Perth Scorchers opener Craig Simmons admitted he hadn’t had much sleep as he joined his teammates for recovery at City Beach this morning in the wake of his record-breaking century against the Adelaide Strikers at the WACA Ground last night.
The 31-year-old, who admitted he had feared being dropped in the lead up to the match after averaging just 5.66 in his first three innings, smashed the fastest Big Bash League ton in history off just 39 to lift the Scorchers to a crucial five-run victory over the Strikers.
The win ensured the Perth franchise would appear in the BBL semifinals for a third straight year.
Simmons was still coming down from his heroics as he hit the water this morning.
But he hadn’t taken much time to celebrate, getting up early to feed the horses at his semi-rural property in Mandurah before the two-hour journey to recovery.
Simmons was given the morning off work from Western Power but was due to do some work in Harvey this afternoon after completing media commitments.
“It feels great,” he said.
“The first three games didn’t go to plan for myself and going into this week I thought I was a really big chance not to get the gig and I am just thankful that (coach) Justin (Langer) and the team gave me one last crack at it.
"It was enjoyable.
“From my point of view just getting to 10 and 20 was a real relief and starting to feel a part of that team.
“To keep going and going was great and I am just looking forward to what could happen in the next two weeks with the Scorchers and possibly finals.”
Simmons said he wouldn’t knock back an offer to play in the lucrative IPL, which holds its auction on February 12.
“It’s one game and I suppose you have got to do more than that to really stand up but we will see what happens in the next few weeks, hopefully I can keep a bit of form going,” he said.