Dubai [UAE]July 11 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the winners of the ICC Player of the Month awards for June 2022: all-conquering Jonny Bairstow of England and Maryzan Kapp of South Africa.
Bairstow produced memorable performances in his side’s 3-0 ICC World Test Cup (WTC) series win against reigning champions New Zealand. Despite a quiet start at Lord’s, Bairstow produced explosive shots to steal away victory against all odds in the second Test, smashing the second-fastest century ever registered by an English batsman in the longest format.
His success continued into the final match of the series, cementing a clean sheet in equally explosive fashion with scores of 162 and 71 not out, which have since elevated him in the ICC Test Batter rankings.
Bairstow was named the men’s player of the month, ahead of team-mate Joe Root and New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell. His remarkable run of points continued in July where his side’s back-to-back centuries in the Test win against India took them home in the record chase. Bairstow’s continued dominance is already building him up as a potential contender for the ICC Player of the Month award in July.
“I’d like to thank the fans for voting me as the ICC Player of the Month. It’s been an incredible five weeks for England. It’s been a positive start to our summer with four great wins against top-class opposition in New Zealand and India.” , – Bairstow said in a statement.
“We are enjoying our cricket team and playing with clarity and positive attitude. Although I scored four centuries in that period, I would like to thank my teammates who were outstanding in all departments and played with immense confidence,” he added.
South Africa’s Kapp was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month thanks to her tough and fierce resistance to England’s hostile bowling attack in the Test match at Taunton that secured her side a valuable draw.
In her first Test match since 2014, Cap put her back to the wall at 45 for four and produced a batting masterclass. She showcased her full repertoire of class play en route to a record 150 points. Her resistance saved the day in the first innings as the team scored 284 and England put up an impressive total in reply. Cap again starred for her team with 43, but not before rain stopped play on the final day.
“It really means a lot to me to win the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award, especially to go up against two absolutely brilliant players in Shabnim Ismail and Nat Skiver. What made my first Test century so special was number one, our first Test match (in 2014) was an absolute nightmare,” Kapp said.
“Then I had to play another match after eight years of minimal Test match preparation because I was unwell and then to find my team in a position where we were at 45 for four, that’s what’s going to stick with me throughout my career. “, she added.
Cap beats compatriot Shabnim Ismail and England’s Nat Sciver to win this month’s award and is the first winner of South Africa’s Women’s Player of the Month since Liesel Lee was crowned in March 2021. (ANI)