Bracewell farce forces Australia to ditch text vote

Sydney: Cricket Australia will revert to a panel of experts to decide man of the match awards after Doug Bracewell failed to win a public vote despite bowling New Zealand to victory in a test match in Hobart on Monday.

Bracewell`s six wickets for 40 runs in Australia`s second innings were unarguably decisive in the Black Caps winning their first test match since 1985 across the Tasman Sea.

The 21-year-old still, however, lost out heavily to Australia opener David Warner, who made an unbeaten 123, in a vote conducted among subscribers of a mobile telephone company which is a major sponsor of Australian cricket.

"We were always running a bit of a trial for these two tests with those man of the match awards but we will definitely revert back to an expert`s choice for that decision about man of the match," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland told Melbourne`s Radio 3AW on Wednesday.

Bureau Report

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