South Africa’s one-day captain AB de Villiers was named ODI Cricketer of the Year, the International Cricket Council announced on Friday.
De Villiers and pace bowler Dale Steyn were the two Proteas picked in the ICC Test Team of the Year and were joined by Quinton de Kock as the three names were also in the ODI Team of the Year.
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was the winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year. The 33-year-old was also named as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.
Since the inception of the awards in 2004, Johnson is only the second player after compatriot Ricky Ponting to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy twice. While Johnson previously won this award in 2009, Ponting won back-to-back awards in 2006 and 2007.
England’s Gary Ballance claimed his first-ever ICC award after being named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year.
Other winners include England’s wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor, who has won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award, Australia opener Aaron Finch, whose 156 runs off 63 balls against England, has won him the ICC T20I Performance of the Year award, Scotland’s Preston Mommsen, who won the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year award.
Richard Kettleborough of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires won the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Australia captain Meg Lanning has clinched the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year award, while England’s Katherine Brunt has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award, for sportingly asking for a referral when a South Africa batter was adjudged to have been given out caught and the decision was subsequently reversed.
Source: SowetanLive – November 14, 2014