Recently, the ICC has nominated six players for the Player of the Month award after their superb performances in July.
Three players are for the men’s category and three are for the women’s category.
Meanwhile, in the men’s category, there are three first-time nominees who haven’t won the award previously.
These are England’s Zak Crawley and Chris Woakes and Netherlands’ Bas de Leede.
While Crawley and Woakes were instrumental in helping England draw the Ashes series 2-2, de Leede ensured that his team got the ticket for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
Additionally, in the women’s category, there are three players who are highly decorated and have won multiple awards.
They are Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, and England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt.
All three players were recently engaged in the Women’s Ashes where they performed brilliantly with bat and ball.
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Zak Crawley (ENG)
Crawley and his team were up against an Australian side that had recently won the ICC World Test Championship against India.
However, that didn’t deter the English opener as he scored 412 runs with an average of 58.85.
Crawley successfully fended off the Aussie bowlers with his batting and also counter-attacked them during the Ashes.
During the Manchester Test, he scored 189 from 182 balls which is a memorable one for fans.
Moreover, he scored 73 during England’s second innings in the decisive fifth Test as well.
Bas de Leede (NED)
The Netherlands was a very sporting team in the ICC ODI World Cup Qualifiers in July as they beat team after team to reach the final of the tournament.
However, they lost to Sri Lanka in the final but that didn’t matter as the top two teams were eligible to qualify for the tournament irrespective of the final result.
Moreover, it was one man who helped the Netherlands secure their ticket for India and it was Bas de Leede.
During the must-win game against Scotland in the tournament, de Leede played excellently with both bat and ball.
de Leede gave away 52 runs and grabbed a five-wicket haul and also scored 123 from 92 balls against Scotland.
Chris Woakes (ENG)
England brought in Chris Woakes for the 3rd Ashes Test in Leeds.
He hit the winning runs during the same Test and also put up splendid performances with the ball as he claimed 19 wickets and had an average of 18.15 to get nominated for the Player of the Month.
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Ashleigh Gardner (AUS)
Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner was also last month’s Player of the Month and will look to reclaim her award.
Moreover, she has performed brilliantly during the Women’s Ashes as well as in the series against Ireland Women.
She has scored a total of 232 runs and grabbed 15 wickets during 8 ODI and T20I performances in July.
Ellyse Perry (AUS)
Perry has been nominated for the very first time for this prestigious award after her performances in the Women’s Ashes and the series against Ireland Women.
Meanwhile, she has been able to garner 276 runs in just 4 ODIs against both England Women and Ireland Women and they also include two 90-plus scores.
Moreover, she has also averaged 69 in the month of July in the ODI format for Australia.
Furthermore, she has also played well in the Ashes T20I series wherein she has 92 runs and a fifty at the Oval.
Currently, Sciver-Brunt is the recipient and holder of the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy yet again after she put in a good performance for England in the month of July.
When England Women were under threat of losing to Australia Women in the Ashes series, she put in two good scores of 111 not out and 129 that earned her the Player of the Series award and she also grabbed the 1st spot in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Women.
The voting process will involve an independent ICC Voting Academy and fans who can cast their votes.
Meanwhile, the winners for both categories will be announced next week and the voting is open till Saturday.
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