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Australia’s phenomenal 2019 of Test cricket has been rewarded, after five players were named in the International Cricket Council’s team of the year.
As well as being included in the Test side, left-arm fast bowler Mitchel Starc was the only Australian who featured in the one-day team of the year.
English all-rounder Ben Stokes was named the Sir Garfield Sobers world player of the year, after his incredible feats in 2019 which included man winning knocks in the World Cup final (84 not out) and third Ashes Test (135 not out) at Headingley.
Marnus Labuschagne also celebrated his selection in the Test side by being named as the men’s emerging player of the year after averaging 64.94 in 2019.
It was only six months ago that Labuschagne wasn’t even a regular member in the Test side, but Steve Smith’s concussion during the second Ashes Test saw the 25-year-old come in to replace the star Australian batsman. The Queensland right-hander made the most of his opportunity scoring 59 in the second innings at Lords, before hitting another four half-centuries and three centuries to round out the year.
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He was also joined in the Test side by teammates Smith, Test cricketer of the year Pat Cummins and off-spin bowler Nathan Lyon.
Cummins took 59 Test wickets during the year, 14 more than any other bowler.
Three New Zealanders featured in the squad (opening batsman Tom Latham, wicket-keeper BJ Watling and left-arm quick Neil Wagner) and two Indians (Maynak Agarwal and Virat Kohli).
The one-day side had an even spread of nations represented, with four Indians, two Englishman, two New Zealanders and a representative from the West Indies, Pakistan and Australia.
Rohit Sharma was the one-day cricketer of the year following his seven centuries, five of which came during the World Cup.
Indian captain Virat Kohli was named captain of both the Test and ODI teams, while the marvellous right-hander was also given the Spirit of Cricket Award after telling his own fans to start applauding Smith during their World Cup one-day clash.
ICC Test Team of the Year:
Maynak Agarwal (India) – 754 runs at 59.04. Three centuries. High score of 243
Tom Latham (New Zealand) – 601 runs at 50.08. Three centuries. High score of 161.
Marnus Labuschagne (Australia) – 1104 runs at 64.94. Three centuries. High score of 185
Virat Kohli (c, India) – 612 runs at 68. Two centuries. High score of 254*
Steve Smith (Australia) – 965 at 74.23. Three centuries. High score of 211
Ben Stokes (England) – 821 runs at 45.61. Two centuries. High score of 135; 22 wickets at 35.45. Best figures of 4-59
BJ Watling (New Zealand) – 559 runs at 55.9. Two centuries. High score of 205; 28 catches, one stumping
Patrick Cummins (Australia) –59 wickets at 20.13. Two five wicket hauls. One 10-wicket match. Best figures of 6-23
Mitchell Starc (Australia) – 42 wickets at 20.71. Four five wicket hauls. One 10-wicket match. Best figures of 6-66
Neil Wagner (New Zealand) – 43 wickets at 17.81. Four five wicket hauls. Best figures of 5-44
Nathan Lyon (Australia) – 45 wickets at 33.26. Two five wicket hauls. Best figures of 6-49.
ICC One-Day Team of the Year:
Rohit Sharma (India) – 1490 runs at 57.4. Seven centuries. High score of 159.
Shai Hope (West Indies) – 1345 runs at 61.13. Four centuries. High score of 170.
Virat Kohli (C, India) – 1377 runs at 59.86. Five centuries. High score of 123.
Babar Azam (Pakistan) – 1092 runs at 60.66. Three centuries. High score of 115.
Kane Williamson (New Zealand) – 948 runs at 59.25. Two centuries. High score of 148.
Ben Stokes (England) – 719 runs at 59.91. High score of 89; 12 wickets at 44.5.
Jos Butler (England) – 667 runs at 47.64. Three centuries. High score of 150.
Mitchell Starc (Australia) – 27 wickets at 18.59. Two five-wicket hauls. Best figures of 5-26.
Trent Boult (New Zealand) – 38 wickets at 23.97. One five-wicket haul. Best figures of 5-21.
Mohammed Sharmi (India) – 42 wickets at 22.64. One five-wicket haul. Best figures of 5-69.
Kuldeep Yadav (India) – 32 wickets at 34.68. Best figures of 4-39.
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy: Ben Stokes
Emerging Cricket of the Year: Marnus Labuschagne
Test Player of the Year: Patrick Cummins
ODI Player of the Year: Rohit Sharma
T20 Performance of the Year: Deepak Chahar, 6/7 vs Bangladesh
Associate Cricketer of the Year: Kyle Coetzer
Spirit of Cricket Award: Virat Kohli
Umpire of the Year: Richard Illingworth