South Australia captain Travis Head has been named Sheffield Shield Player of the Year for 2015-16. Head won the award for a season in which he not only scored 699 runs at 38.83, including three centuries, but also led the Redbacks into a Sheffield Shield final for the first time in 20 years.
It has been a big summer for Head, who last year was named South Australia’s youngest captain at the age of 21 and this season made his debut for Australia in Twenty20s. On Saturday, he will lead South Australia out for a Shield final against Victoria in Glenelg, knowing that even a draw will be sufficient to secure the title.
Head finished on 16 votes in the polling for Shield Player of the Year, ahead of Tasmania’s Ben Dunk, Queensland’s Matt Renshaw, and Victoria’s Scott Boland all on 14 votes. He was also named in the Australian Cricketers’ Association’s All-Star Team of the Year, along with fellow South Australians Jake Lehmann and Joe Mennie.
The Benaud Spirit of Cricket Awards went to Tasmania in the men’s competition and South Australia in the women’s competition. The Cricket Australia Umpire Award went to Simon Fry for the third successive year, while New South Wales’ Nick Larkin was named the Futures League Player of the Year and Queensland’s Brendan Doggett was the Lord’s Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year.
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