Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jonathan Trott wins Cricketer of the Year award

Posted by Admin On 10:59 AM

Jonathan Trott on Monday pipped his fellow Ashes-winner, Alastair Cook, to the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy Award for the ICC's Cricketer of the Year. Trott, who next to Cook was bedrock of England's victory in Australia last winter with 445 runs from number three, took the award ahead of associate short-list nominees Sachin Tendulkar and Hashim Amla.
After receiving the award at a dinner at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, Trott spoke of his delight at an accolade that honored not just his but England's achievement over the last 12 months. Asked for his favorite memory, the South Africa-born batsman had no hesitation nominating not one of his innings but his run-out of Australia's Simon Katich on the first morning of the second Test in Adelaide.
That run-out in the first over of the game - it was the first time I've ever got to run around a cricket field like a football striker scoring a goal,he said.That was the best emphasizing for me - although I have to say as a team, Melbourne was particular.It was at the MCG that England retained the Ashes.
Alastair Cook, who made a near all-time Ashes record 766 runs in Australia, won the Test Cricketer of the Year prize ahead of team-mates Trott and James Anderson, as well as South Africa's Jacques Kallis.
Cook's most treasured recollection of last winter came in the final-Test victory at Sydney, where England - who have since become the ICC's world number one Test team - wrapped up a 3-1 scoreline to retain the Ashes.
Among other winners were India's World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who took the Spirit of Cricket award for his part in recalling England's Ian Bell after his controversial run-out during this summer's Trent Bridge Test.
England all-rounder Tim Bresnan also had a near miss, Tim Southee instead winning the award for the year's outstanding Twenty20 performance. West Indies leg-spinner Davendra Bishoo was named emerging player of the year, and Stafanie Taylor - also from the Caribbean - was the women's cricketer of the year.


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