Kallis, Flintoff ICC players of the year
Both polled 86 votes ahead of Australians Glenn McGrath (39), Adam Gilchrist (29) and Ricky Ponting (19).Updated: Dec 29, 2005 15:36 IST
South Africa's Jacques Kallis and England's Andrew Flintoff shared the player of the year award at the International Cricket Council (ICC) awardson Tuesday.
Both polled 86 votes ahead of Australians Glenn McGrath (39), Adam Gilchrist (29) and Ricky Ponting (19).
Kallis also won the Test player of the year award and England's Kevin Pietersen was crowned the one-day player of the year.
Kallis was a runaway winner of one of the sport's top individual awards, polling almost three times as many votes as the runner-up, Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath.
Kallis played 15 Tests in the 12-month voting period which ended on July 31 this year.
He scored 1,497 runs in that time, easily the most by any batsman in the world, at an average of 71.28 including six centuries.
Kallis took 20 wickets and also held 16 catches.
"The fact this award was voted for by Jacques's peers and colleagues shows the high regard in which he is held by them and he is a worthy winner," ICC president Malcolm Speed said.
Earlier, Kallis was named in the one-day team of the year. He was also one of five nominations for the top award as international cricketer of the year.
The awards took in the period from August 1, 2004 to July 31, 2005.
First Published: Dec 27, 2005 18:17 IST