England news October 3, 2013

Moeen wins PCA Player of the Year

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Moeen Ali, the Worcestershire batsman, has been named the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) Player of the Year for 2013. Moeen, who is in England's Performance Programme squad to tour Australia this winter, was the leading Championship run-scorer and also became the first player to tally more than 2000 runs and take 40 wickets in all formats since 2005.

Durham's England allrounder Ben Stokes was the PCA Young Player of the Year, to go with the Cricket Writers' Club award he won earlier in the week. He scored 615 runs and took 42 wickets in Durham's Championship victory, as well as claiming a maiden five-wicket haul in ODI cricket for England, helping to win him a spot in the Ashes party.

Moeen scored 1375 Championship runs in Division Two, although his county, Worcestershire, fell some way short of mounting a promotion challenge. He beat fellow nominees Michael Hogan, Samit Patel and Graham Onions to the award, which was won last year by Nick Compton. Stokes was up against the 2012 Young Player, Joe Root, Reece Topley and James Vince.

In the England player categories, James Anderson was named the team's MVP, while Graeme Swann won Test Player of the Summer after finishing as the leading wicket-taker during the Ashes. Ravi Bopara won the ODI award, after coming back into the side with impressive results during England's run to the Champions Trophy final.

Onions did pick up the prize for Championship Player of the Year, although England's successful home season, in which they swept New Zealand in their two Tests and won the Ashes 3-0, meant he was squeezed out of the Team of the Year. Hogan joined Anderson, Swann and Stuart Broad in the attack, while wicketkeeper Phil Mustard was the only other Durham player, alongside Stokes, to make the XI. Gloucestershire's Australian captain, Michael Klinger, joined Root, Moeen and Ian Bell - whose three centuries played a huge part in England retaining the Ashes - in the top order.

Reg Hayter Cup for the NatWest PCA Player of the Year Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
John Arlott Cup for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year Ben Stokes (Durham)
ECB Special Award Jim Cumbes
PCA Special Merit Award, sponsored by Brit Insurance Tony Greig
Friends Life t20 Player of the Year David Willey (Northamptonshire)
Yorkshire Bank 40 Player of the Year Peter Trego (Somerset)
LV= County Championship Player of the Year Graham Onions (Durham)
England FTI MVP of the Summer James Anderson
NatWest ODI Player of the Summer Ravi Bopara
Investec Test Player of the Summer Graeme Swann
Sky Sports Sixes League Winner Ryan ten Doeschate (Essex)
FTI Team of the Year Joe Root (Yorkshire & England), Michael Klinger (Gloucestershire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire & England), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Ben Stokes (Durham & England), Phil Mustard (Durham), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire & England), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire & England), Michael Hogan (Glamorgan), James Anderson (Lancashire & England)

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  • crockit on October 4, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Saw Moeen get 50 in a recent 40 over match - very quick and sure footwork, clean orthodoxy shotmaking, none of it chancey and yet scored at over a run a ball with ease. Spin bowling wise he came across two batters who were hitting all the bowling around and his figures somewhat reflected that. He is probably somewhere in between a part and full-time bowler. Generally test cricket is not the place for non-full time bowlers to do well but I would say he looked test quality as a batter and could probably even open - at which point the fact that he could perform a relatively competent second spinner role would be a bonus especially on wickets taking turn

  • Pyketts on October 6, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    @TenDonebyaShooter, if you have the ability, please correct what I said and put forward a counter arguement, if not I'd just keep making statements that make "one" feel clever.

  • TenDonebyaShooter on October 6, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Congratulations Pyketts on intuitively having such a better appreciation of the truth than everyone else, including all scouts and coaches, whether they have played the game or not. With abilities like this one wonders why you haven't moved onto greater things than a cricket forum.

  • Pyketts on October 5, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    @TenDonebyaShooter of course you have to have played sport at a top level to have an opinion that matters, that's why all scouts, coaches, etc all have to have played at the top level....

    Fact is that Div 2 is only just above Minor Counties in many ways so any acheivements have to be questioned, irrespective of whether I've played test cricket or not!

  • TenDonebyaShooter on October 5, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    My own preference would have been for the award to go to Graham Onions. However, having said that, Moeen deserves plenty of credit, and he was given this award as a result of the esteem in which his performances have been regarded by his fellow professionals, who, I would surmise, know a little more than some of those armchair observers who are belittling him and his performances.

  • Pyketts on October 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Moeen has scored a lot of runs in Div 2. Wow, why does that deserve an award?

    @ Diaz54 I think you'll find that Moeen has previously had a terrible attitude towards his own developement and was trying his best to waste his talent. Nothing to do with how the county treated him.

  • JG2704 on October 4, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Have to admit I've not taken too much notice of div 2 but I think it's good that there are a few less pedictable names in the side. I feel Onions deserved to get in the side but we all know that Onions doesn't get the rewards his performances merrit. Root's a strange one as he's had a lean time of it in the Ashes but his Yorks form prior to that was amazing. I'd personally like to have seen separate div 1 and div 2 teams as I think it's tough to compare the 2 players plying their trade in different divs. Also I'd like to see a T20 side and a YB40 side of the season. Nice to see Trego rewarded for a fine SF season

  • on October 4, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    why does pakistani players being selected for top awards. its English domestic season and we should select our local lads for top awards. I guess reservations in all sectors of english fabric us a norm nowadays.

  • Optic on October 4, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @ jackiethepen I know you're a Bell fangirl and yes he did do very well in the Ashes but he wasn't clearly the test player of the year at all. He didn't do well in the NZ series before the Ashes. Swann had a very consistent summer in both series and took 36 wickets @ 25 this summer.

    Personally think Gary Ballance had a better season than Ali especially since he was facing the far superior bowling in Division one. He scored 2283 runs in all comps, 1363 runs @ 65 in First Class cricket. In List A 628 runs @ 70 and in T20 269 runs @ 30. How has he not even got a mention & it's his second year being this consistent.

    How did Hogan get in the team of the year instead of Onions.

    As for those talking about Moeen playing for England, let hm have another good year before we even think about picking him. He's only had 2 decent seasons in his whole career, that's why his average is so, well average at 37. Scoring runs in Div 2 isn't a guide to test quality imo because so many do it who aren't.

  • Stevolution on October 4, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    How does Samit Patel make it into this team and Darren Stevens doesn't? Statistically better in both batting and bowling (and more catches) in both 4 day and T20 matches. And he's done this in a weaker side. Makes no sense

  • crockit on October 4, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Saw Moeen get 50 in a recent 40 over match - very quick and sure footwork, clean orthodoxy shotmaking, none of it chancey and yet scored at over a run a ball with ease. Spin bowling wise he came across two batters who were hitting all the bowling around and his figures somewhat reflected that. He is probably somewhere in between a part and full-time bowler. Generally test cricket is not the place for non-full time bowlers to do well but I would say he looked test quality as a batter and could probably even open - at which point the fact that he could perform a relatively competent second spinner role would be a bonus especially on wickets taking turn

  • Pyketts on October 6, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    @TenDonebyaShooter, if you have the ability, please correct what I said and put forward a counter arguement, if not I'd just keep making statements that make "one" feel clever.

  • TenDonebyaShooter on October 6, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Congratulations Pyketts on intuitively having such a better appreciation of the truth than everyone else, including all scouts and coaches, whether they have played the game or not. With abilities like this one wonders why you haven't moved onto greater things than a cricket forum.

  • Pyketts on October 5, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    @TenDonebyaShooter of course you have to have played sport at a top level to have an opinion that matters, that's why all scouts, coaches, etc all have to have played at the top level....

    Fact is that Div 2 is only just above Minor Counties in many ways so any acheivements have to be questioned, irrespective of whether I've played test cricket or not!

  • TenDonebyaShooter on October 5, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    My own preference would have been for the award to go to Graham Onions. However, having said that, Moeen deserves plenty of credit, and he was given this award as a result of the esteem in which his performances have been regarded by his fellow professionals, who, I would surmise, know a little more than some of those armchair observers who are belittling him and his performances.

  • Pyketts on October 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Moeen has scored a lot of runs in Div 2. Wow, why does that deserve an award?

    @ Diaz54 I think you'll find that Moeen has previously had a terrible attitude towards his own developement and was trying his best to waste his talent. Nothing to do with how the county treated him.

  • JG2704 on October 4, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Have to admit I've not taken too much notice of div 2 but I think it's good that there are a few less pedictable names in the side. I feel Onions deserved to get in the side but we all know that Onions doesn't get the rewards his performances merrit. Root's a strange one as he's had a lean time of it in the Ashes but his Yorks form prior to that was amazing. I'd personally like to have seen separate div 1 and div 2 teams as I think it's tough to compare the 2 players plying their trade in different divs. Also I'd like to see a T20 side and a YB40 side of the season. Nice to see Trego rewarded for a fine SF season

  • on October 4, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    why does pakistani players being selected for top awards. its English domestic season and we should select our local lads for top awards. I guess reservations in all sectors of english fabric us a norm nowadays.

  • Optic on October 4, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @ jackiethepen I know you're a Bell fangirl and yes he did do very well in the Ashes but he wasn't clearly the test player of the year at all. He didn't do well in the NZ series before the Ashes. Swann had a very consistent summer in both series and took 36 wickets @ 25 this summer.

    Personally think Gary Ballance had a better season than Ali especially since he was facing the far superior bowling in Division one. He scored 2283 runs in all comps, 1363 runs @ 65 in First Class cricket. In List A 628 runs @ 70 and in T20 269 runs @ 30. How has he not even got a mention & it's his second year being this consistent.

    How did Hogan get in the team of the year instead of Onions.

    As for those talking about Moeen playing for England, let hm have another good year before we even think about picking him. He's only had 2 decent seasons in his whole career, that's why his average is so, well average at 37. Scoring runs in Div 2 isn't a guide to test quality imo because so many do it who aren't.

  • Stevolution on October 4, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    How does Samit Patel make it into this team and Darren Stevens doesn't? Statistically better in both batting and bowling (and more catches) in both 4 day and T20 matches. And he's done this in a weaker side. Makes no sense

  • Diaz54 on October 4, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Wonderful a Moeen, well done! I know how difficult it is for players from certain background to do well. You deserve your success. Well done to Worcester for. Asking him. Not many Asian background players get backing from counties. They don't know how to handle the development. Countless counties have failed young talent, notes,,Hampshire, north ants, Derbyshire, middlx, list goes on.....talent wasted. Moeen and patels performance makes good reading despite their battles behind the scene.

  • CodandChips on October 4, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Disappointed that there is no mention of Michael Carberry, James Taylor or Gary Ballance

  • jackiethepen on October 4, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Moeen Ali may have been outstanding but he did play in the Second Division of the Championship. I think it is bewildering that Onions is not in the Team of the Year when he was key to Durham winning the Championship. What are the criteria? Bell was clearly the Test Player of the summer. The bowlers all shared the honours in the Ashes but he stood alone as the top batsman by a mile. Without him we would have lost. Last year Bell was the England MVP - now does anyone think he had a better summer last year than this? The PCA needs to improve its calculation criteria.

  • on October 4, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    he must be given chance in national team

  • on October 4, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Also Worcestershire have struggled a lot of the time with some big collapses, so Moeen has made his runs with a lot of added pressure knowing if he fails, the rest could be going down like a house of cards.

  • on October 4, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Moeen as a second spinner (spinning option) He certainly bowls better than Samit Patel, a lot less long hops anyway, and the runs speak for themselves. I would certainy cosider him a possibility for England in the next year or so.

  • Tigg on October 4, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Hogan over Onions? Please...

  • Tom_Bowler on October 4, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    I've only seen Moeen play on TV but he looked very good this season, his shot selection and footwork were impressive, his bowling looks decent enough too.

    I hope his progress continues, that beard alone is well worth international honours.

  • on October 4, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Congrationals to Moen Ali you are going to become the second Amla you deserve it Inshallah You will make it to the England test team. Javed Sani.USA.

  • on October 4, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Kudos to Moeen and all the deserving winners.

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 4, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    These are good choices for Player and Young Player and confirm the rise of both players to the limelight. The other awards hardly defy logic either. I am glad Onions was recognised as he seems to do it nearly every game. Moeen is an extremely interesting player as he offers quality in two departments and not one. Stokes seems to be the real rising star of English cricket with real possibilities lying ahead. It is his to win or lose. Those who thought Ravi a spent force may be shocked at the ODI award, but really he was impressive.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 3, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Well done Moeen, I think there may be a possible England debut.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 3, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Well done Moeen, I think there may be a possible England debut.

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 4, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    These are good choices for Player and Young Player and confirm the rise of both players to the limelight. The other awards hardly defy logic either. I am glad Onions was recognised as he seems to do it nearly every game. Moeen is an extremely interesting player as he offers quality in two departments and not one. Stokes seems to be the real rising star of English cricket with real possibilities lying ahead. It is his to win or lose. Those who thought Ravi a spent force may be shocked at the ODI award, but really he was impressive.

  • on October 4, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Kudos to Moeen and all the deserving winners.

  • on October 4, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Congrationals to Moen Ali you are going to become the second Amla you deserve it Inshallah You will make it to the England test team. Javed Sani.USA.

  • Tom_Bowler on October 4, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    I've only seen Moeen play on TV but he looked very good this season, his shot selection and footwork were impressive, his bowling looks decent enough too.

    I hope his progress continues, that beard alone is well worth international honours.

  • Tigg on October 4, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Hogan over Onions? Please...

  • on October 4, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Moeen as a second spinner (spinning option) He certainly bowls better than Samit Patel, a lot less long hops anyway, and the runs speak for themselves. I would certainy cosider him a possibility for England in the next year or so.

  • on October 4, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Also Worcestershire have struggled a lot of the time with some big collapses, so Moeen has made his runs with a lot of added pressure knowing if he fails, the rest could be going down like a house of cards.

  • on October 4, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    he must be given chance in national team

  • jackiethepen on October 4, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Moeen Ali may have been outstanding but he did play in the Second Division of the Championship. I think it is bewildering that Onions is not in the Team of the Year when he was key to Durham winning the Championship. What are the criteria? Bell was clearly the Test Player of the summer. The bowlers all shared the honours in the Ashes but he stood alone as the top batsman by a mile. Without him we would have lost. Last year Bell was the England MVP - now does anyone think he had a better summer last year than this? The PCA needs to improve its calculation criteria.