Joe Root, England’s Test captain, was voted the ICC Men’s player of August. The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Monday, announced that Eimear Richardson, Ireland’s all-rounder, was voted player of the month for August in the women’s category.
Root defeated competition from Jasprit Bumrah, an Indian pacer, and Shaheen Afridi of Pakistan to win the August award. Root scored 507 runs against India in the three Tests he played in August. Root scored three centuries: 109 runs in Trent Bridge, unbeaten 180 runs in Lord’s, and 121 runs at Headingley. This resulted in England winning the Test.
He was able to achieve the Test Rankings for batsmen with all three centuries.
JP Duminy, a former South African all-rounder, said that he was impressed by how he handled the responsibility and expectation of being captain. He is also one of the panellists at the ICC Voting Academy.
Eimear defeated teammate Gaby Lewis, and Thailand’s Nattaya BOochatham to win the women’s prize. Eimear displayed a great all-round performance in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier, which earned her the title of Player of the Tournament.
She was able to take seven wickets at an economy rate 4.19 during the tournament. This included important spells like 2/6 against Germany and 2/24 against the group-toppers Scotland. As Ireland finished second in their group, she returned 2/0 against France and 1/22 against the Netherlands.
Her contributions extended beyond the field. She scored a critical 49-ball 53 against the Netherlands in their final match and totaled 76 runs in tournament — a return which put her in the top five on the run charts.
“It was very exciting being nominated to the ICC Women’s player of the month for August. To now be voted the winner is so incredible and humbling. Eimear said that it was a pleasure to help improve the overall performance of the European Qualifiers team and that we will be able to compete at a higher level on the next stage.