Adam Voges wins the Richie Benaud medal for Player of the Series
Australian batsman Adam Voges was bestowed with the Richie Benaud medal for his contribution with the bat in the just concluded Test series against West Indies. Voges became the first ever recipient of the prestigious honour, after the third Test in Sydney ended in a draw.
The Richie Benaud medal is named in honour of the legendary Aussie cricketer who loved playing against the West Indies, and the medal was decided by both cricketing boards to be awarded to the best player of the series between Australia and West Indies.
The Medal, which will become a perpetual honour presented at the end of every Frank Worrell Trophy Series between the long-time cricket rivals, from now on, was presented by Benaud's widow Daphne at the conclusion of the rain-marred third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Voges had a remarkable series against the visitors, amassing 375 runs in just two innings, including his top score of 269* in Hobart. That the 36-year old made his Test debut less than a year ago, makes the honour all the more special for the Perth-born cricketer.
The inauguration of the Medal has been welcomed by Benaud's family in memory of the revered former all-rounder, broadcaster and writer who died last year on April 10, aged 84. "Australia's relationship with the West Indies and his personal friendship with Frank Worrell meant so much to Richie. This is a wonderful honour and we are delighted that his name will forever be linked to series played between the two teams," Daphne Benaud said.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said it was fitting that the inaugural Benaud Medal would be presented at the iconic SCG where the former Australian played much of his cricket and considered it be his favourite stadium.
"The Sydney Cricket Ground was Richie's favourite stage, where he performed many fine feats for New South Wales and Australia. Richie made an enormous contribution to cricket across almost 70 years and we are delighted that this will continue to be recognised," Sutherland said.
Incidentally, the third Test match between Australia and West Indies at the SCG was also the first Test match to be played at the venue since the death of Benaud in April 2015, owing to a long battle with cancer.