#BBL05: Chris Lynn of Brisbane Heat named Player of BBL05

The Brisbane Heat’s Chris Lynn and his blistering form with the bat this summer has seen him crowned the KFC Big Bash League player of the tournament.

Lynn plundered 378 runs for the Brisbane Heat during BBL05, striking at a whopping 173.39 runs per 100 balls faced and averaging 54.

The 25-year-old claimed the gong with 22 votes, awarded on a 3-2-1 basis by the umpires at the end of each regular season match, with a player capable of earning a maximum of six points per game.

Lynn beat Adelaide Strikers trio Adil Rashid (17 votes), Mahela Jayawardena (15) and Travis Head (14). While Head finished fourth in the player of the tournament standings, the 22-year-old was named as the BBL|05 Young Gun, awarded to the top player under 25. Head scored 299 runs in nine matches for the Strikers, including a match-winning 101no from only 53 balls to sink the Sydney Sixers on New Year’s Eve in Adelaide.

Both Head and Lynn were rewarded for their stellar Big Bash form with selection in Australia’s 17-man squad for the three T20Is against India, starting on Tuesday at the Adelaide Oval.

Lynn smashed a competition-high 27 sixes in the BBL, including five in a row off one Ben Hilfenhaus over in the Heat’s final match of the summer. On two occasions Lynn launched seven sixes over the boundary rope; first against the Hobart Hurricanes in Brisbane in his breathtaking century and again his blitzkrieg against the Stars at the MCG.

But Head’s nine maximums in his unforgettable hundred on the last day of 2015 was the most by a player in a single innings this season, including seven from his last 14 balls faced.

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