The Sydney Sixers have received a boost ahead of BBL|05, with three players headlining the ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year.
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Steve Smith has capped off a stellar twelve months with selection in both line-ups, whilst Josh Hazlewood joins him in the Test Team of the Year.
Sixers spearhead Mitchell Starc was chosen to partner Smith in the ODI Team of the Year after securing Player of the Tournament honours at the 2015 ICC World Cup.
It was Smith’s first ever selection in the ODI Team of the Year, to go with his second consecutive Test selection.
It caps off a whirlwind period for the magenta fan favourite, who has assumed the captaincy reigns of Australia’s Test and ODI teams after first displaying his leadership potential while captaining the Sixers to the first BBL title aged just 21.
The Sixers Player of the Tournament for the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 campaign, Hazlewood has now captured 53 wickets in his first twelve Test matches for Australia since debuting last summer.
Mitchell Starc picked up 22 wickets in Australia’s World Cup triumph on home soil, staking his claim to be recognised as the world’s best fast bowler as he tore through opposition batting line-ups.
The qualification period ran from September 18th 2014 to September 13th 2015, with players selected by a panel including past greats of the world game including former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop, ex England batsman Mark Butcher, former Australia women’s Captain Belinda Clark and Mr. G. Viswanath, Deputy Editor of The Hindu & Sportstar.
Steve Smith will be available to don the magenta twice prior to the Boxing Day Test, pulling on the magenta alongside Test teammate Nathan Lyon. Cricket Australia has announced that fast bowlers that participate in the Hobart Test will be unavailable for Big Bash duties.
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