JLT One-Day Cup 2018
Our JLT Cup Team of the Tournament
A star-studded XI from this summer's JLT One-Day Cup, picked by the team at cricket.com.au
11 October 2018, 09:44 AM AEST
1) Ben McDermott (Tasmania)
M: 7 | Runs: 427 | Ave: 71.16 | SR: 90.27 | 100s: 2 | 50s: 2 | HS: 117
The Player of the Tournament, McDermott's hot form earned him his maiden international call-up and was crucial in Tasmania's run to the final. Renowned for his ability to find the boundary, perhaps his finest moment came in a low-scoring match against South Australia in Bankstown, where his unbeaten 102 guided the Tigers to victory with an over to spare.
2) D'Arcy Short (Western Australia)
M: 5 | Runs: 404 | Ave: 80.80 | SR: 138.35 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 1 | HS: 257
Having missed the first two matches due to - bizarrely - an injury sustained from a dog bite, the softly-spoken Short sent a scary reminder that he remains one of the most devastating batsmen in Australia when he's in form. His barely-believable score of 257 against Queensland broke all sorts of records and was enough for former coach Darren Lehmann to declare him to be an outside chance for a Test spot this summer.
3) Chris Lynn (Queensland)
M: 7 | Runs: 452 | Ave: 75.33 | SR: 117.70 | 100s: 2 | 50s: 3 | HS: 135
In his first one-day cup in five years, Lynn stormed into World Cup calculations with a tournament-high of 452 runs and - typically - a strike rate well over 100. One of the most dynamic T20 batsmen in the world, Lynn showed an impressive ability to adapt his power game to 50-over cricket, notably in his century against NSW when he took 10 deliveries to get off the mark and brought up fifty from a sedate 61 balls before exploding late in the innings.
4) Callum Ferguson (South Australia)
M: 6 | Runs: 328 | Ave: 54.66 | SR: 92.65 | 100s: 2 | 50s: 0 | HS: 133
Dashing Queensland opener Sam Heazlett is very, very unlucky not to make this team, but with the top three spots already filled, we've opted for a player capable of batting deep in the innings to bat at No.4. And Ferguson was hard to ignore; after a brilliant winter against the white ball in England, the veteran peeled off consecutive centuries late in the tournament to send a reminder of his class.
5) Peter Handscomb (Victoria) (c & wk)
M: 8 | Runs: 361 | Ave: 51.57 | SR: 94.75 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 4 | HS: 89
Having lost his Test spot leading into the tournament, Handscomb responded in ideal fashion with four consecutive half-centuries and fell one run short of a fifth, posting a crucial knock of 49 in the final. He also took the gloves late in the tournament and captained the champions, making him a must-pick in our team.
6) Jack Edwards (NSW Blues)
M: 6 | Runs: 273 | Ave: 54.60 | SR: 97.84 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 1 | HS: 116
Tasmania's Simon Milenko is extremely unlucky to miss out on the No.6 spot, but it's hard not to celebrate the stunning rise of Blues teenager Jack Edwards. The 18-year-old started his maiden domestic campaign in the middle order but really hit form when he was moved up to the opening position and his debut century against Queensland was one of the highlights of the tournament.
Great stuff here from @Gmaxi_32 and plenty more coming soon on @directhitau. Congratulations to @VicStateCricket on winning the #JLTCup final today too! pic.twitter.com/3mqMOEH6UY— Direct Hit (@directhitau) October 10, 2018
7) Daniel Sams (NSW Blues)
M: 6 | Runs: 152 | Ave: 38.00 | SR: 116.92 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 2 | HS: 62 | Wkts: 9 | Ave: 22.44 | Econ: 5.13 | BBI: 3-46
Uncontracted at the start of the summer and uncapped at one-day domestic level, Sams has put his hand up for a regular spot at the Blues with a breakout campaign with bat and ball. A genuine swing bowler with the new ball and a damaging lower-order hitter, Sams was a standout performer, particularly in a losing team early in the tournament.
8) Andrew Tye (Western Australia)
M: 6 | Wkts: 18 | Ave: 16.16 | Econ: 5.33 | 4wi: 1 | BBI: 6-46
After mixed returns in his first year in Australia's ODI side, Tye re-affirmed his place as one of the country's best white-ball bowlers with a standout campaign for Western Australia. The right-armer's ability to take regular wickets means he remains well in contention for higher honours and his economy rate of 5.33 is very impressive given he bowled plenty of overs at the death.
9) Nathan Coulter-Nile (Western Australia)
M: 4 | Wkts: 9 | Ave: 21.77 | Econ: 4.90 | 4wi: 0 | BBI: 3-46
Having missed most of last summer due to another serious injury, Coulter-Nile bowled with impressive pace in the four games he played and underlined his quality as a genuine wicket-taking bowler. His opening two-wicket burst against Victoria exemplified what he's capable of and he gets one of the fast-bowling spots in our team, just ahead of Victorian left-armer Jackson Coleman.
10) Adam Zampa (South Australia)
M: 6 | Wkts: 12 | Ave: 25.41 | Econ: 5.08 | 4wi: 0 | BBI: 3-37
Having been axed from the national set-up earlier this year, Zampa has earned himself an international recall as the standout spinner in the tournament. The 26-year-old took a wicket with his very first ball of the tournament and averaged two wickets per match at an impressive economy rate of five an over.
11) Gurinder Sandhu (Tasmania)
M: 6 | Wkts: 18 | Ave: 16.66 | Econ: 5.30 | 4wi: 2 | BBI: 7-56
A seven-wicket haul in the final, including a hat-trick, capped off an excellent tournament for Sandhu in his first campaign for his new state. Having moved from NSW in the off-season, Sandhu wasn't selected in Tasmania's initial JLT Cup squad but picked up an equal tournament high of 18 wickets.