England duo scoop ICC awards
Jonathan Trott has pipped Alastair Cook to be named the International Cricket Council's Cricketer of the Year.
Last Updated: 13/09/11 9:38am
Jonathan Trott has been named the International Cricket Council's Cricketer of the Year, pipping England team-mate Alastair Cook to the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy Award.
Trott received the honour at a dinner at London's Grosvenor House Hotel after a stunning 12 months that saw him score over 1,000 runs in both Test and One-Day cricket.
The Warwickshire batsman scored 445 runs in last winter's Ashes series alone, though his highlight happened to come in the field during that tour.
Asked for his favourite memory, Trott had no hesitation nominating his run-out of Australia's Simon Katich on day one of the second Test in Adelaide.
"That run-out in the first over of the game - it was the first time I've ever got to run around a cricket field like a football striker scoring a goal," he said.
"That was the best highlight for me - although I have to say as a team Melbourne (where England retained the Ashes) was special."
The South African-born right-hander had initially been on a four-man short-list that also included India's Sachin Tendulkar and Hashim Amla of South Africa.
Cook had also been in the running for the overall award, but the opener had to settle for being selected as Test Cricketer of the Year instead.
The left-hander got the nod ahead of Trott and fellow international colleague James Anderson, as well as South Africa's Jacques Kallis.
Like Trott he too enjoyed a stellar Test series Down Under, amassing an astonishing 766 runs at an average of 127.66. He continued his good form this summer on home soil, including hitting a career-best 294 against India.
Meanwhile, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was picked as the best one-day player over the past 12 months, having made more than 1,000 runs in 25 matches and led his country to the World Cup final.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the Spirit of Cricket award for his part in recalling England's Ian Bell after his controversial run-out during the second Test at Trent Bridge in July.
Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate pipped Ireland's Kevin O'Brien to be crowned ICC's associate player of the year.
West Indies leg-spinner Davendra Bishoo was named emerging player of the year, and Stafanie Taylor - also from the Caribbean - was the women's cricketer of the year.