ICC Player of the Month: Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Daryl Mitchell nominated

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the nominees for the Player of the Month award for the month of June, alongside New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell, the England batsman. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root Nominated in men’s cricket while South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail and Marijane Cup and England all-rounder Nat Sciver have been nominated in women’s cricket.

England enjoyed a successful start in the longest format under Brendon McCullum’s coaching reign, and two figureheads, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, from their 3-0 whitewash to New Zealand, were shortlisted after outstanding contributions in three successful run chases. New Zealand’s batting ace Daryl Mitchell completed the lineup, thanks to several key performances through the series.

The ICC Women’s Player of the Month shortlist features two South African icons with bat and ball. Shabnim Ismail dazzled leading the bowling attack in his One Day International (ODI) series against Ireland, while compatriot Marijane Cup was nominated after his fierce resistance at the crease in the Test match against England. Starring for his opponents in the same match, England’s Nat Sciver has also been named among the nominees in celebration of his team’s outstanding performance with the bat in their first innings total.

An independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world can now vote to decide the winners, which will be announced next week. Fans registered at ICC-cricket.com/awards are invited to cast their vote by Saturday.

Bairstow scored 394 runs at an average of 78.80 during the WTC series against New Zealand. Despite a quiet performance at Lord’s, he recorded the second-fastest century for an English batsman in Tests, when he scored 136 in the second innings at Nottingham. His partnership with captain Ben Stokes changed the momentum of the second Test in a memorable fashion and helped secure the win against the odds. Bairstow continued where he left off in the final Test, making his way to England’s second-fastest 150, which laid the foundation for a whitewash in the series.

Despite his WTC series loss, Mitchell was a constant threat to England’s impressive and dominant bowling attack. Repeatedly reaching the crease with his side’s back against the wall, he occasionally appeared invincible, ending the series with 538 runs at an average of 107.60, crossing the half-century mark in just one innings. failed to do so and recorded a century. in each match. This remarkable series of scores enlists him for the first time.

Root continued his exceptional form in the longest format, which has spanned well over the last 12 months. His unbeaten 115 in the second innings of the first Test at Lord’s safe victory and three successful run chases against the current WTC title holders set the tone for Root, with Root seeing his side in two of them. Crossing the 10,000 Test run milestone during the series, his scores of 176 and an unbeaten 86 in the second and third Test helped him regain the top spot in the MRF Tires ICC Men’s Test Batting Rankings in June and earned him the title of the month-end. Saw it with 396 runs. 99.00 on average.

Ismail was once again the dominant weapon in South Africa’s bowling attack during the ODI series in Ireland, taking 11 wickets at an incredible average of 5.00. In the final match in Dublin, with impressive performances of 3 for 16, 3 for 31 and 5 for 8, he went on to take the hosts to scores of 69, 213 and 89 and comfortable wins in each of the three achieved. Fixer Ismail has been shortlisted for the first time since she won the first ICC Women’s Player of the Month award in January 2021.

Kapp also celebrated his first nomination since January 2021 after his stellar batting performance, which proved crucial to his side’s rescue in the one-off Test against England at Taunton. Her stunning 150 in the first innings set the national record for the highest Test score by a South African woman and allowed her team to post a respectable 284 in response to the first major innings by England. He continued to disappoint his opponents by scoring an unbeaten 43 in the second innings, saving a crucial draw.

Sciver’s remarkable form in international cricket continues and he has been nominated for the second time in three months. England’s batsmen struggled to impose themselves on South Africa at the start of the Taunton Test, scoring 121 for five at one point. Sciver made an unbeaten 169 and scored 417 for eight, which would have been enough to secure the win but for rain and Kapp’s resilience.