‘Bowler deserves the man of the series award’ – Andrew Tye on bowlers dominated SAvAUS T20I series
Aaron Finch (111 runs) was awarded the player of the series instead of Ashton Agar (8 wickets).
Updated - Feb 27, 2020 12:31 pm
The Australian Cricket team completed the demolition job of the South Africans for the second time in the past three games to take the match, as well as the three-match series by the margin 2-1. Coming into the series decider at Newlands in Cape Town, all eyes were on the duo of David Warner and Steven Smith, who was returning to the scene for the very first time since the 2018 ball-tampering scandal.
David Warner has said in the lead-up to the fixture that he couldn’t wait to get into the thick of things at Newlands and the southpaw, along with his opening partner and skipper Aaron Finch, testified it in the opening 5-6 overs of Australia’s batting when they proceeded to shellack the hosts bowling attack.
In the end, the template was exactly the same; Finch and Warner gave an explosive start, followed by a middle-order ruddle and then their bowlers performed the demolition job on the South African batting unit. Australia’s bowling- Mitchell Starc at the start and the duo of Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar in the middle-overs- was at the heart of them inflicting two of the biggest defeats suffered by South Africa in their history of T20I cricket.
Andrew Tye disappointed with bowlers getting overlooked
And, so it was surprising to see when none of the bowlers was adjudged the ‘Player of the Series.’ Especially Ashton Agar, who claimed a hat-trick in the first game and was equally brilliant in the rest of the matches. Instead, it once again went to a batsman- in the form of Aussie skipper Aaron Finch, who scored 111 runs in three games at an average of 37 and a strike-rate of 146.05.
The decision of giving the award to a batsman when it was clear that it should have really gone to one of the bowlers has disappointed Aussie pacer Andrew Tye, who took to Twitter and wrote, “Another dominant series by the Aussie bowlers and still no man of the series award to show for it #batsmansgame”
Another dominant series by the Aussie bowlers and still no man of the series award to show for it 🤦🏻 #batsmansgame
— Andrew Tye (@aj191) February 27, 2020
Coming back to the game, it was almost an impressive T20I for the Aussies with Mitchell Starc bamboozling the hosts top-order before Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa spun a web around the Proteas batsmen to bowl them out for 96 in 15.3 overs to pick up a 97-run win.