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Smith best and Perry the best of all

Steve Smith may be struggling in the series against India but his run of outs is an absolute outlier among performances so outstanding he was recognised as the Test player of the decade. The out-of-sorts Aussie star missed out on the Sir Garfield Sobers award for player of the decade, which went to Indian megastar…

Steve Smith may be struggling in the series against India but his run of outs is an absolute outlier among performances so outstanding he was recognised as the Test player of the decade.

The out-of-sorts Aussie star missed out on the Sir Garfield Sobers award for player of the decade, which went to Indian megastar Virat Kohli.

But Smith was still recognised by the International Cricket Council for his unbelievable batting returns since his 2010 Test debut, which to this point include 26 centuries and more than 7200 runs.

Smith was the lone Aussie male given an individual honour, but Ellyse Perry stamped herself as the outstanding player of her generation with a clean sweep of gongs.

Perry was unveiled as the winner of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade while also claiming both the ODI and T20I Cricketer of the Decade awards.

Among a nomination pool that included her Australian captain Meg Lanning, all-rounder Perry was the standout choice after a decade of dominance that saw her score 4349 runs and take 213 wickets in 179 matches across all formats.

That included a maiden Test double hundred and an unbeaten score of 213 at North Sydney Oval in November 2017 which set a new record for highest Test score by an Australian woman.

Perry, who made her international debut as a 17-year-old and turned 30 last month, had already been named in the ODI and T20 teams of the decade.

Smith, who averaged more than 100 at the MCG before failing to reach double figures in two innings of the Boxing Day Test, scored 7042 runs across 71 matches in the voting period at a staggering average of 64.60, including 26 centuries.

After being suspended for a year for his involvement in the sandpaper scandal in South Africa, Smith roared back to be the best batsman in the world with back-to-back hundreds in the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston in 2019.

He remains the number one ranked Test batsman in the world.

ICC Awards of the Decade

Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)

ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade: Steve Smith (Australia)

ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)

ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)

ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)

ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kyle Coetzer (Scotland)

ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kathryn Bryce (Scotland)

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade: MS Dhoni (India)

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