New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has won the ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year in recognition of his five wickets for 18 runs against Pakistan in New Zealand.
It beat competition from England’s Tim Bresnan for his four wickets for three runs against Pakistan in Cardiff in September 2010; South Africa’s JP Duminy for his 96 not out in 54 balls against Zimbabwe in Kimberley on 10 October 2010 and Australia’s Shane Watson for his 59 runs in 31 balls against England in Adelaide 12 January 2011.
Southee was unable to attend the awards but upon hearing the news he said: “I’m sorry I’m unable to attend the awards and it’s a great privilege to accept the ICC Twenty 20 Performance of the Year. Looking at the nominees it’s a great achievement to have even been nominated and to win it is something I will never forget.
“Looking back at the game which has won me the award, it was Boxing Day in a full house at Eden Park and it was a big game for us as we’d been going through a rough patch of losing, something like 12 or 13 games lost on the trot and it was our first win in a long time. It was great to be able to contribute to that win and also put in a great performance.”
ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year 2011
- Tim Bresnan (England): 3-10-3-4 v Pakistan, Cardiff, 7 September 2010
- JP Duminy (South Africa): 96 not out (54b, 10×4, 4×6) v Zimbabwe, Kimberley, 10 October 2010
- Tim Southee (New Zealand): 4-1-18-5 v Pakistan, Auckland, 26 December 2010 – Winner
- Shane Watson (Australia): 59 (31b, 6×4, 3×6) v England, Adelaide, 12 January 2011