Friday, April 27, 2018 04:38:17 AM
The England women's trio of Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver and Anya Shrubsole have all been selected among Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year in a landmark move by the sport's 'bible'.
Only two female cricketers -- Claire Taylor and Charlotte Edwards, Knight's immediate predecessor as England captain -- had previously won an award dating back to 1899.
But Knight, Sciver and Shrusbole's contributions to England's 2017 World Cup triumph, culminating in a dramatic win over India in a sold-out final at Lord's, saw them honoured by the Almanack.
Shrubsole, who turned the final on its head by taking five for 11 on her way to figures of six for 46 as India suffered a stunning collapse, also became the first woman on the front cover of Wisden, an annual record of the previous year's cricket around the world, in its 155th edition.
West Indies batsman Shai Hope and Essex bowler Jamie Porter were also chosen for the award.
Meanwhile India captains Virat Kohli and Mithali Raj were named as the leading men's and women's cricketers in the world respectively.
Kohli won his award for the second year in a row after again starring in all formats, while Raj was acknowledged after a year in which she became the leading run-scorer in women's one-day internationals during India's run to the World Cup final.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan collected the inaugural leading Twenty20 cricketer in the world prize.
Lawrence Booth wrote in his editor's notes for the 2018 Wisden: "When the cover was unveiled in January, it generated seven times as much social media interest as its predecessor, which depicted Virat Kohli, the most marketable player of the world's best-supported team.
"Wisden shouldn't be too smug: we have often been slow to acknowledge the women's game. Thanks to Shrubsole and her team-mates, the case has become unanswerable. There were few cries of tokenism."
By tradition, the Cricketer of the Year award can be won only once by any player and is judged mainly on their contribution to the English season.
Knight, Sciver and Shrubsole all played key roles in a transformative World Cup for women's cricket, the captain scoring 364 runs at 45.5.
All-rounder Sciver struck 369 runs at 46.12 and was credited with inventing a new stroke -- the 'Natmeg' -- when she turned a yorker between her legs during the course of a century against New Zealand.
Hope was chosen mainly on the back of his brilliant twin centuries that saw West Indies to a shock win over England in the second Test at Headingley.
It was the first time any batsman had scored centuries in both innings of a first-class match at Yorkshire's headquarters ground, with Booth saying it was "one of the individual performances of the year".
Meanwhile Booth criticised the England and Wales Cricket Board's treatment of all-rounder Ben Stokes following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
The Durham star was made unavailable for all of England's eventual 4-0 Ashes series loss in Australia.
He appeared in court in February charged with affray before joining up with the England side again during their tour of New Zealand.
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