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Edwards and Root feature in famous five


England Women captain Charlotte Edwards and England batsman Joe Root have been named among Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year.

Charlotte Edwards holds the Ashes trophy that she helped England regain as they came from four points to two down to thrash Australia 12 to four last summer

Edwards has become the second woman to receive the honour after her former England team-mate Claire Taylor, who in 2009 won the award that recognises exceptional achievement in the previous English season.

Last summer Edwards oversaw England’s victory in the first multi-format Ashes series as the hosts came from behind to regain the urn.

The top-order batter hit fifties in the first two one-day internationals, the second half-century sparking a recovery from a two-point deficit that resulted in a 12-points-to-four triumph.

Root scored his first two international hundreds last season, the first versus New Zealand in the Headingley Test and the second a 180 in the Ashes at Lord’s. He helped England win both series, 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.

Root also played throughout England’s runners-up campaign in the home Champions Trophy and fired 90 not out in a Twenty20 international against Australia.

They are joined by Australia duo Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers plus India’s Shikhar Dhawan.

During the Investec Ashes Rogers impressed at the top of the order with 367 runs at an average of 40.77 and seamer Harris snared 24 wickets at 19.58.

Dhawan was by far the top run-scorer in India’s Champions Trophy title, amassing 363 at a whopping 90.75, and therefore player of the tournament.

Wisden, whose 2014 Almanack is published today, identified South Africa paceman Dale Steyn as its leading cricketer in the world. Its Cricketers of the Year cannot have won the award before.

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