Cummins, Labuschagne honoured at ICC Awards
Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne, Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy are Australia's biggest winners at the 2019 ICC Awards.
Cummins was named Test Cricketer of the Year after a phenomenal twelve months in the longest format, where he claimed 59 wickets at 20.13. The 26-year-old was the highest wicket-taker in the recent Ashes series, and finished 2019 the No. 1 bowler in the ICC Test rankings.
Cummins becomes the fifth Australian to receive the prestigious accolade, joining Steve Smith (2015, 2017), Mitchell Johnson (2014), Michael Clarke (2013) and Ricky Ponting (2006).
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"It's a tremendous honour to be considered the best player of last year and one which was certainly unexpected," Cummins said.
"I owe much to my team, teammates and all those involved in Australian cricket for what was a really successful year for the team.
"The highlight was certainly being able to retain the Ashes which was a great reward for the hard work that went into that tour."
Five Australians were named in the Men's Test Team of the Year, which is packed with Aussie bowlers.
Despite being omitted from four Ashes Test matches, paceman Mitchell Starc was named in the XI alongside teammates Nathan Lyon, Marnus Labuschagne, Smith and Cummins.
Labuschagne's incredible rise in 2019 continued on Wednesday, receiving the Men's Emerging Cricketer Award.
After replacing Smith as a concussion substitute during the second Ashes Test at Lord's, Labuschagne has dominated the Test arena, scoring 1249 runs at 83.26. He was the highest run-scorer in Test cricket last year, and currently sits at 3rd on the ICC batting rankings.
Previous Australians to receive the accolade include Josh Hazlewood (2015), Peter Siddle (2009) and Shaun Tait (2007).
"It's a very big honour to win this award. I've got to thank my whole team and everyone that's been involved with my success, but more importantly the team's success" Labuschagne said.
"We had an amazing Ashes campaign and an amazing home summer. It's been a great year for the Australian cricket team and hopefully it can continue. Thank you guys."
Only one Australian was named in the Men's ODI Team of the Year, and there's no surprises as to who that was.
Starc became the first cricketer to take the most wickets in two consecutive World Cups, repeating his heroics from 2015. The left-armer claimed 27 scalps in the 2019 tournament, breaking the all-time record set by Glenn McGrath in 2007.
Starc finished 2019 with a one-day bowling average of 18.59, and still boasts the best strike rate in ODI history.
ICC ODI Team of the Year:— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 15, 2020
Virat Kohli (captain)
Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper)
Ashes and World Cup hero Ben Stokes won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Men's Cricketer of the Year after an unforgettable home summer.
Stokes was England's highest run-scorer during their famous World Cup Final victory over New Zealand in July, his classy 89 not out guiding the hosts to a nail-biting Super Over.
Less than two months later, the 28-year-old completed one of the greatest Test innings this century, his 135 not out at Headingley securing an unfathomable one-wicket win.
The previous English cricketer to win the prestigious trophy was Jonathan Trott in 2011.
A World Cup winner and scorer of one of the greatest Test innings of all time, Ben Stokes is the winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the world player of the year.#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/5stP1fqSAP— ICC (@ICC) January 15, 2020
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the Spirit of Cricket Awards for his classy gesture during their World Cup match against Australia.
As Indian fans booed the returning Australia duo of David Warner and Smith, Kohli waved to get the fans' attention. He pointed towards Smith and clapped his hands, suggesting his legion of followers should be applauding, not booing the Aussie superstar.
Kohli also sought Smith out and shook his hand in a superb act of sportsmanship.
Australian all rounder Ellyse Perry unsurprisingly bagged the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint award for Women's Cricketer of the Year, as well as ODI Player of the Year.
Perry dominated the 2019 Ashes, a series where she plundered a century during the one-off Test match and claimed 7/22 in a record-breaking spell at Canterbury.
The 29-year-old took 21 ODI wickets in 2019 at an impeccable average of 13.52. She also smashed 441 runs in the calendar year at a batting average of 73.50.
One of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Decade, Perry is slowly cementing herself as one of the greatest all rounders to ever play the game.
Ellyse Perry bags the big prize – the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint award!— ICC (@ICC) December 17, 2019
She was absolutely outstanding in 2019, her exploits including Test and ODI centuries. She was fantastic with the ball as well.#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/lclLvkP3Jn
Australian wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy was named the Women's T20 Cricketer of the Year for a second consecutive time after a record-breaking twelve months in the shortest format.
Healy's 148 not out against Sri Lanka at North Sydney Oval is the highest WT20I score in history. She only needed 46 deliveries to reach triple figures in an innings that featured 26 boundaries.
The 29-year-old averaged 53.14 in nine T20I innings at a ferocious strike rate of 173.01 last year. Healy was also the highest run-scorer in ODI cricket in 2019, with 669 runs at 60.81.
Presenting, the 2019 ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year – Alyssa Healy 🙌— ICC (@ICC) December 17, 2019
She broke the record for the highest score in women's T20Is with a blistering 148* against Sri Lanka this year 🤩#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/ObiIfcog31
Perry and Healy featured in both the ODI and T20 Women's Team of the Year, alongside a cluster of Australian teammates.
Australian captain Meg Lanning, Jess Jonassen and Megan Schutt were also named in the ODI XI, with Lanning and Schutt also featuring in the T20I side.
FULL LIST OF ICC AWARD WINNERS
Men's Cricketer of the Year: Ben Stokes (ENG)
Men's Test Cricketer of the Year: Pat Cummins (AUS)
Men's ODI Player of the Year: Rohit Sharma (IND)
Men's Emerging Player of the Year: Marnus Labuschagne (AUS)
Associate Player of the Year: Kyle Coetzer (SCO)
Umpire of the Year: Richard Illingworth
Spirit of Cricket Award: Virat Kohli
Women's Cricketer of the Year: Ellyse Perry (AUS)
Women's ODI Player of the Year: Ellyse Perry (AUS)
Women's T20I Player of the Year: Alyssa Healy (AUS)
Women's Emerging Player of the Year: Chanida Sutthiruang (THA)
Men's Test Team of the Year: Mayank Agarwal, Tom Latham, Marnus Labuschagne, Virat Kohli (c), Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, BJ Watling (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Neil Wagner, Nathan Lyon
Men's ODI Team of the Year: Rohit Sharma, Shai Hope, Virat Kohli (c), Babar Azam, Kane Williamson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav
Women's ODI Team of the Year: Alyssa Healy (wk), Smriti Mandhana, Tamsin Beaumont, Meg Lanning (c), Stafanie Taylor, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Megan Schutt, Poonam Yadav
Women's T20I Team of the Year: Alyssa Healy (wk), Danielle Wyatt, Meg Lanning (c), Smriti Mandhana, Lizelle Lee, Ellyse Perry, Deepti Sharma, Nida Dar, Megan Schutt, Shabnim Ismail, Radha Yadav