Steven Smith had an extremely successful year personally © Getty Images
Steven Smith had an extremely successful year personally © Getty Images

Australia‘s Test and One-Day International (ODI) captain Steven Smith had a memorable day as he was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015 and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2015 on Wednesday. Smith has now become the 11th Australian cricketer to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy 2015 after he was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015 by the international cricket governing body. The ICC said in a release, “During the voting period, which ran from September 18, 2014 to September 13, 2015, the 26-year-old from New South Wales finished as the leading run-scorer in Tests with 1,734 runs in 25 innings of 13 matches at an average of 82.57. This included seven centuries and six half-centuries. 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.” ALSO READ: AB de Villiers named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year

The Australian cricketer was quoted as saying by the ICC, “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. ALSO READ — ICC Awards 2015: Meg Lanning, Stafanie Taylor Women’s ODI, T20I Cricketers of the Year; Richard Kettleborough Umpire of the Year

“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.”

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Smith, saying: “I would like to extend my congratulations to Steve on winning the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards. His consistent performance during the voting period in varying conditions and against all opposition has been exceptional. His skill and determination to succeed at the highest level has been an inspiration to all.  I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the other winners, including Richard Kettleborough for completing a hat-trick of ICC Umpire of the Year titles. They are all well-deserved winners.”