Australian duo Steve Smith and Ellyse Perry were the headliners of the ICC Cricketer of the Decade Awards, Smith being named Test Player of the Decade, while Perry was named Best Female Player of the Decade.
Perry’s incredible honor came as she also won the award for best ODI and T20I cricketer of the decade.
While Smith was named Male Cricketer of the Decade, he was edged out by Indian captain Virat Kohli as Male Cricketer of the Decade, Kohli knocking out Sir Garfield Sobers Aawrd.
Kohli was also named ODI Male Cricketer of the Decade, while Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan was named T20I Male Cricketer of the Decade.
Smith won the Test Award from a group of seven nominees, including England’s James Anderson and Joe Root, Kohli, Rangana Herath, Yasir Shah and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
The Australian superstar scored an incredible 7,042 runs at an average of 64.60 in the qualifying period, slamming 26 centuries. Kohli was the only player to score more centuries of testing than Smith in the decade, with the Indian skipper collecting 27 tonnes of testing.
Perry edged her teammate Meg Lanning, Suzie Bates of New Zealand, Sarah Taylor of England, India Mithali Raj and Stefanie Taylor of the West Indies to be named the female cricketer of the decade.
The Australian star’s decade spanned centuries in both Test and ODI format, with a ridiculous test average of 114.60 and an ODI average of 68.97.
ICC DECADE AWARD
Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade: Steve Smith (Australia)
ICC ODI Women Cricket of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
ICC ODI Male Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)
ICC T20I Female Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
T20I ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
ICC Male Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kyle Coetzer (Scotland)
ICC Female Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kathryn Bryce (Scotland)
ICC Spirit of Cricket of the Decade Award: MS Dhoni (India)
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