Perth Scorchers legend Pat Cummins has taken home his first Captain Grumpy Medal, beating out Gary ‘Nathan’ Lyon and Aaron ‘Finch’ Finch for the top gong in Australia cricket.
Dean Jones was a high profile inductee into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, although Hashim Amla will most likely agree that Deano’s commentary career was ignored in the selection criteria.
The GOAT took out Test Player of the Year, Glenn Maxwell was named T20 Player of the Year, Matty Wade was Domestic Player of the Year, while beloved West Aussie Marcus ‘Stoins’ Stoinis was named ODI Player of the Year, and also submitted his application to replace Dr Harry on Better Homes & Gardens.
My favourite little tidbit of the night was that in the fateful Cape Town test that spawned “Coated abrasive that consists of sheets of paper or cloth with abrasive material glued to one face”-gate, Cam Bancroft was voted the 2nd best Aussie in the match for his 1st innings 77.
It’s ALMOST on par with Plugger Lockett getting 2 Brownlow votes in the game where he caved in Peter Caven’s face (And got 8 weeks), and then booted 11 goals to get St Kilda home by a point after being 51 points down. But it seems like a bad comparison- The Saints actually won.
For the much more successful women’s teams, Alyssa Healy was pretty much the clear standout, winning the Belinda Clarke Award, the ODI Player and T20 Player of the Year awards, and another West Aussie in Heather Graham (Wait a minute, wasn’t she in Austin Powers) was named Female Domestic Player of the Year.
The night made me think that because of ‘that’ scandal, this year’s awards really felt like the equivalent of the Moonee Valley Racing Club allowing maidens to race in the Cox Plate- People that didn’t have a shot at these awards in previous years actually did.
Wait a minute, the MVRC already did that…
TL:DR – Well done CumDog!