Queensland Bulls left-hander Usman Khawaja and ACT Meteors veteran Kris Britt have capped strong early-season performances by being named ACA Player of the Month for their respective competitions.
The 27 year-old Bull dominated the Matador BBQs One Day Cup, with scores of 38, 43, 37, 34, 85, 166 and 120. His 523 runs came at an average of nearly 75 and at a scoring rate of a-run-a-ball. The highlight was his stylish and occasionally brutal innings of 166 versus Tasmania - an incredible game in which just four wickets fell for a mammoth 800 runs. Queensland 3 for 402 (Khawaja 166, Hartley 142) beat Tasmania 1 for 398 (Dunk 229*, Paine 125) by seven wickets.
Khawaja attracted almost half (49.4%) of the player votes, with Victoria's Cameron White (354 runs at 97.79) continuing his solid form at One Day level and getting 20.48% of the votes. Western Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile took 13 wickets at 8.15 to gather 9.64% of votes.
In the Women's competitions, Kris Britt started her season beautifully, notching back-to-back 70s against the NSW Breakers in T20 and WNCL formats. The 31 year-old made 234 runs in the voting period, receiving 22.22% of the player votes to edge out Vic Spirit recruit Nicole Bolton (14.81%), whose highlight was an unbeaten 112 in her first outing with the Spirit. Bolton's captain Meg Lanning received 12.96% after posting top scores of 66 in each of the WNCL and WT20 competitions.
The ACA Player of the Month awards are voted on by all contracted Cricket Australia, State and Rookie players. The award are presented for the six months of the cricket season from October to March and recognise the achievements of the best performed male and female players across the Australian domestic competitions.
Players vote on the best performed player of the month (based on the period of statistics provided) but are unable to vote for themselves or members of their own squad in this process.