Ben McDermott smashes a boundary during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Hobart Hurricanes at Etihad Stadium on January 12, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

After 56 games filled with fireworks, excitement and brilliance, the Big Bash League's home and away season has now drawn to a close.

For the remaining five teams in the competition, their focus will be completely shifted to their finals match-ups as they each hope to hold up the elusive silverware at the end of it all.

Meanwhile, the Stars, Heat and Renegades will be left to lick their wounds after disappointing, unsuccessful seasons where they failed to make the finals.

Throughout the campaign, many players; new and old, local and from abroad have impressed on the stage of one of the world's biggest cricket competitions.

For many, such a tournament was simply a reminder to the cricketing world of their scintillating talent, whilst for others, a string of great performances catapults their careers putting them into the frame for international selection.

However, this season was also quite a disappointing one for many previous superstars of the BBL. For instance, Chris Lynn didn't manage to fire for the majority of the season and will be hoping for a better BBL|12.

That being said, here is the team of the BBL|11 season...

1. Josh Philippe

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Averaging 35.33 at a Strike Rate of 145.7 - 424 runs in total

Whilst Philippe didn't quite reach the heights that he did in BBL|10, he was still a massive part of the Sixers lineup and put together some terrific performances to ultimately give his side the all-important top-two finish.

His high score of the summer came early on in the piece where he managed to score 99 off 61 against the Stars. Overall, Philippe's explosiveness combined with his finesse earns him a spot at the top of the order.

Expect him to be in this Best XI for years on end.

2. Ben McDermott

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Averaging 51.90 at a Strike Rate of 153.49 - 571 runs

Despite missing two games throughout the season and being slightly inconsistent, Ben McDermott has been absolutely sensational this season scoring 571 runs and scoring a record back-to-back centuries.

Not only this, but McDermott has been extraordinarily powerful, hitting a season-high 29 sixes for the tournament. He is one of the guys that will profit immensely from such a successful campaign and will likely see himself in the Aussie lineup as the T20 World Cup looms.

He has been the player of the tournament thus far and will hope to carry on with his form in his side's fort final against the Strikers.

3. Glenn Maxwell (C)

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Batting - Averaging 42.55 at a Strike Rate of 159.73 - 468 runs

Bowling - Averaging 0.4 wickets at an Economy Rate of 7.71 and an average of 46.25

Maxwell managed to put together one of his most successful BBL seasons this year, scoring not one but two centuries for the season.

Whilst his 103 off 57 against the Sixers early on was amazing, his 154 off 64 against the Hurricanes was seriously incredible and will be in the record books for a long, long time.

His ability to find the gaps in the most unusual places on the ground makes him an extraordinary talent who can seemingly win any game from any position.

Add his bowling and leadership on top as well and you get a megastar of the game.

4. Mitchell Marsh

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Batting - Averaging 78.5 at a Strike Rate of 148.83 - 314 runs

Bowling - Averaging 1 wicket at an Economy Rate of 8.47 and an average of 25.40

Despite only playing six games for the season, Mitch Marsh incredibly averaged 78.50 runs per game as he managed to carry on his form from the World Cup.

His high score came against the Hurricanes where he scored 100 off 60, playing brilliant shot after brilliant shot without being dismissed.

Furthermore, whilst his bowling figures don't look amazing, he was still a key contributor for the Scorchers taking big wickets at big moments.

Had he played all 14 games, his statistics would be off the charts and he would quite easily be the best player of BBL|11.

5. Jonathan Wells

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Averaging 34.08 at a Strike Rate of 127.02 - 409 runs

Whilst Jono Wells is not the most explosive or talented player in the world, he is one of the hardest working at the domestic level.

He always seems to come in at difficult times yet he still manages to keep the boat afloat and stabilise the team. If this were a real team and the top four never fired, trust Wells to dig the side out of a hole.

Not only this but he can also finish off strong to give his team the highest score possible within the 20 overs.

6. Sam Billings (WK)

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Averaging 40.57 at a Strike Rate of 153.51 - 284 runs

Despite having to leave early to join the England Ashes squad, Sam Billings was a sensational player for the Thunder both with the gloves and more importantly batting through the middle overs.

He single-handedly managed to score runs quickly and effectively even though he often came in at tricky times for the Thunder.

Billings is one of the smartest cricketers out there and is one of the best keepers in the world.

7. Daniel Sams

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Batting - Averaging 21.11 at a Strike Rate of 163.79 (190 runs)

Bowling - Averaging 1.36 wickets at an Economy Rate of 8.24 and averaging 22.11

Even though Sams was not able to hit the heights which he had the previous two seasons, the all-rounder's ability to bowl with the new ball and at the death whilst still playing a solid role with the bat was very important for the Thunder.

His best performance of the tournament came against the Renegades where he scored a whopping 98 off 44 not out whilst also picking up 1/10 off his two overs.

He is one of the most well-rounded cricketers there is in our competition.

8. Rashid Khan

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Batting - Averaging 6.38 at a Strike Rate of 154.55 - 51 runs

Bowling - Averaging 1.82 wickets at an ER of 6.34, averaged 13.95

Despite not playing with his usual energy and enthusiasm this BBL, Rashid Khan is still one of the best talents in the competition, which he proved to us this summer.

He once again managed to make the top five in wickets whilst still being super economical in the process. Interestingly, bowling throughout the power surge seemed to only benefit the Afghani.

His best figures came just over a week ago against the Heat where he hit a quickfire 13 off 4 not out and then followed it up with 6/17 off his four overs. These bowling figures ended up being the best out of anyone anywhere throughout the campaign.


9. Hayden Kerr

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Batting - Averaging 15 at a Strike Rate of 120 - 30 runs

Bowling - Averaging 1.69 wickets at an Economy Rate of 7.15 whilst averaging 13

Hayden Kerr completely burst onto the scene for the Sixers this year. He came into the season as someone only diehard cricket fans would know and finished it with the second most wickets out of anyone.

Not only did he take lots of wickets but he also managed to bowl very economically going at just 7.15 an over. To put this into perspective, if every bowler bowled so economically for a team, the opposition would only get 143, a poor T20 total.

Further, Kerr possesses the ability to bat quite well, helping any team he is on to go harder earlier in the innings. Star of the future.

10. AJ Tye

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Batting - Averaging 11 at a Strike rate of 130.95 - 55 runs

Bowling - Averaging 1.43 wickets at an ER of 8.15 whilst averaging 18.55

AJ Tye got back to his best this year playing unbelievably well to help the Scorchers finish top of the table.

His ability to ball during the power surge and at the death with his different variations is completely unmatched within the BBL scope and thus is such a great tool for Perth.

He'll be huge for the Scorchers as they aim to keep other sides to low totals during the finals series.

11. Peter Siddle (VC)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 02: Peter Siddle of the Strikers reacts during the Men's Big Bash League match between the Sydney Thunder and the Adelaide Strikers at GIANTS Stadium on January 02, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Batting - Averaging 1.33 at a Strike Rate of 57.14 - 4 runs

Bowling - Averaging 1.64 wickets at an Economy Rate of 8.26 whilst averaging 18.74

Despite being a 37-year-old who bowls at the most difficult time for the Strikers, Peter Siddle was brilliant this BBL, picking up a season-high 23 wickets for the tournament.

If it weren't for him, the Strikers would most likely not make the finals or even be in contention so it is a credit to the Victorian for how he has managed to conduct himself with ball in hand.

Moreover, his leadership has helped the Strikers in the tough situations they have found themselves in. He will be huge in their finals campaign.