|Player:||KH Brunt, GP Swann|
DateLine: 25th May 2010
English off-spinner Graeme Swann was named the ECB Men’s Cricketer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Lord’s on Monday night.
The 31-year-old has marked himself as one of the premier spin bowlers in world cricket during the past year, claiming a remarkable 99 wickets in 45 appearances across all formats, as England have also enjoyed considerable on-field success.
Swann played a key role in last summer’s Ashes victory, claiming eight wickets in the decisive fifth Test at the Brit Oval, before earning man-of-the series honours in the Test tours of South Africa and Bangladesh.
He was also a part of the England team that claimed a first ICC global tournament win at this month’s World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.
“I am absolutely delighted to win this award,” Swann said. “It’s been a magical year for me with so many high points,” said Swann. “I love playing for England and hope this award can be a stepping stone for even greater things both personally and as part of a successful England team.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates for the support they've given me on and off the field over the last year.
“As I’m sure you can see from the pictures on TV we work hard as a team and take real pleasure in each other’s successes.
“The atmosphere and bond we have in the dressing room at the moment makes winning that much sweeter.”
English cricketer Katherine Brunt and all-rounder Chris Edwards were the other winners in the category of ECB women's and the England Disability Cricketer of the Year award respectively.