First Class Season:
4 matches, 285 runs, 35.6 average, HS 93
7 wickets, 37.1 average, 78.8 SR, BB 3-51
9 matches, 72 runs, 141.17 strike rate, HS 29
9 wickets, 9.29 economy
James Hopes, Andrew Symonds, Ben Cutting, Ashley Noffke,
Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson.
Queensland has produced some fine all-round cricketers over the years.
So when another prodigy comes through the ranks, it’s perfectly normal to have high hopes.
Jack Wildermuth is only 23-years-old but has already shown some incredible maturity on the big stage of the Big Bash League.
Making his BBL debut this year, Wildermuth played every match for the strong Brisbane Heat side.
Batting mainly at number eight, the right-hander hit 72 runs at a strike rate of 141.17, which included two very important knocks.
He hit 29 off 20 with three sixes in a vital partnership with Chris Lynn during the Heat’s successful chase against the Thunder, after coming in at 6-63.
In the semi-final, Wildermuth came in at 6-109, and put together 29 off 16 with two sixes to get his team up to a competitive total.
However, it’s his first-class numbers that are more impressive.
Wildermuth broke through into the Bulls’ first class side last season and is on his way to putting two very solid Shield seasons together.
Bowling right-arm fast-medium, in 2015-16 he claimed 25 wickets at the outstanding average of 22.96, which was second only to Queensland champion James Hopes (28 wickets).
His best match of 4-27 and 3-26 came in a crucial victory over the dominant Bushrangers and he claimed the wickets of Peter Handscomb and Cameron White twice in the match.
Wildermuth also reached his maiden century with a neat 100* against South Australia last season, proving he could provide with bat as well as ball.
And this season, it’s been all about consolidation following on from a brilliant year.
His best knock pre-Christmas was a strong and chanceless 93 against Western Australia, and he’s been able to average 35.6 from number six.
The bowling has been okay too, with seven wickets at 37.1, but he’ll be hoping for some stronger post-Christmas results.