Strauss humbled by ICC nomination
England captain Andrew Strauss described his ICC awards nominations as “humbling” after being recognised for his superlative form over the past year.
Strauss, who has been nominated in the categories for Cricketer of the Year and Test Player of the Year, was at the forefront of this summer’s 2-1 Ashes triumph over Australia, topping the run-scoring charts for both sides with 474.
He has racked up 1,323 runs in the qualifying period, also steering England to a comfortable series win at home to West Indies after they had narrowly lost out in a tough reverse encounter in the Caribbean.
"I've really enjoyed the challenge of playing for England over the past 12 months and to be nominated for two ICC Awards is a huge honour," he told ecb.co.uk.
“I've been pleased with my form during that time and I've particularly relished the role of England captain more recently.
“We don't play the game for awards but to be nominated alongside some of the best cricketers in the world is very humbling."
The 32-year-old, who now has 18 hundreds from 67 Tests at an average of over 44, also paid tribute to team-mates Graham Onions, who was also nomimated for Cricketer of the Year as well as Emerging Player, and Stuart Broad, who made the Test Player of the Year long-list.
The pair played an integral part in England’s Ashes success, with Broad’s 5-37 in Australia’s first innings at the Brit Oval proving the catalyst for victory in the final Test.
Onions also enjoyed a stellar introduction to Test cricket and has now taken 20 wickets from just five matches at an average of 25.
Strauss said: "I'm pleased to see that a couple of young England team-mates in Stuart Broad and Graham Onions have also been nominated for ICC Awards; both have made a big impact on the international game at early stages of their careers."
Commenting on the heavy presence of England players in the women's Cricketer of the Year category, Strauss added: “The five nominations for members of the England women's team are all thoroughly deserved following what has been a remarkable 12 months.
"Nominations of this nature recognise previous achievements but I know there is a strong desire within the England team to strive for continued improvement and success across all forms of the game."