England nominated for Laureus gong
England's cricket team heads the list of British nominations for the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards.
England face strong competition from Rugby World Cup winners New Zealand, Formula One team Red Bull and Champions League holders Barcelona.
The awards ceremony, which recognises sporting achievement during 2011, will be held at London's Central Hall, Westminster, on February 6.
Laureus world sports academy chairman Edwin Moses said: “This has been a great year for sport and the academy are going to find it extremely difficult to decide who to vote for as winners.
“We have had several massive performances in 2011 both by individuals and teams and that has been reflected in the nominations.”
World Team of the Year nominees:
All Blacks (New Zealand) - rugby union
Barcelona (Spain) - football
Dallas Mavericks (United States) - basketball
England men’s cricket team
Japan women’s football team
Red Bull (Austria) - motor-racing