14 Dec 2011

Cricket Australia to give up public voting on player of the match

6:43 pm on 14 December 2011

Cricket Australia will revert to a panel of experts to decide man of the match awards after Doug Bracewell failed to win a public vote despite bowling New Zealand to victory in a test match in Hobart on Monday.

Bracewell's six for 40 in Australia's second innings was decisive in the Black Caps winning their first test match since 1985 across the Tasman Sea.

The 21-year-old still, however, lost out heavily to Australia opener David Warner, who made an unbeaten 123, in a vote conducted among subscribers of a mobile telephone company which is a major sponsor of Australian cricket.