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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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...........

  • Jim27 on September 13, 2011, 14:11 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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!

  • Clive_Dunn on September 13, 2011, 8:29 GMT

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

  • 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)

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