Sydney, Dec 15: Cricket Australia has decided to stick to the earlier mode of announcing the man of the match for the four match Test series against India starting on Dec 26.
Cricket Australia used the voting system using the mobile application for announcing the man of the match award which supposedly back fired as the crowd voted for David Warner more than New Zealand's Doug Bracewell as he took 9 wickets to help Kiwis register their first win in Australia in 26 years.
David Warner, who played an amazing knock of 123* but failed to help Australia score the winning target as they fell short by 8 runs, is said to have got 58% of the votes while the real match winner Doug Bracewell, got only 27% of the votes. This has raised a few eyebrows as the four match test series between India and Australia is just round the corner.
Earlier in the first test at Brisbane, there weren't many contenders for the player of the match as public voted for James Pattinson. Bracewell who finished with figures of 9/60 altered the course of the match as he collected 3 in 9 balls to dismiss the Aussie middle order, helping the Kiwis register their first win on Australian soil after 26 years. So the decision made was absolutely wrong, said Tremt Woodhill, Assistant coach New Zealand.
"It's embarrassing. David Warner had a fantastic innings. He batted all the way through the innings," Woodhill said. "Doug Bracewell was the player of that match. He took nine wickets for 60, if it wasn't for him we wouldn't have won the match. To me that's who the player of the match should be."
It was quite obvious that Australian supporters would naturally support their players and vote for Aussies regardless of the result of the game. Due to the response they got after experimenting the voting system in the recently concluded test series against New Zealand, Cricket Australia has decided to proceed with the traditional method of selecting the man of the match, via expert opinion for the upcoming series against India starting later this month.