Australia news March 24, 2016

Head named Sheffield Shield Player of the Year

ESPNcricinfo staff

It has been a big summer for Travis Head © Getty Images

South Australia captain Travis Head has been named Sheffield Shield Player of the Year for 2015-16. Head won the award for a season in which he not only scored 699 runs at 38.83, including three centuries, but also led the Redbacks into a Sheffield Shield final for the first time in 20 years.

It has been a big summer for Head, who last year was named South Australia's youngest captain at the age of 21 and this season made his debut for Australia in Twenty20s. On Saturday, he will lead South Australia out for a Shield final against Victoria in Glenelg, knowing that even a draw will be sufficient to secure the title.

Head finished on 16 votes in the polling for Shield Player of the Year, ahead of Tasmania's Ben Dunk, Queensland's Matt Renshaw, and Victoria's Scott Boland all on 14 votes. He was also named in the Australian Cricketers' Association's All-Star Team of the Year, along with fellow South Australians Jake Lehmann and Joe Mennie.

The Benaud Spirit of Cricket Awards went to Tasmania in the men's competition and South Australia in the women's competition. The Cricket Australia Umpire Award went to Simon Fry for the third successive year, while New South Wales' Nick Larkin was named the Futures League Player of the Year and Queensland's Brendan Doggett was the Lord's Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year.

ACA Sheffield Shield All-Star Team of the Year
1 Cameron Bancroft (WA), 2 Ben Dunk (Tas), 3 Kurtis Patterson (NSW), 4 Travis Head (SA), 5 George Bailey (Tas, capt), 6 Jake Lehmann (SA), 7 Chris Hartley (Qld, vice-capt), 8 Joe Mennie (SA), 9 Joel Paris (WA), 10 Jackson Bird (Tas), 11 Scott Boland (Vic), 12 James Hopes (Qld).

ACA Matador Cup All-Star Team of the Year
1 Shaun Marsh (WA), 2 Nic Maddinson (NSW), 3 Steven Smith (NSW, capt), 4 Callum Ferguson (SA, vice-capt), 5 Nathan Reardon (Qld), 6 Moises Henriques (NSW), 7 Matthew Wade (Vic), 8 John Hastings (Vic), 9 Mitchell Starc (NSW), 10 James Pattinson (Vic), 11 Jon Holland (Vic), 12 Ben Dunk (Tas).

ACA BBL All-Star Team of the Year
1 Usman Khawaja (Sydney Thunder), 2 Shaun Marsh (Perth Scorchers, 3 Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat, vice-capt), 4 Travis Head (Adelaide Strikers), 5 Michael Hussey (Sydney Thunder, capt), 6 Dwayne Bravo (Melbourne Renegades), 7 Tim Paine (Hobart Hurricanes), 8 Andre Russell (Sydney Thunder), 9 Adil Rashid (Adelaide Strikers), 10 Andrew Tye (Perth Scorchers), 11 Clint McKay (Sydney Thunder), 12 Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades).

ACA WNCL All-Star Team of the Year
1 Nicol Bolton (WA), 2 Meg Lanning (Vic, capt), 3 Alyssa Healy (NSW), 4 Alex Blackwell (NSW, vice-capt), 5 Ellyse Perry (NSW), 6 Jess Jonassen (Qld), 7 Sarah Coyte (SA), 8 Rene Farrell (NSW), 9 Megan Schutt (SA), 10 Amanda Wellington (SA), 11 Nicky Shaw (WA), 12 Elyse Villani (WA).

ACA WBBL All-Star Team of the Year
1 Meg Lanning (Melbourne Stars, capt), 2 Charlotte Edwards (Perth Scorchers), 3 Beth Mooney (Brisbane Heat), 4 Sara McGlashan (Sydney Sixers), 5 Ellyse Perry (Sydney Sixers), 6 Alex Blackwell (Sydney Thunder, vice-capt), 7 Sarah Coyte (Adelaide Strikers), 8 Rene Farrell (Sydney Thunder), 9 Molly Strano (Melbourne Renegades), 10 Kristen Beams (Melbourne Stars), 11 Lauren Cheatle (Sydney Thunder), 12 Veronice Pyke (Hobart Hurricanes).

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  • Graham on March 25, 2016, 20:59 GMT

    H atsforBats - Im a little more impressed with Renshaw, Heazlett, Lehmann than what Maddinson is doing. Im a bit biased towards Head being a South Aussie and can see how those watching Maddinson come through would have the same bias. Head is a super talent and hopefully can keep up the form from the last couple of games.

  • kieran on March 25, 2016, 13:06 GMT

    @Shaggy076, I mostly agree there, but Maddinson showed great improvement in the Matador Cup with some very composed and responsible innings (a couple of words there you'd never have used in the past when describing his knocks). I guess that makes it more disappointing that he didn't kick on through the shield, but he's still a very promising young bat. Overall, our young batting stocks are in better health than they were a few years back.

  • Graham on March 25, 2016, 8:36 GMT

    HatsforBats- Maddinson and Head still a long way to go - the other two would be in front. However, Head does have the advantage over Maddinson that he stands up in big occasions. I dont know why Maddinson would even be in any talks, he started his career great and gone backwards over the last 3 years.

  • kieran on March 25, 2016, 7:21 GMT

    Slim pickings I guess, but nice to see some young guns getting the rewards after some excellent (but inconsistent) performances. Bancroft, Patterson, Maddinson, Head, all quality talents beginning to press their claims after years of promise, really looking forward to see how they back up next season. For me, even with limited opportunities, Paris was the standout performer across all formats.

  • David on March 25, 2016, 2:59 GMT

    Redneck, at this stage of his career Travis Head has worse stats than Kurtis Patterson, Nic Maddinson and Ryan Carters. But it's all a plot against South Australians, eh?

  •   John Biddle on March 24, 2016, 21:22 GMT

    Maxy, that does look ridiculous, but Head was boom or bust - he made 3 match winning hundreds and would have scored maximum points in those games. Evidently the scoring system doesn't require consistency.

  • Eddie on March 24, 2016, 15:03 GMT

    Average of 38 gets you shield player of the year? Ridiculous

  • Prem on March 24, 2016, 9:46 GMT

    Shaun Marsh, Chris Lynn, Tim Paine and Clint McKay should have been there in the Australian World T20 team ahead of Agar, Coulter-Nile, Neville and Hastings.

  • Peter on March 24, 2016, 7:16 GMT

    The test team could benefit from head

  • Michael on March 24, 2016, 4:48 GMT

    @redneck: Yes, good on Travis Head, though I think Lehmann will make the national side before he does (excepting the T20 side, which is a lottery at the moment). A domestic average of 38 isn't really the consistent returns I'd be looking at for an International player, though he may well improve that as he gets into his mid-20s. 5 and 6 are the spots likely to be available in the next 12-24 months, if Voges retires and/or Marsh doesn't learn to bat.

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