Philander named SA’s best cricketer
Vernon Philander completed a fairy tale debut year of Test cricket when he was named both South African Cricketer of the Year and Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Gala Awards Banquet at the Sandton Convention Centre.
His national popularity was confirmed when he also won a third award – the CSA Fans’ Cricketer of the Year.
By being named South African Cricketer of the Year the 26-year-old joins the elite company of Jacques Kallis (twice), Makhaya Ntini (twice), Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla who are previous winners of South Africa’s most prestigious cricketing award.
There were two dual international winners on the night: AB de Villiers, who was named Sunfoil One-Day International Cricketer of the Year and SA Players’ Player of the Year, and Richard Levi, who was named CSA International T20 Cricketer of the Year and also won the KFC ’So Good’ Award for his world record century against New Zealand in the same format.
The other international award went to Marchant de Lange who took 7/81 on his Test match debut against Sri Lanka and also bowled a memorable final over to take 2/2 and clinch the T20 series against New Zealand.
In the domestic professional category the three main awards went to Dean Elgar (CSA 1-Day Cup Cricketer of the Year), Farhaan Behardien (MiWay T20 Cricketer of the Year) and Alviro Petersen (SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year).
Matthew Maynard, who guided the Nashua Titans to two titles in his debut season, was named CSA Coach of the Year while Morne van Wyk and Faf du Plessis were recognised by their peers to be named South African Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player and Domestic Players’ Player of the Year respectively.
CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul congratulated all the winners as well as those who made the list of nominees. “The performances of our cricketers remain at an all-time high,” he said.
Professional Awards: South African team
SA Newcomer of the Year: Marchant de Lange
CSA International T20 Cricketer of the Year: Richard Levi
Sunfoil One-Day International Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers
Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year: Vernon Philander
KFC “So Good” Award: Richard Levi
CSA Fans Cricketer of the Year: Vernon Philander
SA Players’ Player of the Year: AB de Villiers
SA Cricketer of the Year: Vernon Philander
CSA 1-Day Cup Cricketer of the Year: Dean Elgar
MiWay T20 Cricketer of the Year: Farhaan Behardien
SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year: Alviro Petersen
CSA Fairplay award: Sunfoil Dolphins
CSA Coach of the Year: Matthew Maynard
Domestic Newcomer of the Year: Eddie Leie
SACA MVP award: Morne vear: Faf du Plessis