Every season, English players are coveted prizes for Australian T20 outfits, this season the Big Bash League played host to a number of players, including some notable East Midlands talent.
Alex Hales – Sydney Thunder
Out of the frame for England selection, whether fairly or otherwise, Hales now has free reign to globetrot as a franchise tournament star. During last years edition, Hales led the run-scoring charts, scoring 543 runs. On Australian pitches, Hales’ power and height are an invaluable commodity, enabling him to get on top of the bounce early and clear large boundaries. This season, Hales has impressed again, producing 383 runs at an average of 31.
Ben Duckett – Brisbane Heat
Ben Duckett is one of a number of players unlucky to be churning out limited overs runs during a golden era of English white-ball dominance, having played just three ODIs and scoring 50’s in two of the three. This form does not get him into England’s regular squads, but is enough to make him high up shopping lists for franchise sides. His adaptability, able to bat throughout the order, whilst keeping a high strike rate have led to a solid, if unspectacular tournament this season, with 302 runs at an average of 25.
Joe Clarke – Melbourne Stars
Clarke made the switch from Worcestershire to Nottinghamshire in 2019, at a time where his Test credentials were through the roof, but since his switch he has made himself into one of the best young white-ball hitters around. This season Clarke was named in the coaches’ team of the tournament after hitting 419 runs and striking at over 150.
These Notts players could make themselves fan favourites in Australia, domestic success will do far more to endear them to Australian audiences than international ones after all.