Foxsports.com.au takes a look at the emerging stars of BBL 08.
Foxsports.com.au takes a look at the emerging stars of BBL 08.

BBL’s best emerging stars

The big names came to play in the Big Bash League this season, with the likes of D'Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn and Kane Richardson all performing well.

But it also provided a platform for some lesser-known names to catapult themselves into the public spotlight, where they look set to stay.

Here, foxsports.com.au takes a look at who those players are.

 

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JOSH PHILIPPE

 

Josh Philippe proved to be a major coup for the Sydney Sixers.
Josh Philippe proved to be a major coup for the Sydney Sixers.

The 21-year-old proved to be a major coup for the Sydney Sixers, who brought him east from the Perth Scorchers at the start of the season. He was handed a place at the top of the order and played a pivotal role in taking the franchise to the semi finals.

Philippe made 304 runs at 30.40 for the season, which included a high score of 86 not out. The Western Australian right-hander was positive throughout, ending the tournament with a strike rate of 158.33 - higher than any of the top 50 scorers in the competition. He also equal topscored for his side in the semi final against the Melbourne Renegades, scoring 52 off 31 balls.

Another string to Philippe's bow is his ability with the gloves. He kept wicket for the Sixers and took the most dismissals in the tournament with nine catches and three stumpings.

Philippe's sizzling form has even prompted calls from analysts for him to be considered for Australia's World Cup squad.

 

MAX BRYANT

 

Brisbane Heat can rest easy despite Brendon McCullum’s departure, because Max Bryant promises to step up the plate.
Brisbane Heat can rest easy despite Brendon McCullum’s departure, because Max Bryant promises to step up the plate.

Brisbane Heat can rest easy despite Brendon McCullum's departure, because his 'baby Bash Brother' Bryant promises to step up the plate. In fact, the 19-year-old already has after smashing 335 runs at 27.91 from the top of the order.

Like Philippe, the right-hander set the tournament alight with some swashbuckling displays, ending the tournament with a strike rate of 150.22 - the second-highest from the top 50 scorers. He was also largely responsible for one of the most remarkable chases in BBL history. He scored 71 runs off 30 balls alongside Ben Cutting to chase down Melbourne Stars' 156 in just ten overs.

 

 

RILEY MEREDITH

 

Riley Meredith earned praise from high places during the tournament for his blistering pace.
Riley Meredith earned praise from high places during the tournament for his blistering pace.

 

The 22-year-old from Tasmania earned praise from high places during the tournament for his blistering pace. Meredith was one of the fastest bowlers to feature in the BBL, regularly bowling around 145km/h and occasionally tipping 150 km/h.

That pace raised the eyebrows of cricket legend Shane Warne, who wants to see the right-armer in Australia's 15-man World Cup squad. Former Australia speed demons Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson also took notice, both praising his pace on social media during the tournament.

The Hobart Hurricanes quick ended the season with 16 wickets at 26.37. His campaign was highlighted by his 4-21 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against finalists the Melbourne Stars.

 

SAM HARPER

 

Sam Harper lost his Melbourne Stars contract at the end of last season. At the end of this season, he has a winners medal around his neck.
Sam Harper lost his Melbourne Stars contract at the end of last season. At the end of this season, he has a winners medal around his neck.

 

Harper lost his Melbourne Stars contract at the end of last season. At the end of this season, he has a winners medal around his neck.

The 22-year-old found a second chance on the other side of the Melbourne CBD at the Renegades, who for the first time became BBL champions on Sunday. Harper finished the season as the Renegades' leading run scorer, with 341 runs at 22.73. He had a strike rate of 139.75, and was one of four players who played every game in red this summer.

Harper is now out of contract for next season but that's not likely to last given the wicketkeeper's crucial role in the championship-winning side.

 

JASON SANGHA

 

Thunder's Jason Sangha lofts over cover during BBL match between the Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades at Spotless Stadium. Picture. Phil Hillyard
Thunder's Jason Sangha lofts over cover during BBL match between the Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades at Spotless Stadium. Picture. Phil Hillyard

Sangha became a staple for the Sydney Thunder this season, top-scoring behind veterans Shane Watson and Callum Ferguson, and star international recruit Jos Buttler.

A stint as opener towards the end of the season didn't go well and he sat out the final match for the returning Usman Khawaja.

But the 19-year-old's earlier performances in the middle-order were impressive and saw him register two half-centuries for the green half of Sydney.

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