Man of match vote ditched by Cricket Australia

CHLOE SALTAU
Last updated 13:04 14/12/2011
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WHAT A RUSH: Black Caps players (from left) Doug Bracewell, Ross Taylor and BJ Watling celebrate their second test defeat of Australia in the middle of Bellerive Oval.

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Cricket Australia has abandoned its public voting system for the man-of-the-match award following the outcry over New Zealand's Doug Bracewell being overlooked despite bowling his team to victory in Hobart.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said it would revert to an expert's choice for the test series against India and beyond.

"We were always running a bit of a trial for these two tests with those man of the match awards but we will definitely revert back to an expert's choice for that decision about man of the match," Sutherland told Radio 3AW.

"We will still run what the fans think, it has worked really well with the (viewers' choice) application and the television. I think it's something really ahead of its time and I'm sure we'll see it in other sports as well in the future."

Bracewell took 6-40 in the second innings at Bellerive Oval and claimed a match haul of 9-60, yet did not get close to young Australian opener David Warner, who made an unbeaten 123 in Australia's failed chase.

The Black Caps criticised the award for the first time today, with assistant coach Trent Woodhill saying the decision was bizarre.

"It's embarrassing. David Warner had a fantastic innings. He batted all the way through the innings," he told NewstalkZB.

"(But) Doug Bracewell was the player of that match. He took nine wickets for 60, if it wasn't for him we wouldn't have won the match. To me that's who the player of the match should be."

Meanwhile, Sutherland took a none-too-subtle dig at lack of appeal of the Black Caps in the eyes of the Australian public when he defended Hobart's poor crowds of about 6000 per day during the test.

"The weather wasn't that flash down there and Hobart do tend to get test matches that aren't as attractive.

"They never get an Ashes test down there and they haven't had an Indian Test match, they do often get New Zealand down there so it (the crowd) wasn't that good," he said.

"On a per capita basis Hobart actually punches above its weight in terms of attracting a crowd but I understand the backdrop wasn't exactly how we would like to see it for this Test match just gone."

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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