Ben Stokes, Sikandar Raza and Mitchell Santner nominated for ICC Player of the Month for August 2022
The nominees for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award pay tribute to some of memorable performances registered across all three formats in August. Sikandar Raza becomes the first Zimbabwe player to be nominated since Sean Williams back in March 2021, thanks to a series of outstanding contributions with the bat against Bangladesh and India. New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner demonstrated his multi-format capabilities with bat and ball in August during his side’s series against Netherlands and West Indies, while Ben Stokes completes the lineup following his heroics at Old Trafford in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) second Test which saw the England skipper restore parity for his side against South Africa.
Heroes from Australia’s gold medal winning Commonwealth Games performance are honoured in the shortlist for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August 2022. Tahlia McGrath and Beth Mooney starred with bat and ball on the way to winning the inaugural edition of women’s cricket on the event programme of Birmingham ‘22. India’s Jemimah Rodrigues is the third name shortlisted for the award following notable contributions at the crease in her side’s surge to the landmark final at Edgbaston.
ICC Men’s Player of the Month Nominees for August
Sikandar Raza (Zim)
Zimbabwe’s star all-rounder has enjoyed a sensational 2022 so far and continued his magnificent form in August during his side’s contests against Bangladesh and India. Raza was instrumental in claiming the ODI series victory for his side against Bangladesh thanks to unbeaten scores of 135 and 117 which came during two superb run-chases. He followed this up with a fine 115 against India in the final ODI in Harare albeit in a losing cause. In addition to his batting feats, he took seven key wickets during August, cementing his growing all-round credentials and seeing him rise to a career-high position of fourth in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings.
Mitchell Santner (NZ)
So often known for his bowling prowess in the shorter formats. Santner finds himself on the shortlist for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for the first time. After solid performances during his side’s recent series in Netherlands and West Indies. A fine 77 not out in the Netherlands saw his side claim victory in the second T20I. Before he unleashed on the West Indies batters in the ODI and T20I series that followed. Bowling superbly throughout, Santner finished the month having taken seven wickets at an average of 17 in T20Is. With a further four wickets across ODIs at an average of 21.
Ben Stokes (ENG)
Following a humbling defeat in the first Test, England’s talismanic skipper produced another memorable performance. To help his side level the series in the WTC battle against visiting South Africa. Amassing 143 runs throughout the month and claiming seven wickets. Including the prized scalps of Rassie van der Dussen, Keegan Petersen and Aiden Markram. His most notable contribution came with his commanding century at Old Trafford, securing a comfortable victory. And ensuring the series is in the balance ahead of the final showdown at the Oval this week.
ICC Women’s Player of the Month Nominees for August
Tahlia McGrath (AUS)
McGrath was a key member of Australia’s gold medal winning team. After taking five wickets at an average of 13.40 and scoring 114 runs throughout August. Despite a quiet showing in the final itself, her star performance came in the victory over Pakistan. There she scored 78 not out, took three wickets and registered a run out. This run of performances also helped her reach her career-high ranking of 12th among all-rounders in the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings.
Beth Mooney (AUS)
Mooney is a player for the big occasion, and her nomination for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month Award is no surprise following an outstanding array of performances to secure her side’s gold medal. She registered a remarkable 167 runs in her three T20Is during August. And followed up her half-century in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Final victory back in Apri. With a match-winning score of 62 against India in the final of the Commonwealth Games.
Jemimah Rodrigues (IND)
August was a prolific month for India’s young batter, and despite falling agonizingly short at the final hurdle. Rodrigues played a crucial role in helping her side celebrate silver medal success at Birmingham ’22. Her score of 33 in the final got her side within touching distance of the top prize. But it was perhaps her vital contribution of 44 not out against England in the semi-final. That was most important during the tournament, ensuring India took to the field in the first-ever appearance of women’s cricket at the Commonwealth Games.