Another BBL season is wrapped up with the Sydney Sixers crowned champions for a second time and the Melbourne Stars left wondering how another season went pear-shaped at the end. After 61 matches, ESPNcricinfo picks its team of the tournament
The leading run-scorer in the competition, Stoinis produced one of the performances of the season with his unbeaten 147 against the Sydney Sixers at the MCG. His consistency was outstanding and his 83 off 54 balls in the Challenger helped secure a berth in the final. However, having been told to bash the door down with runs for an international recall it wasn't enough to get back in the Australia fold as he competed with a host of top-order names. His bowling was limited by a foot injury.
This was a tight call alongside Perth Scorchers' Josh Inglis, who played some hugely impactful innings, but Philippe's knock in the final - and the way he timed his run in the backend of the tournament - swung it his way. There was an evolution to his batting during this year's competition, highlighted by the way he turned around a run of low scores mid-season to end so strongly including his perfectly-paced fifty against the Melbourne Stars.
After a somewhat up-and-down first half of the season, Hales hit his stride in magnificent style to help the Thunder reach as far as the Challenger when their run finally ended at the hands of the Stars. He struck some of the biggest blows in the tournament and looked like the international-class batsman he was before losing his chance of playing the World Cup. An England recall is probably about more than just runs for Hales, but he couldn't have done much more to press the selectors.
It was a breakout season for Webster as he provided one of the few high points for the defending champions who had a miserable campaign to finish bottom. He started the tournament with a T20 average of 21.75 and finished it averaging 33.27 while his strike-rate climbed 10 runs higher. Having struck three sixes in his previous 15 matches, he collected 17 in 14 outings as his game evolved. How the Renegades use him as they look to rebuild will be interesting.
Takes the captaincy of this side having led the Stars as they qualified top of the regular season with ease, then managed to pull the team back together for the Challenger when they had lost four games in a row, although another final defeat stung badly. Produced some compelling finishing - especially his 83 off 45 balls - although occasionally it could be questioned whether he should have come in higher up and his season did fade with a high score of 25 in his last eight innings. Bowled very effectively as well, often taking key powerplay overs.
Was outstanding in the middle order, drawing comparisons with Michael Bevan in the way he could finish an innings and his ability to rotate the strike. Couldn't quite get the Strikers over the line in the Knockout, although that was as much down to poor batting elsewhere than a failure on his part, but it has now been two impressive seasons back-to-back. He was overlooked for the Australia T20I squad to South Africa but he may yet have a set of skills worth looking at.
He rarely fails to deliver for the Strikers and it was another very consistent season for Rashid who remained a banker. His hat-trick against the Sixers came in a losing cause but was a highlight moment of the season. Was occasionally taken to but his economy rate remained just a fraction over seven. Didn't always feel as though the most was made of his striking power with the bat.
The leading wicket-taker in the tournament as he became the Thunder's go-to bowler. Only three times did he go wicketless - one of those was the match where the Thunder were eventually eliminated by the Stars in the Challenger final - and he was the only bowler to deliver two maiden overs in the season (there were six in total). It was slim pickings with the bat when more was expected, but he more than made up for it.
Once again, Siddle highlighted his evolution into a standout T20 performer with some nerveless displays at the death as a vital cog in an impressive Strikers' attack. Unlike last season he was available throughout having slipped out of the Test squad before announcing his international retirement in January. Whether he remains with the Strikers is up in the air at the moment, but that shows how sought after he has become in the format.
He was outstanding either side of the ODI tour of India. He bolstered his wicket tally with eight in the last three matches and has been bowling with as much confidence as ever. He was allowed to operate in an attacking manner by Maxwell - but only went at a touch over seven an over - and along with Haris Rauf was the key weapon in the attack.
One of the stories of the season as he was picked up from Tasmanian grade cricket to fill the shoes of firstly Dale Steyn and then Pat Brown when the latter was ruled out of the tournament. He bowled with great pace - the high 140kph-mark on a consistent basis - but also showed a wicked slower ball with the contrasts proving too much for a host of batsmen. He took a hat-trick on the same day as Rashid Khan and has been locked in to return next season.