Cook nominated for ICC award
Alastair Cook has been named as one of the nine candidates for the LG International Cricket Council player of the year award.
Last Updated: 13/08/12 10:24am
England batsman Alastair Cook has been named as one of the nine candidates for the LG International Cricket Council player of the year award.
Cook won the Test cricketer category last year while his international team-mate Jonathan Trott took the overall award, following their exploits in the historic 2010/11 Ashes success.
Opener Cook is joined in the 2012 list by England bowler Stuart Broad, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, South Africa's Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Australia captain Michael Clarke, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, India's Virat Kohli and West Indies' Stafanie Taylor - the first woman to be nominated for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.
The awards will be presented at the ninth annual ceremony, which takes place before the start of the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo on September 15.
The candidates will be judged on performances between August 4 last year and August 6 this year - a period which Cook began with a career-best innings of 294 as England went to the top of the ICC world Test rankings with a series-clinching victory over India at Edgbaston.
England have plenty of other interest in next month's awards as seamer Broad, wicket-keeper Matt Prior and Cook have all been nominated for Test cricketer of the year.
Fast bowler Steven Finn and Cook have been nominated in the one-day international player category while Ravi Bopara and Alex Hales are up for the Twenty20 performance of the year for their respective bowling at The Oval and batting at Trent Bridge.
England duo Lydia Greenway and Sarah Taylor will be up against the Windies' Taylor for the women's cricketer of the year awards.
Irishmen dominate the ICC affiliate and associate category, with six of the 10 nominees.
England bowler James Anderson was named earlier in August as one of the five candidates for the people's choice award.