Bailey is players' choice

02 Nov 2017

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The ACA JLT Cup Team of the Year has been announced this morning, after the players voted on who they considered to be the most valuable of the Australia's one-day domestic competition.

The team was voted on by the wider playing group last week, and represents who the players feel had the biggest impact on the three-week tournament (not inclusive of finals). 

George Bailey was named Captain of the team, humbling the Tasmanian skipper.

"I know everyone says it, but it does mean a lot when you're recognised by your peers.

"I think your opposition and teammates have the greatest understanding of how hard you work and the effort that goes into any success you may have.

"It was a disappointing tournament for Tasmania as a team, in which it would have been nice to win a couple more games, but it was nice to have a reasonable tournament individually," Bailey said.

Bailey highlighted that Tasmania, as well as many of the teams, played a significant number of young players this year, who made their mark on the tournament.

"We certainly did play some younger players through the competition, but looking around the teams, I think a huge number of players who haven't played many games suddenly had a big impact," Bailey said.

"It is exciting for them. It's one thing to be training, playing grade cricket and playing second eleven cricket; but that step up to first-class level either gives you great confidence or real clarity on what you need to work at."

Bailey was adamant that domestic matches had to remain on first-class venues, in order for the tournament to continue to improve, after many JLT Cup games were played on club grounds.

"Players appreciate playing on first-class venues, wherever possible, as that's where the international games are played, which is what players are aiming for;" Bailey said.

"And invariably, those venues have the better wickets, which gives you a greater understanding of your skills.

"A couple of the grounds we play on are nice boutique grounds, but are very small and don't really replicate the conditions or skills that are required at an international level.

"Of course, there was that one game that was abandoned, which is disappointing to see that happen in one of our premier domestic games.

"I think it is definitely an area to focus on going forward."

ACA JLT Cup Team of the Year

Nic Maddinson - 398 runs @ 66.33
Daniel Hughes - 379 runs @ 63.17
Usman Khawaja - 380 runs @ 63.33
Shaun Marsh - 380 runs @ 95
George Bailey (c) - 373 runs @ 62.17
Peter Handscomb - 171 runs @ 57.33, 7 catches, 2 stumpings
Michael Neser - 153 runs @ 51, 8 wickets @ 35.5
Sean Abbott - 12 wickets @ 24.75
Jhye Richardson 11 wickets @ 28.09
Joe Mennie - 12 wickets @ 19
Fawad Ahmed - 11 wickets @ 26.54

12th Michael Klinger - 336 runs @ 67.2

In the ACA JLT Team of the Year, every state had at least one representative, with the CA XI being the exception, who registered just one win during the tournament.

New South Wales pair Nic Maddinson and Daniel Hughes were selected at the top of the order, while teammate Sean Abbott filled one of the bowling positions.

Experienced pair Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh were named at three and four, while Peter Handscomb was selected as wicketkeeper, after 171 runs and nine dismissals across just four games. 

Queensland all-rounder Michael Neser was selected at number seven after an impressive three weeks, which yielded eight wickets and 153 runs, including a blistering 122 against Western Australia.

Jhye Richardson and Joe Mennie rounded out the fast bowling spots, before Victorian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed was picked at number eleven after a successful tournament.

Western Australian Michael Klinger was picked as the twelfth man after another outstanding tournament at the top of the order for Western Australia.