Cricket big Andrew Symonds has declared Hurricanes star Ben McDermott’s bank on Wednesday night as “the best Big Bash innings ever played”.
McDermott hit 127 runs off 65 balls against the Melbourne Renegades and became the first player in BBL’s history to score tons back-to-back.
It was the third highest score in BBL’s history and he is the first player to score three centuries in the competition.
The 27-year-old did not knock out 110 against the Adelaide Strikers on Monday night and 67 against the Melbourne Stars on Christmas Eve.
McDermott now has an average of 88.25 runs in five innings this season.
He was selflessly run out on the final ball of the round Wednesday night, which ended at 5-206.
“It’s the best Big Bash innings ever played, I would go so far as to say it was an excellent innings,” Symonds told the Fox Cricket commentary.
“The way he absorbed the pressure early on, wickets fell around him, the way he absorbed it, and now he’s teamed up with Handscomb and made a real punch out of it. It’s been an excellent game, well played.
“It’s not an easy surface to hit and he’s had the worst he had to take the new ball and he got through what fell wickets around him and he’s just been patient and he has controlled his laps.
“The control of his cricket bat tonight has been something else.
“He showed power, touch and showed his cricket-smart. And he has made himself the good world with the World Cup not so far away.
“It’s the best BBL innings I’ve seen. Benny McDermott has played the innings of his life.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan reiterated the sentiment.
“I do not know if you can play better than that,” he said.
McDermott, who has played 17 T20s for Australia, is chasing a recall ahead of next year’s World Cup.
“It’s pretty special. We lost a couple early, which was not ideal, but I just wanted to keep supporting my plans and keep playing with my aggressive style,” he said.
“I just have to keep backing my plan, knowing that I’m strong enough to handle the ropes if I need to.
The mindset … if it’s in my zone, then I’ll try to hit it for six or four.
“I love playing for my country and hopefully there is more on the way.”