England’s Exceptional Year Capped by ICC Awards

England’s emergence as cricketing power on the field was evident at the recently announced ICC awards as their leading batsmen Jonathan Trott and Alistair Cook were both rewarded for their consistency. The awards were based on the performance period of August 11, 2010 – August 3, 2011, a period in which England’s fortunes turned for good as they rode on the stellar performance of their run machines.

England batsman Jonathan Trott received the prestigious ICC Cricketer of the year 2011 award, after his successful run in the period of evaluation in which he scored over 1042 runs in tests, and bettered it in the ODIs with 1064 runs. His team mate Alistair Cook won the Test Cricketer of the year award after an excellent run in the longer version of the game in which he accumulated 1302 runs with an above par average of 76 in 18 test innings, helped by six test centuries.

The naming came as no surprise in the wake England’s resurgence as a cricketing power especially in the test arena. England had a dream summer in which they trumped teams and the crowning came with the drubbing of India, which lost its no 1 test rank to the pioneers of the ball game. Strength of their bench power was evident from the fact that Jonathan Trott had to compete with team-mates Cook and James Anderson for the ICC award.

The evaluation period also saw England lift their performance beyond expectations as they went on to retain Ashes in Australia and win test series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India, ending Asian dominance in the ICC rankings. Whereas England boosted their ranking and reputation, India tumbled as they not only lost the No. 1 ranking, but left Englad shores with their cricketing pride hurt as England steamrolled the oppostion. England’s performance in shorter versions of the game wasn’t equally noteworhty, although they went to play in the Quarter finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

England are currently playing the Twenty20 Cricket against West Indies away from home, and the indications from their thumping 10 wicket victory in the first fixture is of any indication, England are keen to prove that they are serious about reproducing the same magic in the shorter version of the game.

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