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2022 ICC Awards: Men’s Test Player Of The Year

Updated: Mar 14, 2023

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Ben Stokes is the undisputed and deserving recipient of the ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year award after dominating Test cricket in 2022 with his outstanding achievements. The talismanic all-rounder for England, Ben Stokes, had a fantastic year playing Test cricket internationally based only on his stats. The form, fortunes, and style of the England Men's Test squad were totally changed in 2022 by Stokes and Brendon McCullum, the new England head coach, proving that there are times when the game is about more than simply statistics.

Cricket has been played with a lot of aggressiveness before by players and teams. However, Stokes has consistently supported England's exciting and aggressive batting, bowling, and fielding strategies, bringing them to a new level.

Since taking over as captain of England, Stokes has guided the team to nine victories from ten Test matches, including completing series wins over New Zealand and South Africa at home, defeating India in the lone postponed Test to level the series at 2-2, and thrashing Pakistan 3-0 away from home - England's best-ever margin of victory in the nation.

England had only won one of its previous 17 Test matches and had lost each of its most recent four series when he was named captain.

As captain, Stokes was remarkably efficient, using his fields to lay nifty traps and his bowlers to great effect all year. Additionally, he made fair but firm judgments about player selection, bringing in fresh talent when necessary but not being hesitant to leave out individuals when the circumstances called for it.

With the bat, Stokes had a productive 2022, accumulating 870 runs at a 36.25 average and a brisk 71.21 strike rate while notching two centuries.

His first-inning score of 103 in the second Test against South Africa was his best performance of the year and gave his side some momentum following their lone Test defeat during the English summer.

In that game, Stokes also claimed four wickets, giving him a total of 10 dismissals and a 15.70 average for the South Africa series.

Stokes played a variety of different tactical positions during the year, putting effect and team balance ahead of his own statistics, even if his total bowling statistics for 2022 don't stand out as particularly impressive (26 wickets at 31.19).

Under Stokes' leadership, the team's records fell. And the records that caught the most people's attention included the bat.

The scoring rate England achieved in 2022—4.13 over 15 Test matches—was the second-highest in history and the best since Australia in 1910. These statistics include the West Indies defeat on the road and Joe Root's last Ashes defeat. England hit at a crucial 4.77 per over throughout the games in which Stokes was the captain.

The highest number of runs scored by a side in a Test match on the first day was 506/4 by England against Pakistan. It's even more astonishing that they did it in just 75 overs since poor lighting forced play to be halted.

In addition, five of the top seven strike rates among the front-line hitters (batting positions one through six) with at least 100 runs scored in Test matches in 2022 belong to English players, among whom Stokes is one. Only extreme cases Rishabh Pant and Travis Head prevent an English dominance in such statistics.

Stokes was chosen earlier this week to lead the ICC Men's Test Eleven in 2022.

His other ICC Test Cricketer of the Year Award contenders, South African bowler Kagiso Rabada, Usman Khawaja, and fellow countryman Jonny Bairstow, were also included in the select eleven.

As Ben Strokes takes the title of ICC Men's Test Player of the Year Would he continue his dominating playing skills for this coming year?

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