ICC Player of the Month: Johnny Bairstow and Marijan Cap claim top honors

According to an ICC media release, Bairstow has been rewarded after his team’s one-month memorable performance in the 3-0 ICC World Test Championship (WTC) series win against defending champions New Zealand.

Despite a quiet start at Lord’s, Bairstow displayed explosive batting to win against the odds in the second Test, the second fastest century by an English batsman in the longest format.

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With a score of 162 and an unbeaten 71, he sealed the whitewash in an equally explosive fashion, extending his career to the final of the series, which earned him the MRF Tires ICC Test batting rankings.

Bairstow is being honored with the ICC award for the first time and has been named the best male player behind teammate Joe Root and New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell.

This remarkable series of runs continued until July, where his team’s successive Test victory over India saw him chase record-breaking runs at home for centuries. Bairstow’s continued dominance has already placed him as a potential contender for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for July.

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“I want to thank the fans for voting for me as the ICC’s male player,” Bairstow said.

“It simply came to our notice then. This is a positive start to our summer with four great victories against top-ranked opponents in New Zealand and India.

“We are enjoying our cricket as a team and playing with clarity and positivity. Although I have scored four centuries in this period, I would like to commend my teammates who have excelled in every field and played with immense temperament. Confidence. “


Bairstow is also in the queue for the award in July.

The South African cap won the women’s honor for her solid and intense resistance to the bowling attack against England in the Test match at Taunton, giving her team a valuable equalizer.

It was his first Test match since 2014, with Cap scoring 45 for 4 and creating a batting masterclass. On the way to setting a national record of 150, he displayed the entire gamut of his excellent stroke-play.

His resistance helped his team score 284 in the first innings and in reply England put up a good score when Cap once again played an unbeaten 43 for his team before the rain on the final day.

Cap has overtaken compatriot Shabnam Ismail and fellow team-mate from England’s Nat Cyver and is the first South African ICC women’s player since Liezel Lee was crowned in March 2021.

“Winning the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award is really very important to me, especially against two very bright players, Shabnam Ismail and Nat Siver,” Cap said.

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