New Delhi: Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson on Friday won the much-deserved ICC Cricketer of the Year award along with ICC’s Test cricketer of the year.
Johnson was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, ahead of South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Sri Lankan duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews.
With his intimidating pace, Mitchell Johnson made life miserable for several batsman across the world this year. It was superb form that led Australia to an Ashes whitewash and victory in South Africa.
It is Johnson's second ICC Cricketer of the Year award, last being in 2009. The 33-year-old is only the second player in history to win it twice, after Ricky Ponting (2006-07) and only the third Australian winner, with Michael Clarke claiming the award in 2013.
In the two series where he was a treat to watch, Johnson scalped 59 Test wickets at an enviable average of 15.23 in eight Tests against England and South Africa. He claimed five five-wicket hauls and one 10-for.