Is this Australian sport’s worst individual award? Cricket fans walked away in disbelief at the shock man of the Big Bash League medal

Spencer Johnson received the man of the match award following Brisbane’s BBL final win over the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday night – but it seems all the fans are talking about is the «embarrassing» medal he walked away with.

The 28-year-old’s 4-26 ripped the Sixers’ hearts out and earned him the best figures in the BBL decider.

Virtually unknown at the start of 2023, Johnson has now made his T20 and ODI debuts for Australia, won the title and earned $1.78 million IPL since August.

The left-hander quickly took to the stage to accept the man of the match award – which was revealed to be an illustration of a bucket of KFC chicken with a red string.

Fans on social media slammed the BBL for the «embarrassing» price tag.

Cricket fans have criticized the BBL over the player of the match medal awarded to Spencer Johnson for his incredible performance in the biggest game of the season.

Fans called the award «embarrassing», «lame» and a «clown show»

«Have some respect. Upgrade the medal,” wrote one X user.

«It also doubles as a guest ticket if you want to visit the KFC headquarters,» he joked

«Embarrassing,» said a third.

Other responses included: «What a joke», «Clown show» and «The sharpest medal I’ve ever seen».

Johnson said he owes his career to the Heat, who took a chance on him last summer after an injury seemed to destroy his career before it even began.

But he is eager for more opportunities for Australia.

Johnson has been left out of the squad for next month’s white-ball series against the West Indies but still has some hope of playing in the T20 World Cup in June.

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«People came to see me. asking how come I missed out on Aussie selection, but 12 months ago if someone had told me that I would probably have laughed,” Johnson said.

Johnson took best figures of 4-26 in the Big Bash League final on Wednesday

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«I am very grateful for the position I am in now. I hope I can play for Australia again and that’s what I want to do.

‘(The T20 World Cup) is something I would obviously like to take part in.

“I watched the Aussies win the ODI World Cup in India. Unfortunately it was from the couch, but it looked incredible to be a part of it.

«Playing for Australia is what I want to do, so I hope to keep playing.»

Johnson hopes his big opening will come when Starc retires.

The Australian veteran has no short-term plans to leave, but has previously hinted that he will give away white-ball cricket first before eventually bowing out in the Test format.

In recent years, left-handers Johnson, Ben Dwarshuis, Jason Behrendorff and Daniel Sams have played with the white ball in Australia.

But Johnson looks the most likely of the bunch and wants to make sure he is the first man called up to replace the 33-year-old Starc.

«I’ve always thought that when Starcy calls time, hopefully I’m ready to go,» Johnson said.

«If I can continue to perform at this level and then come back to South Australia and play first-class cricket and get some more performances under my belt, then who knows.»

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The South Australian said he hoped his chances could extend to red-ball cricket, where he played his first four matches over the past year after an injury-plagued 20s.

His returns are useful though, with 20 wickets at an average of 23.15.

«It’s all my body will let me do,» Johnson said.

“If I feel I am ready for all types of cricket.

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