Tim Ludeman has been a part of the South Australian squad for a number of years now, but only really made a name himself after an outstanding KFC T20 Big Bash League last summer.
Ludeman became acquainted with the Adelaide Oval during his Bupa Sheffield Shield debut in 2009. After coming in at number eight, Ludeman outshone his more fancied teammates with a fighting 62 against Victoria. He then had to endure nearly 150 overs behind the stumps as Chris Rogers, Brad Hodge and Andrew McDonald all produced big hundreds.
The 2012/13 season was one he won’t forget in a hurry. Ludeman played a starring role in all three forms of the game with the bat in hand.
The wicketkeeper-batsman started the season with a bang, top-scoring with 85 against the Tigers, before adding 78 against the Queensland Bulls.
He chimed in with 57 against the Warriors later in the season to cap off a great year with the bat. He also claimed 47 dismissals for the season, which broke the record set by Graham Manou.
Ludeman had an outstanding BBL after selectors decided he should open the batting. The diminutive keeper flourished against the new ball, sending ten white Kookaburras over the fence. He finished the tournament with 185 runs at a strike rate of just over 132.
However, Ludeman set the tournament alight with one of the catches of the year against the Brisbane Heat. With Thisara Perera at the crease, Ludeman reacted brilliantly to a huge outside edge of the Sri Lankan’s willow. Having to dive full stretch to his left, Ludeman timed the leap to perfection to swallow the grab one-handed. Judging by his reaction, I think Kieron Pollard (the bowler) was quite happy.
Ludeman was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Most Improved Player at the South Australian Awards Night.