Michael Clarke named 'Cricketer of the Year 2012’ by Wisen

Michael Clarke had a phenomenal year with the bat in 2012, scoring 1595 runs at an average of 106.33 © Getty Images

Sydney: Apr 11, 2013

Australian skipper Michael Clarke was named Wisden’s leading cricketer of 2012, becoming the third Australian — after Ricky Ponting (2003) and Shane Warne (2004) — to receive the honour.

Clarke’s effort with the bat in 2012 when he amassed 1595 runs, which included four 200-plus scores at an astonishing average of 106.33 have been rightfully awarded.

According to Sydney Morning Herald,  the 150th edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, the historic publication said 2012 praised Clarke’s efforts

“It began with 329 not out against India, the biggest Test innings ever played at the SCG, curtailed only by his own declaration, with [Don] Bradman’s [and Mark Taylor’s] highest Test scores of 334 one hit away. A double century followed at Adelaide before, at the start of the 2012-13 season, free-hitting back-to-back doubles against South Africa.”

“He rounded off the year with his first century in a Boxing Day Test, against Sri Lanka. His score, 106, was also his calendar-year average; only Bradman, [Sir Garfield] Sobers and Ponting before him had reached New Year’s Eve on such a plane. And his 2012 Test aggregate of 1595 placed him nearly 350 runs clear of his nearest rival, Alastair Cook.”

Clarke said it was an honour to receive the award from Wisden.

“Given the esteemed history and tradition of the Wisden Cricketers Almanac, it is a very humbling accolade and one that I hold in the highest regard,” he said.