Australia’s Mitchell Johnson ICC cricketer of the year
Australia’s paceman Mitchell Johnson was today announced the winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC cricketer of the year.
Johnson became only the second player after his compatriot Ricky Ponting to win the trophy twice. He was also named ICC Test cricketer of the year, an ICC press release said.
During August 2013 to September 2014, Johnson claimed 59 Test wickets at an average of 15.23, with best bowling figures of seven for 40 runs against England in last December. In ODIs, Johnson claimed 21 wickets in 16 games.
Johnson was delighted to win the “very special honour.” He said: “I’m very happy with where I am at the moment and I want to keep getting better as a cricketer.”
Meanwhile, England’s Sarah Taylor was named ICC ODI women’s cricketer of the year and South Africa’s AB de Villiers ODI cricketer of the year.
In total there were 11 individual awards, as well as the two ICC Teams of the Year – for Tests and ODIs. The full list of individual award receivers is:
ICC Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) – Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
ICC Test Cricketer of the Year – Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Sarah Taylor (England)
ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year – AB de Villiers (South Africa)
ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Gary Ballance (England)
ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year – Preston Mommsen (Scotland)
ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year – Aaron Finch (Australia)
ICC T20I Women’s Cricketer of the Year – Meg Lanning (Australia)
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award – Katherine Brunt (England)
ICC Umpire of the Year (winning the David Shepherd Trophy) – Richard Kettleborough
LG People’s Choice – Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)