For the second successive year, New South Welshman Moises Henriques has been elected by his peers to lead the ACA All*Star Sheffield Shield Team of the Year.
Henriques, who amassed 633 runs at over 70 with three centuries, is one of three Blues selected alongside Sean Abbott and Nathan Lyon.
Abbott, the competition’s leading allrounder, surpassed 50 on six occasions in 10 innings to average 75 with the bast, coupled with 17 wickets at 31 with the ball. Lyon, who featured in every game outside of his Test match commitments, led the competition for wickets with 39 wickets.
The top four of the All*Star XI - Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head and Cameron Green, all played Test cricket throughout the summer.
Harris earned a Test recall off the back of a stellar start to the season, including breaking a 30-year record for the highest partnership in Shield history with prodigy Will Pucovski. The pair put on 486 for the first wicket against South Australia and Harris finished the season with 695 runs @ 63.
Marnus Labuschagne, the world’s number three ranked Test batsman, partners Harris atop the order having reached 100 three times this summer as part of his 629 runs at an average of a shade under 70.
Travis Head led South Australia by example throughout a tough summer for the Redbacks, falling just shy of the 900-run mark for the season and second in the runs tally to only the All*Star side’s number five in Cameron Green. Head set himself a new highest score with a dominant 223 against Western Australia after the Big Bash break.
Rising star Green also earns his second successive All*Star selection as the competition’s leading run scorer at just 21 years of age. Green hit 922 runs at 76, featuring three centuries and two half-centuries and a new high score of 251 which came off just 343 deliveries against Queensland.
Following the Test series against India and immediately before state cricket resumed, Green completed the rare feat of reaching a premier cricket century, one-day domestic century and a first-class century all in less than a fortnight.
Josh Inglis fills the wicketkeeper role in the All*Star side, ending a breakout summer having being selected by his peers into the All*Star side in each format of the game. Inglis was second to only the Australian Test Captain for dismissals as wicketkeeper and amassed 585 runs at 73 with three centuries.
Alongside Nathan Lyon, the second, third and fourth highest wicket-takers for the season have been selected for form a formidable attack.
Tasmania spearhead, Jackson Bird, takes the new ball as the competition’s leading pace bowler with 35 wickets at 22 which featured an incredible season-best spell of 7/18 in Hobart against New South Wales.
Scott Boland will take the second over from the alternate end, capping a fine summer with 30 wickets at 24 as the experienced head who leads a young, up and coming Victorian attack.
Mitch Swepson missed half the season with injury but bowled beautifully inside the hub in Adelaide in November to be voted into the side. Swepson took 29 wickets through four matches with three five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket match in a thriller with NSW which was decided by one-wicket.
The reigning domestic player of the year, Shaun Marsh, finished third on the run-scorers table across the season with 734 runs at 56 with three centuries and three half-centuries to be voted into the All*Star Team as 12th man.
Marcus Harris (VIC) | 695 runs | 63.18 avg | 2 100s | 1 50 | HS 239
Marnus Labuschagne (QLD) | 629 runs | 69.88 avg | 3 100s | 2 50s | HS 167
Travis Head (SA) | 893 runs | 68.69 avg | 3 100s | 3 50s | HS 223
Cameron Green (WA) | 922 runs | 76.83 avg | 3 100s | 2 50s | HS 251
Moises Henriques © (NSW) | 633 runs | 70.33 avg | 3 100s | 2 50s | HS 167
Josh Inglis (WK) (WA) | 585 runs | 73.12 avg | 3 100s | 2 50s | HS 153*
Sean Abbott (NSW) | 525 runs | 75 avg | 1 100 | 5 50s | HS 102*
Nathan Lyon (NSW) | 39 wickets | 25 avg | 2.62 econ | BBI 6/21
Scott Boland (VIC) | 30 wickets | 24 avg | 2.71 econ | BBI 6/61
Jackson Bird (TAS) | 35 wickets | 22.17 avg | 2.59 avg | BBI 7/18
Mitch Swepson (QLD) | 29 wickets | 22.79 avg | 2.53 avg | BBI 5/55
Shaun Marsh (12th) (WA) | 734 runs | 56.46 avg | 3 100s | 3 50s | HS 135