Ellyse Perry has swept the women’s awards handed out by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the best players of the decade

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Ellyse Perry raises her bat and helmet as she stands in the middle of a cricket field.

Ellyse Perry has swept the women’s awards handed out by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the best players of the decade.

Key points:

  • Australian Ellyse Perry was named the best women’s player of the decade, as well as picking up the T20 and ODI gongs
  • Former men’s captain Steve Smith was named the Test player of the decade
  • There was no Test award handed out for the women’s game, due to a lack of games played during the voting period

Australia’s superstar all-rounder was named the best women’s player of the decade, as well as picking up the Twenty20 and one-day international awards handed out by cricket’s governing body.

Perry scored 4,349 international runs and took 213 wickets as Australia won four Twenty20 World Cups and a 50-over World Cup in the decade.

Steve Smith was named the men’s Test player of the decade, reaffirming his brilliance during an uncharacteristically lean run with the bat.

The former Australia captain was awarded the honour on the same day he was dismissed for a single-digit score for the third time against India this summer.

But the voting period (January 1, 2011 to October 7, 2020) started after his first stint in the Test side in 2010 and did not include the current series, meaning it includes all but six of his 75 Tests.

In that time, he has scored all of his 26 Test centuries 28 of his 29 fifties, with 7,040 runs at an average of 65.79.

He had the fifth-most Test runs in the voting period — behind Englishmen Joe Root and Alistair Cook, teammate David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli — but his average was far and away the highest of the contenders.

Smith missed an entire year of his prime due to the 12-month ban handed to him and Warner for ball tampering in Cape Town, meaning he played 69 Tests in that time, compared to 97 for the likes of Root and Cook.

There was no Test award handed out for the women’s game as they do not play enough of the longest format, but Perry would likely have been at the front of the queue if it was up for grabs.

In six Tests during the voting period, Perry scored a double century, a century and two fifties among her 573 runs at an average of 114.60. She also took 26 wickets at 16.73.

Kohli was named the best men’s player of the decade, also picking up the ODI gong, while Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was named the best male Twenty20 player of the decade.

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