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Root, Richardson voted ICC Players of the Month for August



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England captain Joe Root and Ireland star Eimear Richardson have been voted winners of the ICC Player of the Month for August.

Root edged off India pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi to win the award after brilliant performances in August.

Root scored 507 runs in three Tests against India in August. He scored three important centuries, including an unbeaten 180* at Lord’s, and the form propelled him to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for batters.

“With the expectation and responsibility on his shoulders as the captain, I was really impressed with how he led from the front with the bat, and become the number one ranked Test batter in the world,” said former South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy.

In the women’s award, Richardson faced tough competition with teammate Gaby Lewis and Thailand’s Nattaya Boochatham. 

Richard put in a fine all-around display in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier last month, which led her to be named the Player of the Tournament.

She took seven wickets at an economy rate of 4.19 in the tournament. She scored a crucial 49-ball 53 in their final match against the Netherlands and totalled 76 runs in the tournament.

“It was very exciting to be nominated for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August and to now be voted as the winner is just so amazing and humbling. It was great to contribute to overall team performances at the European Qualifiers and hopefully we have done enough to make the next stage and compete on a global level again,” Richardson said.