WBBL 2020: Knight, Devine and Sciver in Sportsadda's Team of the tournament
The 2020 edition of the Women's Big Bash League concluded on Saturday with Sydney Thunder claiming their second title in the history of the competition. They completely mauled Melbourne Stars in the final as they restricted them to a paltry total of 86/9 first and then went on to chase down the target with seven wickets and 38 deliveries to spare. There were many star performers from their team whose consistent displays helped them to lift the trophy, but there were some outstanding performers from other teams which couldn't make it to the final stages of the tournament as well. So we have tried to acknowledge as many of them as possible by picking this Team of the Tournament.
Beth Mooney (Perth Scorchers)
The Australian top-order batter was one of the main architects behind Perth Scorchers' run to the semifinals. Mooney amassed 551 runs during the course of the tournament -- the highest among all players -- at a sensational average of 55.10, and it included four scores of fifty or more as well.
Sophie Devine (Perth Scorchers)
The Kiwi all-rounder formed a lethal partnership with Mooney at the top of the order for the Scorchers. Devine ended up as the third-highest run-getter in the season with a total of 460 runs to her name, at an excellent average of 51.11 once again. She was one of the only two centurions of this season as well and picked up six wickets with her bowling too.
Alyssa Healy (Sydney Sixers)
The Australian wicketkeeper-batsman turned out to be one of the most destructive batters in this season. Healy not only amassed over 400 runs but scored them at a staggering strike-rate of 161.44 as well. She scored a century too and that sums up the kind of impact she made with the bat in hand.
Meg Lanning (Melbourne Stars)
The Melbourne Stars skipper led from the front with her steady contributions from the top of the order. Lanning amassed 493 runs during the course of the season, at an average of 41.08, and thus finished as the second-highest run-getter in the campaign.
Heather Knight (Sydney Thunder)
Heather Knight turned out to be one of the most valuable players for Sydney Thunder in this season. She was a consistent scorer from their middle-order, amassing a total of 446 runs at an average of over 40. Knight was equally good with the ball as well, as she picked up 10 wickets at an excellent average of 15.30 once again.
Natalie Sciver (Melbourne Stars)
She is another player who came up with fabulous all-round returns. Sciver not only picked up a total of 19 wickets during the season but also scored over 250 runs at an average of 36. Her all-round performance played a big role in their run to the final.
Jess Jonassen (Brisbane Heat)
The Heat skipper led from the front with her all-round performances. Jonassen picked up 17 wickets during the course of this season at an outstanding average of 16.88 and made a valuable contribution of 231 runs with her batting as well.
Alana King (Melbourne Stars)
The leg-spinner emerged as one of the stars of this season. She bamboozled each and every batter with her art of leg-spin, which helped her to pick up 16 wickets in just 12 matches and that too at an average of 16.00.
SJ Johnson (Sydney Thunder)
Johnson was excellent with her bowling in this WBBL season. She emerged as the highest wicket-taker of the competition with 22 wickets to her name at a mean average of 14.81. Not only that, she contributed with a valuable 108 runs down the order as well.
Hannah Darlington (Sydney Thunder)
Darlington formed a lethal bowling pair with Johnson for Sydney Thunder. She ended up as the joint second-highest wicket-taker of the season with 19 wickets to her name at an average of 13.68.
Sarah Coyte (Adelaide Strikers)
Adelaide Strikers couldn't make it to the final four but Coyte was excellent with her bowling for them. She picked up a total of 18 wickets in this edition, at an average of 16.05, and maintained a superb economy rate of 6.51 as well.
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