Tom Banton conjured a masterful innings in the Big Bash League (BBL) clash between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder. The 21-year-old slammed an incredible 56 off just 19 deliveries to hammer the Thunder bowling attack to all parts of the ground.
Banton, who recently made his T20I debut for England against New Zealand, was at his destructive best as he plundered seven sixes and two boundaries. The peak of his exquisite power-hitting abilities was witnessed in the over from Arjun Nair as he thrashed the off-spinner for five sixes in a row.
Banton reached his breathtaking half-century from just 16 balls – the second-fastest fifty in BBL history. Only Caribbean legend Chris Gayle has scored a quicker fifty in Australia’s T20 competition, having reached the milestone in 12 balls.
Banton’s extravagant batting display is a great sign for former Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Peshawar Zalmi, who will be utilizing his services come the fifth edition of the tournament.