Sydney Sixers reach the BBL final Superstar opener Josh Philippe lets test selectors know he’s available

BBL: Andre Fletcher was great against the Adelaide Strikers and you could see how much it meant to him

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – Sept. JANUARY: Carlos Brathwaite of the Sixers celebrates the wicket of Colin Munro of the Scorchers during the Big Bash League game between the Sydney Sixers and the Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval on Jan. January 2021 in Canberra, Australia (Photo by Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

The Sydney Sixers become the first team to reach this season’s Big Bash playoffs after their opening superstar player Josh Philippe once again made an impressive show of why he should be selected on the national team

The Steve Smith lookalike just can’t go wrong right now – it smashes 85 of just 52 balls to lay the foundation for the Perth Scorchers’ seven-wicket thrashing at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday

Philippe’s third century this season was already the leading runscorer of the tournament and, after their eighth win of the season, helped the Sixers to expand their lead at the top of the table to nine points over second-placed Sydney Thunder

Josh Philippe has put himself on the radar of test selectors after an incredible inning Image: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The Scorchers remain in third place after their winning streak suddenly stalled in the five games With three games to go, the Sixers seem certain to finish the regular season in first place in order to secure the home advantage for the final

In the hunt for 164 to victory, the Sixers were never in doubt after Philippe kicked the blocks, cracked three straight limits on Andrew Tye’s third over, and raced to his 50 from 31 balls

Sixers are clearly the team to beat Deep owerPower Hitter ✅Philippe in 🔥 form ✅DC & SOK in vintage form ✅Dwarshuis, Starc, Lyon, Henriques to return ✅ Imagine if you had Tom Curran # bbl10

He tossed his wicket away in the end after sharing a 102-run booth with James Vince, 52, which made the result a formality, and it is certainly only a matter of time before he got the nod for higher honors receives

“I just feel super relaxed right now and then I play my best cricket when I’m calm and relaxed,” said Philippe

“All I want to do when I get out of the first four (overs) is take it deep and try to be out there by the end. I was close again tonight, but not close enough turn

“There’s always some nerve, especially against all of my friends in the Scorchers. It’s a bit of a grudge for me, but it’s fun and I like to be as calm as possible”

Liam Livingstone beat Steve O’Keefe with 27 runs in a single over Image: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Veteran Sixers spinner Steve O’Keefe came back with a hard blow after winning the match against Donner during the week

SOK’s career best 3-15 was quickly forgotten when the leftist returned numbers 1-36 after being on the wrong end of Liam Livingstone’s early attack

O’Keefe should have had the Englishman’s wicket in his first game when he was on one, but Daniel Hughes had an easy chance in the middle and Livingstone let the slow bowler pay

Livingstone buckled onto three sizes of O’Keefes third – which cost 27 runs – the most expensive bowler of all this season and forced him out of the attack before returning to pick up his only wicket

Livingstone’s return to form, the Scorchers’ premier runscorer last season, couldn’t have come at a better time for the Western Australians

After two weeks of quarantine, he made only 69 runs from his first five strokes, but hit 54 against the Hurricanes on Tuesday before scoring six sixes with 38 balls 67 against the Sixers

His blistering start was enough to give the Scorchers a consolation bonus point as they hit halftime mark at 1-103 before the wheels fell off and they only added 6-60 over the back end to finish on 7-163

Like most teams in competition, the Sixers are still waiting to hear when they will get their caps back for the business end of the season

The Sixers could get four of their biggest stars back – Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Sean Abbott – but they don’t know exactly or when

They don’t expect them to come back for the next game at Adelaide Oval on Friday as the South Australian is hoping to have them for the last two regular season games in Melbourne to give them a goal before the final

NOTE ON RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including advertisements) you use on this website and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and on other websites Learn more about our policies and your choices, including how to opt out

Josh Philippe

World News – AU – BBL 2021: Sydney Sixers to the finals when Josh Philippe crushes Perth Scorchers