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Old 27th December 2008, 16:34   #1
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Wisden Cricketers of the Year

As 2008 draws to an end who will be the players who recieve the coveted accolade of the Cricketer of the Year. Whilst it isn't announced until April we might as well speculate who will get the award. Most recent winners:

2000 CL Cairns, R Dravid, L Klusener, TM Moody, Saqlain Mushtaq.

2001 MW Alleyne, MP Bicknell, AR Caddick, JL Langer, DS Lehmann.

2002 A Flower, AC Gilchrist, JN Gillespie, VVS Laxman, DR Martyn.

2003 ML Hayden, AJ Hollioake, N Hussain, SM Pollock, MP Vaughan.

2004 CJ Adams, A Flintoff, IJ Harvey, G Kirsten, GC Smith.

2005 AF Giles, SJ Harmison, RWT Key, AJ Strauss, ME Trescothick.

2006 B Lee, KP Pietersen, RT Ponting, SP Jones, MJ Hoggard.

2007 PD Collingwood, MS Panesar, Mohammad Yousuf, DPMD Jayawardene, MR Ramprakash.

2008 IR Bell, S Chanderpaul, OD Gibson, RJ Sidebottom, Zaheer Khan.

The most likely candidate from the England team is James Anderson who has taken 46 wickets this year including 7/43 at Trent Bridge (we'll forget about his ODI form). Broad has been exceptional in the ODI arena but has yet to make the same impact with the red ball. One for another year methinks.

Vettori was the stand out Kiwi and amazingly hasn't been given the award before so he is likely to get the nod ahead of McCullum.

AB de Villiers and Prince are probably the most likely players from South Africa to gain the award as Smith has already received the award in 2004. Steyn whilst poor against England has had an annus mirablis with the ball.

On the domestic front Bopara had a very good season with the bat and Davies helped Durham to win the Championship with 2 ten wicket hauls and 41 wickets at 41.63. Kabir Ali also had a fine season with 59 wickets at 18.74.

My predictions:

James Anderson
AB de Villiers
Daniel Vettori
Mark Davies
Dale Steyn
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Old 27th December 2008, 16:47   #2
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Does the award cover all forms of international cricket?
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Old 27th December 2008, 17:01   #3
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Van Jaarsveld
Gambhir
Chanderpaul
Pietersen
Steyn
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Old 27th December 2008, 17:04   #4
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Van Jaarsveld
Gambhir
Chanderpaul
Pietersen
Steyn
Named in 2008 & 2006 respectively.
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Old 27th December 2008, 17:13   #5
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Named in 2008 & 2006 respectively.
Oh I didn't know you could only get it once

Van Jaarsveld
Gambhir
Steyn
Johnson
Sehwag
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Old 27th December 2008, 17:33   #6
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Oh I didn't know you could only get it once

Van Jaarsveld
Gambhir
Steyn
Johnson
Sehwag
We always have the only getting it once chestnut. It's also primarily an English award so random international success doesn't count; only touring success in England so Gambhir, Sehwag and Johnson aren't options and neither, realistically is Steyn, whose success was almost entirely abroad.
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Old 27th December 2008, 19:46   #7
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My predictions:

James Anderson
AB de Villiers
Daniel Vettori
Mark Davies
Dale Steyn
I think you will be pretty close with those picks. Anderson is the standout England choice for 2008 and de Villiers and Prince for me will be definites from South Africa. I think there has to be a representative from Durham - possibly Benkenstein for leading them to the Championship. The fifth pick is tough, perhaps Murray Goodwin or Van Jaarsveld? Steyn would have been a definite if he had had a decent tour of England.

Anderson
de Villiers
Prince
Benkenstein
Goodwin
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Old 27th December 2008, 20:30   #8
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It's probably harder to guess the criteria they'll use than the players they come up with, which seem to shift from year to year.
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Old 27th December 2008, 20:33   #9
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It's probably harder to guess the criteria they'll use than the players they come up with, which seem to shift from year to year.
I thought it was just players who've done well in England in the English summer season who haven't won it before.
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Old 27th December 2008, 23:33   #10
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De Villiers
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Anderson
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Old 1st January 2009, 19:54   #11
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It is traditionally an award for performance in the English season (including domestic and international matches). It will be interesting to see if Steyn is included given he has had an outstanding year apart from the tour to England. Well, not that interesting really.

I've never particularly paid much respect to these awards to be honest because the fact that a player can only be named once makes them quite contrived. Any player who hangs around in the England team for long enough is highly likely to be honoured even if they haven't done anything remarkable as is evident from the lists above. However, it is nice to see excellent county performances ackowledged where they might otherwise be forgotten - even though I'm not much of a fan of county cricket.
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Old 1st January 2009, 20:00   #12
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James Anderson
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Old 1st January 2009, 21:06   #13
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It is traditionally an award for performance in the English season (including domestic and international matches). It will be interesting to see if Steyn is included given he has had an outstanding year apart from the tour to England. Well, not that interesting really.

I've never particularly paid much respect to these awards to be honest because the fact that a player can only be named once makes them quite contrived. Any player who hangs around in the England team for long enough is highly likely to be honoured even if they haven't done anything remarkable as is evident from the lists above. However, it is nice to see excellent county performances ackowledged where they might otherwise be forgotten - even though I'm not much of a fan of county cricket.
I think that is why Wisden brought in the Wisden 40 and the player of the year. This circumvents the can only be nominated once. I can't see too many England players making the Wisden 40.
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It is traditionally an award for performance in the English season (including domestic and international matches). It will be interesting to see if Steyn is included given he has had an outstanding year apart from the tour to England. Well, not that interesting really.

I've never particularly paid much respect to these awards to be honest because the fact that a player can only be named once makes them quite contrived. Any player who hangs around in the England team for long enough is highly likely to be honoured even if they haven't done anything remarkable as is evident from the lists above. However, it is nice to see excellent county performances ackowledged where they might otherwise be forgotten - even though I'm not much of a fan of county cricket.
Yeah Anderson did some good bullying of the Kiwis but that apart was only ordinary against the South Africans even if this did present a massive improvement against the utter dross he has served up through much of his test match career against the better sides. To be fair though he is a world class fielder and a much improved batsmen but is still an ordinary international bowler.
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I think that is why Wisden brought in the Wisden 40 and the player of the year. This circumvents the can only be nominated once. I can't see too many England players making the Wisden 40.
It also circumvents the problem that top overseas players can have a bad or maybe just mediocre tour of England and never become Cricketer of the Year. For example Jacques Kallis and Inziman-ul-Haq have missed out.

Somewhat surprisingly, considering he averaged over 50 in Tests three summers in a row and averaged over 80 in a county season, Mark Butcher isn't a Cricketer of the Year either.
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It also circumvents the problem that top overseas players can have a bad or maybe just mediocre tour of England and never become Cricketer of the Year. For example Jacques Kallis and Inziman-ul-Haq have missed out.

Somewhat surprisingly, considering he averaged over 50 in Tests three summers in a row and averaged over 80 in a county season, Mark Butcher isn't a Cricketer of the Year either.
Pity about Butcher - he's as deserving of the award as quite a few others in there. It's often just the luck of the draw - a vintage summer can leave too many people to choose from, and other times options are running out.
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Old 29th March 2009, 23:47   #17
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My predictions:

James Anderson
AB de Villiers
Daniel Vettori
Mark Davies
Dale Steyn
Wisden is published on the 6th April (a week tomorrow) so we can expect to find out the cricketers of the year just before then. So who do we think now will be the victors?

In recent times we've had. One stand out player from each touring side in England. The stand out England player or players and the best player in county cricket.

Looking at my predictions from January I might not be too far away. What do you think?
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I would say 4 of them might be in with a chance.
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I would say 4 of them might be in with a chance.
I'm guessing the last 4 IYHO?
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