England news May 14, 2012

Anderson voted Player of the Year

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James Anderson has been named England Cricketer of the Year for 2011/12. Anderson, the 29-year-old swing bowler, has taken 46 wickets in 11 Tests from the start of the 2011 English season and has risen to No. 3 in the ICC Test bowling rankings. He also played a key role in England's defeat of India - a result that confirmed England as the No. 1 rated Test side - and proved his worth in all conditions with excellent performances in the UAE and Sri Lanka.

Anderson, who claimed his 250th Test wicket and rose to fifth on the list of England's all-time Test wicket-takers during the period, beat off competition from fellow nominees Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook to win the award which is decided by votes from members of the cricket media. Charlotte Edwards was named England Women's Cricketer of the Year, while Daniel Bell-Drummond won the England Development Programme Cricketer of the Year and Callum Rigby won the England Disability Cricketer of the Year award.

"It's an amazing achievement and I'm really proud of it," Anderson said. "There have been so many successful individual performances over the last year so it's nice to be recognised for performing well over the last 12 months.

"The last two years I've shown what I can actually do at this level. It's been a frustrating eight years before that - a bit up and down - but I've been really pleased with my performance in the last two years. The challenge is to try to keep improving and push on."

Anderson claimed two five-wicket hauls in Test cricket over the 12-month period: 5 for 65 against India at Lord's and 5 for 72 against Sri Lanka in Galle. Perhaps more impressively, he showed he now has the skills to adapt to any conditions with a series of fine performances in the UAE and Sri Lanka. It is hard to recall a single poor spell from him on either tour.

"Knowing my game has been the biggest thing," Anderson said, explaining his consistency over the last couple of years. "Knowing that I can bowl a ball on a length for a period of time is what all bowlers strive for and is something that was missing from my game for the first part of my career. Being able to do it game after game is something I've been able to develop really well over the past couple of years.

"I've always been able to swing the ball but I've added different skills throughout my career, and I think being able to bowl in all sorts of conditions has been a problem - not just for me, but for a lot of English bowlers over the years when we've gone away with unfamiliar conditions, we've struggled with that. But I think now all of the bowlers in this group have got good skills to take away from us, and that's really exciting when we've got tours of India and places like that coming up."

Anderson insisted he had no thoughts about overtaking Ian Botham's record as England's leading wicket taker - Botham claimed 383 Test wickets - but said he hoped he could continue playing for many years to come.

"If I maintain the same work ethic that I have done throughout my career, I don't see why I can't keep this form up for a good few years," Anderson said. "I feel fit and strong and I think the fitness is probably going to play the biggest part in how long I keep playing for.

"I keep getting reminded about the record. It's nice to be up there, and having taken 250-plus Test wickets is an amazing achievement for me and I'm really proud of that. But I just want to stay on the field and play games for England. When I sit down at the end of my career, I can look back on 500-600 wickets hopefully."

Although the award is meant to recognise "outstanding performances in all formats of international cricket over the past year" it is safe to conclude that Anderson won for his Test form. He has not played international T20 cricket in the period and, though his ODI form improved steadily after a disappointing World Cup in early 2011, he is no longer an automatic selection in that format.

"I'd love to be with England involved in all three formats," he said. "It's not been the case in the last couple of years but I was in the squad for the last World Cup and I'd love to get into the side. I'm in a position now where I've got to knock on the door of that team, so if I get the chance to play any T20 cricket for Lancashire this year I've got to use that to try to put pressure on the guys who are in the team already. I've just got to wait for a chance to arise."

Cook might consider himself unfortunate not to have won. Cook not only scored three ODI centuries (two against Pakistan and one against Sri Lanka) and averaged 54.29 over the period but he grew in stature as the ODI captain and led England to series victories over both World Cup finalists - India and Sri Lanka - as well as a rare victory in overseas conditions in Pakistan. His Test form was less consistent, but he still averaged 55.47 over the year, with a career-best 294 against India and two centuries against Sri Lanka the highlights.

Broad, meanwhile, averaged 31.41 with the bat and 23.04 with the ball in Tests over the 12-month period. He is also the only one of the three shortlisted candidates currently playing in all three formats. But he did enjoy some consolation as he won the Fans' Moment of the Year Award, voted for by members of ECB's Twelfth Man fan community, for his hat-trick against India in last summer's Trent Bridge Test.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | May 17, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    @indncrktfan i hope dat u noticed anderson's bowling in 2010 ashes in oz and in da recent series in da middle east and sri lanka

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 17, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Think its odd that the player of the Year award gets awarded before the Season starts, & just after the Winter player of the year!!!!!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 16, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan on (May 16 2012, 13:43 PM GMT) Jimmy bowled well in UAE (I know not technically SC) and SL (which is SC) and (not meaning to be argumentative) you said that Jimmy is far from being great in your previous post but in this post you define top 5 or top 10 as great. Jimmy is at number 3.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | May 16, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    I think cookie was unlucky to not get the award this year, perhaps for not getting big runs in the winter, although close to twice to 3 figures, and his ODI batting has been a revalation. Also Broady was unlucky not to get it.. both of those imo over Jimmer but fair play, I can't remember a bad spell from him. Nice to see lots of people nominating SRT in the comments; SRT, i don't think would get the awarde of the season at the moment with an ave of 38 in tests being placed 12th in the ICC rankings, 31 in ODI with SR of 80 and playing in no T20Is, although being born in Bombay/ Mumbai and playing for India was probably the biggest factor in an award only open to english cricketers (And maybe a few Saffers ;-) ) . Although he is a legendary cricketer, he's probably not right for this award.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 16, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @Charlie Budge on (May 15 2012, 21:10 PM GMT) Yes me too - but I suppose if you were going to take an educated guess...

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | May 16, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    @JG: By great I mean top 5 or 10 bowlers in he world. Currently Jimmy is ranked 3rd in the ICC rankings for test matches ahead of Broad (49 point separation) which, I don't agree. Jimmy is great when the ball is swinging. He has great control over his line and length and reminds me of Sir Hadlee / Kapil dev. But, Jimmy will continue to struggle in the sub-continent whereas I see Broad making an impact on Indian pitches. Anyway the scary thing is both Jimmy and Steyn are not yet 30, which means they have lot of cricket left in them and can acheive great things given what they are capable of.

  • POSTED BY Front_Foot_Lunge on | May 16, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    what! kevin pietersen shouldve gotten the award! Anderson doesn't deserve it.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | May 16, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    @ JM_RSA extremely sry I actually referred to his n hilfenhaus' death bowling in Asia sometyms Bcos sum wer talkin abut anderson's death bowling in asia

    but odarwise I hv high regard for steyn I hope u noticed dat I said steyn is one of day 4 best bowlers

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | May 15, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    well done to Jimmy for this.Jonesey 2.I love your comments mate as they always make me feel so much better about life.If i was an Aussie I would be inclined to shut up til next year considering the beating we gave you last year.Anderson and Broad against your line up next year.He must be shaking in his boots.I mean Warner,Cowan and marsh.Yep 3 for little in no time.What happens when Ponitng and Hussey go? Keep dreaming mate.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    @ JG2704 - I looked at his Facebook profile which his comment links to. He's from India.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | May 17, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    @indncrktfan i hope dat u noticed anderson's bowling in 2010 ashes in oz and in da recent series in da middle east and sri lanka

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 17, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Think its odd that the player of the Year award gets awarded before the Season starts, & just after the Winter player of the year!!!!!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 16, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan on (May 16 2012, 13:43 PM GMT) Jimmy bowled well in UAE (I know not technically SC) and SL (which is SC) and (not meaning to be argumentative) you said that Jimmy is far from being great in your previous post but in this post you define top 5 or top 10 as great. Jimmy is at number 3.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | May 16, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    I think cookie was unlucky to not get the award this year, perhaps for not getting big runs in the winter, although close to twice to 3 figures, and his ODI batting has been a revalation. Also Broady was unlucky not to get it.. both of those imo over Jimmer but fair play, I can't remember a bad spell from him. Nice to see lots of people nominating SRT in the comments; SRT, i don't think would get the awarde of the season at the moment with an ave of 38 in tests being placed 12th in the ICC rankings, 31 in ODI with SR of 80 and playing in no T20Is, although being born in Bombay/ Mumbai and playing for India was probably the biggest factor in an award only open to english cricketers (And maybe a few Saffers ;-) ) . Although he is a legendary cricketer, he's probably not right for this award.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 16, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @Charlie Budge on (May 15 2012, 21:10 PM GMT) Yes me too - but I suppose if you were going to take an educated guess...

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | May 16, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    @JG: By great I mean top 5 or 10 bowlers in he world. Currently Jimmy is ranked 3rd in the ICC rankings for test matches ahead of Broad (49 point separation) which, I don't agree. Jimmy is great when the ball is swinging. He has great control over his line and length and reminds me of Sir Hadlee / Kapil dev. But, Jimmy will continue to struggle in the sub-continent whereas I see Broad making an impact on Indian pitches. Anyway the scary thing is both Jimmy and Steyn are not yet 30, which means they have lot of cricket left in them and can acheive great things given what they are capable of.

  • POSTED BY Front_Foot_Lunge on | May 16, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    what! kevin pietersen shouldve gotten the award! Anderson doesn't deserve it.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | May 16, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    @ JM_RSA extremely sry I actually referred to his n hilfenhaus' death bowling in Asia sometyms Bcos sum wer talkin abut anderson's death bowling in asia

    but odarwise I hv high regard for steyn I hope u noticed dat I said steyn is one of day 4 best bowlers

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | May 15, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    well done to Jimmy for this.Jonesey 2.I love your comments mate as they always make me feel so much better about life.If i was an Aussie I would be inclined to shut up til next year considering the beating we gave you last year.Anderson and Broad against your line up next year.He must be shaking in his boots.I mean Warner,Cowan and marsh.Yep 3 for little in no time.What happens when Ponitng and Hussey go? Keep dreaming mate.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    @ JG2704 - I looked at his Facebook profile which his comment links to. He's from India.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 15, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    @Charlie Budge on (May 15 2012, 15:22 PM GMT) I was going to say - how did you know where the guy was from? To be honest there would be something wrong if there wasn't one or 2 on an Eng thread getting their sour grapes out

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 15, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan on (May 15 2012, 13:41 PM GMT) To be fair to Jimmy he had a very average start to his career and has come on with age so if you took his stats from the last 2 years they would be far more impressive than his overall stats. I guess it also depends on what we call great. I like both Broad and Anderson but it's a shame Broad is so injury prone. I also feel they can bowl on SC pitches. Both bowled well in UAE and Jimmy bowled well in SL. Broad was injured in the1st test in SL and then didn't play in the 2nd although I admit India will be much tougher on their patch. I still worry more for our batsmen than bowlers

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    @ Saibharath Sivakumar - They won by two wickets with a single over remaining, it was hardly a thrashing. Shafiul Islam didn't take Anderson to the cleaners at all, he returned figures of 1 for 43 and scored five runs from the nine deliveries of Anderson's he faced. Could someone perhaps still be bitter that their team, despite being "world champions", failed to win a single match against England in 2011?

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | May 15, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    be interesting to do a comparison of the aussie bowlers over the same timeframe, they certainly didn't get many wickets last winter as the NO 1 side beat them by so many innings... can't wait to see Jimmy against whatever hapless bunch of openers they bring over next time, hope it's hughes, cowan, warner watson & ponting as the ''top'' 5! Watching Mickey 'Mouse' Arthurs face will be a joy..

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 15, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @Saibharath Sivakumar on (May 15 2012, 13:03 PM GMT), that might explain why Anderson didn't get the award for that year. He did get the award for this year so, unless you've got some stat to show what Anderson has done wrong since the beginning of the last English summer (which would be after the last WC) then you are just taking up space and oxygen for no good reason. I'm not sure I can think of a bowler who hasn't been caned at some point, just as I can't think of a batsman who hasn't had a run of poor scores at some point.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | May 15, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Congratulations to Jimmy for 'Player Of The Year' Award as he truly had a great 2011. But, he is still far off from being a great bowler who can bow in all conditions. Dale Steyn has fewer test matches under his belt than Jimmy and yet has more wickets, and way better Strike Rate(may I mention a very impressive one too). As many of you have said Broad deserves the award as he is an upcoming all rounder and can do with the bat as well. Time will tell with the series against SA at home and then agnst IND in IND which will be an entirely different ball game given, how the likes of Sehwag, Gambhir can destroy any bowling at home, be it a test match of ODI. Look forward to some test match series.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    2011 world cup, bangla thrashed england. shafiul islam taking anderson to the cleanest

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | May 15, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Anderson has proved he is world class on all services. I am sure RahulCricket can find a stat from 2003 that will suggest he can't bowl against India and is not worthy of being spoken about in the same breath as Ishant Sharma, but lets agree he is world class. I believe the vast improvement has come in a slight change in his follow through. I remeber watching him as a youngster, and he used to get warned for running on the pitch almost every game. The first warning by the umpire would then be followed by numerous long hops/ full tosses. He can now focus upon the areas he wants to hit, rather than where his feet might be going. I believe nobody is more deserving. He has been written off by the press and overcome a series of career threatning injuries. Well done Jimmy!

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | May 15, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Well, it couldn't have gone to a batsman! Anderson has been a terrific bowler for his nation the past few years. Anyone who questions his skill should watch the opening half hour of the last Ashes test in Adelaide. On a flat wicket, with no clouds above, he had that ball on a string. The dismissal of Ponting was the stuff of a swing bowlers dreams! He showed tremendous heart on difficult wickets in the UAE and SL tours, alongside the other bowlers. As for the Steyn vs. Anderson question, I think we should wait and see what happens. But its going to be fantastic, I'll tell you that.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | May 15, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    @jonesy2, well he made the self styled 'best' batting lineup in world cricket look like club cricketers in 2011 (with the exception of Dravid), and the Aussies look like inept school boys in 2010/11, as for others that warrented it from 2011, then theres Ian Bell, KP, Cook, Broad, Bresnan, Tremlett, that were all in contention.

  • POSTED BY jaycee71 on | May 15, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    to all those people bringing up Anderson's performance in the World Cup, the article states that the award is from the beginning of the 2011 English season, jonesy2, you must be an expert on English cricket because you always seem to comment on England stories, personally I think that 46 wickets in 11 tests isn't "terrible"

  • POSTED BY pigeotto99 on | May 15, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    he clearly won it for his exceptional test performance, since 2009 he has been consitently brilliant. The steyn question is difficult, he has pace, and swing, but anderson is more skillfull with the new and old ball, a complete professional and a joy to watch as a spectator.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | May 15, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    No doubt, personally i thnk stuart broad z bst of all quikies in d wrld along with steyn jst like d case use to b with waqar n donald( two of d best in world bt most undr.ratd),jimy cmes 2nd to broad in sense of imaginatn

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 15, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum on (May 14 2012, 21:00 PM GMT) Thanks for your comms. Always good to see non English fans putting over constructive points of view. Personally I too would have gone for Broad , mainly because of the Indi series where in one of the tests he helped turn it around with the bat too.He has also done better in T20s/ODIs where JA has rarely been selected but I suppose his injuries also counted against him. I can't go for Cook or any England batsman because of what happened in UAE where our batsmen let us down - some more than others. So Broad,Jimmy or even Swann are all good choices

  • POSTED BY Snick_To_Backward_Point on | May 15, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    You know when you've got the best team in the world when outsiders are threatened into making comments on ECB awards for English players. Go England! The best team in the world! All the others are mere imitations!

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | May 15, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Anderson as England player of the year? For his brilliant performance in 2011 world cup huh?

  • POSTED BY pommy80 on | May 15, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Fully deserved. Best bowler in the world atm, can't wait to see him skittling the Windies. @Jonesy2, whats laughable is your comment and you thinking Australia are actually good.

  • POSTED BY JM_RSA on | May 15, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - Steyn struggles in the sub-continent? He destroyed India in the last tour to India.

  • POSTED BY JM_RSA on | May 15, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff - what is Steyn if Anderson is the best bowler in world cricket?

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | May 15, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff,come on man! Andreson z pitty gd nowadays,bt lets nt get too far in praising him,wasim z all time bowlng great,however u can pick d 2nd place in d list of al time great bowlrs acordng to ur choice ,there z already a tuff competitin among waqar,ambrose,mcgrath,4 that place as wel

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | May 15, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Fully deserved. The great Jimmy Anderson has not only proved that he is by far the best bowler in world cricket, but also he has established himself as an all time great -- FAR better than the likes of McGrath and Walsh and Ambrose. I think by the end of his career he will be in the discussion about the greatest bowler of all time.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | May 15, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    england cricket really is laughable. anderson player of the year? he was terrible. but them again who else warrants the reward? i guess its best of a bad bunch

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 15, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    @mustufa on (May 14 2012, 19:45 PM GMT), the people who don't care are the ones who not only are not commenting but, after seeing the headline, didn't even read the story. Clearly you are not in that category.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | May 15, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Fully deserved for a fine all-round cricketer. Not in the least bit overrated and would stroll into any side in the world. I think he's aiming a bit high with 5-600 wickets though! I think 450 is more realistic. Lots of jealous people commenting on here as usual, very sad.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | May 15, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    What? Why not Sachin? Ridiculous! How dare they :-O

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | May 15, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Dont understand y some people confuse bowling in on flat tracks in subcontinent to getting good openers out in test cricket anyways many good opening bowlers like steyn hilfenaus struggle on flat tracks in asia also btw anderson bowled beautifully in tests in uae and sl and decently in odis

    alongwith harris steyn and swann , anderson complete da best bowling line-up in da world

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | May 15, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Well deserved award for a very good, all be it grumpy, cricketer. I see a number of indian fans dont grasp the concept of the ECB giving awards to English players, and see it as a slight against the 4th best cricketer (SRT) of all time.......@AdrianVanDenStael, you missed off Amir from that list of young bowlers given a chance, shame he threw away his career for a few $$$.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Sam and Honeymonster - please expalin how Tendulkar could possible be voted ENGLAND player of the year - which is the award Anderson received

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | May 15, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    @Sam Kapila and The Honey Monster It's ENGLAND player of the year so unless Sachin is suddenly from Accrington or somewhere like that how can he win this particular award?

  • POSTED BY subbass on | May 15, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Haha I love the way on a article like this, you still get people saying " Eng don't deserve to be number one " Well tough luck, we are number ! So with respect, 'eat' it and 'digest' it, you'll feel all the better for it.

    As for Jimmy I think he deserves the accolade, he really is a superb bowler now and can take wickets anywhere in the world. Any other test side would love him in their team. Also is one of the best fielders in the world which some people forget, he really is a brilliant fielder both at slip and in the outfield..

  • POSTED BY Mistress76uk on | May 15, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Anderson is good, but Cook is more worthy of the title.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    @ TheHoneymonster, I know!! How can england say Anderson is player of year when Sachin, the greatest player of all time, now has 100 international centuries!!! I bet Anderson doesn't even have 100 friends. INDIA NUMBER 1!!!

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | May 14, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Wait til he faces India in sub continent. He's not playing IPL. He needs to prove himself in IPL to be considered "England" Cricketer of the Year...such one dimensional cricketerer. Why Vinay Kumar not considered? He toiled with the English last October...none could play his express 77mph pace! He's much better than Jimmy!!!!!!! Oh I forgot...until he gets Sachin out 10 times in a row in India he's should not win this award.

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | May 14, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    James Anderson is overrated

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | May 14, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Anderson wouldn't have been my choice this year, I would perhaps have given him this award for the previous year and Cook for this year. But he would have the award at some stage certainly, so good luck to him. @ExplicitPlatinium: I think you are a bit unfair to your own cricketing authorities when you say 'Pakistan never look for young bowlers to groom'. I can remember several times when Pakistan gave an opportunity to young players (including bowlers) at the type of young age at which England never think of picking players. Ata-ur-Rehman, Wasim Akram, Aqib Javed and Mohammed Asif leap to my mind as players who were given test debuts when young, certainly by English standards. I'd say that that willingness to give youngsters a chance to develop is actually a strength of the Pakistan system.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | May 14, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    After his bowling in WC which made me wary of his all round game- i guess he was tired, and ICC are changing that one in future- his winter was a revelation and a staggering testimony to his ability and strength. In the end such performances will determine his story for posterity. At times in Egland and especially at Melbourne he seems to be taking the mickey out of batsmen, toying with them like a cat with mice. he may go down as an all time great. I think if he stays fit he will join the 400 club and more. Added to that he is best outfielder and occassional slip I have seen in 44 years of watching. Whenever a stagering catch is taken in the outfield, it seems to be him with the ball. Fully deserved award.

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | May 14, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    As a Pak fan, I am pleased to hear that Anderson is voted player of the year. I consider Anderson to be a fairly good bowler but in my opinion, Stuart Broad is the best bowler in the England squad. It's really fustrating to know the fact that even if Pakistan, England, Australia and South Africa produce the best bowlers in cricket, Pakistan never look for young bowlers to groom. England have a new bowler who can overlook Broad, and that is Steven Finn. It's really great to see the quartet nation bowlers (Pak, Eng, Aus, SA) play on pitches in England, as the pitches help the fast bowlers. Pakistan can really learn something from England in terms of bowlers. England in my opinion, are the best when it comes to including young talent and grooming them like Stuart Broad.

  • POSTED BY Mattzo12 on | May 14, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    @mustufa It'd be an incredibly boring game if one team won all the time.

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | May 14, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    How dare they forget about Sachin...

  • POSTED BY mustufa on | May 14, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Who cares really, No 1 test teams don't lose 3-0 to opponents that do not even have a home.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | May 14, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    oh give over randy you are so full it it

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | May 14, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    nice to see this level headed cricketer reach his peek, and answered his critics who have said he could not bowl outside of the UK. i expect him to pass ITB and go on to 400+ wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    for his heart breaking spells against bangladesh, ireland in world cup

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  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    for his heart breaking spells against bangladesh, ireland in world cup

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | May 14, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    nice to see this level headed cricketer reach his peek, and answered his critics who have said he could not bowl outside of the UK. i expect him to pass ITB and go on to 400+ wickets.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | May 14, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    oh give over randy you are so full it it

  • POSTED BY mustufa on | May 14, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Who cares really, No 1 test teams don't lose 3-0 to opponents that do not even have a home.

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | May 14, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    How dare they forget about Sachin...

  • POSTED BY Mattzo12 on | May 14, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    @mustufa It'd be an incredibly boring game if one team won all the time.

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | May 14, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    As a Pak fan, I am pleased to hear that Anderson is voted player of the year. I consider Anderson to be a fairly good bowler but in my opinion, Stuart Broad is the best bowler in the England squad. It's really fustrating to know the fact that even if Pakistan, England, Australia and South Africa produce the best bowlers in cricket, Pakistan never look for young bowlers to groom. England have a new bowler who can overlook Broad, and that is Steven Finn. It's really great to see the quartet nation bowlers (Pak, Eng, Aus, SA) play on pitches in England, as the pitches help the fast bowlers. Pakistan can really learn something from England in terms of bowlers. England in my opinion, are the best when it comes to including young talent and grooming them like Stuart Broad.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | May 14, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    After his bowling in WC which made me wary of his all round game- i guess he was tired, and ICC are changing that one in future- his winter was a revelation and a staggering testimony to his ability and strength. In the end such performances will determine his story for posterity. At times in Egland and especially at Melbourne he seems to be taking the mickey out of batsmen, toying with them like a cat with mice. he may go down as an all time great. I think if he stays fit he will join the 400 club and more. Added to that he is best outfielder and occassional slip I have seen in 44 years of watching. Whenever a stagering catch is taken in the outfield, it seems to be him with the ball. Fully deserved award.

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | May 14, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Anderson wouldn't have been my choice this year, I would perhaps have given him this award for the previous year and Cook for this year. But he would have the award at some stage certainly, so good luck to him. @ExplicitPlatinium: I think you are a bit unfair to your own cricketing authorities when you say 'Pakistan never look for young bowlers to groom'. I can remember several times when Pakistan gave an opportunity to young players (including bowlers) at the type of young age at which England never think of picking players. Ata-ur-Rehman, Wasim Akram, Aqib Javed and Mohammed Asif leap to my mind as players who were given test debuts when young, certainly by English standards. I'd say that that willingness to give youngsters a chance to develop is actually a strength of the Pakistan system.

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | May 14, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    James Anderson is overrated