Shelley Nitschke wins Belinda Clark Award

Retired all-rounder Shelley Nitschke has claimed her fourth straight Belinda Clark Award (formerly the Women’s International Player of the Year Award) at the Allan Border Medal in Melbourne this evening.

The South Australian, who polled 33 votes, edged out fellow all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar, who finished with 31 votes and Alex Blackwell (26).

 

The left-hand bat and left-arm orthodox spinner played a total of 13 matches in the voting period, amassing 285 runs at an average of 23.75, while also taking 21 wickets at 17.62 apiece.

It is also the fourth year in a row Sthalekar has come second, following her consistent efforts throughout the last 12 months, which included 20 matches in the voting period, 285 runs at an average of 21.92 and 30 wickets at 18.23 apiece.

Nitschke announced her retirement from international cricket in July last year following the Quadrangular Series final in England. At the time of announcing her retirement from international cricket she was the world’s No. 1 all-rounder and bowler.

She decided to play one final season of state cricket with South Australia as a mentor to their younger players before retiring from all forms of cricket in December at the age of 35.

Nitschke collected a host of accolades during her international career, including the 2005 World Cup, the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup and she was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2010.

The voting period for the award includes all Test, One-Day International and T20 International matches played between 18 February 2011 and 3 February 2012.

The Women’s International Player of the Year trophy was renamed the Belinda Clark Award this year in honour of one of the games’ greats. Clark played 15 Tests, scoring 919 runs at an average of 45.95, and 118 ODIs, amassing 4844 runs at 47.49.

Women’s International Player of the Year – Top 3

Shelley Nitschke            33 votes

Lisa Sthalekar                        31

Alex Blackwell                        26

 

Previous Winners

2002- Karen Rolton

2003- Karen Rolton

2004- Cathryn Fitzpatrick

2005- Karen Rolton

2006- Karen Rolton

2007- Lisa Sthalekar

2008- Lisa Sthalekar

2009- Shelley Nitschke

2010- Shelley Nitschke

2011 – Shelley Nitschke

 

 

Shelley Nitschke

 

Born                                    3 December, 1976

State                                    South Australia

Batting style                         Left-hand bat

Bowling style                        Left-arm off-spin

Test debut                        England Women v Australia Women at Hove, Aug 9-12, 2005

ODI debut                        India Women v Australia Women at Mysore, Dec 11, 2004

T20I debut                        England Women v Australia Women at Taunton, Sep 2, 2005

 

 

Statistics in the Voting Period

 

  M Inn NO Runs Ave HS Ov Mdn W Runs Ave BB Ct
Nitschke, S 13 13 1 285 23.75 78 86.4 5 21 370 17.62 3-35 3

 

 

Career Statistics

 

Batting and fielding averages

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

BF

SR

100

50

4s

6s

Ct

St

Tests

6

11

2

295

88*

32.77

810

36.41

0

2

42

2

0

0

ODIs

80

69

9

2047

113*

34.11

2895

70.70

1

14

242

20

31

0

T20Is

36

35

2

776

56

23.51

734

105.72

0

3

92

3

6

0

 

Bowling averages

Mat

Inns

Balls

Runs

Wkts

BBI

BBM

Ave

Econ

SR

4w

5w

10

Tests

6

11

1180

335

12

3/59

3/38

27.91

1.70

98.3

0

0

0

ODIs

80

78

3632

2170

98

7/24

7/24

22.14

3.58

37.0

2

1

0

T20Is

36

35

768

705

43

4/21

4/21

16.39

5.50

17.8

1

0

0

(Stats supplied by Bronwyn Calver and Cricinfo)