ICC news August 26, 2011

England dominate ICC Test team of the year

ESPNcricinfo staff

Five English cricketers were named in the ICC's Test team of the year, reflecting England's rise to the No. 1 spot, achieved during their 4-0 whitewash of India earlier this month. Two batsmen, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, and three bowlers, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson, made the XI, but there was no place for Ian Bell despite his averaging 89.50 and making four hundreds during the qualifying period from August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011.

Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler, made the team for the fourth straight year, while Sachin Tendulkar was named to the team for the third consecutive year. Three South Africa batsmen, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis, plus Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka captain, made up the rest of the XI, while India fast bowler Zaheer Khan was named 12th man. Sangakkara was named captain and wicketkeeper, though he no longer performs either role for Sri Lanka in Tests.

"While selecting the squad, the selectors didn't rely only on statistics only, but took into account all other factors like the opposition, pitch conditions, match situation etc," Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain and chairman of the ICC Awards selection panel, said in a release. "But when you have only 12 places to fill from a big group of world-class players, there will always be a few who will miss out. In the panel's expert opinion, it has selected the best team based on performances over the past 12 months."

The ICC also released the short-list for its annual awards and Tendulkar will have a chance to repeat as Cricketer of the Year award but will have to fend off challenges from Amla, and the England pair of Cook and Trott to do so. Tendulkar wasn't quite as prolific as last year, but still managed to score 973 runs in 10 Tests at an average of 64.86 and 513 runs from 11 ODIs at an average of 46.63.

Cook and Trott were also short-listed for the Test Player of the Year award alongside their team-mate Anderson, with Kallis the other nominee. Cook was in particularly inspired form in Tests, making 1302 runs from 12 games at an average of 76.58 with six centuries and four half-centuries. Trott was almost as good, accumulating 1042 runs from 12 Tests at an average of 65.12 with four centuries and three half-centuries. Anderson meanwhile was a handful with the ball, picking up 50 wickets in 11 Tests at an average of 25.48 and a strike-rate of 54.00.

Amla was nominated for the ODI Player of the Year award as well, along with Kumar Sangakkara, Australia allrounder Shane Watson and India opener Gautam Gambhir. Watson continued to excel in the 50-over game, making 955 runs in 19 matches at an average of 59.68 and a strike-rate of 111.17, while also chipping in with 15 wickets.

New Zealand's Tim Southee's five-wicket haul against Pakistan was up for the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year, alongside England's Tim Bresnan, Watson and South Africa batsman JP Duminy.

Test team of the year: (in batting order) Alastair Cook, Hashim Amla, Jonathan Trott, Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara (capt/wk), AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, James Anderson, Zaheer Khan (12th man)

The short-lists

Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, Alastair Cook, Sachin Tendulkar, Jonathan Trott

Test Player of the Year: James Anderson, Alastair Cook, Jacques Kallis, Jonathan Trott

ODI Player of the Year: Hashim Amla, Gautam Gambhir, Kumar Sangakkara, Shane Watson

Emerging Player of the Year: Azhar Ali, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Wahab Riaz

Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year: Ryan ten Doeschate, Hamid Hassan, Kevin O'Brien, Paul Stirling

Twenty20 International Performance of the Year: Tim Bresnan 3-10 v Pakistan, JP Duminy 96* v Zimbabwe, Tim Southee 5-18 v Pakistan, Shane Watson 59 v England

Women's Cricketer of the Year: Charlotte Edwards (England), Lydia Greenway (England), Shelley Nitschke (Australia), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)

Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Ian Gould, Simon Taufel

Spirit of Cricket: MS Dhoni for his recall of Ian Bell during the second Test match between England and India at Trent Bridge, July/August 2011, and Jacques Kallis for walking twice during the World Cup 2011 after clarifying with the opposition fielder if they had caught the ball cleanly

People's Choice Award: Hashim Amla, MS Dhoni, Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara, Jonathan Trott

Members of the voting academy

Former players: Andy Bichel, Naimur Rahman, Aamir Sohail, Pat Symcox, Nasser Hussein, Russel Arnold, Robin Singh, Shane Bond, Grant Flower, Desmond Haynes, and John Davison (Associate Representative Cricketer)

Media: Greg Buckle (Australia), Abdul Majid Bhatti (Pakistan), Azad Majumdar (Bangladesh), Kevin McCallum (South Africa), Stephen Brenkley (England), Chris Dhambarage (Sri Lanka), Ayaz Memon (India), Tony Becca (West Indies), Bryan Waddle (New Zealand), John Ward (Zimbabwe) and KR Nayer (Associate Representative)

Elite panel of ICC referees representative: Chris Broad

Elite panel of ICC umpires representative: Aleem Dar

Chairman of ICC cricket committee: Clive Lloyd

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  • Jonathan on August 29, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    @ SatyajitM - While I agree with the point that Prior shouldn't be picked (solely) for his batting average, it's a fact of modern international cricket that the keeper is now considered a frontline batsman, so you have to take batting into consideration, and this is where Prior stands out. Also, while Prior's keeping was awful two years ago, he's now at least as good as most other test keepers with the gloves - go watch his stumping of Raina if you don't believe that. But the problem is not the non-selection of Prior, it's the selection of Sangakkara, who's been selected purely on batting average, because he doesn't even keep in tests for Sri Lanka any more. I would have had no issue with Prassana Jayawardene being named in this team.

  • Satyajit on August 29, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Eng has been sufficiently represented in the test team. There should not have been more from Eng. As Clive Loyd mentions, it's not just numbers but a qualitative factor also taken into consideration while choosing the players. That's why Bell is yet to be part of the team. Maybe once he establishes himself in more foreign conditions he could be considered for it. In case of Pietersen, he has the pedigree but lacks the numbers this year. Prior cannot be the best wk. He was known as butter finger couple of years back. While his wicket keeping may have improved it's far away from that. His batting avg has been good, but you don't choose wk for such a team based on batting avg.

  • soha on August 29, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    and spirit of cricket award goes to vettori for his superb performance in world cup quarter final... du ples.......

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    See the both Test and ODI rankings! India is the No.1 in having a balance (or else a rank combined together) India is No3 in both Test and ODI. Other teams are higher in one format and much lower in other format.

  • Asrar on August 29, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Rahul Dravid- The Great Wall of India?

  • Avinash on August 29, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Hashim Amla should be the ICC Cricketer of the year

    In 13 ODI innings this year he has scored five hundreds and three fifties, and averages 82.16 at a strike rate of 103.13 and has an average of 79.60 in seven Tests.

    There is no one who can stand up to those numbers for the year. Others in the list are good players , but number show Amla's Dominance

  • mayank on August 29, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    For all those who are asking what Tendulkar has done in the last 12 months to be in this team here is the answer. Tendulkar has scored 1128 runs at an average of 59.36 in 22 innings. Dravid has scored 1285 run at an average of 53.54 in 28 innings.

    Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave R Dravid 15 28 4 1285 191 53.54 SR Tendulkar 12 22 3 1128 214 59.36

  • rahul on August 29, 2011, 4:12 GMT


  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    I find it odd that Sachin is nominated for "Cricketer of the year but does not figure in either "ODI or Test Player of the year" while all other nominees are there in at least one of them..

  • Sam on August 28, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Matt...Prior...? Best keeper/batsman in world cricket?

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