BBL underrated XI

13 Jan 2015

Ludeman

Tim Ludeman (Adelaide Strikers)

5 innings
199 runs @ 49.75 (SR 145.25)
20x4, 9x6
HS: 92no (44) v Melbourne Stars

Six wicketkeeping dismissals (5x catches, 1x stumping)

The Strikers' decision to open with Tim Ludeman for BBL04 has paid dividends, with the right-hander smashing his way to two half centuries in five visits to the crease. Ludeman has pounded nine sixes so far in the tournament - the equal highest. A key reason for the Strikers' second placing on the table at this stage.

Harris (1)

Marcus Harris (Perth Scorchers)

7 innings
164 runs @ 23.42 (SR 124.24)
20x4, 3x6
HS: 53 (39) v Melbourne Renegades

Not much was known about Marcus Harris before BBL04 but the general consensus now is that the 22-year-old can bat. He sits second on the Scorchers' run list, alongside fellow opener Michael Klinger. While Perth's bowling has been impressive, batsmen like the emerging Harris have also had an impact.

Peirson

Jimmy Peirson (Brisbane Heat)

6 innings
132 runs @ 22.00 (SR 146.66)
13x4, 6x6
HS: 57 (35) v Hobart Hurricanes

Four wicketkeepig dismissals (4x catches)

Yet to make his first-class debut, this young wicketkeeper-bastman has proved to be good company for fellow Heat opener Peter Forrest. He hit his straps against the Hurricanes in game three, smashing 57 off just 35 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. Strike rate of over 146 shows he's fast becoming a danger man for opposition attacks.

Dean

Jono Dean (Adelaide Strikers)

3 innings
75 runs @ 37.50 (SR 131.57)
1x4, 8x6
HS: 54no (35) v Hobart Hurricanes

The public servant from Canberra was a late call-up for an injured Brad Hodge against the Hobart Hurricanes. Made famous for his innings against the Windies with the Prime Minister's XI, Dean didn't let selectors down, blasting six sixes on his way to a unbeaten 54 off 35 to finish off the match in style.

Watch our interview with Jono here.

Lynn

Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)

6 innings
162 runs @ 27.00 (SR 135.00)
12x4, 7x6
HS: 48 (34) v Melbourne Stars

Chris Lynn has never been one to shy away from hitting boundaries and with 19 already to his name, he's looking to keep that run rate up at the top order as Brisbane look to salvage their tournament. He'll be looking to replicate his back-to-back 40s in the Heat's opening two matches.

Blizzard (1)

Aiden Blizzard (Sydney Thunder)

4 innings
144 runs @ 48.00 (SR 137.14)
12x4, 6x6
HS: 80no (42) v Sydney Sixers

Aiden Blizzard may have lost his State contract prior to the season but showed us all what he can do as a T20 batsman at the Champions League. He has taken that form into BBL04, smashing 144 runs in four knocks for his new side, including an exhilarating unbeaten 80 off just 42 balls against cross-town rivals the Sixers to prove he's far from a spent force.

Watch our interview with Aiden here.

Turner

Ashton Turner (Perth Scorchers)

5 innings
4 wickets @ 10.00 (SR 10.5)
Economy rate 5.71
BB: 2-3 (1) v Sydney Sixers

6 innings
80 runs @ 16.00 (SR 131.14)
1x4, 5x6
HS: 37 (25) v Hobart Hurricanes

Ashton Turner is proving himself to be quite a handy T20 all-rounder, as he provides a more than capable off-spin option in the middle overs with a superb economy rate and a couple of notable wickets. A late cameo with the bat in Hobart returned 37 from 25, helping his Scorchers to a vital 18-run victory over the Hurricanes.

Tye

Andrew Tye (Perth Scorhcers)

7 innings
9 wickets @ 18.44 (SR 17.3)
Economy rate 6.38
BB: 2-12 (2) v Sydney Sixers

After experiencing a lengthy hiatus from Western Australian cricket ranks, Andrew Tye has returned with a bang, contributing to an already dangerous Scorchers bowling lineup with nine wickets at an economy rate of just 6.38. Has been particularly impressive bowling at the death, combining inswinging yorkers with mesmerising 'knuckle' balls. A key members of a strangling Scorchers attack.

Watch our interview with Andrew here.

Mennie

Joe Mennie (Hobart Hurricanes)

4 innings
5 wickets @ 23.40 (SR 16.8)
Economy rate 8.35
BB: 3-20 (4) v Melbourne Stars

Following a move down to the Apple Isle for BBL04, Joe Mennie has proved to be a profitable pick-up for the Hurricanes. Figures of 3-20 led his side to a vital 52-run win over the Stars in Hobart's opening fixture. Somewhat of a surprise package to date who'd be hoping to maintain his form.

Boland

Scott Boland (Melbourne Stars)

4 innings
6 wickets @ 17.50 (SR 14.0)
Economy rate 7.50
BB: 2-10 (2) v Melbourne Renegades

Scott Boland has been in and out of the Victorian team over the past twelve months but has frequently matches - or bettered - the efforts of his higher profile teammates. Has collected six wickets in four matches for the Stars at an economy rate of 7.50.

Behrendorff

Jason Behrendorff (Perth Scorchers)

7 innings
13 wickets @ 12.92 (SR 12.9)
Economy rate 6.00
BB: 4-22 (4) v Adelaide Strikers

Jason Behrendorff kicked off his BBL04 in style, taking 4-22 against the Strikers and hasn't looked back since. He currently leads the wicket takers' tally with 13 wickets matched by an economy rate of just 6.00. Given his form across all formats you could argue he's moved out of the 'underrated' zone and is rightly considered a back-up option for the Australian World Cup squad.