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Opinion


2011/12 Best on-field performances

21 March 2012 22

Veterans and rookies delivered an incredible summer of cricket in 2011/12. Here are our players of the the season:

1. Rob Quiney

Breakout season for the talented left-hander in all forms of the game. He scored three first-class centuries for Victoria including two in each innings against South Australia in Adelaide. His coloured clothing form was just as impressive, belting 310 runs in the Ryobi One-Day Cup and was a key man at the top of the order for the Melbourne Stars, with the highlight a blistering 97 against the Brisbane Heat. He was justly awarded the Domestic Player of the Year at the 2012 Allan Border Medal night.

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

First-class

10

19

0

938

119

49.36

57.58

3

5

List A

8

8

1

310

91

44.28

97.79

0

3

T20

8

8

0

243

97

30.37

126.56

0

2

2. David Warner

What else is there to say about David Warner? The stocky opening bat scored hundreds in every format, cementing his place at the top of the order for Australia. It’s tough to single out one highlight for the summer. His Test century in Perth came off only 69 balls; his hundred for the Sydney Thunder off only 50; his consecutive ODI centuries broke the shackles in that format. Overall he scored six centuries for the summer, a feat not many can claim they have accomplished.

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

First-class

8

12

2

632

180

63.20

80.50

3

1

List A

12

12

0

592

163

49.33

89.83

2

2

T20

3

3

1

135

102*

67.50

184.93

1

0

3. Travis Birt

During the inaugural season of the KFC T20 Big Bash League, Travis Birt gave new meaning to the phrase “power hitting”. His onslaught on all bowlers was something to behold, sending deliveries into spectators like missiles. Along with Owais Shah, Birt powered the Hobart Hurricanes into the Big Semi Finals where they just fell short. His effort in a losing cause against the Brisbane Heat, where he bossed 74 off only 36 deliveries was simply incredible. Once his career in cricket is finished he may have a shot at playing baseball after he sent Clint McKay into the outer on three consecutive occasions – hits that would make Barry Bonds proud.

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

First-class

8

14

2

356

63

29.66

51.74

0

3

List A

8

8

0

124

35

15.50

83.22

0

0

T20

9

9

0

362

74

40.22

160.17

0

3

4. Ricky Ponting

It was the Ricky Ponting of old who strode to the crease this summer. After a slow start against the travelling Black Caps, Ponting feasted on Indian bowlers for the rest of the Test season. His highlight was a majestic 221 against MS Dhoni’s men in Adelaide — his sixth double century. His white ball form, however, was not as good as he struggled in the triangular ODI series that followed. But Australia’s loss was Tasmania’s gain, and the former skipper didn’t disappoint, registering hundreds and starring in the tied Ryobi One-Day Cup final.

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

First-class

10

15

1

1011

221

72.21

60.39

4

5

List A

1

1

1

75

75*

-

96.15

-

1

T20

1

1

0

17

17

17

89.47

-

-

5. Michael Clarke

Like a duck to water, Michael Clarke has taken to the captaincy naturally. Season 2011/12 will be remembered as his most prolific summer with the bat, and almost perfect captaincy wise. He started the season with a century against New Zealand in Brisbane and then trumped it with double and triple centuries. His dominance over the touring Indians was quite incredible, offering only one chance in his epic 329 not out at the SCG. A back injury hampered his ODI form but still managed a fine 117 against Sri Lanka.

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

First-class

6

9

1

787

329*

98.37

65.14

3

0

List A

6

6

0

331

117

55.16

95.38

1

2

T20

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

6. David Hussey

Overshadowed by his older brother for most of his career, David Hussey stood out as Australia’s premier limited-overs batsman this summer. He starred in all formats, but it was in the pajamas where he really shone. He was named BBL Player of the League, topping the runs list for the Melbourne Stars. He heavily contributed in 50-over cricket with both bat and ball without amassing a big score and still managed to score a century in the Bupa Sheffield Shield for Victoria.

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

First-class

5

9

1

436

130

54.50

69.87

1

3

List A

16

16

3

598

76

46.00

105.09

0

7

T20

10

10

2

309

52

38.62

130.93

0

2

7. Matthew Wade

The Victorian gloveman usurped Brad Haddin as the number one limited-overs wicketkeeper this summer off the back of some outstanding form for Victoria and the Melbourne Stars.  He performed at an elite level in all three forms, scoring valuable half-centuries throughout the season. His partnership with David Warner at the top of the ODI list was a fruitful one, sharing in a number of 50 plus stands including 136 together in Adelaide.

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

Dis

First-class

5

7

1

369

108

61.50

49.13

1

3

15

List A

15

15

0

519

120

34.60

75.98

1

3

26

T20

10

9

2

249

72

35.57

146.47

0

2

7

8. James Pattinson

The Dandenong product made every post a winner this summer. His fast, lethal outswingers shredded the touring Indians and Black Caps. Only an injury to his left foot could slow him down, and even that didn’t stop him from returning in time to make an impact in the ODI series. Two five-wicket hauls in his first two Tests sent him on his way to superstardom before succumbing to injury. His ODI comeback was a successful one, claiming four wickets against Sri Lanka while showing no signs of discomfort.

 

Mat

Inns

O

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

BBI

BBM

Ave

Econ

SR

5

10

First-class

7

14

248.0

62

796

38

5/27

8/105

20.94

3.2

39.1

2

0

List A

6

6

56.2

4

312

11

4/51

-

28.36

5.53

30.70

0

0

T20

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

9. Peter Siddle

Australia’s new Test spearhead, Peter Siddle led the attack like he’d been doing it for years this season. His relentless line and length mixed with fire and aggression was too much for opposition batsmen. Although he didn’t earn a call-up to the national ODI set-up, Siddle still bent his back for Victoria, capturing vital wickets when pushing for a final spot.

 

Mat

Inns

O

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

BBI

BBM

Ave

Econ

SR

5

10

First-class

10

20

350.4

103

1005

54

6/43

9/77

18.61

2.86

38.9

3

0

List A

1

1

7.2

0

45

0

0/45

-

-

6.13

-

-

-

T20

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

10.  Jackson Bird

Unheralded Bird flew in from New South Wales to perform one of the greatest first-class debut seasons ever seen. Capturing 53 wickets at 16.00 runs a-piece is no mean feat. His pin-point accuracy and movement off the seam and in the air made him more than a handful for batsman around the country. He was also a Star performer (quite literally) for the Melbourne Stars and Tasmania ODI teams. His summer concluded with him named Sheffield Shield Cricketer of the Year at the State Cricket Awards.

 

Mat

Inns

O

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

BBI

BBM

Ave

Econ

SR

5

10

First-class

8

16

307.4

84

848

53

6/62

11/95

16.00

2.75

34.8

5

2

List A

3

3

19.4

4

79

5

3/39

-

15.80

4.01

23.6

0

-

T20

5

5

18.3

0

150

5

2/26

-

30.00

8.10

22.2

0

-

 

11. Ben Hilfenhaus         

Big Ben found his form again this summer, something many batsmen wish he’d never had. On the back of sterling performances in both the BBL and Sheffield Shield, Hilfenhaus was rewarded with a Test recall and he didn’t disappoint, claiming a five-wicket haul in his return match. He followed that up with another five-for, and then eight wickets in the next match. His economic bowling in all forms proved he had his accuracy, pace, swing and bounce back – a true handful for the willow wielders the world over.

 

Mat

Inns

O

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

BBI

BBM

Ave

Econ

SR

5

10

First-class

10

19

406.3

102

1145

49

5/44

8/97

23.36

2.81

49.7

3

0

List A

10

10

88.3

7

401

16

5/33

-

25.06

4.53

33.1

1

-

T20

2

2

8.0

2

43

3

2/10

-

14.33

5.37

16.00

-

-

 

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