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Ponting named Sheffield Shield player of the year

Daniel Brettig

March 20, 2013

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Ricky Ponting with the Sheffield Shield player of the year award, Hobart, March 20, 2013
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In a poignant reminder of what the Australian team is missing, Ricky Ponting was deservedly named Sheffield Shield player of the year at the state cricket awards in Hobart.

At the close of another season dominated by seam bowlers, Ponting claimed the award for his 875 runs at 87.50, two votes ahead of the South Australia swing bowler Chadd Sayers and six clear of the young New South Wales seamer Gurinder Sandhu and the Queensland batsman Usman Khawaja.

Ahead of this week's Shield final, in which he has the chance to win a domestic trophy with Tasmania in person for the first time, Ponting was at peace with the decision to call time on his international career late last year.

While he admitted that 2012-13 had not been the season he had hoped for at its beginning, as a poor series against South Africa pushed him towards retirement, Ponting did not give much thought to the idea that he had been hasty.

"International cricket's long passed me by and I've been really excited about giving back to Tasmanian cricket whatever I could this season, Ponting said. "I'm playing a bit of cricket through the off-season as well, which will probably get me over another pre-season, so I'll see how we go as far as playing for Tasmania next season is concerned.

"The decision you make to retire when you do is a very big one and I know I put a lot of time and thought into making the decision that I made for all the right reasons."

As for the recent travails of the Test team in India, Ponting reminded all those present of his own struggles to adapt to the subcontinent in his earlier days.

"The first three or four tours there I couldn't score a run, our players will learn a lot for next time," Ponting said. "I've tried to distance myself from watching too much international cricket since I retired. We're all a bit disappointed the team hasn't played a bit better. Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur have both been round block a few times and know how to bounce back."

Among other awards, Aaron Finch won the limited overs trophy after a strong year for the Bushrangers, while Nicole Bolton took the garlands for the Women's National Cricket League. Members of the Bulls squad were notably absent from the teams of the year nominated by their peers, something that raised Ponting's eyebrows.

"I must admit I'm very surprised not to see any of their guys in the teams announced here today," he said. "But no surprise for me to see the two teams that you'd say from the outside have the best culture and work ethic around the country find themselves playing the Sheffield Shield final this week."

Sheffield Shield Player of the Year: Ricky Ponting (Tas) - 18 votes (8 games, 875 runs at 87.50) Chadd Sayers (SA) - 16 Gurinder Sandhu (NSW) - 12 Usman Khawaja (QLD) - 12

Limited overs Player of the Year: Aaron Finch (VIC) - 15 votes (7 games, 704 runs at 84.00, SR 98.05) Kane Richardson (SA) - 14 Phillip Hughes (SA) - 12 James Faulkner (TAS) - 12

WNCL Player of the Year: Nicole Bolton (WA) - 17 votes (6 games, 330 runs at 55.00, SR 81.28) Meg Lanning (VIC) - 17 (6 games, 394 runs at 65.66, SR 102.33) Alex Blackwell (NSW) - 16

WT20 Player of the Year: Jenny Wallace (WA) - 27 votes (11 games, 246 runs at 24.60, SR 87.85, 3 catches, 5 stumpings) Alex Blackwell (NSW) - 26 Alyssa Healy (NSW) - 24

Other awards Toyota Futures League Player of the Year: Nick Winter (ACT), Lord's Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year: Nathan Price (NSW), Cricket Australia Umpire Award: Bruce Oxenford, Benaud Men's Spirit of Cricket Award: Tasmanian Tigers, Benaud Women's Spirit of Cricket Award: NSW Breakers

ACA Teams of the Year

Sheffield Shield: Chris Rogers, Phillip Hughes, Alex Doolan, Ricky Ponting (capt), Callum Ferguson, Moises Henriques, Brad Haddin, Ashton Agar, Luke Butterworth, Chadd Sayers, Jackson Bird, Mark Cosgrove (12th man)

Limited overs: Aaron Finch (capt), Phillip Hughes, Callum Ferguson, David Hussey, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Nathan Coulter-Nile, John Hastings, Kane Richardson, Gurinder Sandhu (12th man)

BBL: Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch (capt), Brad Hodge, Ricky Ponting, Ben Rohrer, Adam Voges, Tim Paine, James Faulkner, Ben Laughlin, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dirk Nannes (12th man)

WNCL: Meg Lanning, Nicole Bolton, Alex Blackwell (capt), Jess Cameron, Jodie Fields, Lisa Sthalekar, Lauren Ebsary, Erin Osborne, Jude Coleman, Jemma Barsby, Holly Ferling, Elyse Villani (12th)

WT20: Meg Lanning, Leah Poulton, Alex Blackwell (capt), Erin Burns, Jodie Fields, Lisa Sthalekar, Lauren Ebsary, Sarah Coyte, Briana Binch, Sarah Aley, Molly Strano, Jess Cameron (12th)

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Posted by Nerk on (March 22, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

Good stuff Mr. Ponting. I think the best thing he can do is keep playing in the Shield, and teaching our young bowlers how to bowl to test quality batsmen.

@Chris Howard - well said sir. The only way you know when someone is ready for test cricket is if they play test cricket, and you have to give the young guys a chance to prove themselves, the same as Ponting got his chance.

Posted by katandthat3 on (March 21, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Wonder if the NSP can show some insight and pick form players suited to UK conditions for the Ashes. Butterworth, Sayers, Harris, Bird, Pattinson, Siddle, Starc. Rogers should be considered too with his vast experience in the UK. I'd take Mitch Marsh instead of Henriques. Agar, Burns, Doolan, Cummins for the A tour.

Posted by BlockyBlock on (March 21, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

How could Sandu get third place in player of the year when he only played two sheffield shield matches ?

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 1:17 GMT)

It's a worry or a sign of great talent that a bowler who had played 20% of the season could come third in the SS Player of the Year. Lots of mediocrity...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

The ACA teams of the year are an absolute joke and an indictment of why Australian Cricket is floundering at the edge of the abyss. Current Shield champions -QLD, players in Shield team of year -0 ; Current one day champions - QLD, players in One day team of the year -0. BBL Champions - Brisbane Heat, Players in BBL team of the year -0. The Selectors MUST recognise performing players and abandon selecting a multitude of two bit allrounders who don't justify a place in the side on either their batting, bowling or keeping ability. Get rid of the guys who bowl slow and claim it spins - it Doesn't spin! Twelve months ago it was time to pick young batsmen with potential and give them an extended run, Burns, Silk, Doolan, Cooper. Enough of the guys who get a baggy green just to make a nice pair with their light or dark blue one. It is time to understand that the talent pool is not just restricted to NSW or Vic, When did they last win anything other than the wooden spoon?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Go,Go,Go before they push you. These words of an Indian Editor on kapil dev remains in my poignant memory. These so called Journalists should have ended more careers than one prematurily and extended some avraciously.

Ricky might have been too rude/aggressive to some but he was the most comp lete etetive cricketer the world wd ever see again.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

fast bowlers have dominated in shield cricket this season. we all know why the young batsmen have struggled. we might not have as good players as we used to have but our younger players can perfrom well at international level. joe burns, alex doolan, callum fergusson and jordan silk have been scoring lots of runs this season.

Posted by fernandotorres on (March 20, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Its hilarious how Sandhu got nominated for the "Sheffield Shield Player of the YEAR" by playing only 2 matches!! His performance over 2 matches was good but should it be meriting him nomination for a contest where a player is awarded for his consistency over a season!! Another case of NSW bias?? PLUS he did not even make it to the Sheffield Shield Team of the Year where 12 players were selected!!

Well done Punt!! Great job of passing the trade to the kids now! Young Tassie batsmen are lucky to get your guidance! Hoping you end up a first class centenarian and be possibly the last player to get a 100 first class 100s!!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

Great Player Of The Game He is Truely Deserve Many Many Congrates

Posted by popcorn on (March 20, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Knowing how much the country means to him, it is worth persuading Ricky Ponting to play for us in The Ashes in England and in The Ashes at home.Mike Hussey too. The new guys are just not ready.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Seriously, that Sheffield Shield team is better than our test team.

Posted by Cdnfan on (March 20, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Ponting has nothing left to prove in his career, and probably could be forgiven if he rested on his laurels, but to the very end he is still pushing himself to the highest standard of excellence. That's why champions are champions. The young guys, who do have goals to work toward, should take note.

Posted by dwblurb on (March 20, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

@StoneRose, you must have a very peculiar sense of humour (though presumably fine taste in music). The county competition was dominated for years by Mark Ramprakash in his late 30s. The difference is that as well as being dominant at domestic level, Ponting was also one of the greatest Test batsmen of all time. The only thing funny about this article is the weird little plastic square Ricky received as his award!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Ponting, easily the stand-out batsman, he is not under pressure too perform on the world stage at 37, anymore. I personally got so sick of the media, bringing his age up at every opportunity, now he can relax, without media pressure, play for Tasmania, and help prepare the youngsters. Such a genuine bloke, he even went back and played Grade Cricket, for his old team, and what most don`t know he anonymously donated the money too build his First Grade teams, brand new club rooms, near on a decade ago. Hail Punter, the Man, and the Legend, no fanfare, just a bloke like me and you. Last words i will say about Punter, his Cancer Charities, and visiting, ill children, he kept private too. Not just a Legend on the Cricket Field, but the most humble genuine person, ever. As for Gurinder Sandhu, he is a future star, he is an awesome bowler, he is a nibbler off the pitch, like Glenn McGrath, good pace, accuracy, bounce, and can swing the ball both ways. He can Bat, whereas Pigeon, was ?,

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Well Done Punt.. !! :) :) Looking Forward to See you in Live at Hyderabad IPL Match on May 1st.

Posted by smudgeon on (March 20, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Congrats Ricky! You were the standout batsman in Shield this season, and thoroughly deserved your award. On another note...the troubling thing to me here is the absence of Steven O'Keefe from the teams of the year - or any mention of him at all (disclaimer: I haven't read any other articles on this). I'm sure many will argue this is unfair (or, absurdly, the result of a personal vendetta), but I tend to think if even the ACA aren't making a big deal out of him with those kinds of figures, perhaps his record is a bit "kinder" than he deserves. It's truly puzzling.

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (March 20, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Hughes is one of only 2 men to make it into both shield and one day teams of the year. This is a sign of the mans class and should be remembered when people call for him to be dropped because of a couple of low scores. Who is going to replace him in the test team then?

Posted by blink182alex on (March 20, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

how the hell did Sandu finish 3rd in the shield votes, he only played 2 games!

As for Ponting, he is still class, and still easily in the top 6 batsmen in the country. He just couldn't get a start against South Africa, i'm sure he would of scored heavily against Sri Lanka but i think he decided to call it quits as he felt he was the not the same player he was and he didn't want his standards to decrease in back to back Ashes series. I'll imagine he'll carve it up for Surrey this year and there will be calls to bring him back whilst at the same time our batting is folding in the Ashes.

Posted by AKS286 on (March 20, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Due to Clarke you retire. I miss you Legend.

Posted by Cricket157 on (March 20, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Pomersbach has to be in the BBL team of the year? I must have been watching a different series!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 20, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Not sure why this is amusing to English fans, as why wouldnt one of the best ever world batsman be able to win the sheffield shield best player the year after he retires from test cricket. But I guess England have never been in a position to let there greats go out of the game at the highest level and still continue to play. Gower and Gooch were still required by England well into there 40's.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (March 20, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Well done Punter. For those interested CA has published who the top 3 were in shield. Results (only top 4 named) are:

Bupa Sheffield Shield Player of the Year: Ricky Ponting (Tas) - 18 votes (8 games, 875 runs, 87.50 average, 14 cts) Chadd Sayers (SA) - 16 Usman Khawaja (QLD) - 12

Amazing how Khawaja is number 3 given he hasn't played a shield game since christmas break. Bulls are very impressive. It probably also has a bit to do with peaking at the right time as well an even competition. They made the final in the Ryobi Cup by 1 point, the semis of the BBL on run rate (equal on points with 5th and 6th) and the Shield final by one point. There's obviously not much between most of the states yet QLD/Brisbane have managed to peak at the right time and win the big matches

Posted by StoneRose on (March 20, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

Looking at this as an Englishman, this is so funny. Not quite as funny as the homework debacle, but almost.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (March 20, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

For all those complaining about the constant exclusion of SO'K from everywhere, let's not forget Mark Cosgrove! he is possibly the most naturally talented batsman in Australia. He only got one small opportunity at the international level, but never got anything more because he was too fat. The worst thing is, he did GOOD at international level when he got his little chance, not bad...

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 20, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

Well Pointing may be OZ's secret weapon against Eng(this whole retirement hoax may work after all)l.Nah but on a more serious note the awards seems fair and I do agree GS Sandhu may be playing sooner than we expect and performing awesomely but right now to reach no. 3 after just two games is bit too much .SNJ O'Keefe will only win critics choice awards(read fans's choice) not mainstream ones enough said.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Yes - what an abundance of riches Australia has in the spinning department when we can afford to leave out a tweaker who took 24 wickets @ 22 for the season. I think we'll probably go well in India...

Posted by jonesy2 on (March 20, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

as much as agar and sandhu are going to be greats of the future they only played a few matches. does steve okeefe exist or is he a phantom? is he just a cricketing model been made up by our minds? usman not in the shield team? huh?

Posted by jonesy2 on (March 20, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

accurate and shows the depth of aussie cricket but ferguson should be in limited overs team and burns in the shield team.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (March 20, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

How embarrassing for australian cricket

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

If we need any further proof of just how poor Australian first class cricket is we need only look at these awards. A guy (Sandhu) gets third in player of the year by playing just TWO games??? Horrible.

Posted by MrKricket on (March 20, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

I remember Ian Chappell won Shield Player of the Year in 1979-80 in his final season so there's a precedent for old Australian captains.

Is there a list of the winners somewhere? I'd say that veterans would dominate. I don't know how Ricky would have gone in India this time but he could hardly have done worse than Hughes.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Good to see a Redback bowler in the shield team again (sayers). Let hope the same thing does happen as the last time this happened (Ryan Harris) and he gets pinched by QLD! Boof has probably already called him.

Posted by Cdnfan on (March 20, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

@Maxim Payne, Doolan's scored 683 runs this year to Khawaja's 438, so that's probably too great a gap to ignore. Burns and Ferguson could have gone either way for sure.

Posted by Yaswanth.Ram on (March 20, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Phil Hughes found a place in Sheffield Shield team and Limited overs Team... where is Australia Cricket heading to???? lol... n its really pleasing to c Ponting getting Player of the Year... Oz really missing his aggression and Class---- An Indian

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

I don't know how Callum Ferguson got in ahead of Joe Burns, and Doolan shouldn't have got in ahead of Khawaja either. Fawad Ahmed was a bit unlucky perhaps - a few more games and he would have made it for sure

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 20, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Looks like OKeefe will never be recognised. 24 Shield wickets at 22, falls behind Agars 19 at 28. Yes, Agar played less games (early season) but as we all know early season pitches in Australia do not yield wickets for spinners. I like Agar but if he had not played I cannot help but conclude that any other spinner than OKeefe would have been named. I'm sick of CA and there petty politics. They have turned us into a laughing stock over in India and will continue to do so as long as they refuse to pick our strongest XI. A joke.

Posted by Andrew202 on (March 20, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

No Queensland players in any of those teams. What a joke. About the only positive spin I can put to that is that it reflects that Queensland are a good team and not a group of individuals.

And one day I'd like to hear the whole story of what Steve O'Keefe has done wrong and who he's done it to.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (March 20, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

as per usual the QLD bias is up and running. not a single bulls player in any of these teams, yet QLD holds all 3 trophies. Khawaja, burns, gannon, and hopes could have done with a mention. Ricky has done the right thing, he looked terrible in his last couple of tests even thought he was in good form in shield cricket. Lastly its a real shame one of the most naturally talented batsmen in Australia cant get picked because of his fitness I guess. Mark Cosgrove is a very experienced(especially in county cricket) batsmen who in the 80s and 90s would have been suitable, but this gym toned high performance garbage of nowadays says hes not good enough

Posted by Surajdon9 on (March 20, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Missing you on baggy green punter.all the best for final...

Posted by Meety on (March 20, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

Onya Punter "International cricket's long passed me by..." - say it isn't so! == == == Ferguson into the team of the year? (Shield). Happy for Agar, but I think SO'K must be on the nose with everyone in management everywhere!

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 20, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

This is what happens when a true great of the game is devoid of media pressure and is free in the mind; he simply destroys attacks. And before people in their ignorance go raving on about the fact that a retired and 'declining star' in ponting dominates the SS is a reflection of the bare cupboard and poor crocheting standards.. Blah blah, with the present plethora of fast bowling talent, plus the greeness of the pitches produced to get a result, batting in the shield is considerably harder than for county cricket. For the fact that England have only one notable fast bowler who averages under 25 (Roland Jones), when compared to the likes of cutting, bird, putland, butterworth, Sayers, gannon, Faulkner, tremain and mcdermott all averaging under 25, you'd make the general assumption that batting in the shield is more than considerably harder than in CC. Also humorous to see root only having a FC average of 39 in such conditions.

Posted by Matth on (March 20, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

How strange that Brisbane won the BBL and Queensland won the Riobi Cup competition, yet no player from these teams made the T20 and ODI teams of the year.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (March 20, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

Why don't we have a team of the year match (Australia A) against the Australian team? Would be a great pre-season warm-up game for the Aussies. If there's no grounds available, they can use Blacktown or Manuka (providing they drop the ticket price and allow free entry for the last 5 overs/final day). When Australia played Australia A 15 years ago, we discovered a host of great players like Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Martyn, Bevan etc.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (March 20, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

A sad reflection on the state of first class cricket in Australia, when a retired test player is the number one domestic player.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

This (Ponting winning the Shield Player Award) just highlights the difference between the quality of domestic Cricket and international test match Cricket. Apart from plundering runsl against a terrible bowling attack from India, Ponting was pretty much a walking wicket against good quality bowling in his last 2 years of international Cricket. The mental abilities and the skills required to play test match Cricket are at a very different plane than that required to play domestic Cricket, even though it may be of very good quality. Also, the quality of domestic Cricket in Australia is not the same as it was a few years ago and it is easy pickings for a seasoned campaigner like Ponting even in his last years of competitive Cricket.

Posted by eminem on (March 20, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

not wise giving a great player an award if its not better than the last award he received. For one he has achieved more so this award doesnt make much sense to him or the cause of cricket in australia, and more importantly two, a younger kid could have got this because there is a more likly chance for the kid to play for our country than a bygone cricketer like Ponting. Again no disrecpect to the guy, we all know he *was* great. So hitting a couple of centuries with kids is no big deal.

Posted by Andy500265 on (March 20, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

No Queenslanders in any of the men's teams? We won the Ryobi Cup, the Big Bash and are in with a very good chance of making it a clean sweep, but not a single player is any of the men's teams?

Posted by Chris_P on (March 20, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

Great stuff, Punter. Putting something back into state cricket. let the bowlers get tested. I hope you are in for another season.

Posted by Dannyfitz on (March 20, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

Queensland win the 50 over competition and are in the Final of the Shield and Heat win the BBL. Not one player from Queensland / Heat in the Teams of the Year ?

Posted by nathangonmad on (March 20, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

Ponting in Sheffield shield this year: 875 runs at 87.50. comeback inc?

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