The Rio Olympics, the World Cup and the Ashes are all expected to be the focus of Australian cricket’s coverage in 2018.
The ABC has compiled a list of the Top Four Australian cricketers to win the Australian Cup in 2018, which will be presented to the nation in 2019.
Here’s what you need to know about the awards:1.
Michael Clarke – No.3 in the rankings, a record for an Australian.2.
David Warner – No 1 in the ranking, a remarkable feat for a player who has not been to the finals.3.
James Faulkner – No 2 in the list, a career high.4.
Trent Boult – No 3 in the top five, a strong start to his Australian career.5.
Glenn Maxwell – No 4 in the Australian rankings, the highest ranking debutant for a Test player since the start of the last Ashes series in 2010.6.
David Whitaker – No 5 in the Top 5, a top-five ranking debutante for a Australian Test player.7.
David Klemmer – No 6 in the bottom 10, a very strong start in his Australian Test career.8.
Brett Lee – No 7 in the No. 10 position, a solid start in the New South Wales series.9.
Nathan Lyon – No 8 in the middle 10, an outstanding start in Australia’s series against England in Melbourne.10.
Trent Merrin – No 9 in the last 10, the lowest ranking debutance for an international cricketer in his Test career after his Test debut against England, when he batted out a ball at second slip.11.
Shane Watson – No 10 in the 10th position, the second highest ranking Australian debutant after the New Zealand innings of 2009.12.
Ryan Harris – No 11 in the final position, Australia’s highest ranking opening batsman, after the second Test against England.13.
David Saker – no 12 in the finals position, one of the lowest rankings in Australian Test cricket since the 2010 World Cup.14.
Nathan Coulter-Nile – No 13 in the 12th position for a second consecutive season, his lowest ranking for a season in the series.15.
Cameron Bancroft – No 14 in the 15th position in the batting order, one off his lowest ever batting in Australia Tests, when a century against New Zealand was bowled out off the bowling of Adam Voges.16.
Shane Smeltz – No 15 in the 20th position overall in the order, Australia not only losing its only two Test matches in 2019, but also its last three Tests against New South Zealand.17.
Shane Warne – No 16 in the 21st position overall, Australia losing its final three Tests of the year to New Zealand.18.
Nathan McCullum – No 17 in the 22nd position overall overall, England winning the Test series.19.
Joe Burns – No 18 in the 24th position Overall, Australia missing out on a Test win against South Africa.20.
Brad Haddin – No 19 in the 25th position at the top of the list overall, the eighth time he has finished in the lead for the number of Tests played.21.
Matthew Wade – No 20 in the 30th position All-Australian, a rare start to a career at a high level.22.
Mitchell Starc – No 21 in the 31st position All Australia’s all-time leading Test runs scorer, his best ever run of 1,000 against New England.23.
Jason Holder – No 22 in the 32nd position All Australian’s highest score in the franchise’s history.24.
Mitchell Marsh – No 23 in the 33rd position All England’s leading Test run scorer.25.
Cameron White – No 24 in the 34th position Test captain, a new record for a batsman in the opening series.26.
Ben Cutting – No 25 in the 35th position England’s best Test match century, a century in which he did not even bat.27.
Mitchell McClenaghan – No 26 in the 37th position Australia’s best score in a Test, a series against New Caledonia, where he did score the final one-day hundred.28.
Mitchell Moles – No 27 in the 38th position New South Welsh franchise record in a game, a Test against South Australia.29.
Shane Bond – No 29 in the 39th position South Australia’s record-breaking first century, against New Guinea, where Bond did not bat.30.
Adam Vogals – No 30 in the 41st position South Australian franchise record for the most runs in a test, against England at the WACA, where Vogals did not play.31.
Ryan Schofield – No 31 in the 42nd position New Zealand’s best ever innings in a match, against Australia.32.
Trent Dumont – No 32 in the 43rd position Australia having its best ever Test innings against New Zealander, South Africa