Friday, April 13, 2012

2012 Wisden Cricketers of the Year

Contributed by Emma Booth.
Regional Director, USA Sport Group.

Wisden is the leading cricket publication in the world and every year since 1889 the editor chooses five players who make it onto the 'Cricketers of the Year' list. A prestigious award, which you can earn only once in your lifetime. This year, four Englishmen and one Sri Lankan have made it onto the 2012 list.

Alastair Cook (Middlesex & England)
Cook has been the backbone of English test cricket last year scoring four hundreds, including a whopping 294 runs versus India. His one day performances have also come on leaps and bounds and Cook has asserted himself as one of the best batsman in the world.

Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire & England)
Tim Bresnan is a typical Yorkshire all-rounder. Hard hitting as a batsman and consistent as a bowler, his performance in the test match against India at Trent Bridge propelled him into international cricket stardom.

Kumar Sangakkara (Deccan Chargers & Sri Lanka)
Sangakkara score his maiden test hundred on English soil in 2011 and saved the test match at the Rose Bowl. He also delivered the prestigious 11th MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in July 2011 and received great praise from critics and fans alike.

Glen Chapple (Lancashire)
Glen Chapple seems to have been around forever, playing for Lancashire his entire career and appointed captain in 2009. He successfully steered the club to their first outright County Championship win for 77 years in 2011.

Alan Richardson (Worcestershire)
Another cricket old boy who is still going strong, Richardson saved his County team, Worcestershire, from relegation in 2011 by scoring match winning runs and bowling the second most overs in the entire Championship. Not bad for 36 years old.

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