ACT Rockets captain Matthew Floros has been awarded the ‘2017 Cricket Australia Indoor Cricket International Men’s Player of the Year’ award during the innings break yesterday of the ODI between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG.
The International Indoor Cricket Player of the Year is awarded annually to the best Australian Men’s and Women’s indoor cricketers, making this the highest individual honour within the sport. Jude Coleman was the recipient of the Women’s Player of the Year award.
In the past seven years a player from the ACT has claimed the award four times with Vinesh Bennett claiming it in consecutive years in 2012 and 2013 followed by Matt’s brother Tim Floros who won the award in 2016.
It was a big 2017 for Floros with plenty of personal achievements. In July last year, Matt led the ACT Rockets to a national title victory over a strong Queensland side who have been national champions 12 times since 2000. Matt played more than half the tournament with a broken thumb and still performed at a high enough level to earn selection to represent Australia.
He then travelled to Dubai as the Australian vice captain, where they claimed the World Cup, going undefeated throughout the tournament and defeating New Zealand by 46 runs in the final.
Australia has a remarkable record on the global stage for Indoor Cricket, having won 10 consecutive World Cup titles in the Men’s Division and nine straight in the Women’s.
Floros plays alongside his two brothers, Tim & Benji, who also represented Australia at the World Cup. Cricket is a family affair for the Floros family, with Matthew’s Uncle Billy Floros the Assistant Coach for the Australian Indoor Cricket Team and his brother Jason Floros is currently part of the Brisbane Heat squad in the KFC Big Bash League. Alexander Floros, Matt’s cousin, also played for Australia in the Indoor World Cup in the 21 and Under age group.
Floros was born and raised in Canberra with his family owning an indoor sports centre in Weston however he currently resides in Brisbane. He continues to make trips to Canberra for the ACT Rockets and he will play in the upcoming Rockets Cup as players begin trialing for the ACT Open Mens side