David Warner and Hayley Matthews named ICC Players of the Month for November

David Warner

Australia batter David Warner and West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews have been voted the ICC Players of the Month for November.

Nominated alongside Pakistan’s Abid Ali and New Zealand’s Tim Southee, Warner’s impressive run at the T20 World Cup ensured that he was voted the Men’s Player of the Month for November.

For the women’s award, Matthews emerged victorious over Pakistan’s Anam Amin and Bangladesh’s Nahida Akter.

In four ODIs in November – three in the bilateral series against Pakistan and one in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier against Ireland – Matthews scored 141 runs and claimed nine wickets, including a stunning 4/26 against Pakistan in Karachi.

David Warner is ICC Player of the Month for November

In all, Warner scored 289 runs at an average of 48.16 and a strike-rate of 146.70 in seven T20 World Cup matches.

Four of those matches fell in the period under consideration for the award, during which Warner scored 209 runs at a stunning strike-rate of 151.44.

“David was back to his scintillating best during the T20 WC and his aggression at the top of the order was outstanding,” said Russel Arnold, member of the voting panel. “His 209 runs at a strike rate of 151 in four innings simply tells the story. There was no recovering from the early onslaught by Warner and his stroke play was pleasing to the eye.”

Matthews takes the gong this time

Matthews has been nominated for the Player of the Month award – she was last in contention for the award in July, when the West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor won the prize.

“Hayley was the star of the tournament, performing with both bat and ball,” said voting panel member Irfan Pathan. “Her all-round performance was one of the reasons the West Indies won against Pakistan, and she deserves to be the women’s Player of the Month.”

The ICC Player of the Month Voting Process

The three nominees for either category is shortlisted based on performances from the first to the last day of each calendar month. The shortlist is then voted on by the independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world. The ICC Voting Academy comprises prominent members of the cricket fraternity including well-known journalists, former players, broadcasters, and members of the ICC Hall of Fame. The Voting Academy submit their votes by email and hold a 90 per cent share of the vote. Fans registered with the ICC vote via the ICC website, accounting for the remaining 10 per cent. Winners are announced every second Monday of the month on ICC’s digital channels.

Voting Academy for ICC Player of the Month November 2021

Afghanistan: Hameed Qayoomi and Javed Hamim; Australia: Melinda Farrell and Lisa Sthalekar; Bangladesh: Sayeed Zaman and Mohammad Isam; England: Elizabeth Ammon and Holly Colvin; Ireland: Ian Callender and Isobel Joyce; India: Rica Roy and Irfan Pathan; New Zealand: Mark Geenty and John Wright; Pakistan: Faizan Lakhani and Sana Mir; South Africa: Firdose Moonda and JP Duminy; Sri Lanka: Neville Victor Anthony and Russel Arnold; West Indies: Desmond Haynes and Merissa Aguilleira; Zimbabwe: Tristan Holme and Mpumelelo Mbangwa; Others: Paul Radley and Dirk Nannes.