Flintoff named England cricketer of the year

Published: Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Andrew Flintoff and Katherine Brunt have been named as the England Cricketers of the Year for 2006 at the annual Awards Dinner held here last night.

The awards cap a stellar year for English cricket and this accolade is awarded annually to a member of both the men's and women's England cricket teams in recognition of their consistently outstanding performances over the past summer and winter series.

Previous winners of the awards include Andrew Strauss, Darren Gough, Charlotte Edwards and Clare Connor.

Flintoff was earlier adjudged the international cricketer of the year along with South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis last October.

Lord MacLaurin, Chairman of Vodafone Group Plc said, ''Last summer's Ashes Series proved that cricket holds a special place in the hearts of the British public and we're delighted to be able to officially recognise the talents and performances of two outstanding cricketers, Andrew Flintoff and Katherine Brunt, both of whom were instrumental in ensuring England emerged victorious, in both Series, at the end of what was a fantastic year for English Cricket.''

On his part, Flintoff said, ''To be named as one of the Vodafone Cricketers of the Year is a great honour. It's been a fantastic year for English Cricket and I'm very proud to have been able to play a part in regaining the Ashes.'' ''The support I've received from the British public has been very humbling and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their words of encouragement,'' he said.

''I'm now looking forward to building on this success during what promises to be a very exciting summer for English cricket as we head towards another Ashes Series and a World Cup Campaign this winter,'' said Flintoff, who leads his country for the first time on home soil in the opening Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's this week.

Meanwhile, Katherine Brunt was also elated after getting the honour.

''I love playing for my country and am very honoured to have won this award. As a team we've enjoyed a fantastic 12 months and I'm delighted to have been able to play my part in ensuring we regained the Ashes.'' ''The women's game in England is gaining in strength year on year and I'm looking forward to another successful summer,'' she said.

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