But its condition has worsened dramatically in the past 12 months. They should never have changed the Shield points system. Maybe bowlers are better these days.
Having emigrated from Zimbabwe at the age of 11 after the family tobacco farm was occupied, the Cartwrights made Perth their second home and it was in Australia that Hilton's cricket education began on an earnest.
The hard-hitting all-rounder graduated from the Under age group level, where he represented Western Australia, during the season and was subsequently selected to play in the Under squad in Australia's second tier competition, Futures League. Cartwright showed immense promise with the bat and was more than useful with the ball - factors which led to his first-class debut for Western Australia in A very gritty customer at the crease, Cartwright's breakthrough season came in when he shone in the Matador Cup and had a strong Sheffield Season to boot.
The consistency meant he was called-up for the Australian over squad against the visiting New Zealand, in He didn't get to play in any match, but the experience was valuable and he was called-up to make his Test debut against Pakistan in the same summer.
Following the two-week tournament, a Cricket Australia XI to compete at the Under 19 Male National Championships in Perth in December was announced, as well as the player of the championships and the leading run scorer, wicket taker and fielder.
Cartwright then got a game in the Test series in Bangladesh but couldn't produce an innings of substance. His batting ability coupled with the utility medium pace meant that he had a strong case to be Australia's number six in Tests, given the country's favoritism towards all-rounders.
However, a loss of form in the Sheffield Shield season meant that he was overlooked for the all-important Ashes series with Australia opting for the specialist batsman in Shaun Marsh.
Cartwright did make his ODI debut during the tour of India in late but got just a solitary game where he struggled to get going. Although having played a decent number of games in First-class circuit, Cartwright is still very young and definitely has the time to improve his game in a big way.
It does seem like he is more adept at red-ball cricket, at least the stats suggest so although one cannot rule him out from making a statement in the shorter formats.
His multiple skill set means that he will continue to be in the radar of the Aussie selectors. By Hariprasad Sadanandan.