James Anderson named England cricketer of the year

England and Lancashire fast bowler James Anderson is named cricketer of the year for the 2011-12 season

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James Anderson has been named cricketer of the year for the 2011-12 season by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Fast bowler Anderson beat off competition from fellow nominees Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook to win the award, which was decided by votes from members of the cricket media.

Anderson, who is currently the number three ranked bowler in the ICC’s Test rankings, enjoyed an excellent 12 months with England which saw him take his 250th Test wicket and rise to 5th on the list of England’s all-time Test wicket-takers.

“I am flattered to win this award and would like to thank everyone who voted for me,” said Anderson.

“I have been pleased with my performances over the last year and was delighted with the way I bowled on the recent tour of Sri Lanka – but I take even greater pleasure from being part of such a successful England team.”

Charlotte Edwards won the women’s award at the ceremony at Lord’s on Monday evening.

England women’s captain Edwards averaged over 50 with the bat last year and saw her team complete a clean sweep of series wins at home and abroad. The other nominees were Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway.

She said: “It’s an honour to receive this award. I’m really pleased to have contributed to the team’s victories. Our success over the last 12 month is testament to contributions from the whole team and we look forward to that continuing in the exciting season ahead.”

Meanwhile, Stuart Broad won the Fans’ Moment of the Year award, voted for by members of ECB’s Twelfth Man fan community, for his hat-trick against India in last summer’s Trent Bridge Test Match.

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