Strauss leads cricket award nominations

Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss and England team-mate Graham Onions are among 14 players nominated for the ICC cricketer of the year award.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who became Australia's spearhead last summer before losing his way for a time during the recent Ashes campaign, is also among the contenders for the accolade, which takes in the period from August 13, 2008 to August 24 this year.



Also nominated are West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera, South Africa pair Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers, India trio Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh, New Zealander Daniel Vettori and Saqib Al Hasan from Bangladesh.



With the major cricketing nations of the world to assemble in South Africa later this month for the Champions Trophy, the long list of contenders will be revised to shortlists ahead of the awards ceremony in Johannesburg on October 1.



"The LG ICC Awards are an opportunity for the ICC and FICA (Federation of International Cricketers' Associations) to acknowledge and celebrate the remarkable performances of the world's top players," said ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.



"It is also a chance for followers of our great sport to reflect on some of the great cricketing feats they have witnessed over the past year.



"This will be the sixth time the awards have been handed out and yet again there are so many great performances to recall. Selecting the winners will no doubt test our selectors and voting academy."



Cricketer of the year nominees: Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WInd), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind), Gautam Gambhir (Ind), Saqib Al Hasan (Ban), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Graham Onions (Eng), Thilan Samaraweera (Sri), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri), Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Graeme Smith (Rsa), Andrew Strauss (Eng), Daniel Vettori (Nzl), AB de Villiers (Rsa).



Test player of the year: Stuart Broad (Eng), Michael Clarke (Aus), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri), Gautam Gambhir (Ind), Saqib Al Hasan (Ban), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), VVS Laxman (Ind), Jesse Ryder (Nzl), Thilan Samaraweera (Sri), Ramnaresh Sarwan (WInd), Peter Siddle (Aus), Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Graeme Smith (Rsa), Dale Steyn (Rsa), Andrew Strauss (Eng), Graeme Swann (Eng), Daniel Vettori (Nzl), AB de Villiers (Rsa).



ODI player of the year: Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WInd), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind), Andrew Flintoff (Eng), Chris Gayle (WInd), Umar Gul (Pak), Martin Guptill (Nzl), Michael Hussey (Aus), Nuwan Kulasekara (Sri), Ajantha Mendis (Sri), Muttiah Muralidaran (Sri), Yuvraj Singh (Ind), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Thilan Thushara (Sri).



Emerging player: Martin Guptill (Nzl), Ben Hilfenhaus (Aus), Philip Hughes (Aus), Amit Mishra (Ind), Graham Onions (Eng), Kemar Roach (WInd), Jesse Ryder (Nzl), Peter Siddle (Aus).



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