Man of the Match award is given to a player for his outstanding contribution to the team. For instance, when a bowler or a batsman brings the best out of himself by living up to his reputation, he shall be duly presented with an award for his excellence.
At the same time, bagging the Player of the Match award in overseas conditions can be an ultimate challenge. There is always immense pressure on the visiting cricketers when they are playing an overseas Test. Let us now take a glance at the three players with the most Test Man of the Match awards in Australia as visitors.
1. Curtly Ambrose
Curtly Ambrose is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. The West Indies’ bowling great comes first on the list as he bagged the most man-of-the-match awards in Australia as a visitor. Curtly Ambrose bagged six Player of the Match awards in Australia.
Curtly Ambrose has played 14 Tests in Australia wherein he accounted for 78 dismissals including 6 fifers and 1 ten-wicket-haul. On the other hand, he played 47 ODIs in Australia wherein he took 69 wickets including 3 fifers.
2. Sir Richard Hadlee
Former New Zealand cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee is widely regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of the sport and one of the very greatest pacers.
He comes second on the list as he bagged as many as four Man of the Match awards in Australia as a visitor, which is indeed worth applauding. Overall, he played 23 Tests in Australia wherein he took 130 wickets including 14 fifers and 3 ten-wicket-hauls. On the other hand, he took 46 wickets in 36 ODIs including 1 fifer.
3. Derek Randall
Former England cricketer Derek Randall has also bagged four Player of the Match awards in Australia as a visitor. He played first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire whereas he played Tests and ODIs for England.
The former middle-order batsman scored 954 runs in 13 games at an average of 39.75. He smashed 3 centuries and 4 half-centuries to his credit. On the other hand, he scored 446 runs in 21 ODIs including 2 fifties.