After being named the Player of the Tournament successful past year's BBL, Philippe started close wherever helium near off, slamming 83 disconnected 47 deliveries arsenic the Sydney Sixers enactment up a formidable full of 4-213 aft being inserted successful to bat first.
Philippe and opening spouse James Vince (44 disconnected 29) enactment connected 90 disconnected conscionable 58 deliveries for the opening wicket, earlier Sixers skipper Moises Henriques pounded an unbeaten 76 disconnected conscionable 38 deliveries.
The item of Philippe's sound was his brutal battle disconnected Sam Rainbird's bowling successful the 14th implicit of the Sixers' innings, wherever helium deed the left-armer for 2 immense sixes.
Rainbird attempted to drawback Philippe by astonishment with a mates of slower balls, but the well-set opener saw them coming from a mile away, pounding the shot onto the extortion of the Members' Pavilion astatine the SCG.
"Off-pace delivery, that was heading towards the mighty timepiece too!" Australian large Mark Waugh said connected Fox Sports' coverage. "That's a decent aged deed isn't it?"
"He's decidedly a aboriginal Australian Test subordinate successful my opinion," added Brett Lee.
Philippe and Vince besides brought up their 1000th tally unneurotic arsenic a concern successful BBL games, becoming conscionable the 4th brace to bash truthful down Matthew Wade and D'Arcy Short, Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald, and Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales.
Philippe's powerfulness hitting did not spell unnoticed connected societal media, with erstwhile England skipper Michael Vaughan impressed.