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Alastair Cook is on the nine-man shortlist for the ICC player of the year award
Essex’s Alastair Cook has been nominated as one of the nine candidates for the LG International Cricket Council player of the year award, for a second successive year.
Cook last year won the Test cricketer category, and his England team-mate Jonathan Trott took the overall award, following their exploits in the historic 2010/11 Ashes success.
Opener Cook is joined in the 2012 list by his team-mate Stuart Broad, Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Australia captain Michael Clarke, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, India’s Virat Kohli and West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor - the first woman to be nominated for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.
The awards will be presented at the ninth annual ceremony, before the start of the ICC World Twenty20, in Colombo on September 15.
Cook, and his rivals, will be judged on performances between August 4 last year and August 6 this year - a period which began with his career-best 294 as England went to the top of the ICC world Test rankings with a series-clinching victory over India at Edgbaston.