CASTLEFORD’S England cricket star Tim Bresnan has been selected as one of the five Cricketers of the Year in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which is published tomorrow.
The Yorkshire fast bowling all-rounder will miss the official awards ceremony as he is getting married, but said: “It is a massive honour to become the 43rd Yorkshire player to be named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
“It’s a very select membership and I’m over the moon to receive such a prestigious honour. To be included alongside the four other players this year and the great names of the past is very special indeed.”
Bresnan is named alongside his England team-mate Alastair Cook, Lancashire’s Championship-winning captain Glen Chapple, Worcestershire seamer Alan Richardson and Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara.
The five Cricketers of the Year are chosen by the editor of Wisden and represent a tradition that dates back to 1889, making this the oldest individual award in cricket. Excellence in, or influence on, the previous English summer are the major criteria and no-one can be picked more than once.
Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said: “Tim Bresnan touched the heights of world-class all-rounder against India, hitting a powerful 90 to assert England’s dominance at Trent Bridge, and taking 16 wickets at 16 apiece, including possibly the ball of the series to dismiss Rahul Dravid at Edgbaston.”
Bresnan, 27, is profiled in the 149th edition of the Almanack by Tanya Aldred who writes: “By the end of last summer, Bresnan had won all of his ten Tests, and he signed his first central contract in the autumn. Once only pencilled on to the team-sheet, now he is inked even even in a squad full of fast bowling and lower-order hitters.
“Elbow surgery in December eventually ruled him out of the New Year Tests in the UAE, where he was badly missed.
“He is funny company but has no lust for fame, and an unexpected taste for fancy coffee. And though there’s not much spare on him now, he still has the air of a man with an emergency cheese sandwich in his back pocket.”
Since Tanya penned that tribute Bresnan has added another win in the second Test against Sri Lanka to his portfolio and now stands at 11 wins in 11 Test appearances.
Other Yorkshire recipients (non-overseas) include Ryan Sidebottom (when a Notts player in 2008), Matthew Hoggard (2006), Michael Vaughan (2003), Darren Gough (1999), Martyn Moxon (1993), Chris Old (1979), Geoffrey Boycott (1965), Brian Close (1964), Phil Sharpe (1963), Vic Wilson (1961), Ray Illingworth (1960).