Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year

The Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year Award is presented annually at the prestigious Australian Cricket Awards. It has been awarded since 1990 and is The Bradman Foundation’s principal award of recognition to elite cricketers.

Tasmanian opening batter, Tim Ward, has been rewarded for a strong first half of the Sheffield Shield season, voted by his peers as the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year.

Ward, 23, has impressed at the top of the order for the Tigers, amassing 467 runs at an average of 51.88 thus far in 2021/22. Sitting on top of the run-scorers’ tally, Ward is a deserving recipient of the award and we look forward to following his progress closely in the years to come.

To be named Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year for 2022, Ward has earned the respect of his cricketing peers.

All contracted first-class players are given one vote to select their best player under the age of 24, and who has played not more than 10 first-class matches before 26 January each year. Players are not allowed to vote for their team-mates.

Many of the previous recipients have progressed to distinguish themselves at Test and ODI level.

The recipient is presented with a bat personally signed by Sir Donald Bradman. In 1989 Sir Donald signed 100 bats so, through this award, there will remain a direct connection between the world’s greatest batsman and high achieving young Australian cricketers throughout most of the 21st Century.

A full list of past winners – including many who have gone on to have distinguished careers at the highest level – is available below.

CONGRATULATIONS Tim Ward – 2022

CONGRATULATIONS Will Sutherland – 2021

Past Winners

  • 2022 – Tim Ward – Tasmania
  • 2021 – Will Sutherland – Victoria
  • 2020 – Wes Agar – South Australia
  • 2019 – Will Pucovski – Victoria
  • 2018 – Jhye Richardson – Western Australia
  • 2017 – Hilton Cartwright – Western Australia
  • 2016 – Alex Ross – South Australia
  • 2015 – Sean Abbott – New South Wales
  • 2014 – Jordan Silk – Tasmania
  • 2013 – Joe Burns – Queensland
  • 2012 – David Warner – New South Wales
  • 2011 – Trent Copeland – New South Wales
  • 2010 – John Hastings – Victoria
  • 2009 – Phil Hughes – New South Wales
  • 2008 – Luke Pomersbach – Western Australia
  • 2007 – Ben Hilfenhaus – Tasmania
  • 2006 – Daniel Cullen – South Australia
  • 2005 – Mark Cosgrove – South Australia
  • 2004 – Shaun Tait – South Australia
  • 2003 – Nathan Hauritz – Queensland
  • 2002 – Shane Watson – Tasmania
  • 2001 – Nathan Bracken – New South Wales
  • 2000 – Brett Lee – New South Wales
  • 1999 – Simon Katich – Western Australia
  • 1998 – Michael Hussey – Western Australia
  • 1997 – Ricky Ponting – Tasmania
  • 1996 – Michael Kasprowicz – Queensland
  • 1995 – Martin Love – Queensland
  • 1994 – Matthew Hayden – Queensland
  • 1993 – Michael Slater – New South Wales
  • 1992 – Damien Martyn – Western Australia
  • 1991 – Michael Bevan – New South Wales
  • 1990 – Darren Lehmann – South Australia
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