Yorkshire and England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has been selected as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, published on Thursday 12 April.
Tim will miss the official awards ceremony due to his wedding in the Maldives tomorrow, 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.”
Tim 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 for inclusion as a Cricketer of the Year. No one can be chosen more than once.
Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves said: “I’m extremely proud of Tim’s success with the England team over the last few years. It is always a great boost to a county club when one of your own does well on the international stage and Tim is a proud Yorkshire lad and has represented the county with distinction, His 100% winning record is incredible and we look forward to seeing him back in a Yorkshire shirt, however briefly, at the end of the month. Becoming a Wisden Cricketer of the Year is a huge accolade and Tim fully deserves the honour.”
Wisden editor Lawrence Booth says: “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 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 Brezzy has added another win in the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka to his portfolio and now stands 11 wins in 11 Test appearances for his country.
Other Yorkshire recipients (non=overseas) are 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).
For the full all-time list see http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/209422.html
Many congratulations also to Chris Waters, the Yorkshire Post cricket correspondent, whose excellent book ‘Fred Trueman: the Authorised Biography’ has won the Wisden Book of the Year.