New Zealand opener Devon Conway and England bowler Sophie Ecclestone are the recipients of the ICC player of the month award for June. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named both the cricketers following their astounding performance last month.
Conway also became the first New Zealand player to become the recipient of the ICC player of the month award. He made his Test debut for New Zealand in June and went on to hit a double century against England at Lord’s and even helped his side win the series.
He also smashed a half-century in WTC finals against India which New Zealand won by 8 wickets and lifted the inaugural title.
“I’m truly honored to win this award. That I have received it for my performances in Test cricket makes it extra special. Scoring a double century at Lord’s was a dream come true for me and to have also been able to contribute to our win over India in the ICC World Test Championship Final is something that I know I will proudly look back on in years to come,” Devon Conway said after winning the award.
“I would like to thank the ICC and New Zealand Cricket for their support and encouragement and look forward to the international cricket to come in the second half of this year,” he added.
On the other hand, England’s left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone became the ICC women’s player of the month award for June 2021. She also leapfrogged the likes of Sneh Rana and Shafali Verma to become the second England player after Tammy Beaumont to win the award.
Sophie took 14 wickets in just three matches in June and most of them came in the home series against India. She took 8 wickets in a one-off Test and 6 wickets in two ODI matches. She also claimed her career-best 4/88 during India’s first innings and 4/118 in the second innings.
“It’s really nice to win this award. It’s after a period in which we’ve played all three formats so it feels good to be recognized for my performances in the Test and the white-ball series,” Sophie Ecclestone said.
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