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Ponting dominates ICC Awards

By Greg Buckle 04/11/2006 05:52:41 AM Comments (0)

Australia captain Ricky Ponting has won the ICC's Overall Player of the Year Award at a function attended by some of cricket's biggest names in Mumbai.

Australians dominated the night, picking up five of the eight awards and having six players named in the 12-man Test squad of the year and five players named in the one-day international squad.

Ponting also won the Test Player of the Year Award with team-mate Mike Hussey taking out the one-day international player of the year award.

"They're things that you probably think about more when cricket's over and done with," Ponting said.

"But to get this sort of recognition for 12 months of really hard work is really nice. It's great to be recognised by your peers.

"The brand of cricket we've been able to play in the last 12 months is very satisfying for me as captain of the side. To have a bit of personal success has been great as well

"Obviously it's a great thrill. Even to be nominated on the short list was a great thrill.

"But to walk away with two awards is a great shock to me."

Ponting said he was surprised to win the Test award, having expected Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne to win it comfortably.

Ponting was nominated in four categories including one-day international player of the year won by Hussey.

Hussey said he was "very shocked" to win the ODI award.

Ponting admitted he was disappointed to miss out on the inaugural captain of the year award that wnet to Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene.

The voting period of August 1 2005 to August 8 2006 included the last four Tests of the Ashes series, which England won 2-1. Ponting's side has since won 11 Tests and drawn one.

The five Australians were named in the Test eleven were Matthew Hayden, Hussey, Ponting, Warne and Glenn McGrath, with Brett Lee 12th man.

Ponting and Hussey backed up for the one-day team of the year alongside Australian team-mates Adam Gilchrist and Lee, with Andrew Symonds 12th man.

England won the Spirit of Cricket Award and the Emerging Player of the Year Award with Ian Bell giving his acceptance speech via a recorded video message as Andrew Flintoff's side travels to Australia for the Ashes.

Australian umpire Simon Taufel won his third successive umpire of the year award and Australia's Karen Rolton won the women's player of the year award.

Test squad: Matthew Hayden (Aus), Michael Hussey (Aus), Ricky Ponting (Aus), Rahul Dravid (Ind, capt), Mohammad Yousuf (Pak), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri), Andrew Flintoff (Eng), Shane Warne (Aus), Makhaya Ntini (Rsa), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri), Glenn McGrath (Aus). 12th man: Brett Lee (Aus).

One-day squad: Adam Gilchrist (Aus), Mahendra Dhoni (Ind), Ponting, Mahela Jayawardene (Sri, capt), Yuvraj Singh (Ind), Hussey, Flintoff, Irfan Pathan (Ind), Lee, Shane Bond (Nzl), Muralitharan. 12th man: Andrew Symonds (Aus).

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