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Silk anointed with Bradman award

Daniel Brettig

January 20, 2014

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Jordan Silk pulls during his century, Queensland v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 1st day, November 6, 2013
Jordan Silk enjoyed a prolific domestic season with Tasmania © Getty Images
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A little over a year ago, Jordan Silk was a substitute fielder for Australia in a Test match and yet to make his first-class debut for Tasmania. Now, he is the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year, having been rewarded by his peers for an unfashionably patient approach to batting, and some spectacular tricks turned in the field.

Among the bevy of young players pushing for higher honours over the past 12 months, Silk has stood out for his determination at the batting crease, grinding out centuries when others have preferred a more hasty approach, encouraged in part by the avalanche of Twenty20 cricket and its attendant riches.

Following that sub appearance in the Hobart Test against Sri Lanka, Silk was brought into the Tasmanian Sheffield Shield side and quickly showed a level of application rare among batsmen of his age. Four hundreds during the voting period included a six-hour effort against Queensland in the Shield final at Bellerive Oval, its sheer obstinacy driving the Bulls' bowlers to distraction.

Silk was rewarded for that innings with an Australia A call-up during the winter, and maintained his first-class form at the start of this summer. He has since taken part in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Sixers, stunning the Gabba crowd with a rasping catch at mid on against the Brisbane Heat.

Another honour was awarded to Cameron White, who was named the Domestic Player of the Year. White's award arrived during a season in which he has enjoyed the freedom provided by Victoria's decision to bestow the state captaincy on Matthew Wade, showing rare consistency in both four-day and limited overs matches.

"Matt's doing a great job and I'm just enjoying the role and batting with a fair bit of freedom," White said during the domestic limited overs tournament in October. "As you can see the team's in a fairly good spot as well - everyone's enjoying their cricket including myself. When you're captain you probably do think about more things than just yourself, you can really concentrate on your own game when you're not captain, so I'm sure in many ways it's probably a good thing."

White's success arrived at the end of a period in which his career had trailed off badly from a time when he was a fixture in both Australia's ODI and T20 teams. He has been granted a recall to the T20 team for the forthcoming matches against England, and will hope that the domestic award will mark the start of a renewed career.

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Posted by Hauritzj on (January 22, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

Jordan Silk is one of the better Shield players in Australia. He should be part of the test them. Mark Cosgrove should also be recognised for opening the batting with Silk. My ideal Test XI would be: J. Silk, D. Warner, M. Clarke, J. Burns, S. Smith, S. Watson, B. Haddin, M. Johnson, R. Harris, N. Hauritz, J. Bird or P. Siddle. This Squad has both experience and young players.

Posted by Beertjie on (January 21, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

Agree @Shaggy076 on (January 21, 2014, 3:37 GMT) Hope he's ready for next year's Ashes: he'll be needed in the squad and ideally should get a test before then. No worries @xtrafalgarx (January 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT) by the time Rogers retires, IF Hughes is in the team the topp three should read: Silk, Hughes, Warner.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

Why isn't he the new number 6 already? Opening can come later.

Posted by ozwriter on (January 21, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

go silky. sounds like a future test star.

Posted by Mervo on (January 21, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Good to see Silk do so well. We disrespected Chris Rogers for years because he was not spectacular enough and not developed from ODIs. Let's not do the same with Silk.

Posted by Jagger on (January 21, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

@ Wefinishthis - Previous winners Cosgrove, Pomersbach and Joe Burns, are the only other current batsmen who have NOT had a decent run at it. They will not be the last. Winning the award did them no favours and arguably could have set their careers back, not forward. When Mark Waugh joined the Australian team he was a ready-made Test batsman. So, if it was good enough for Mark Waugh it is good enough for Jordan Silk. Test cricket should never be a place to bring 'hopefuls' through the system unless they can produce runs at a high average in all conditions. Like Ponting, and on the other end of the scale, Hussey. In the recent past, the time you are basing your comments on, CA lost control. One can't build a number 1 side that way. Lehmann has stopped that nonsense and he is to be congratulated for it - he is the expert so respect his decisions. Like he says, that is what Sheffield Shield and Australia A is for.

@Jonesy2 - there should be a scar on it somewhere!

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 21, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

gotta love the neck. should be in the test team especially ahead of doolan.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 21, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

Silk seems like he will become a test player but now is not the time. What is wrong with the philosophy of churning out 800-1000 shield runs for a couple of seasons so when he makes it he is ready.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (January 21, 2014, 2:17 GMT)

There should be a rule that every Bradman Young Player of the Year gets an automatic optional selection to go on tour for the next series. So many times these players should have been picked in the Test XI, let alone the squad and yet they get overlooked for being too young. A large number of the greatest ever players were picked to play internationals when they were Silk's age or younger.

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (January 20, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

He does look and sound like the next great batsman from Australia. I hope he doesn't imbibe the boisterous nature of many of his future team mates !! Best of luck to Jordan.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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