ECB Cricketer of the Year Awards 2009-10 May 24, 2010

Swann named as ECB Cricketer of Year

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Graeme Swann was unveiled on Monday night as the ECB's Cricketer of the Year, following a remarkable 12 months in which his attacking offspin and hard-hitting lower-order batting have proved instrumental in one of the most successful years that the England cricket team has ever known.

Swann claimed 99 wickets at 26.26 in 45 matches for England, across all forms of the game, and picked up the accolade - which was voted for by the British media - at an awards ceremony in the Long Room at Lord's. He beat off competition from Stuart Broad, Andrew Strauss, Paul Collingwood and James Anderson.

"I am absolutely delighted to win this award," said Swann. "It's been a magical year for me with so many high points. I love playing for England and hope this award can be a stepping stone for even greater things both personally and as part of a successful England team.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates for the support they've given me on and off the field over the last year. As I'm sure you can see from the pictures on TV we work hard as a team and take real pleasure in each other's successes. The atmosphere and bond we have in the dressing room at the moment makes winning that much sweeter."

Swann picked up five five-wicket hauls in all internationals in 2009-10, including a best haul of 5 for 28 against Australia at the Riverside last September. As a batsman, he averaged over 25 with a top-score of 85 against South Africa in the first Test at Centurion in December. Following a career-best ten-wicket haul in the Chittagong Test against Bangladesh in March, he rose to become the No.2 bowler in Test cricket.

Meanwhile, Katherine Brunt was named as the ECB Women's Cricketer of the Year, an award she first picked up in 2006, having produced matchwinning figures of 3 for 6 from four overs in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 against New Zealand at Lord's in 2009. She also claimed 5 for 22 in the second ODI against India in Bangalore, after which she was ranked as the third-best bowler in women's cricket.

"I am honoured to win the ECB Women's Cricketer of the Year Award for second time," said Brunt. "It's been a mixed year for the team but along the way we've had some amazing highs such as winning the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in 2009.

"I've been pleased with my bowling performances over the last year, but I'm always striving to take it to the next level. My ultimate goal is to be the best bowler in the world in the women's game. It's great to be part of a successful team with so many talented players and makes taking this award even more special."

The 17-year-old allrounder Chris Edwards became the second cricketer to win the ECB Disability Cricketer of the Year Award, after Nathan Foy in 2009. He first played for the England Learning Disability Team in 2008 aged 15, going on to score 64 on debut. Chris has since gone on to cement his position in the team as an opening batsman whilst his seam bowling has also picked up useful wickets.

Commenting on the announcement of the three winners, David Collier, ECB chief executive said: "This has been a year to remember for England's cricketers. In the last twelve months our men's and women's national teams have both secured an Ashes victory and an ICC World Twenty20 trophy. Whilst the England Learning Disability Team reached the final of the Tri-Nations Trophy at the MCG and in doing so recording their best-ever result.

"On behalf of everyone at ECB I would like to congratulate Graeme Swann, Katherine Brunt and Chris Edwards on their respective Awards and take this opportunity to thank all those who have represented England over the past twelve months - your achievements have given us an enormous amount of enjoyment and have helped ensure cricket remains the nation's No. 1 summer sport."

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  • POSTED BY LancsTwins on | May 26, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Satyachowdray,

    Swann began his Test career at the end of 2008 against the Indians in India, starting off with 2 wickets in an over as has been mentioned below. I don't think that was beginners luck as he bowled well throughout the tour, including when I saw him at Chandigarh when Ghambir and Dravid put the England bowling to the sword and only he and Flintoff demonstrated any control. The impressive thing about his International career so far is that he has perfomed well in all formats of the game, whoever the opposition, and has not yet had a bad series.

    Whether he can keep that up, I suppose we'll see over the next year.

  • POSTED BY satyachowdary on | May 25, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Congrats to Swann on this award but I don't think he came across bowling to Indians in this year Lucky you.... For me the real test comes against India who are the best players of spin in International Cricket. I would like to see how Sehwag handles swann especially in Indian conditions... Good luck swann

  • POSTED BY Jammin on | May 25, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Thoroughly deserved award for Swanny, when he took those 2 wickets in his first over against India I knew we had someone capable, hopefully his ascent can continue and he can get his hands on both the Ashes and the ODI World Cup in the next 12 months or so.

    Legend Swanny!!

  • POSTED BY zelig on | May 25, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Thoroughly deserved. As a supporter of the Proteas, I thought that Swann's bowling in the recent South Africa/England series was delightful.

    I would go a long way to see him bowl.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    one of d most delightful news coming through frm english cricket...congratulations swanny

  • POSTED BY va_jatt on | May 25, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    he is one of the best spinner we have cricket world .. he fully deserved it.. i hope he will continue his wicket taking form until ashes.. England is a perfect team rite now. they should win the ashes too.. good luck england...

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | May 25, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Well done, Swann and the English team, they have made us proud. Swann did deserved this award as he has been exceptional through-out the year.

    Go England go.....the Worldcup 2011 is waiting for u :-D

  • POSTED BY gzawilliam on | May 25, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    In australia when we first saw swann's name in the ashes squad we all thought ( just another crappy finger spinner) but geez has he proved us wrong. He is a great player to watch as he is so attacking and has that defiance in him against the best players. Always playing aggressive. Getting under the skins of other teams like ponting during the ashes. To just look at his success against M Hussey is testiment to his rise as a player.

    In my eyes the best spinner in the world right now. And he's just so annoying with the bat as well. Reminds me of shane warne in many ways. Probably why Warney rates swan so highly.

    Richly deserved this award.

  • POSTED BY SyedArbabAhmed on | May 25, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    After a long time, there a spinner in the English side who is a match winner before him Ashley Giles and others were not match winners.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Lovely Job Swanny !!! Outstanding every time he played, The Unsung hero of The T20 Campaign & i'm sure hez the best spinner in England after the Great Jim Laker ! Would love to see him do well in Australia & Continue growing for himself & England! & its really wonderful to know England is showing the best Sports Spirit i've ever seen!

  • POSTED BY LancsTwins on | May 26, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Satyachowdray,

    Swann began his Test career at the end of 2008 against the Indians in India, starting off with 2 wickets in an over as has been mentioned below. I don't think that was beginners luck as he bowled well throughout the tour, including when I saw him at Chandigarh when Ghambir and Dravid put the England bowling to the sword and only he and Flintoff demonstrated any control. The impressive thing about his International career so far is that he has perfomed well in all formats of the game, whoever the opposition, and has not yet had a bad series.

    Whether he can keep that up, I suppose we'll see over the next year.

  • POSTED BY satyachowdary on | May 25, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Congrats to Swann on this award but I don't think he came across bowling to Indians in this year Lucky you.... For me the real test comes against India who are the best players of spin in International Cricket. I would like to see how Sehwag handles swann especially in Indian conditions... Good luck swann

  • POSTED BY Jammin on | May 25, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Thoroughly deserved award for Swanny, when he took those 2 wickets in his first over against India I knew we had someone capable, hopefully his ascent can continue and he can get his hands on both the Ashes and the ODI World Cup in the next 12 months or so.

    Legend Swanny!!

  • POSTED BY zelig on | May 25, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Thoroughly deserved. As a supporter of the Proteas, I thought that Swann's bowling in the recent South Africa/England series was delightful.

    I would go a long way to see him bowl.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    one of d most delightful news coming through frm english cricket...congratulations swanny

  • POSTED BY va_jatt on | May 25, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    he is one of the best spinner we have cricket world .. he fully deserved it.. i hope he will continue his wicket taking form until ashes.. England is a perfect team rite now. they should win the ashes too.. good luck england...

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | May 25, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Well done, Swann and the English team, they have made us proud. Swann did deserved this award as he has been exceptional through-out the year.

    Go England go.....the Worldcup 2011 is waiting for u :-D

  • POSTED BY gzawilliam on | May 25, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    In australia when we first saw swann's name in the ashes squad we all thought ( just another crappy finger spinner) but geez has he proved us wrong. He is a great player to watch as he is so attacking and has that defiance in him against the best players. Always playing aggressive. Getting under the skins of other teams like ponting during the ashes. To just look at his success against M Hussey is testiment to his rise as a player.

    In my eyes the best spinner in the world right now. And he's just so annoying with the bat as well. Reminds me of shane warne in many ways. Probably why Warney rates swan so highly.

    Richly deserved this award.

  • POSTED BY SyedArbabAhmed on | May 25, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    After a long time, there a spinner in the English side who is a match winner before him Ashley Giles and others were not match winners.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Lovely Job Swanny !!! Outstanding every time he played, The Unsung hero of The T20 Campaign & i'm sure hez the best spinner in England after the Great Jim Laker ! Would love to see him do well in Australia & Continue growing for himself & England! & its really wonderful to know England is showing the best Sports Spirit i've ever seen!

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | May 25, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Swann thoroughly deserves it, he has been nothing less than outstanding in the last year. He has given England a viable, attacking spin option which they have always lacked and useful contributions with the bat. More than anything, the confident approach he has brought with him rubs off on all the players. He has also proven he can be a matchwinner even under the pump. Hope his ascent continues, if England have anyone to thank for their recent successes, it is this man.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | May 25, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    well done to swann! if there were one player from another test team i could poach for the aussie team it would be swann! espechally since he bowls predomently on unspin friendly english wickets, great acomplishment for the bloke!

  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | May 24, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Thoroughly deserved. I didn't initially think that he deserved to take Monty's spot and he's the only player to prove me wrong conclusively. His bowling is so consistent and the fact that he can bat too makes him indispensable in this team. A very good player, and a rarity, to have come the English county system and he's proved himself at the international level countless times in the recent past.

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  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | May 24, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Thoroughly deserved. I didn't initially think that he deserved to take Monty's spot and he's the only player to prove me wrong conclusively. His bowling is so consistent and the fact that he can bat too makes him indispensable in this team. A very good player, and a rarity, to have come the English county system and he's proved himself at the international level countless times in the recent past.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | May 25, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    well done to swann! if there were one player from another test team i could poach for the aussie team it would be swann! espechally since he bowls predomently on unspin friendly english wickets, great acomplishment for the bloke!

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | May 25, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Swann thoroughly deserves it, he has been nothing less than outstanding in the last year. He has given England a viable, attacking spin option which they have always lacked and useful contributions with the bat. More than anything, the confident approach he has brought with him rubs off on all the players. He has also proven he can be a matchwinner even under the pump. Hope his ascent continues, if England have anyone to thank for their recent successes, it is this man.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Lovely Job Swanny !!! Outstanding every time he played, The Unsung hero of The T20 Campaign & i'm sure hez the best spinner in England after the Great Jim Laker ! Would love to see him do well in Australia & Continue growing for himself & England! & its really wonderful to know England is showing the best Sports Spirit i've ever seen!

  • POSTED BY SyedArbabAhmed on | May 25, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    After a long time, there a spinner in the English side who is a match winner before him Ashley Giles and others were not match winners.

  • POSTED BY gzawilliam on | May 25, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    In australia when we first saw swann's name in the ashes squad we all thought ( just another crappy finger spinner) but geez has he proved us wrong. He is a great player to watch as he is so attacking and has that defiance in him against the best players. Always playing aggressive. Getting under the skins of other teams like ponting during the ashes. To just look at his success against M Hussey is testiment to his rise as a player.

    In my eyes the best spinner in the world right now. And he's just so annoying with the bat as well. Reminds me of shane warne in many ways. Probably why Warney rates swan so highly.

    Richly deserved this award.

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | May 25, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Well done, Swann and the English team, they have made us proud. Swann did deserved this award as he has been exceptional through-out the year.

    Go England go.....the Worldcup 2011 is waiting for u :-D

  • POSTED BY va_jatt on | May 25, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    he is one of the best spinner we have cricket world .. he fully deserved it.. i hope he will continue his wicket taking form until ashes.. England is a perfect team rite now. they should win the ashes too.. good luck england...

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    one of d most delightful news coming through frm english cricket...congratulations swanny

  • POSTED BY zelig on | May 25, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Thoroughly deserved. As a supporter of the Proteas, I thought that Swann's bowling in the recent South Africa/England series was delightful.

    I would go a long way to see him bowl.