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Ian Chadband

Cummins, Head, Mooney, Gardner up for top ICC awards

Four of Australia's World Cup-winning stars - Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Beth Mooney and Ash Gardner - are in line to scoop cricket's biggest individual honours after being shortlisted for the ICC Cricketer of the Year awards.

All-conquering captain Cummins and World Cup final batting hero Head are on the four-player shortlist to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy as ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, in competition with Indian stars Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli.

Star batter Mooney and allrounder Gardner are in contention for the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy as ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year after helping Australia win the T20 World Cup in South Africa.

The pair are in competition with England allrounder Nat Sciver-Brunt and Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu for the top prize.

Head is also on the four-man list for ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year alongside his Australia teammate Usman Khawaja, with India's Ravichandran Ashwin and England's Joe Root also in the frame.

The nominations complete a fine week for Australian players with Gardner having already been shortlisted as women's ODI player of the year, Ellyse Perry as women's T20 player of the year and Phoebe Litchfield up for the emerging player accolade.

Head's astonishing breakthrough year in 2023 should be rewarded after a series of dazzling performances.

The 30-year-old Adelaide star began with a match-winning ton against India in the World Test Championship final at The Oval and his year only improved with a fine Ashes series and another player-of-the-match hundred, again against India, in the 50-over World Cup final.

The allrounder amassed almost 1700 runs across all formats during the year and also claimed important wickets with the ball.

Yet Cummins could pip him to the prize, after his own excellent bowling, key runs with the bat and leadership qualities resulted in him overseeing two global triumphs in the Test and 50-overs arenas, while also ensuring the Ashes stayed in Australian hands after the thrilling drawn series.

A former ICC Test Cricketer of the Year back in 2019, Cummins took 59 wickets in Tests and ODIs during the year and has, like Head, a good shot at being the first Australian to win the Sobers Trophy since Steve Smith in 2015.

Gardner will be a forerunner for the women's prize, hoping to emulate Perry the last Australian winner back in 2019 and 2017.

Gardner took more wickets than any other woman in the international arena in 2023, 58 in total in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

She was also player of the tournament in the women's T20 World Cup and became the first player to win back-to-back player of the month accolades in June and July.

The 29-year-old Mooney was top women's run scorer across all formats, registering 1040 runs in 2023, including a match-winning unbeaten 74 in the T20 final win over hosts South Africa.

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