England captain Ben Stokes has been named ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year, while England woman Nat Sciver has been named ODI Women’s Cricketer of the Year for 2022.
Stokes’ year on the Test scene was memorable, with his 870 runs keeping him one of the best hitters in the game as he added two more centuries to his name, including a first inning 103 against Africa from the South in the second test. .
Although Stokes’ skills are always on display, it was his leadership as Test captain, alongside new head coach Brendon McCullum, that caught the attention of the cricketing world.
Affectionately known as ‘Bazball’, the England Test team’s attacking and aggressive style of cricket was a marvel to watch, with Stokes opting for an entertaining approach to batting, bowling and the pitch.
It was that strong conviction to go after Stokes for victory that took England to nine wins from 10 Tests, with series wins at home to New Zealand and South Africa, plus a remarkable victory 3-0 in Pakistan in which his team scored. the most runs ever (506-4) on the opening day of the test match.
In what was already an incredible career, Sciver produced another momentous year in 2022, scoring five half and two centuries to establish himself as England’s top batting performer of the year.
Her year was crowned with an excellent performance at the World Cup, where she scored 436 points, including two tons.
She also batted 148 in the final against Australia and, aside from Alyssa Healy’s heroics, Sciver would have carried England to the line.
In total, Sciver reached 833 ODI runs last year and also contributed 12 wickets.
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