Behrendorff awarded as top domestic player
Fast bowling rising star Jason Behrendorff recognised for outstanding achievements in all domestic competitions
27 January 2015, 08:30 PM AEST
Western Australia and Perth Scorchers left-armer Jason Behrendorff has added another gold star to his burgeoning resume, named Domestic Player of the Year at tonight's Allan Border Medal ceremony.
The award is just recognition for Behrendorff after a breakout 12 months that his seen him become one of the most talked about bowlers in the country.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the 24-year-old's rise has been his ability to perform strongly with both the red and white ball and across all formats.
Behrendorff removes Alister McDermott's middle stump // Getty Images
A part of the Perth Scorchers' successful KFC T20 Big Bash League campaign early last year, Behrendorff finished the 2013-14 summer strongly for the Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors in the Bupa Sheffield Shield, ending the competition as the second-highest wicket-taker with 40 at 22.75 as the Warriors made the final.
After stints with Australia A and the National Performance Squad in the winter, he started the domestic summer with 11 wickets in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, including a match-winning haul of 5-27 in the final against NSW Blues.
Behrendorff's five in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup Final
And he continued his good form into the start of the Shield season, including figures of 7-70 in a day-night match at the WACA Ground, before leading the way for the Scorchers as they reached the BBL final for the fourth consecutive year, with the highlight a devastating spell of 4-22 against Adelaide Strikers.
His form was good enough to have him spoken about as a bolter for the ICC Cricket World Cup, with pace legend Brett Lee picking the left-armer in his 15-man squad for the tournament.
Behrendorf has taken the BBL by storm
Lee said he has been impressed with Behrendorff’s work with the old ball as much as his firepower with the new.
"With his changes of pace and being a left-armer, he can add a lot of experience through the bottom end of the innings and bowling at the death with his yorkers and changes of pace," Lee told cricket.com.au earlier this month.
The tall quick takes wickets in any format // Getty Images
A World Cup spot eluded Behrendorff – he was overlooked in favour of spearhead Mitchell Johnson and impressive young trio Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc – and it's arguably only Australia's remarkable depth of fast-bowlers that has prevented him from making his international debut this summer.
There have been indications that he's already on the radar of the National Selection Panel; he was selected for the Prime Minister's XI to take on England earlier this month, taking four wickets against a strong English side on a flat pitch in his home town of Canberra.
Domestic Player voting (as voted by players)