ICC Cricketer of the Year and Test Player of the Year Nominations Revealed

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 14:  James Anderson of England celebrates the wicket of Ashton Agar of Australia during day five of the 1st Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground on July 14, 2013 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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James Anderson, Michael Clarke and Hashim Amla head the nominations for the ICC Cricketer of the Year and Test Player of the Year awards, the trio ranking as the only individuals put forward for both prizes.

As noted on the council's official website, six-man shortlists have been revealed for each accolade, both of which were won by Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara last year.

The veteran batsman will have to settle for just the one nomination across the aforementioned awards this season, although he does receive recognition alongside Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Saeed Ajmal and Misbah ul-Haq for the ODI Cricketer of the Year, per The Independent.

ICC Cricketer of the Year: Nominations
Alastair CookEngland
James AndersonEngland
Hashim AmlaSouth Africa
Michael ClarkeAustralia
Kumar SangakkaraSri Lanka
Mahendra Singh DhoniIndia

English hopefuls are represented well throughout the nominations after the Three Lions' triumph in both the men's and women's Ashes series.

While the male side currently trail Australia in the latest encounter Down Under, Anderson's terrific display throughout the original series—including a 10-wicket haul during the first-Test victory at Trent Bridge—sees him represent Andy Flower's team across both of the main prizes. Cook's successful campaign as leader adds to his weight as ICC Cricketer of the Year.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02:  Michael Clarke warms up during an Australian Nets session at Adelaide Oval on December 2, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
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Joe Root is also in with a shot of becoming the Emerging Cricketer of the Year after breaking into the Ashes-winning side at the age of 22. Charlotte Edwards and Anya Shrubsole have been listed for the Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year.

They are joined by Stafanie Taylor of South Africa, Australia's Meg Lanning and New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates.

England's Sarah Taylor is outlined for the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year, where she is joined by her South African namesake and Bates, plus Shanel Daley and Deandra Dottin of the West Indies.

Test Cricketer of the Year: Nominations
James AndersonEngland
Hashim AmlaSouth Africa
Dale SteynSouth Africa
Michael ClarkeAustralia
Cheteshwar PujaraIndia
Ravichandran AshwinIndia

Away from the English, Amla's strong showings in a difficult year of matches has been rewarded with recognition alongside Anderson in the Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year categories.

An average of 45 is down from the previous 12 months, as reported in Hassan Cheema's blog for ESPNcricinfo, but a heavy workload against tougher opponents can be outlined for the slight decline.

Clarke is the only other man to head up these two lists, despite failing to win the Ashes during the year.

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 27: Hashim Amla of South Africa during the 2nd One Day International match between South Africa and Pakistan at AXXESS St Georges on November 27, 2013 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo
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Australia's influential captain, who will feel in better spirits these past two weeks, plays his best cricket when he doesn't over-complicate his shots. He is a thinker, someone whose impact begins off the pitch, and can be the leading figure during Australia's current Ashes series.

As noted in the official report, a total of 12 countries are represented across all categories, signalling no outright dominance across the board this year. The winners will be announced on Dec. 14 in a specially designed television format.