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Symonds wins one-day award

By Adam Cooper 31/01/2005 09:12:41 PM Comments (0)

Another year of Australian dominance in one-day cricket threw up few close results, yet a countback was needed to determine Andrew Symonds as the country's best-performing one-day player of the past year.

The Queenslander finished on 15 votes with young gun Michael Clarke and fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz, but Symonds won because he was judged his side's best player in four matches, with Clarke best in three and Kasprowicz best in two.

Darren Lehmann (12 votes) was fourth, with fast bowler Jason Gillespie (11) fifth.

Symonds made his mark in the one-day arena in the five-match series in Sri Lanka last March, where he was judged player of the series in Australia's 3-2 win, including 40 and 2-34 in the fifth match in Colombo.

Those performances earned the 29-year-old two matches in Australia's 3-0 Test series whitewash over the Sri Lankans and further underlined how exquisite his all-round package of brutal hitting, dynamic fielding and versatile bowling can be in the one-day game.

He averaged 40 with the bat, and complemented that with 13 wickets, but finished off the year in disappointing fashion with five ducks in six innings during this summer's triangular series against Pakistan and the West Indies.

Clarke was desperately unlucky not to win the one-day award, having scored two centuries and a 97 as an opener and taking 5-35 with his left-arm spinners in one match in Sri Lanka, and adding a new, youthful dimension to Ricky Ponting's side.

Kasprowicz took 31 wickets at 16.13 with a best haul of 5-45.

Votes were allocated from Australia's matches in Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, against India and Pakistan in Holland, the Champions' Trophy, the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and from the current Tri-Series.

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