ICC Awards 2011 September 12, 2011

Southee wins award for best Twenty20 performance

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand seamer Tim Southee has won the award for ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year, for his spell of 5 for 18 against Pakistan in Auckland.

"Looking at the nominees, it's a great achievement to have even been nominated and to win it is something I will never forget," Southee, who could not make it to the awards function, said. "Looking back at the game which has won me the award, it was Boxing Day in a full house at Eden Park and it was a big game for us as we'd been going through a rough patch of losing, something like 12 or 13 games on the trot and it was our first win in a long time. It was great to be able to contribute to that win and also put in a great performance."

Southee ripped the heart out of Pakistan's batting line-up in Auckland, after they had cruised to an imposing 58 for 1 in 5.5 overs. Southee then struck five times in nine balls, including a hat-trick that accounted for Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal, to put his side on course for a win.

Southee's effort was adjudged the best in the voting period, from August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011. It was chosen ahead of Tim Bresnan's 4 for 3 against Pakistan in Cardiff in September 2010, JP Duminy's 96 not out off 54 balls against Zimbabwe in Kimberley in October 2010 and Shane Watson's 59 runs off 31 balls against England in Adelaide in January 2011.

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  • StevieS on September 15, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Gizza Southee also has a 6 for in domestic cricket, quite reciently to http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/engine/match/492481.html

  • Nishant2012 on September 15, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Tim southee has been a good bowler after the likes of shane bond and Ian O'brien.. he certainly deserved dat award... keep the good work going

  • dummy4fb on September 13, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Pakistan must be an awesome batting team. Records against us seem to count for much :D

  • asithaSL on September 13, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Next time, it ll go 4 Ajantha Mendis for remarkable affect against auseeze. No doubt abt tht.. Cz, it was definitely Aus game when Watson batting.. AM turn it away..

  • dummy4fb on September 13, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Well done mate! You can do much better. Cheers.

  • spinnermatt on September 13, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    This article (and others before it) claim that Bresnan took 4 for 3 in a T20I, but his profile shows he hasn't! His best is 3 for 10 (he didn't even take 3 for 4 in that spell). Come on cricinfo, I've noticed more and more errors creeping into your reports recently!

  • ROLAYH on September 13, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Southee awarded for getting 5 wickets in T-20 kudos to his performance. However, when Umer Gul had taken 5 wickets in only 3 overs, ICC decided to give the award to a 96 runs inning of Dilshan... Southee really deserves the award but Umer Gul also deserved it in 2009.

  • Gizza on September 13, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Considering you only have 4 overs or 24 balls to bowl, getting wickets is a fair achievement in a T20 game. Think Sohail Tanvir once got 6 wickets in an IPL game. That's a wicket every 4 balls. Quite amazing!

  • dummy4fb on September 13, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    southee didn`t quite deserve that hatrick and award because he never should have had that hatrick!!! On that hatrick ball Umar Akmal was given out lbw when the bat had hit ball before pad (in short inside edge onto the pad)

  • khurramsch on September 13, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    yes agree his performance was strongets among all others. getting 5 wickets in t20 is not a joke. afterall this t20 is all about batsman

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