Strauss shortlisted for top award

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Andrew Strauss has been in sublime form during the last 12 months, during which he took over the captaincy and helped England regain the Ashes

England’s Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss is among four players shortlisted for the International Cricket Council’s Cricketer of the Year award.

India’s Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are also in the running for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, as is Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.

Strauss, Gambhir and Johnson are also still in with a chance of the Test Player of the Year award, alongside Sri Lanka’s Thilan Samaraweera.

England women's captain Charlotte Edwards and batsman Claire Taylor are on the shortlist for the women’s Cricketer of the Year award, and Graham Onions is still in with a chance of winning the Emerging Player prize.

The awards will be presented at the sixth annual ICC awards, which is held in Johannesburg on October 1.

There are eight individual prizes, as well as awards for the Test and one-day international teams of the year and the Spirit of Cricket.

ICC awards shortlists

Cricketer of the Year: MS Dhoni (Ind), G Gambhir (Ind), M Johnson (Aus), A Strauss (Eng)

Test Player of the Year: G Gambhir (Ind), M Johnson (Aus), T Samaraweera (SL), A Strauss (Eng)

ODI Player of the Year: S Chanderpaul (WI), MS Dhoni (Ind), V Sehwag (Ind), Y Singh (Ind)

Emerging Player: B Hilfenhaus (Aus), G Onions (Eng), J Ryder (NZ), P Siddle (Aus)

Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year: R Cheema (Can), R ten Doeschate (Ned), W Porterfield (Irl), E Schiferli (Ned)

Twenty20 International Performance of the Year: S Afridi (Pak), T Dilshan (SL), C Gayle (WI), U Gul (Pak)

Women’s Cricketer of the Year: C Edwards (Eng), S Nitschke (Aus), C Taylor (Eng)

Umpire of the Year: A Dar (SL), T Hill (Nzl), A Rauf (Pak), S Taufel (Aus)

Spirit of Cricket: Australia, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka

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