Chris Lynn, the big-hitting Brisbane Heat captain, has been named the player of the fifth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), Cricket Australia (CA) announced ahead of the final on Sunday (January 24). Lynn, 25, scored 378 runs off 218 balls with a highest score of 101 and in the process became the tournament's highest run scorer for the season.
Despite the stellar performances which saw him register 27 sixes and 23 fours, Lynn was unable to guide the Brisbane Heat to the semifinals of the tournament. He was, however, rewarded for his consistent showing with a place in Australia's 17-man squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against India.
Lynn earned 22 votes for the tournament, beating three Adelaide Strikers for the title, with Adil Rashid (17 votes), Mahela Jayawardena (15 votes) and Travis Head (14 votes) finishing in the top four most valuable players. Votes are awarded on a 3-2-1 basis by the standing umpires at the end of each match meaning a player can receive up to six votes per match.
Meanwhile, Adelaide Strikers' Travis Head, who topped the table of players under the age of 25 with the most umpire votes was awarded the 'Young Gun' of BBL 05. Head scored a total of 299 runs off just 193 balls in the season season with 20 sixes and 17 fours.
The final of the fifth edition will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground later on Sunday between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Thunder.