AB de Villiers in line for ICC Cricketer of the Year award

2014-11-06 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Proteas cricketer AB de Villiers is in line to win the prestigious ICC Cricketer of the Year award.

The South African ODI captain has been nominated alongside Australia’s Mitchell Johnson and Sri Lankans Angelo Mathews and Kumar Sangakkara.

De Villiers scored 932 runs in 10 Tests at an average of 54,8 and 963 runs in 20 ODIs at an average of over 60.

In the voting period between August 26, 2013, and September 17, 2014, Johnson, who won the award in 2009, claimed 59 wickets in eight Tests at an impressive average of 15,23. This included two five-wicket and one 10-wicket hauls.

The left-arm fast bowler was equally impressive in 50 overs cricket when he notched up 21 wickets in 16 matches at an

average of 33,04 with an economy rate of under five runs per over.

Sangakkara, who won this prestigious award in Colombo in 2012, finished as the leading run-getter during the same period with 1 502 runs in 11 Tests with four centuries and nine half-centuries. The left-hander averaged just over 75. In 26 ODIs, Sangakkara scored 1 046 runs in 26 matches at an average of just under 42 with three centuries and seven half-centuries.

Since the inception of the ICC Awards in 2004, no cricketer has won this award twice.

Mathews, the Sri Lankan captain, was the second highest run-getter in Tests with 1 292 runs at an average of 92,28 and backed up this performance with 965 runs in 28 ODIs at an average of just under 54.

If Mathews or De Villiers win this year’s award, then there will have been 12 different winners in the 11 year history of the ICC Awards. In 2005, Jacques Kallis and Andrew Flintoff were declared joint winners of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.

Shortlist of nominees for individual awards:

Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers (SA), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Angelo Mathews (SL), Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

ICC Test Cricketer of the Year: Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Angelo Mathews (SL), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), David Warner (Aus)

ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year: Quinton de Kock (SA), AB de Villiers (SA), Virat Kohli (Ind), Dale Steyn (SA)

ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Charlotte Edwards (Eng), Mithali Raj (Ind), Sarah Taylor (Eng), Stafanie Taylor (WI)

ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Corey Anderson (NZ), Gary Ballance (Eng), Jimmy Neesham (NZ), Ben Stokes (Eng)

ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year: Calum MacLeod (Scot), Preston Mommsen (Scot), Mohammad Nabi (Afg), Samiullah Shenwari (Afg)

ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year:

• Alex Hales (Eng) — 116 not out (64b, 11x4, 6x6) v Sri Lanka (WT20), March 27, 2014,

• Aaron Finch (Aus) — 156 (63b, 11x4, 14x6) v England, August 29, 2013

• Rangana Herath (SL) — 3.3-2-3-5 v NZ (WT20), March 31, 2014

ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year: Charlotte Edwards (Eng), Meg Lanning (Aus), Mithali Raj (Ind), Stafanie Taylor (WI)

David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year: All 12 members of the ICC Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires have been nominated

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award: To be announced on November 14.

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