Harry Brook named ICC Player of the Month for December

Australia's Ashleigh Gardner wins Women's Player of the Month award

By Web Desk
January 10, 2023
Harry Brook scored 468 runs in three Test matches against Pakistan — ESPNcricinfo 

England's star middle-order batter Harry Brook has been adjudged by the ICC as Men's Player of the Month for December 2022 for his recent performances against Pakistan.

Brook alongside Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and Australia's Tavis Head competed for the honour, and managed to edge the two top-class batters to clinch the award.

The batter was crucial for England during its whitewash of Pakistan in the three-match Test series. The youngster finished the tour as the highest run-scorer with 468 runs in three matches.

In Jonny Bairstow's absence, Brook proved to be the ideal replacement for the "BazBall" strategy and slid into the middle of the order with ease. Brook's runs were scored at a remarkable strike rate of 93.41.

The 23-year-old, who was taking part in just his second Test, produced scores of 153 and 87 in Rawalpindi's first game of the series. His first-inning century came off just 116 balls as he dismantled Pakistan's bowling line-up to establish the tone for the remainder of the series.

He went on to score a hundred each in each of the final two Tests, leading England to victory in their first Test match on Pakistani soil in 17 years.

After his sensational performance, Brook was crowned Player of the Series. 

Meanwhile, Australia's Ashleigh Gardner has won the Women's Player of the Month honour to finish off an outstanding year.

Gardner won the monthly award after her outstanding individual series against India last month, defeating England's Charlie Dean and New Zealand's Suzie Bates.