It is a good news for New Zealand and Aussie cricket. New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson and his forerunner Brendon McCullum are among Wisden’s five cricketers of the year. Australia captain Steve Smith and England’s Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow were the others announced on yesterday.
Recognised in the 153rd edition of the annual publication released this week, the tradition that dates back to 1889 highlights on-field excellence and influence on results throughout the year centred around performances during the English summer.
No player can be named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year twice, which explains why Chris Rogers, who led Australia’s batting averages during last winter’s Ashes defeat with 480 runs at 60, was not selected – the veteran opener had already been honoured by Wisden in 2014 for his efforts during the 2013 Ashes series, along with Ryan Harris.
Williamson was picked as the leading cricketer in the world by Wisden, having “confirmed himself as one of the talents of his generation” for hitting an impressive 2,692 international runs in 2015.