Behrendorff wins ACA Player of the BBL award

18 Mar 2015

Jason Behrendorff has been voted BBL Player of the Tournament by his peers, following a breakthrough season with the ball.

The Perth Scorchers quick managed to collect 13 wickets at an average of 15.62, with an economy rate of just 6.34 during the voting period, which didn't include finals.

He received 28.38% of the vote, ahead of the Sydney Thunder's Jacques Kallis (24.32%) and Scorchers teammate Michael Klinger (18.92%), adding the accolade to his domestic cricketer of the year award at the Allan Border Medal back in January.

His best performance came against the Adelaide Strikers back in December, where he claimed 4-22 (4 overs), gaining the attention of national selectors in the process.

The 24-year-old went on to play a major part in helping the Perth Scorchers secure a second-straight BBL title and add another piece of silverware to the WA cabinet, after the Warriors won the Matador Cup earlier this season.

When speaking to the ACA he played down his role, focusing on the recent success of Western Australian cricket.

"I'm very pleased to do well personally but to win two BBLs and also the Matador Cup this year, has been something, as WA cricket hasn't had silverware in a long time," he said.

The four-wicket haul gained him selection for the Prime Minister's XI against England, where he finished with figures of 4-79 in a high-scoring affair.

Days after the BBL Final the left armer was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the right side of his lower back, putting him our of action for the remainder of the Sheffield Shield season.

He's in the early stages of a gruelling rehabilitation process but is optimistic on how things are tracking along.

"Twelve weeks is when I'm able to start running and get those sort of things down pat again, and bowling will follow soon after that. The twelve week mark is the one at the moment so I'm about half way to that," he said.

Support has come in from all angles for the quick, as he battles a difficult time in his career.

"I've been really well supported through Cricket Australia, also through the ACA and all the guys here at the WACA. It's been great. I'm in really good hands and I'm happy with how things are progressing."

Behrendorff with watch his teammates take on Victoria in the Shield Final in Hobart, which kicks off on Saturday.

The ACA Player of the BBL vote is cast by the current male playing group.