The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named the nominees for the Player of the Month award for December 2022 across senior Men’s and Women’s format. The Men’s nominees were predominantly mastered by ace batsmen who put up a thumping show in the ongoing World Test Championship fixtures. On the other hand, Women’s Cricket saw nominations from numerous bilateral series amongst top member nations.
Let’s have a look at the nominees of ICC Player of the Month for December 2022:
Nominees for ICC Men’s Player of the Month Award for December 2022
1) Babar Azam
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam undisputedly stands as the frontrunner to seize the award. Azam has been in commanding form throughout the month and has anchored a couple of splendid centuries against England and New Zealand. Masterful Azam has scored 523 runs in four test matches at a whopping average of 65.37. Azam had previously won the award in April 2021 and March 2022.
2) Harry Brook
England’s Harry Brook has unarguably been the most sizzling performer throughout the month. Brook played a prominent role in England’s decisive 3-0 victory against Pakistan. In the final test of the series, he smashed match-winning knocks of 153 and 87 and emerged as the highest run-scorer in the series with 468 runs and a century in each of the three matches. With this, Brook also encountered his maiden nomination.
3) Travis Head
Australia’s prolific batsman Travis Head has also been majestic with the bat in December as he anchored spectacular knocks in the red-ball format. Head’s 99 in the first test against West Indies followed by a sizzling 175 in the second test assisted Australia to record another clinical series victory by a whitewash. Head also scored a very well-constructed 91-run knock again South Africa in the first test where conditions were truly challenging.
Nominees for ICC Women’s Player of the Month Award for December 2022
1) Suzie Bates
Ace New Zealand batter Suzie Bates has been glorious with her performance in December. She scored 223 runs across an ODI and a T-20I series against Bangladesh that also includes a powered 93-run knock in the second ODI. She is truly a top contender to win the award.
2) Charlie Dean
England’s ruthless bowler Charlie Dean has been gazing at the attention of all the fans as she destroyed the West Indies in a couple of limited-overs bilateral series. Dean scalped 18 wickets in six matches with a bankable economy of 2.92.
3) Ashleigh Gardener
Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardener had a marvelous time in India as she paved the way for a brilliant 4-1 victory for her side. Gardener accumulated 115 runs in the series and grabbed seven crucial wickets to earn her maiden nomination.
ICC will likely announce the winner in the coming week after the judgment of critics and fans.