Chris Gayle is in line for another major award to be announced on Friday. The West Indies captain is one of five batsmen vying for ESPN-Cricinfo’s award for the Best Test Batting performance of last year.
Gayle’s superb 165 against Australia at Adelaide is one of the five performances that the World’s leading cricket website has under consideration for the award…
A list that began with ten contenders for the award for Test bowling performance of 2009 has been whittled down to five. Only the spells of four fast bowlers and an offspinner remain – and it isn’t one of Muttiah Muralitharan’s.
Graeme Swann’s 5 for 54 to bowl England to an innings victory in Durban is the only performance by a spinner on the shortlist, but it is one of three spells from Englishmen to make the cut. The others are Andrew Flintoff’s injury-defying spell to lead England to an Ashes Test victory at Lord’s after 75 years, and Stuart Broad’s 5 for 37 which helped his team regain the urn at The Oval.
The other contenders for the award are Jerome Taylor and Mtchell Johnson. Taylor for his spell of 5 for 11 which destroyed England at Sabina Park, dismissing them for 51 to give West Indies the victory that would help them lift the Wisden Trophy. And Johnson for his spells at the Wanderers which led Australia to victory by 162 runs, giving them a 1-0 lead in the series soon after they had been beaten by South Africa at home.
…Rookie fast bowler Gavin Tonge is also in line for an award. The imposing six-footer is nominated for One-Day Bowling Performance of the Year. Playing just his second ODI, he bowled with great control to take his 4-25 off 10 overs at the Wanderers in Johannesburg to leave Pakistan in trouble. He made the batsmen play and the strategy and it paid off: Imran Nazir was bowled off a full delivery, Kamran Akmal undone for by seam and carry, and Shoaib Malik drawn into a fatal drive…