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Amla tops award nominations list

Hashim Amla is the favourite to be named South Africa's cricketer of the year.

Proteas's Hashim Amla in action against Pakistan during the Champions Trophy.Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Hashim Amla heads the list of nominees for the 2013 Cricket South Africa (CSA) professional awards to be announced at a banquet in Johannesburg.

The elegant Proteas batsman is one of five nominees for the main award - the South African Cricketer of the Year.

The other nominees are one-day international captain AB de Villiers, batsman Faf du Plessis and fast bowlers Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn.

Amla has also been nominated for the Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year award, the Momentum One-Day International Cricketer of the Year and the KFC So Good award.

The awards cover the period from May 2012 to April 2013 during which the national team became the number one team in Test cricket with away series wins against England and Australia and home series clean sweeps against New Zealand and Pakistan.

"This has been the most successful year in the history of South African Test match cricket," commented CSA Acting CEO Naasei Appiah.

"The Castle Lager Test squad has become synonymous with sustained excellence and there have also been inspiring performances from many individual players, not to mention the leadership provided by our captain, Graeme Smith."

"It was an outstanding year for South African cricket and there were many excellent individual performances, particularly in Test matches," said Colin Bryden, convener of the judging panel.

"The biggest problem for the panel was deciding who to leave out of the final nominations. There were also some impressive performances in franchise cricket."

Amla scored 1 321 runs in Tests in the period under review, with five centuries and four fifties. He also made 552 runs in one-day internationals.

Amla's feats included the South African Test record score of 311 not out against England at The Oval last year.

This innings earned him nomination for the KFC So Good award, which is for a single outstanding achievement.

Steyn and Philander spearheaded South Africa's fast bowling attack, which was acknowledged as the world's best. Steyn took 60 Test wickets while Philander claimed 38 wickets at an average of 21.13.

Steyn's six for eight against Pakistan in Johannesburg and Philander's five for seven against New Zealand in Cape Town were nominated for the KFC So Good award.

INTERNATIONAL

South African Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn.

Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn.

Momentum One-Day International Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Ryan McLaren.

KFC Twenty20 International Cricketer of the Year: Henry Davids, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn.

KFC So Good Award: Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn.

Momentum Women's Cricketer of the Year: Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Dané van Niekerk.