Australia news March 20, 2013

Ponting named Sheffield Shield player of the year


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)

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Simon 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.

  • Garry 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.

  • Paul 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 ?

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Sakush 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!!

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2013, 14:11 GMT

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

  • Rajaram 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.