Steve Smith and AB de Villiers react to winning ICC awards

Steve Smith and AB de Villiers react to winning ICC awards

By: || Updated: 23 Dec 2015 08:21 AM
Here is how the winners of the ICC Annual Awards reacted:

Steve Smith: ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015 and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2015

Given that there are so many great players around the world, I’m incredibly honoured to receive these awards. While team success is always my number-one motivation, awards like this are very special. I’m thrilled and very proud to receive them.

“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.”


AB de Villiers: ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2015


A.B. de Villiers

“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.”


Faf du Plessis: ICC T20I Performance of the Year 2015 (for his 56-ball 119 against the West Indies in the second T20I in Johannesburg on 11 January 2015)

Faf du Plessis

“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.

“I certainly felt ‘in the zone’ walking to the crease and luckily managed to middle most of the deliveries I faced after getting in in the first over. It was definitely a special innings, made even more special by the electric atmosphere at the Wanderers."


Josh Hazelwood: ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2015

Australia New Zealand Cricket

“It’s a genuine thrill to be recognised in this way. Throughout the year, my aim has been to really cement a position in the Australia Test and one-day international teams, to prove that I belong at that level.

“So, to earn a regular spot in the Test side and to be a part of a World Cup winning team has been a dream come true. My goal is to really build on this positive start and turn it into a long and successful career.”


Brendon McCullum: ICC Spirit of Cricket

Brendon McCullum - AP

“The team has loved how the New Zealand public and cricket fans from around the world have responded to the way we’ve played our cricket in the last 12 months.

“I think the Spirit of Cricket is hugely important and I feel extremely honoured to have received the award. It does take buy in from the entire team though and the rest of the BLACKCAPS squad needs to be recognized for this as well.”

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