Jonny Bairstow has won the Bob Willis Trophy after being named England’s player of the year by the Cricket Writers’ Club.
The batsman made six Test centuries in 2022, including four at home in a summer in which England won six of seven matches.
Nat Sciver received the Women’s Cricket Award, while Kent’s Jordan Cox was named Young Cricketer of the Year.
Hampshire’s Keith Barker won the County Championship Player of the Year award.
The Bob Willis Trophy was contested by 18 first division counties when the coronavirus pandemic disrupted domestic play.
It has now been approved by the Cricket Writers’ Club to honor England’s player of the year, male or female.
Bairstow, is 33 years old today sidelined with a broken leg he suffered an accident while playing golf and won’t be back in action until the new year.
“It’s one of those summers we’ll always remember,” Bairstow said. “I really remember the summer of 2005 in the Ashes, and I’m hopeful that as a group of people we’ve inspired the next generation, or even people who haven’t played the game of cricket, that we’ve revolutionized and entertained.”
Sciver, 30, scored a century in the losing effort as England were beaten by Australia in the World Cup final in April and followed it up with another ton in the Test against South Africa in June.
He decided to forfeit England’s series against India in September focus on his mental health.
“It’s been a tremendous year,” Sciver said. “This award means a lot to me.”
Complete list of Cricket Writers’ Club award winners
The Bob Willis Trophy for England Player of the Year: Jonny Bairstow
Women’s Cricket Award: Nat Sciver
Young Cricketer of the Year: Jordan Cox
Country Championship Player of the Year: Keith Barker
Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Freya Kemp
Peter Smith Award for outstanding contribution to the presentation of cricket to the public: Katherine Brunt
Disability Cricketer of the Year: Jamie Price
Derek Hodgson Award for Cricket Book of the Year: David Woodhouse for Who Only Cricket Knows