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ESPNcricinfo's WBBL team of the tournament

ESPNCricInfo
22 Nov 2021, 10:43 GMT+10

Beth Mooney (Perth Scorchers) Runs 528; Average 52.80; Strike-rate 132.00

The No. 1 T20I batter in the world was the leading run-scorer in the regular season with another prolific display at the top of the order. The standout was the 62-ball century against Melbourne Renegades. As a reminder that there are different ways to be successful in the format, she struck only one six.

Sophie Devine (Perth Scorchers) Runs 407; Average 33.91; Strike-rate 130.86 | Wickets 9; Average 19.22; Economy 7.20

Devine just keeps churning out the numbers. The value of the pairing with Mooney - the most destructive T20 opening combination in domestic cricket - cannot be understated. Her medium pace adds further value as does the extraordinary record in Super Overs. She won two off her own bat this season.

Georgia Redmayne (Brisbane Heat) Runs 436; Average 36.33; Strike-rate 120.44

It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore Redmayne's claims for a place in the Australia side even with the argument that it's a tough batting order to break into. She showed terrific consistency with five half-centuries, giving further evidence of her expanded stroke-range. The leg-side stumping in Heat's final group game was another highlight and she would challenge Mooney for the gloves in this side.

Grace Harris (Brisbane Heat) Runs 403; Average 33.58; Strike-rate 128.34 | Wickets 6; Average 42.00; Economy 7.63

With a permanent place at the top of the order (although slipping down a little in this XI) Harris added consistency to her game this campaign, with four half-centuries in 13 innings, without forgoing her natural flair. A little lean on wickets and a touch expensive, but this side has no shortage of bowlers. Katie Mack very unlucky to miss out, but with a number of other accumulators in the order, Harris' power shades it.

Harmanpreet Kaur (Melbourne Renegades) Runs 399; Average 66.50; Strike-rate 135.25 | Wickets 15; Average 20.40; Economy 7.46

Revived her reputation as a masterful finisher - notably against Adelaide Strikers with 73 off 46 balls - in one of the key elements of Renegades' impressive campaign. Some of her off-side driving was stunning and she topped the regular-season sixes tally with 18. A very handy option with the ball and impressive leadership qualities.

Kim Garth (Melbourne Stars) Runs 164; Average 27.33; Strike-rate 106.49 | Wickets 15; Average 18.73; Economy 6.24

The former Ireland allrounder, who is now based in Australia but was classed as an overseas player, was very consistent with the new ball and a regular threat. Became the first bowler to send down three maidens in a WBBL innings with her extraordinary spell of 3-3-0-3 against Sydney Thunder. Was useful with the bat as well and one of only two of Stars' regular batters to strike over 100.

Jess Jonassen (Brisbane Heat) Runs 100; Average 14.28; Strike-rate 97.08 | Wickets 21; Average 14.04; Economy 6.53

After missing the India series through injury, Jonassen was back doing what she does best - dominating with the ball as the leading wicket-taker. Didn't quite fire with the bat but still bolsters the lower order.

Alana King (Perth Scorchers) Wickets 16; Average 16.75; Economy 5.82

There is an opening for a legspinner in the Australia side after Georgia Wareham's injury and King must be in contention after picking up her Stars form with her new club. Produced a number of high-reel deliveries during the campaign while going at under a run-a-ball and was a banker for her captain.

Lauren Cheatle (Sydney Sixers) Wickets 10; Average 14.50; Economy 5.37

Could be viewed as something of a surprise inclusion, but having belatedly found a spot in the XI her left-arm swing, often finding sharp late movement, she made a significant impression although she rarely had runs to work with. If the form line continues, a spot in the Australia A team is certainly within reach again.

Darcie Brown (Adelaide Strikers) Wickets 15; Average 18.46; Economy 6.44

Her pace continues to provide a point-of-difference to whichever attack she is part of and would regularly take top-order wickets to set opposition back. Removed her Australia team-mate Ash Gardner first ball twice. Will occasionally prove expensive in the hunt for wickets but definitely a price worth paying.

Tayla Vlaeminck (Hobart Hurricanes) Wickets 13, Average 22.38; Economy 6.06

Often bowled better than a haul of 13 wickets would suggested and regularly pushed the speedgun into the mid-120kph area. Significantly, too, managed to play all the matches which was a promising sign for her durability after a lot of injury problems. This XI is packed with bowling options, but if the balance had been for another specialist spinner it would have gone to Lilly Mills from Scorchers.

Beth MooneySophie DevineGeorgia RedmayneGrace HarrisHarmanpreet KaurKim GarthJess JonassenAlana KingLauren CheatleDarcie BrownTayla VlaeminckWBBL

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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