England captain Ben Stokes has transformed the Test side (Picture: Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)
England Test captain Ben Stokes and all-rounder Nat Sciver have won ICC cricketer of the year awards.
Stokes, who took over a struggling team and immediately led England to nine wins from ten Tests, was named men’s Test cricketer of the year.
Sciver was awarded the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC women’s cricketer of the year and named women’s ODI cricketer of the year.
Stokes scored 870 runs at an average of 36.25 and took 26 wickets but the ICC said he ‘defined the year of Test cricket more than any other’.
While he had ‘an excellent year’ individually, the ICC added: ‘Sometimes the game is about more than just numbers and in 2022 Stokes – along with new England head coach Brendon McCullum – completely transformed the form, fortunes and style of England men’s Test team.’
Sciver scored 1,346 runs and took 22 wickets from 33 international matches and was lauded by the ICC for her ‘jaw-dropping knocks and being a non-stop threat with the ball’.
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Stokes defined the year of Test cricket more than any other’.