Australian seam bowler Mitchell Johnson has entered an elite bracket of cricketing legends after winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the cricketer of the year for the second time, according to BBC Sport.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) also named the best player in the world as Test cricketer of the year with notable performances against England in the Ashes. The Queensland-born player picked up no less than 59 wickets in all Tests between the voting periods at a sublime bowling average of 15.23.
In addition, Johnson claimed 21 One Day International (ODI) wickets in 16 games for the Kangaroos. The Kings XI Punjab bowler is only the second ever player behind fellow countryman and former skipper, Ricky Ponting, to win the illustrious award two times.
An Illustrious Feat
He is also the third Aussie to be named cricketer of the year, with current captain Michael Clarke the only other. Johnson first won it in 2009.
Speaking about his awards, the 33-year-old said: “I'm very happy with where I am at the moment and I want to keep getting better as a cricketer.
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“This is something that I'll be able to look back on in time when my career is over and be exceptionally proud of.”
“This is something that I'll be able to look back on in time when my career is over and be exceptionally proud of"
South African, AB De Villiers, who was also in the running to win the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy, was named the ODI player of the year with an exceptional batting average of 64.13.
Elsewhere, English batsman Gary Ballance was named the emerging cricketer of the year after cementing his place as England’s number three in the controversial absence of star batsman Jonathan Trott.
The good news continued for the English contingent, as both Joe Root and Stuart Broad were named in the Test team of the year. However no English players were named in the ODI side - to no surprise.
Richard Kettleborough picked up the umpire of the year award. The Englishman has won it for the second year in succession. Former women’s cricketer of the year and England fast bowler, Katherine Brunt won the spirit of cricket award.
The awards concluded with the ICC naming their Test and ODI team’s of the year.(See below).
International Cricket Council awards
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC cricketer of the year: Mitchell Johnson (Aus)
Test cricketer of the year: Mitchell Johnson (Aus)
ODI cricketer of the year: AB De Villiers (SA)
Women's ODI cricketer of the year: Sarah Taylor (Eng)
Emerging cricketer of the year: Gary Ballance (Eng)
Associate and affiliate cricketer of the year: Preston Mommsen (Scot)
Twenty20 international performance of the year: Aaron Finch (Aus) - 156 v England
ICC women's T20I cricketer of the year: Meg Lanning (Aus)
ICC spirit of cricket award: Katherine Brunt (Eng)
ICC umpire of the year (winning the David Shepherd Trophy): Richard Kettleborough
LG people's choice: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)
ICC Test team of the year: David Warner (Aus), Kane Williamson (NZ), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri), AB De Villiers (SA), Joe Root (Eng), Angelo Mathews (Sri) (capt), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Stuart Broad (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Rangana Herath (Sri), Tim Southee (NZ). 12th man: Ross Taylor (NZ)
ICC ODI team of the year: Mohammad Hafeez (Pkn), Quinton De Kock (SA), Virat Kohli (Ind), George Bailey (Aus), AB De Villiers (SA), MS Dhoni (Ind, capt & wk), Dwayne Bravo (WI), James Faulkner (Aus), Dale Steyn (SA), Mohammad Shami (Ind), Ajantha Mendis (SL). 12th man: Rohit Sharma (Ind)