India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, a two-time award recipient, is again in contention for the ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year, marking his third nomination.
Ashwin played a crucial role in leading India to the World Test Championship 2021-23 Final, with standout performances, including taking 25 wickets in a series against Australia. Despite missing the WTC23 Final, his return against West Indies was notable, securing 12 wickets and a half-century. His consistency and impact on the field make him a formidable nominee for the award.
Travis Head, another nominee, had an exceptional year with Australia, contributing significantly to their victories in the World Test Championship, the Ashes, and the World Cup. His century in the WTC23 Final against India and consistent performances against England and Pakistan underscore his candidacy.
Usman Khawaja, also from Australia, receives a consecutive nomination, scoring an impressive 1210 runs in 13 matches. His key innings against South Africa, India, and England, especially his centuries in the Ashes series, highlight his strong claim for the award.
England’s former award winner, Joe Root, showcased remarkable form as a batsman and a part-time bowler. His standout performance includes a memorable 153 against New Zealand and significant contributions in the Ashes series. These achievements position him as another strong contender for the coveted award.
These four cricketers, each having shown exceptional skills and contributions throughout the year, are now awaiting the final decision for the ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year, a testament to their outstanding performances in cricket in 2023.