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Queenslanders Recognised at Australian Cricket Awards

Marnus Labuschagne

Queensland’s cricketers have been recognised for their achievements and exploits on and off the field at last night’s Australian Cricket Awards.  

Bulls batsman Marnus Labuschagne was crowned Men’s Test Player of the Year after a breakout 2019-20 that saw him star in Australia’s Ashes retention in the United Kingdom where he scored 353 runs at an average of 50.25. 

Labuschagne’s golden form continued during the recent home summer where he plundered 896 runs in seven innings against Pakistan and New Zealand as Australian went through both series unbeaten. 

Jess Jonassen was recognised as one of the country’s most consistent performers after polling in the top three for Australia’s One Day International, T20 International and Belinda Clarke Medal Awards.  

Jonassen’s Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire teammate Beth Mooney was shortlisted for Australia’s Women’s Domestic Player of the Year Award after a summer in which she again dominated the Women’s Big Bash League. Mooney scored the second most runs in the WBBL|05 season and picked up her second successive Player of the Final award after hitting an unbeaten 56 as the Heat claimed back-to-back championships.  

Fire batter Josie Dooley was shortlisted for the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year Award after a summer in which her WNCL and WBBL performances were rewarded with selection in Australia A’s recent series against India A.  

Queensland’s cricketers continued to live out QC’s purpose to unite and inspire Queensland communities through cricket after Jemma Barsby and Usman Khawaja were shortlisted for the Australian Cricket Community Champion Award.  

Barsby was recognised for her work as an ambassador for Multiple Sclerosis Queensland and Goodbye to MS where she continues to be a great role model and advocate for multiple sclerosis research and awareness. 

Khawaja was shortlisted for the Community Champion Award as Founder of the Usman Khawaja Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation that provides educational and cricketing opportunities for disadvantaged youth.  

Former Queensland fast bowler Craig McDermott was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame after a stellar career that saw him take 494 international wickets across 71 tests and 138 One Day Internationals. McDermott also played 77 first class and 28 List A games for Queensland, while his post-playing career has seen him hold coaching roles with the Australian Men’s Team during the 2013-14 Ashes series and 2015 World Cup triumphs.  

Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson congratulated Queensland’s players for their achievements across the year. 

“The past year has been a great one for cricket and one where our Queensland players have shone on and off the field. 

“From players like Marnus and Jess performing with bat and ball, to Jemma and Usman doing wonderful things for our communities away from the cricket field, our Bulls and Fire squads continue to be great role models and inspire the next generation of fans to play the game.  

“Thanks and congratulations to all our players on a great year. We’re looking forward to a big end of the summer with the T20 World Cup to come and Sheffield Shield final rounds to play out.” 

Allan Border Field will this weekend host the first of four days of ICC Women's T20 World Cup practice games when defending champions Australia play the West Indies on Saturday. Tickets are available through the T20 World Cup website.

The Bulls' Sheffield Shield campaign gets back underway on Friday when they host Tasmania at the Gabba.

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