Newcomers top as SA Cricketers of the Year announced

 Quinton de Kock, whose debut international cricket season has been widely lauded, was one of the five South African Cricket Annual Cricketers of the Year announced ON Tuesday.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 07, 2014, 17:33 PM IST
Newcomers top as SA Cricketers of the Year announced

Johannesburg: Quinton de Kock, whose debut international cricket season has been widely lauded, was one of the five South African Cricket Annual Cricketers of the Year announced ON Tuesday.

The other four named in the 2014 edition of the prestigious South African Cricket Annual were David Miller, Heino Kuhn, Justin Ontong and Stiaan van Zyl for their achievements in local cricket.

De Kock, 22, established himself in the Proteas side across all three international formats during the period covered by the Annual. He hit five one-day international centuries including three in a row against India.

The South African Cricket Annual is one of the most respected publications of its type in the world, providing a detailed, accurate record of South African cricket, with reports and scores of all major matches as well as comprehensive records and statistics. While most of the accolades went to fairly new Proteas, the annual also reflected on the retirement of two iconic players of the past decade, with former teammate and ex-cricketer and India coach Gary Kirsten paying tribute to Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith.

The weighty 688-page volume also lists in detail the achievements of Kallis and Smith. Editor Colin Bryden provides full coverage of the events that led to the reshaping of the International Cricket Council, with the 'Big Three' - India, England and Australia - effectively taking control of the world body.

Players can only be honoured once in their careers as a South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year.