Abbott is Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year

28 Jan 2015

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Sean Abbott was named Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year having debuted for Australia in 2014.

The New South Welshman was the leading wicket-taker in the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year category, the qualifications for which were that players had to be 24 years old or younger and have played no more than 10 first-class matches at the start of the voting period.

In the 2014 calendar year, the 22 year-old took 36 wickets across all formats, including career-best figures of 6-14 in a Sheffield Shield match against Queensland in December. Abbott's form across the year saw him debut for Australia in both ODI and T20I cricket.

Attracting 42 per cent of the player votes, Abbott was clearly the standout young player in the eyes of his peers. Gurinder Sandhu (15 per cent) and Marcus Stoinis (14 per cent) polled the bulk of the remaining votes.

Sean Abbott said: "I am thankful for the support of the Australian cricket family and wider community, as well as my own family, close friends and team mates, and especially my girlfriend Brier.

"I feel privileged to receive such an award, especially after a couple of good seasons in a row on the field and some tough off-seasons pushing myself to continually improve. I feel that this is a reward for a lot of good work and finally putting some consistent good performances together.

"I am looking to improve my cricket every day and to keep putting good performances on the board for the NSW Blues and the Sydney Sixers and if I continue to perform consistently well, hopefully contribute to the Australian cricket team down the track."

Watch Abbott's presentation here.