Cook leads Test Team of the Year

Dubai, December 2

England skipper Alastair Cook was named captain of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Team of the Year today, with international teammates Joe Root and Stuart Broad also selected.


Cook, 30, has recaptured his form in 2015, skippering England to Ashes glory against Australia and recently hitting 263 against Pakistan, and is the current leading Test run-scorer for the year.

He was included in the ICC team, selected by an expert panel, for the fourth time and the second as captain.

“I would like to congratulate all the players for their selection in the Test and ODI teams of the year,” said awards selection panel chairman Anil Kumble.

Root scored two crucial Ashes centuries and is currently joint top of the Test batting rankings. Broad is the leading fast bowling wicket-taker in Tests this year and recorded career-best figures of 8-15 against Australia at his home ground of Trent Bridge.

Australia captain Steve Smith and New Zealand’s fast bowler Trent Boult were named in both the Test and one-day international teams, with Root appointed 12th man for the one-day side. South Africa’s AB de Villiers captains the 50-over team.