International Cricket Council (ICC) has nominated England’s Jonny Bairstow, Sri Lanka’s spin sensation Prabath Jayasuriya and French record-breaking star Gustav McKeon of men’s cricket and England’s Nat Sciver and Emma Lamb and Native American Renuka Singh of women’s cricket as the nominees for the July edition of ‘Player of the Month’ awards.
Jonny Bairstow, the men’s ICC player of the month, has been nominated again after stellar performances for England, while Sri Lanka’s Test debutant and spin maestro Prabath Jayasuriya is shortlisted for the first time. The men’s lineup for July is completed by French record-breaking teen star Gustav McKeon.
Nat Sciver is no stranger to being nominated for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award, and her second consecutive shortlisted appearance follows her outstanding performances in the ODI and T20I series against South Africa. England’s Emma Lamb had a very successful month with the bat and ball and is on the shortlist to be completed with the addition of the dangerous Indian sailor Renuka Singh.
The winner of the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for June, Bairstow picked up where he left off with blistering multi-format performances in July. He confirmed his superb form with the bat during his side’s latest Test showdown with India at Edgbaston, scoring 106 and 114 to claim another historic Test win and seal a 2-2 series draw against the odds in more drama on the last day. His remarkable batting performances during his match’s white ball series against South Africa, including a 53-ball 90 in the first T20I, bolster his claim to win a second consecutive trophy for July.
Sri Lankan Jayasuriya made a sensational start to his Test career in July, taking an extraordinary 29 wickets over three matches averaging 20.37 against formidable opponents. Jayasuriya came in the side after a humiliating 10 wicket loss to Australia and tore through the touring lineup in the second Test, six for 118 and six for 59 to secure an emphatic innings win. This proved to be just the start of his prolific month, after which he took nine wickets and eight wickets in the next two Tests against Pakistan to build a strong case to be crowned ICC Men’s Player of the Month for July .
Few cricketers will have such an exciting start to their international career as French teenage star McKeon. The 18-year-old set records tumbling at the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Sub Regional Europe B Qualifier in Finland, when he became the first ever player to record four consecutive half-centuries in his first four T20Is, converting two of those scores into centuries against Switzerland (109) and Norway (101). McKeon shone for France all along, racking up 377 runs in five T20I matches at an average of 75.40 and with a hugely impressive success rate of 164.62.
Lamb led the line for England at the top of the order and was instrumental in guiding her side to a 3-0 ODI series whitewash over South Africa in July. With an excellent score of 102 in the first showdown at Northampton, Lamb followed two more half-centuries to finish the series as the leading run scorer. The English all-rounder also showed her bowling credentials, taking key wickets from opposition skipper Sune Luus and the ever-dangerous Marizanne Kapp in the third ODI at Leicester.
Sciver has been nominated for the second consecutive month and third in four months and continues to be a driving force behind England. Her significant contributions with both bat and ball enabled her side to record 3-0 series wins against South Africa in July in both the ODI and T20I series. Among her string of outstanding performances was a draw of four for 59 in the first ODI that narrowed the tourists to a subpar score, before a powerful 55 from 36 balls set the stage for a momentum-building win that set the tone for her successful month of the side.
Singh celebrates her first nomination for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award thanks to a fruitful month with the ball. Jointly leading wicket-taker in the ODI series for her part in Sri Lanka with seven wickets at an excellent average of 12.85, she enjoyed a brilliant start to India’s pursuit of Commonwealth Games gold in Birmingham. Her standout individual display during the month may have been how she dismantled Australia’s top order in their opening match, claiming four wickets for 18 runs, but her side was dramatically thwarted by Australia’s lower order.
An independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world can now vote to determine the winners, who will be announced next week. Fans registered at icc-cricket.com/awards can vote until Saturday.
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