Wisden's annual publication has unveiled South African spearhead Dale Steyn as their choice for the Leading Cricketer in the World award for 2013 in a list that features Charlotte Edwards as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year.
The Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack was first published in 1864 and has not only become known as the "Bible of Cricket" but is also recognised as the world's most famous sports reference book, with the Cricketers of the Year being selected solely on their performances throughout the previous English season.
Proteas fast-bowler Steyn, has headed the ICC Test bowling rankings for much of the last six years only relinquishing his number one status for four weeks towards the end of last year to team mate Vernon Philander, however, his recognition as Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World accolade was based on his superb performances in 2013 in both Test and ODI cricket.
Steyn took 51 wickets in only nine Tests during 2013 at an average of just 17 and claimed 27 one-day international wickets at an average of 16 with an incredible economy-rate of 3.65.
The man referred to as the "Phalaborwa Express," joins Jacques Kallis as the only other South African to receive the top accolade, the recently retired all-rounder being honoured back in 2007.
Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year have been recognised every year since 1889 and this year the list included Charlotte Edwards, Joe Root, Chris Rogers, Ryan Harris and Shikhar Dhawan.
Edwards became only the second woman to receive the award after compatriot Claire Taylor in 2009. The England captain led her team to back to back Ashes Series wins over Australia and few can doubt her standing as one on the women's greatest cricketers.
She has featured in 21 Tests, 178 one-day internationals and 78 T20 internationals for England, averaging 47.67 in Tests, 37.27 in ODI's and 32.13 in T20's during a remarkable career.
Joe Root was nominated for his breakthrough performances last summer against New Zealand and Australia. Root scored his maiden Test century against the Black Caps and followed that up with a brilliant 180 against Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lords.
Australian's Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris find themselves on the list during a year that featured two Ashes series.
Despite losing the series in England, Harris contributed with 24 wickets and added a further 22 in the whitewash Down Under, while at 35-years-old, Chris Rogers was the leading run scorer during the 10 Ashes Test matches with 830.
Shikhar Dhawan led the way for India during their Champions Trophy victory last year. The right-handed opening batsman was voted Man of the Tournament for his 363 run contribution at an average of 90.75 and also scored 187 off 174 balls on his Test debut against Australia at Mohali.
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