ESPNcricinfo Awards 2016: Brathwaite, Matthews win

Sat, Feb 25, '17



 Carlos Brathwaite and Hayley Matthews’ career-defining innings in the men’s and women’s World T20 finals were voted the best T20 batting performances of 2016 at the ESPNcricinfo Awards, announcedyesterday. Ben Stokes won the Test batting award for his 198-ball 258 in Cape Town, the second-fastest Test double-century, while his team-mate Stuart Broad won the Test bowling award for a second year running.Quinton de Kock’s 178 – an innings that kick-started South Africa’s 5-0 whitewash against Australia at home – was named the ODI batting performance of the year.South Africa were the opposition that Sunil Narine destroyed on his comeback, with 6 for 27 in Guyana, which was voted the ODI bowling performance of the year.The ESPNcricinfo awards honour the best batting and bowling performances across the international formats of the game in the preceding calendar year. The jury for this year’s awards included Ian Chappell, Mahela Jayawardene, Courtney Walsh, Mark Butcher, Ramiz Raja, and ESPNcricinfo’s senior writers and editors.

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Browne defends Brathwaite’s selection

Sat, Feb 25, '17


Team Selection

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, has described Twenty20 World Cup hero, Carlos Brathwaite, as an “investment” in West Indies cricket and argues his inclusion to face England in the three-match One-Day International series should not be viewed purely in terms of recent form.

The 28-year-old all-rounder’s selection has been questioned in some quarters especially in light of his recent failures but Browne said Brathwaite was still at a very early stage of his development and the selection panel was focused on getting the best out of him.

“He’s a young player who is a very exciting player in his day, who hasn’t played a lot of international cricket either. He’s an investment and we all know if we get him right what he can produce for us,” Browne said in a radio interview here.

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Carlos Brathwaite, Gayle, and Samuels nominated for ESPNcricinfo awards

Fri, Feb 24, '17



Virat Kohli, Chris Jordan, Younis Khan, Marlon Samuels, Stuart Broad and Mehedi Hasan are among the players up for honours in the ESPNcricinfo Awards for 2016, which will be announced starting 9pm tonight, India time.

The awards, which honour the best performances in international cricket's various formats for the preceding year, are in their tenth edition, and this year feature 95 nominations across 12 categories, including, for the first time, best batting and bowling performances by women's and Associate players.

Kohli earned a total of five nominations - two for T20I batting, one apiece for ODI and Test batting, and for Captain of the Year - a reflection of the extraordinary year he had.

The T20I batting nominations are heavy on West Indian performances from the World T20 in India early in 2016: among the nominees are Marlon Samuels' 85 not out in the men's final, against England, which set his team up for their second title in the tournament; Chris Gayle's even 100 against the same opposition earlier in the tournament; and Carlos Brathwaite's unbeaten 34 which took his side over the line and to the title.

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Browne praises Powell’s high level of maturity.

Fri, Feb 24, '17


Team Selection

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Chief selector Courtney Browne has praised the form which has led to the return of Kieran Powell to West Indies colours and says he hopes the left-hander’s exemplary attitude can be an inspiration to other players across the region.Powell returned from a self-imposed two-year break to plunder 513 runs in the recently concluded Regional Super50, and force his way into the 15-man squad selected for England’s three-match One-Day International tour of the Caribbean.
In particular, Browne pointed to Powell’s high level of maturity which he said had been long in coming but welcomed at this stage.
“We had lots of opportunities for players to put up their hands and young Powell has displayed a level of maturity that was expected for a long, long time from him,” Browne said in an interview on CBC Radio’s Mid-Wicket show here.
This is the Powell we were expecting to see and I’m sure people right across the Caribbean who know the young man were expecting to see this level of maturity a few years back. But he is here now, has really put up his hand, he’s said ‘look, I’m ready for international cricket again’.

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Chief selector: Ambris did not merit walking into team

Thu, Feb 23, '17



BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Chief Selector Courtney Browne has sought to defend the controversial non-selection of Windward Islands Volcanoes stroke-maker Sunil Ambris who was overlooked for the upcoming three-match One-Day International series against England starting next month.

In response to swirling criticism over the decision to omit the prolific Ambris in favour of Test wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, Browne told the popular Mid-Wicket Radio Show here Tuesday that while Ambris’s form was indeed welcomed, it did not merit him “walking into the international team”.

Browne argued that with West Indies having a packed One-Day schedule throughout the year, he expected Ambris to gain selection at some time in the future.

“I think one of the things we want to do as a panel, and we’ve said this time and time again, [is] that we want to see people backing up their seasons,” Browne said.

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