England's eye-popping 2022, where they won nine Tests out of ten and the men's T20 World Cup, and finished as runners-up in the Women's ODI World Cup is reflected in the 16th edition of the ESPNcricinfo Awards. Jonny Bairstow
took the men's Test batting honours for his series-clinching hundred against New Zealand at Trent Bridge. Sam Curran
won the men's T20I bowling award for his performance in the World Cup final against Pakistan. Sophie Ecclestone
won the women's ODI bowling award for her six-for in the World Cup semi-final against South Africa. Harry Brook
was named the Debutant of the Year. And Ben Stokes
was chosen Captain of the Year, beating competition from World Cup-winning leaders Jos Buttler and Meg Lanning.
Bairstow's 136 not out
, the first of his four hundreds in consecutive Tests in the English summer, came in an incredible chase on the final day in Nottingham. England were set 299 to win in 72 overs but got there in 50 after Bairstow hit 14 fours and seven sixes, striking at 148 in his 92-ball innings.
Although Bairstow missed the tour of Pakistan due to injury, you wouldn't have known it from England's turbo-charged style of play under Stokes - scoring 500 in a day, and sweeping Pakistan 3-0, having already won series against New Zealand and South Africa earlier in the year.
Left-arm seamer Curran, who took 13 wickets in the men's T20 World Cup, capped his Player-of-the-Tournament performance with three wickets in the final
. He bowled two overs in the powerplay, took a wicket and conceded only five runs, and returned at the death to take out Shan Masood, Pakistan's top scorer, and Mohammad Nawaz in consecutive overs.
Bangladesh too had a successful 2022, winning their first Test in New Zealand, and clinching ODI series in South Africa and against India. The architect of their Mount Maunganui win
was the men's Test bowling performance winner, fast bowler Ebadot Hossain
, who took 6 for 46 to dismiss New Zealand for 169 in their second innings. Allrounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz
's thrilling century from No. 8 in Bangladesh's narrow win over India in Mirpur
won the men's ODI batting award over Ishan Kishan's double-century in the same series.
The jury for the awards included former players Dale Steyn, Daniel Vettori, Ian Bishop, Tom Moody, Lisa Sthalekar, Wasim Jaffer, Peter Borren, Farveez Maharoof, Urooj Mumtaz, Niall O'Brien and Mark Nicholas, and ESPNcricinfo's senior editors and writers. They picked the best performances in the three men's international formats, and performances in women's ODIs and T20Is and Associates cricket at large, in the previous calendar year.
This year ESPNcricinfo introduced a new category to recognise the best performances in men's T20 leagues around the world. Seven tournaments were taken into consideration - the IPL, PSL, CPL, BBL, BPL, LPL and the Hundred. Royal Challengers Bangalore's Rajat Patidar
won the batting award for his unbeaten century in the IPL eliminator
against Lucknow Super Giants. The bowling award went to Sunrisers Hyderabad's Umran Malik
for his searing 150kph deliveries that got him 5 for 25 against Gujarat Titans
Three other India players won awards for their performances in 2022. The ever-inventive Suryakumar Yadav
took the men's T20I batting honours for his 51-ball 111 not out
, where he scored nearly 60% of India's total against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui. It was a performance Virat Kohli described on Twitter as "another video-game innings".
Ecclestone took England into the Women's World Cup final with her six-wicket haul
, but once there, she had no answers against a rampaging Healy, who won Australia the title and the women's ODI batting award for her 138-ball 170
, which broke Adam Gilchrist's 2007 record for the highest score in a World Cup final.
The Associate sides ran the bigger teams hard in the men's T20 World Cup last year - Namibia beat Sri Lanka, Scotland beat West Indies, and Netherlands beat South Africa. Our Associate batting and bowling winners come from two of these games. George Munsey
's 66 not out helped Scotland down West Indies
in their opening game of the World Cup. The Associate bowling award went to Netherlands fast bowler Brandon Glover
, who took 3 for 9 in Adelaide
, including the big wickets of Rilee Rossouw and David Miller, to knock South Africa out of semi-final contention on the last day of the World Cup's league stage.
England middle-order batter Brook had a sparkling start to his international career, being named Player of the Series for his 238 runs at a strike rate of 163.01 in the seven-match T20I series in Pakistan, winning the T20 World Cup, and becoming only the second man to hit hundreds in each Test of an away series of three or more matches on his way to averaging 80 in the format. His closest competitors for the debutant award were left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh, India's most reliable bowler at the World Cup, and New Zealand allrounder Michael Bracewell, whose 127 not out from 82 balls took his side to an unlikely win in a chase of of 302 against Ireland.