turn up on pitches that did not pose any obvious threat to their wickets. When they did turn up, however, Test runs were to be scored at an unprecedented rate with these batsmens, having honed their aggressive strokeplay in the limited overs arenas, employing shots that James Brayshaw would sell his own mother to call. As such, I thought I would take a look at some of the top Test innings played by our international batsmen.