Skipper Smith Named as ICC Cricket of the Year. The 26 year old right-handed won it and became a proud for Australian.
Talking with media, Smith says,
I’m obviously completely surprised by it, very humbled.
You don’t think about these accolades, you just want to go out there and do the best you can for the team and try and win as many games as possible.
My favourite moment would have to be winning the World Cup, playing against New Zealand at a packed house at the MCG. It was an amazing feeling to be able to hit those winning runs.
Given that there are so many great players around the world, I’m incredibly honoured to receive these awards. While team success is always my number-one motivation, awards like this are very special. I’m thrilled and very proud to receive them.
I will look back on 2015 with mixed feelings. Winning the ICC Cricket World Cup at home was a career highlight, and being appointed captain is a great honour, but the disappointment of losing the Ashes remains.
I’d like to thank my teammates and my family for their support over the year. I’d also like to thank the voting panel for this recognition, which is very humbling.
Reported and recorded on Wednesday, Smith Scored a total of 1,734 runs which is a world leading record at an average of 82.57 with seven centuries over the voting period.
Smith also scored four centuries and 1,249 runs in 25 one-day internationals from Sept. 18, 2014 to Sept. 13, 2015.
Whereas Australian Women Cricket Captain Meg Lanning was the women’s One Day International Cricket of the Year.
The two proud for Australians.
This is a great honour. It’s been a wonderful year for the side and it was a massive highlight to defeat a strong England team on its own soil to bring home the Women’s Ashes.
It’s also a privilege to be a part of a growing momentum in women’s cricket and public support for women’s sport in general – especially in Australia – and I hope other girls can take inspiration out of seeing what we’ve been able to achieve and dream they can do the same too.
McCullum said on Tuesday that he would be retiring from international cricket after the two-test series against Australia in New Zealand in February.
The team has loved how the New Zealand public and cricket fans from around the world have responded to the way we’ve played our cricket in the last 12 months.