ICC Awards 2011 September 12, 2011

Alastair Cook is Test Cricketer of the Year

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England opener Alastair Cook has been named the Test Cricketer of the Year at the ICC Awards ceremony in London. Cook beat off competition from his team-mates James Anderson and Jonathan Trott, and South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis.

"I think the highlight of year was when we won in Sydney to beat Australia, and Chris Tremlett to take that final wicket, it was truly a great year," Cook said after receiving the award from ICC Hall of Fame inductee Curtly Ambrose. "This award is about the rest of the team not just me."

During the performance period - from August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011 - Cook played 12 Tests and in 18 innings he scored 1302 runs at an average of 76.58, including six centuries and four half-centuries. His 235 not out against Australia in Brisbane kick-started England's first Ashes victory away from home since 1986-87.

Cook finished the Ashes with a phenomenal tally of 766 runs, but his best batting effort came against India at Edgbaston, where his monumental 294 helped England seal the series and knock India off the No. 1 Test spot.

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  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | September 13, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    setsung, a summer is different to other countries, so it will be better u give a proper month description in future. In India summer is from March/April to June.

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | September 13, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    To those who says England plays the highest number of test each year, you have to remember that Eng is the only nation to play during the NH summer. Hence every year they are guarantee to play 7 tests at home which is the contract they sign with Sky. Add in the fact that they always do 2 winter tours every year with this year being the exception as there was the Ashes and the World Cup. So in effect Eng is playing cricket pretty much year round. Since only 2 countries can tour England during any summer, that leaves the rest of the countries with nothing to in the summer months.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | September 13, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    @gupta.Ankur, Ask Sachin to break LARA's 400 or LARA's total number of double centuries. Some fans of cook would like him to do, its the same as you call sachin as god, some fans believe in COOK. Will ever any INDIAN would score 400 in Test, NEVER and EVER.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Awesome Player............nice stroke making guy after after a long time in england history who made england shine in & out of england...........

  • POSTED BY Jim27 on | September 13, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Expected this from him ... My heartiest Congratulations to him n team England!!:)

  • POSTED BY spinnermatt on | September 13, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    The stats are not wrong in the article. 18 innings (1 not out), 1302 runs @ 76.58, 6 100s and 4 50s.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | September 13, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    I would have given the award to James Anderson if I had a role to play in the jury. They are forgetting about the bowlers how bad. @sameer : I hope u calculate the bad patches which a cricket has to go through. The same dialogues were said about KP when he was blazing in ODI's and even Tharanga of SL when he was in a century scoring era. Only time will decide the fate and because Eng plays the higher no.of tests each year cook might get a chance to go ahead though.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    He was soooo strong in the tests he should probably have got ICC Cricketer of the Year as well!

  • POSTED BY Clive_Dunn on | September 13, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    1302 runs and no-one can remember a single scoring shot.

  • POSTED BY Elliott_Tree on | September 13, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung: Too true. Reminds me that during the Kandy Test some Aussies were talking up Mitchell Johnson for being the highest 4th innings wicket taker of all current bowlers... Cook & pals seem intent on never letting Jimmy Anderson et al getting a chance to beat that stat, they're forgetting what a 4th innings looks like ;o)

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | September 13, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    setsung, a summer is different to other countries, so it will be better u give a proper month description in future. In India summer is from March/April to June.

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | September 13, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    To those who says England plays the highest number of test each year, you have to remember that Eng is the only nation to play during the NH summer. Hence every year they are guarantee to play 7 tests at home which is the contract they sign with Sky. Add in the fact that they always do 2 winter tours every year with this year being the exception as there was the Ashes and the World Cup. So in effect Eng is playing cricket pretty much year round. Since only 2 countries can tour England during any summer, that leaves the rest of the countries with nothing to in the summer months.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | September 13, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    @gupta.Ankur, Ask Sachin to break LARA's 400 or LARA's total number of double centuries. Some fans of cook would like him to do, its the same as you call sachin as god, some fans believe in COOK. Will ever any INDIAN would score 400 in Test, NEVER and EVER.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Awesome Player............nice stroke making guy after after a long time in england history who made england shine in & out of england...........

  • POSTED BY Jim27 on | September 13, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Expected this from him ... My heartiest Congratulations to him n team England!!:)

  • POSTED BY spinnermatt on | September 13, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    The stats are not wrong in the article. 18 innings (1 not out), 1302 runs @ 76.58, 6 100s and 4 50s.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | September 13, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    I would have given the award to James Anderson if I had a role to play in the jury. They are forgetting about the bowlers how bad. @sameer : I hope u calculate the bad patches which a cricket has to go through. The same dialogues were said about KP when he was blazing in ODI's and even Tharanga of SL when he was in a century scoring era. Only time will decide the fate and because Eng plays the higher no.of tests each year cook might get a chance to go ahead though.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    He was soooo strong in the tests he should probably have got ICC Cricketer of the Year as well!

  • POSTED BY Clive_Dunn on | September 13, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    1302 runs and no-one can remember a single scoring shot.

  • POSTED BY Elliott_Tree on | September 13, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung: Too true. Reminds me that during the Kandy Test some Aussies were talking up Mitchell Johnson for being the highest 4th innings wicket taker of all current bowlers... Cook & pals seem intent on never letting Jimmy Anderson et al getting a chance to beat that stat, they're forgetting what a 4th innings looks like ;o)

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | September 13, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    yes agree he has a good year & definately cook is test player of year. well close call between Riaz & bisho. i stil think should have been riaz but any way bisho is also good. BUt main shock is hashim amla. he was good in both tests & Odi. he should have been one of cricketer of year or odi player of year.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | September 13, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Haha........many believe he will break Sachin's record!!! mate, he's scored 33k runs and 99 centuries and he is still going strong......

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | September 13, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    The good thing about this award is how hard Cook has worked to get to where he is now. He's not as naturally gifted as some other batsmen, but he's made himself into the best player he can be, and now the #1 test player in the world. Good for him.

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | September 13, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    I think there is tie between Cook and Swann and Trott for this award, because of them england is a No.1 side.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    yeah yeah....hes the run mashin since 2010 and now if he goes like this he will surely reach the runs of tendulker......he is right now 26 .........and he has a wonderful confidence on his bating....

  • POSTED BY soorajiyer on | September 13, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    Great player.. Even better the way he handles himself on and off the field. No Nonsense, no unnecessary twitters.. Good to see somebody like him, good replacement for Rahul Dravid to the cricket world..

    Who is going to replace Ponting and SRT? Cant find anybody that exciting to watch in any team!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Amazing player! Well done :o)

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | September 13, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    With the amount of Tests that England is playing each year, if this lad continues in this fashion (average around 55), he will smash Tendulkar's records in half the time

  • POSTED BY aracer on | September 12, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    @5wombats - no surprise that you prefer the stat where he wasn't smashing the Australian bowling "attack" all over the park ;)

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | September 12, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    12 Tests played but only batted for 18 innings. That means half the time England only batted once. Out of12 tests, 6 of the matches England batted once. Some stat to ponder :-)

  • POSTED BY hargreaves92 on | September 12, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    This guy's going to be one of the all time greats, probably the only batsman capable of matching Sachin's aggregate of runs and tons.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    very talented player - Congrats :)

  • POSTED BY cricketeria on | September 12, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Of course, Cook had to beat off some competition, but it was worth it in the end.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | September 12, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Wonderful role model. You never see any nonsense about him in the papers, or him rolling drunk out of a night club. He's just a great bloke with a great cricketing brain. Well done Sir !

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Isn't the average calculation wrong? 1302 divided by 18 is 72.3 and there was a least one not out as well at Brisbane.

  • POSTED BY turingfan on | September 12, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    His average in the period was 76.58, not 51.74, and his 294 didn't count as it was out of the period (officially at least.) Apart from that, good article. (I know it was done in a rush, don't worry.)

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | September 12, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Cook is the best English batsman since Gooch.

  • POSTED BY PeterCook on | September 12, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    He's going to smash England's international batting records.

  • POSTED BY ani_cric on | September 12, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Congrats !!!!! he deserves it ..main reason for Ashes and part of England succssfull campaign ..... could have considered swann too

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | September 12, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Quite right. A wonderful player that any side in the world would want. "...but his best batting effort came against India at Edgbaston, where his monumental 294 helped England seal the series and knock India off the No. 1 Test spot". THAT'S THE BIT I LIKED BEST :-) Bravo Bravo!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Your math is wrong. 1302 runs in 18 innings is an average of 72 - assuming that's 18 completed innings.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    he deserved it......congrats to him......

  • POSTED BY Fifthman on | September 12, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Congratulations, Cap'n Cook. May your accumulation never falter...

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  • POSTED BY Fifthman on | September 12, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Congratulations, Cap'n Cook. May your accumulation never falter...

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    he deserved it......congrats to him......

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Your math is wrong. 1302 runs in 18 innings is an average of 72 - assuming that's 18 completed innings.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | September 12, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Quite right. A wonderful player that any side in the world would want. "...but his best batting effort came against India at Edgbaston, where his monumental 294 helped England seal the series and knock India off the No. 1 Test spot". THAT'S THE BIT I LIKED BEST :-) Bravo Bravo!!!

  • POSTED BY ani_cric on | September 12, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Congrats !!!!! he deserves it ..main reason for Ashes and part of England succssfull campaign ..... could have considered swann too

  • POSTED BY PeterCook on | September 12, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    He's going to smash England's international batting records.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | September 12, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Cook is the best English batsman since Gooch.

  • POSTED BY turingfan on | September 12, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    His average in the period was 76.58, not 51.74, and his 294 didn't count as it was out of the period (officially at least.) Apart from that, good article. (I know it was done in a rush, don't worry.)

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Isn't the average calculation wrong? 1302 divided by 18 is 72.3 and there was a least one not out as well at Brisbane.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | September 12, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Wonderful role model. You never see any nonsense about him in the papers, or him rolling drunk out of a night club. He's just a great bloke with a great cricketing brain. Well done Sir !