Bresnan hails Trott and Cook

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Tim Bresnan was full of praise for his winning team-mates at the International Cricket Council awards in London last night.

England’s cricketers rounded off a great year by picking up two of the major honours.

Jonathan Trott won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year and Alastair Cook was named Test Cricketer of the Year.

It has been a very successful 12 months for England in which they retained the Ashes in Australia before going to the top of the Test rankings last month with a 4-0 whitewash of India.

Speaking before the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Bresnan told ecb.co.uk: “They’ve both had amazing years. Cooky’s just been outstanding from even before the Ashes and then into the Ashes he just tore it up.

“Then he’s had an exceptional summer again over here, and even in one-day cricket now he’s just showing how good he is.”

Bresnan, who was nominated for the Outstanding Twenty20 Performance, added: “Trotty’s the same - he’s just Mr Consistent isn’t he? When he goes in we can pretty much as bowlers park off and go for a sleep. He’s Mr Reliable.”

Graeme Swann was the only England player named in the ICC one-day international Team of the Year.

“I don’t think you can look far past Boxing Day to be honest," he said, referring to the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG.

"Bowling Australia out for 100 just after lunch on the first day is pretty much the highlight of my cricketing career - let alone the last 12 months.”

Elsewhere, England had two nominees for Women’s Cricketer of the Year. However, Lydia Greenway and Charlotte Edwards were beaten to the award by West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor.

Fellow West Indian Curtly Ambrose, regarded as one of the finest bowlers of the 1990s, was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

Despite being known for his motto: “Curtly talk to no man”, he spoke to ecb.co.uk about his induction: “I just enjoyed my career for 12 and a half years and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. And here I am tonight being inducted into the Hall of Fame, so it simply means I’ve done something wonderful.”

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