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Ashleigh Gardner, Harry Brook bag ICC Player of the Month awards for February 2023

Australia’s off-spin all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for February 2023, while England’s young batter Harry Brook clinched the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for the same duration.

Both Ashleigh and Brook seal their second Player of the Month awards after winning the honours back in December 2022. While Ashleigh beat competition from Nat Sciver, and Laura Wolvaardt, Harry defeated challenges from fellow nominees Ravindra Jadeja and Gudakesh Motie.

In the opening match of Women’s T20 World Cup against New Zealand, she produced a dazzling bowling performance, taking 5/12 runs to restrict them to a modest 76 all out in pursuit of Australia’s 173. With a total of 10 wickets during the tournament at an average of 12.50, she was named Player of the Tournament in Australia’s sixth time of winning the tournament.

“Thank you to everyone who voted me the ICC Women’s Player of the Month. The past month has been ground-breaking for women’s cricket and it’s an exciting time for our sport. The T20 World Cup was a brilliant tournament, and playing the hosts South Africa in the Final in front of a packed crowd at Newlands was an incredible experience.”

“Our Australian team are fortunate to have a number of world-class players, I’m happy I was able to contribute to our team success over the course of the World Cup,” said Ashleigh on receiving the honour.

She also scored 110 runs across five innings, including a valuable 31 in 18 balls to take Australia to 172/4, enough to keep India at bay and secure victory in the semi-final by five runs. She then chipped in with a crucial 29 in the final, and claimed the prized wicket of Marizanne Kapp with the ball.

“In a month where many of her compatriots put up good performances and saw their team rewarded with another title, Ashleigh’s performances came at critical times and essentially ensured that they won a semi-final and the Final.”

“She showed herself a player with the temperament for crunch situations which is a wonderful characteristic to possess,” said Pommie Mbangwa, former Zimbabwe player and ICC Player of the Month voting panel member.

On the other hand, Brook continued where he left off when arriving in New Zealand in February. He started the series with a fluid 89 in 81 balls, and followed it up with another half-century in the second innings to claim the Player of the Match award as England secured a thumping 267-run victory at Mount Maunganui.

“To win this award twice in a matter of months is a real honour. I’d like to thank my teammates and management of the England teams, who have been supportive and back me to play to my strengths.”

“It has been a pretty good start to the year and I hope that we can continue to be build on what will be a huge summer and winter for the Men’s teams with an Ashes and aiming to win the 50-over ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in the autumn, which I’m aiming to be part of both squads,” said Brook on winning the honour.

The second Test in Wellington endured a thrilling climax, and Brook once again starred for England breaking records in the process. He made a magnificent 186 in the first innings which included 24 fours and 5 sixes, giving England a considerable upper-hand as New Zealand were forced to follow-on. Despite eventually losing the match in dramatic fashion, Brook was named Player of the Series for his 329 runs at an average of 82.25.

“My choice for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month was Harry Brook because of the prolonged consistency he has shown and the fashion in which he made his runs during the last month. Younger batters such as Harry seem to be redefining Test batting at the moment, and that is what makes it even more special,” said Sana Mir, former Pakistan women’s captain and panellist in the ICC Player of the Month awards.

Didn’t think I’d get picked up for that much’: Harry Brook on IPL contract

England batter Harry Brook has said that he is unable to understand how he landed a massive Indian Premier League (IPL) contract during the mini-auction and added that “IPL is a big dream” for him.

Brook was acquired for a massive sum of Rs 13.25 crore from Sunrisers Hyderabad after entering the auction at a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.

“I’ve not got many words, to be honest. I thought I’d get picked up, but I didn’t think I’d get picked up for that much. One thing I would say is that I’m not motivated by money,” Brook told Daily Mail.

“Obviously, it’s a nice touch, but I just want to play cricket for the best teams and play for England as long as I can. Yes, the IPL was a big dream for me and the money is a big bonus, but it is not the be all and end all. I play because I love batting.”

The English youngster made his presence felt during England’s Test tour of Pakistan with a string of match-winning scores. He accumulated 468 runs at an average of 93.60, including three centuries with the highest score of 153.

“It might have been a different story if I hadn’t done so well in the Tests in Pakistan, but I played spin fairly well out there and there will be a lot of that in the IPL. The World Cup is in India this year too, so there will be plenty of spins to face in the coming months and different challenges,” he added.

Harry Brook wins ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for December 2022

England batter Harry Brook on Tuesday won his maiden ICC Men’s Player of the Month award, thanks to a blistering run of scores in December 2022 which helped the Ben Stokes-led side claim a historic Test series victory in Pakistan.

Brook, who also fetched a deal worth Rs 13.25 crore with Sunrisers Hyderabad during IPL 2023 mini player auction, was largely unstoppable during England’s triumphant Test return to Pakistan, scoring centuries in each match as the tourists sealed a 3-0 victory.

The 23-year-old got the honour ahead of Pakistan captain Babar Azam and Australia’s left-handed batter Travis Head. Despite having played just one Test match before arriving in Pakistan, Brook lit up the series with his aggressive strokeplay and firepower, seamlessly integrating into England’s attacking style of play in the longer format.

“It is an honour to have won the ICC Player of the Month for December. To win a Test series 3-0 in Pakistan was an incredible achievement and contributing with the bat in my first Test tour with England was a dream come true.”

“I have to thank my teammates for helping me settle into the environment seamlessly. It is a great team to play in, where we enjoy each other’s company and having fun. Hopefully, our form continues as we start the new year aiming to continue winning series and making a difference in the Test arena,” said Brook on receiving the honour.

He started the series in Rawalpindi in emphatic fashion, hitting 19 fours and five sixes on his way to a blistering 153 in the first innings, before another quickfire 87 in the second innings ensured Pakistan fell short on a dramatic final day and gave England a famous victory.

This set the tone for two further impressive centuries — 108 in Multan and 111 in Karachi. Brook’s explosive batting style was a driving force behind him breaking the record for most runs by an English batter in a Test series in Pakistan – a record previously held by David Gower. Brook was the deserving choice for the Player of the Series after amassing 468 runs at an average of 93.60.

“Brook’s three hundreds against Pakistan was something quite special. It really was a heralding of his arrival at the top level and the records he broke bear that out. This too in a team with seasoned superstar international players. His star is set to shine brightly and the cricket world will no doubt enjoy watching him,” said Mpumelelo Mbangwa, former Zimbabwe cricketer and ICC Player of the Month voting panel member.