ICC Awards: Steve Smith wins Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
Smith became the 4th Australian player to win the prestigious award after being named Cricketer of the Year.
JOHANNESBURG - Steve Smith has become the fourth Australian player to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015.
The other Australians include Ricky Ponting (2006 and 2007), Mitchell Johnson (2009 and 2014) and Michael Clarke (2013).
Other recipients of the coveted trophy include Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff and Jacques Kallis (joint-winners in 2005), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008), Sachin Tendulkar (2010), Jonathan Trott (2011) and Kumar Sangakkara (2012).
Smith was also named ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, which has made him only the seventh cricketer after Dravid, Kallis, Ponting, Sangakkara, Clarke and Johnson to win both awards in the same year.
The 26 year old finished the season as the leading run-scorer in Tests with 1,734 runs in 25 innings of 13 matches at an average of 82.57.
In 26 One-Day Internationals, Smith scored 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60 with four centuries and eight half-centuries. He was a member of the Australia side which won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.
Smith said, "I will look back on 2015 with mixed feelings. Winning the ICC Cricket World Cup at home was a career highlight, and being appointed captain is a great honour, but the disappointment of losing the Ashes remains.
"To be the best team that we can be, we have to become better at winning away from home, and that remains our motivation heading into 2016.
"I'd like to thank my teammates and my family for their support over the year. I'd also like to thank the voting panel for this recognition, which is very humbling."
South Africa's ODI captain AB de Villiers was named ODI Cricketer of the Year for the second successive year. He had also won this award in 2010. During the voting period, De Villiers scored 1,265 runs in 20 innings at an average of just over 79 and a strike-rate of 128.4.
He hit two centuries and nine half-centuries. Earlier this month, de Villiers was named as the captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year.
A delighted de Villiers said: "It is an honour to be named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2015. It's certainly been a memorable year with many highlights but a lot of disappointments as well.
"If I was to look back, the century I scored against the West Indies at the Wanderers will probably go down as the most memorable knocks of the year. In saying that, centuries count for nothing if the team isn't winning, so hopefully in the future I can contribute to many more Proteas wins."
The Proteas' T20I captain Faf du Plessis won the ICC T20I Performance of the Year award for his 56-ball 119 against the West Indies in the second T20I in Johannesburg.
Du Plessis said, "That was definitely one of the most exciting matches that I've been involved in as a T20 player. Even though I scored a century, I still ended up on the losing side, but it was special to be part of it all, the fans were given a treat with two centuries in a T20 match."
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award.