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The Greatest All-Time BBL Cricket XI - Episode 96

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With a new and improved setup, I take on the arduous task of naming the Greatest Big Bash League Team Ever in an episode that is short but sweet in nature. 

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Crowd cheers. Hey settle, welcomeback two episode ninety six of the on the ball podcast. Bit of anew setup today. Lucky enough that Santa brought me some gifts to bring bettercontent to you guys. New Mike and also we're using a different camera setup. So Mike take a little a few episodes to perfect it, butwe'll see how it goes today. Today I'm on my own. As youcan tell, it's probably going to be a shorter one. But the otherweek I was thinking of in in summer and Australia cricket is really take takesover the test cricket and the Big Bash in particular. So I was thinkingof Big Bash content ideas and I came up with a big bash best teamever. So greatest excite in the big bash history. I think there's beenabout ten seasons. This might be the eleventh and guessing there. But andthen, lucky enough, just a week after I came up with the ideaof Ricky ponting decided to release his so I was kind of shouted about that, but at the same time I'm it's not like I'm competing with him,so I thought I'd still hop on the idea anyway, and I'll compare myside to the Great Ricky Ponting, which is always fun, so may aswell get right into it. Opening the batting I've actually gone the exact sameas Ricky ponting. Hard to ignore these two. The current Melbourne renegades openingpair. Aaron finch is my number one. He's also the captain of the side. He's played for the Melbourne renegades in his whole time the BBL andnever played for another team. He scored two thousand, three hundred and fiftyeight runs and sixty seven innings. He has eighteen fifty s and two hundreds, which is the most fifty plus scores...

...and BBL history. He has thefourth highest average and the second most runs in total, and he's done thatall with a strike rate of a hundred and thirty six. So he definitelydoesn't waste his time and the crease, but he definitely doesn't throw aways wickedeither. He also captain the renegades to the bblo title, the final wherethey had a miraculous come back to beat their rivals of stars. And,as I mentioned, he's the captain and he has captain the most games outof any player in the big bash history. He doesn't have the greatest win percentage. I think it's like forty three. There were other contenders in the teamwith better percentages, but I just thought the experience of him as acaptain. You also captain's Australia in t twenty, so I don't know ifyou captains them in one day. Is actually I think he does. SoI think it's hard to pass up on that experience. So He is myopener, opening with him. I hinted at it before. Shawn Marsh hiscurrent renegades opening pair, opening partner. It more famously at the purse scorches, was one of the competitions best batsmen there. He made a formidable openingpartnership with Michael Kling. I swear one of them would score seventy plus everymatch and that was a big reason why the scorches were so successful early on. He has played the whole time the big bash two over two thousand runsin just fifty four innings, which is a lot less innings than most ofthe top ten he has s. So just one less than finch there andhe has the third most runs ever in big bash history and he's still that'sstill counting. He has done it a slowest strike rate than Finchy, oneof the slowest strike rates in this team, but you kind of need that anchorand if your anchor to score at a hundred and twenty seven of strikerate has pretty handy. He has the highest average and BBL history as well, with an average of forty four. So pretty hard to leave Sean Marshout of this team. He won bblo thousand three, hundred and four andoh six, with the purse scorches as well. Number three. I can'tlie. There's a lot of opening batsmen...

...this team because obviously that's where thebest batsman baton. They score the most runs. So I've turned dusty shortinto a number three here. I actually really wanted him to open. Ithink is really explosive at the top of the order and essential in that openingpower play to the Hobart hurricanes, but I just thought with Shaw, MartianAaron finches starts, it was hard not to pick them. So Short's one. Number three. As I mentioned hobot hurricanes. He's only played about halfof the seasons. He started in two thousand and sixteen, but he's certainlymade an impact since coming into the competition. One thousand eight hundred and sixty sixruns in forty eight innings, so that's seven most runs ever and similarto Shawn Martian, not many innings at all, and he's done it ata strike rate of a hundred and forty two, so pretty incredible strike strikerate from shore and he scores a lot of runs. Second highest average ontop of that, so marsh and short. Less innings than some of the otherplayers in this team, but certainly quality over quantity from them. Fourthmost fifty scores as well, which is impressive considering and they started in twothousand and sixteen. And another string to shorts borrow is the fact that hecan give us a part time option. I was like to have a parttimespinner and a part time pace bowler to go with your four quicks. You'refor certified Bowlers, because that way, depending on the pitch in the situationyou don't, you aren't stuck with one all rounder. So he bowls leftarm leggies and I think we could definitely use him, especially at the start. He often sneaks a couple overs in number for the top runs were inBBL history might get overtaken by Aaron finch. I don't know how long he's outfor with his current injury, but I think finches seventy runs behind it. But it is Chrisly in two thousand, four hundred and twenty one runs inseventy seven innings, out of strike rate of almost a hundred and fifty. I can't lie. I do think cris land has become a little bitoverrated, but when you look at these stats it's pretty incredible. Playing forthe Brisbane heat, played every season,...

...fifth highest average as well most fiftyplus scored, tied with Finchy with twenty. So yeah, he's a must have. I think punter left him out and he also left short out,so that we've already started to differ. Ricky ponting. Have Brad Hodge atthree, Glen Max Ort, for which we might touch on next, andGeorge Bailey at five. So I do think he was picking some of hismates there. I from completely honest with you. Number Five I've got MCGlen Maxwell, the big show. Probably when you think of the BBL,I think most people all immediately think of Glen Max. Well, he doesit all bat bull and in the field. I didn't know this. He playedfor the Melbourne renegades at the start of the competition but he's made hisname with the Melbourne stars is now their captain as well. He scored overtwozero runs in seventy three innings, fifth most fifty plus scores in the historyof the competition, which is seriously impressive from him because he rarely bats inthe top three. He's usually slit slides between four and six. So veryimpressive. Their fourth most runs in total similar to crystalline strike rate of arounda hundred and fifty. So pretty ridiculous middle order we're dealing with here.That's if they even get him with that top order. And in my opinionthat there's no stats to back this up, but I think he is the bestfielder in BBL history. Finch made a comment last night saying macahavey iscurrently the best hitter in the world. Humble Bragg, but actually play withmaccahavey. Came back that up. Very great, very impressive fielder. Butyeah, Glen Max will, he's I wonder how any run outs he's gotover the over time on the MCG people coming back for second with that bigband ary in his cannon of an arm cuts that off. Is such animpressive outfielder. He also gives us a part time spin option. I'd ratherbold Darcy short to Glen Maxwell, but if we need him part time offspinners. Another six. I've gone with a genuine all round. Are usuallyopens the batting, but there's not too many high quality players who bout betweenfive and seven in the big bash, because obviously they would about high ifthey were high quality. He started with...

...the purse scorches and then moved toVictoria and now plays for the Melbourne stars. It's Marcus stoyness. The stoin issquared over Onezero. Eight hundred runs in sixty two innings. Eight mostruns in BBL history out of strike rate of a hundred and thirty seven higher. Seventh highest average, sixth most fifty plus scores. So once again,seriously oppressive across the board's also very handy bowler, like great bowling average,great economy rate, good strike rate as a bowler and he's also reliable atthe death, which is pretty handy for a part timer, or an allrounder, should I say. At number seven, I've Gone With Matthew Wade. It was. I was kind of just hoping one of the bats whenI picked was going to be a keeper, but didn't turn out that way.Ricky ponting also went with Matthew Wade in the spot and stoyness at six. So we've gone the same here. Probably one of the weakest spots inthe side, not due to the fact that Matthew Wade not good, justdo the fact that there's no like I mentioned with Glenn Maxwell and Stoyness,there's no real specialists. Five to seven batsmen in the big bash. Soit was between who were looking at. We're looking at Ben McDermott, who'sactually put together a seriously impressive BBL resume. Alex carry also he's building, butMatthew Wade, it was hard to surpass them. He has missed thelast couple seasons due to being involved in the Australian test setup, but thereare a couple years they're opening the batting for the Hobart hurricanes where he absolutelykilled it. Also was pretty solid in his years before that with the renegadesand the stars. He has the eleventh most runs in big bash history,seventh most fifty plus scores. So I think it's pretty fair to put himin there. One of the better keepers in Australia as well throughout the throughoutthe error see, I think way it's definitely the best keeping option. Butyeah, shout out to Ben McDermott because he was very close to getting pickedand Alex carry so well unto those guys...

...as well. But Matthew Wade ismy selection here. Now to the fourth bowlers. This episode is actually goingto be very short. Going to be lucky it past fifteen minutes, butI knew that was the case. I'm playing golf tonight as well, sokind of needed to be a quick one, but my bowlers will I actually don'tknow what the set up is. I love spinners and twenty cricket,but I didn't want to pick two certified spinners then have maxwell and short.I think having one spinner and then two part time options along with three paceballs is the better set up then just having two quicks. But I doI do love spin and I think they actually should be used more, eventhough they do get used so much. I actually think they're an underrated deathoption as well in my local club. I know it's very different to professionalcricket. Book we used to bowl death overs with the spinner and there area couple times they got a hold of him, but most are usually itworks pretty well because everyone just tries to hit it too hard. You've gotto make up the power, but anyway else shot rambling on my number eight. Same as punter. Yep, same as punt up. I've actually gota very similar bowling attack to punter, but he's got some controversial selections downthe bottom of the order. I've gone with Shawn Abbots at number eight.Played for both the sixers and the thunder more recently the sixers. Good bowlingall around, a great fielder as well. Second most wickets in the history ofthe big bash. He's taken ninety wickt ninety nine wickets and seventy sixinnings. Eight best bowling strike rate the tournament has seen, and he's abeen a bit of a store wall. There's the six of the had acorps of players and that's why they've been so dominant over the years, probablythe best franchise over the decade, if not second to the scorches. They'vehad Abbot O'Keefe, Henri Silk, just to name a few who have beenever present in that in that sixers lineup, and they can definitely take credit forwhere the franchise is today, and I think Shawn Abbott is a musthave in your bbl best team of all...

...time. Number Nine, I've gonewith the best international player the big bash has ever seen. It's Rashid can't. He's only played, I think, five seasons. I think this ishis fifth. He is played since two thousand and seventeen. Only ever playedfor the Adelaide strikers, but he is stats are ridiculous for a spinner,as a leg spinner, as I'm sure you all know, watching young Afghanabsolute talent. He's well, I don't know why I'm acting like I'm.I know, think some diamond here. Every one knows who ever shed can'tis sixth best economy rate in BBL history, fourth best bowling average, eleventh mostwickets and he's only played less than half the BBL seasons. So Ithink he's definitely a must have. He's the only international player in my team. Ricky ponting had malinger in at number eleven, so he had two internationals, but linger played thirteen matches. So I can't lie hunter. That's absoluteshite from you, brother. You can't be having someone who played thirteen matchesin your best team ever. So yeah, Rishi can't. He's a must forme. Nathan line was close, but that was only going to beif I picked two spinners. He's actually had very impressive seasons in the bigbash. But Rishi can't. Got To have him in there. My numberten. I can't lie. This is definitely the weakest spot in the side. I think it was. There's a few guys floating around, Dan ChristianBen Lachlin, but I've gone with James Fortner. Not the biggest fan ofhim, don't know him personally, but I just don't think. I can'tsay I don't think it's a great blow. That's harsh, but I'm play forthe home about hurricanes and the Melbourne stars. Eighty wickets and seven unings, so similar to Shawn Abbot, their fourth most wickets of all time.So he's got the volume economy rate of in mid sevens, which is prettyimpressive for someone who's made a living out of bowling in the power play andat the death. Average in the low twenties, which is tough to findfor someone who played that many games and yet also can do all. Usedto be able to do a job at the bat, but got him downat ten years so probably won't be required. But I'm sure you could still hitan occasional twenty if we need him...

...down at number ten. and toround out my side, I've got a J tie. He wasn't in Rickyponting his team either. Was James Fourth. No Ricky ponting. Pick Benloch on, which is very fair, but I've gone with who I believe isthe best death bowler and BBL history. He I think our caning kind ofrevolutionize the BBL a little bit. I think early on the Big Bush itwas just Australian quicks, you blokes like. I don't want to name names,but it was just blow to just Bob back of a length and theykind of just got away with doing that. But Aj tie was the first personwho really had a crack at the twenty way of playing. He hadall those slow balls. Famously brought in the knuckleball's played for both the scorchesand Thunder Funny Story. We went to a thunders renegade's game at Eddie,had me and my family and Aj tie was actually twelve man. Actually,yeah, that was the thunders. Thinking of another game where I saw theSixers, but he was twelve man. This is before anyone knew who hewas and he was probably one of the nicest guys I've ever met in termsof cricketers. He came up to us because the thunder they got smashed,so they went straight into the rooms and he's came up to us. Hesaid like hopefully the boys come out, but I'm not sure they will.I'll let you know. And Yeah, it was just nice to him toaddress us. He didn't have to really, so shout out to him. Butback to the he stats. He's taken seventy four wickets in fifty fiveinnings, most for plus wicket halls and BB l history, which is prettyimpressive considering he's only only played fifty five matches to he's in the top fifteenand strike rate and average as well. So he doesn't quite have the vault. Actually, seventy four wickets is a lot of I don't know why I'msaying doesn't have the volume. So yeah, he's down at eleven. Best Changeup bowl the BBL's seen best death bowler as well. So I thinkhe's a must have in your team, even though Ricky ponting gave him themiss, which I think was very stiff. So yeah, that's my eleven.Few players who missed out that we're...

...quite unlucky. Michael Clinger, hewas always a stoward at the top of the order, but there was suchcompetition up there was hard to pick him. Or John Oh wells. He's probablythe best Middle Order Batsman in terms of like four hundred and twenty seventhat the BBLs seen, but there just wasn't a spot for him in theteam, unfortunately. Nathan Lyon went close, by mcdermot went close, Ben lochementclose. They're quite a few unlucky blokes, but it's very tough teamto pick. Interested to see how this team involves over time, because thisis obviously only the first ten years or so of the competition. So Iwonder if these guys will stick around in teams like this for a while orwhether a new generation of players changed the shape of the game pretty quickly.But yeah, a few differences to ponting. He had Brad Hodge, which BradHodge had quite a good average, but for me I much prefer adarcy short type to Brad Hodge. I guess you theoretically want someone who's abit more solid in terms of the fact if you lose like two early wickets, but I think these guys are also talented. I think there would beversatile enough to do that. George Bailey, he's pretty good. He was prettydominant in a few seasons. They're good in the closing overs. ButYeah, look, I can't lie. I think ponting is just picked.His TASSI made there. Ben Lachlin similar from Tasmania. He's the top.We could take her in BBL history, but that's more just due to volume. And then Malinger. Not sure how he's made that team after thirteen matches. But that's all I've got. Few today. Very short episode, butdon't worry, there's going to be plenty more to come in the in twothousand and twenty one really forget the two and only two days. So Ihope you'll had a great holiday season while it's still going and I wish youall happy years. Lots of more content to come. We're continuing our NFLlove on this show with the playoffs coming up, and we will be discussingmore cricket as well, and I think there'll be a few more general episodescoming up. Now they were in holidays,...

...can get a few more guests onas well. Eying offer best moment, best sporting moments, of two thousandand twenty episode in the future, so looking forward to that one andyet stay tuned. Hope you're all enjoying the big bash and the test crickets. But yeah, Byfin now, thanks for tuning in and, yeah,Peace.

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