Wisden honour Cook and Bresnan

April 11, 2012
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England players Alastair Cook and Tim Bresnan have been named among Wisden’s five cricketers of the year.

Both men played an important role in England becoming the best Test match side in 2011. Cook scored 927 runs including a career best 294 at Edgbaston against India in a series that England won 4-0. Bresnan played his part with both bat and ball in that series, as well as taking important wickets towards the end of the Ashes series down-under.

The list was completed by Lancashire captain Glen Chappel, Worcestershire fast bowler Alan Richardson and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara.

Chappel led Lancashire to their first County Championship for 77 years, and in the process took 55 wickets. Lancashire dramatically won the title on the last day of the season when they beat Somerset at Taunton.

Alan Richardson almost singlehandedly kept Worcestershire in the first division by taking 73 championship wickets. Richardson finished leading wicket taking in the competition and the county will be hoping Richardson can be in similar form this year.

Kumar Sangakkara amassed 2,267 international runs last year including five centuries and 13 fifties.

The five cricketers of the year are chosen by the editor of Wisden. No player can be chosen more than once.

The Scoop 11/04/12


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