ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka’s wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July

ICC Player of the Month July- Jayasuriya beat England batter and June’s Player of the Month winner Jonny Bairstow, and French sensation…

ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka's wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July
ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka's wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July

ICC Player of the Month July- Jayasuriya beat England batter and June’s Player of the Month winner Jonny Bairstow, and French sensation Gustav McKeon for the coveted monthly award, after a brilliant start to international cricket in the longest format. The 30-year-old was thrilled to have won the monthly award.  Follow Cricket Latest updates on InsideSport.IN

“I am delighted with this announcement, and wish to thank the fans for voting me as the ICC Men’s Player of the Month,” Jayasuriya said.

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ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka’s wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July

“Certainly it has been an incredible month for me, as I made the Test debut, and also got the opportunity to contribute for my team to level the Test series played against Australia and Pakistan.

“I take this opportunity to thank my fans, team-mates, coaches, family and friends for helping my journey, and thrilled with what I am experiencing at this moment in my life.”

Jayasuriya emerged as a new spin hero for Sri Lanka, having one of the most memorable debut Test matches. The spinner registered figures of 6/118 and 6/59 as Sri Lanka roared back against Australia in Galle to level the two-match Test series. His exploits helped the hosts beat the visitors by an innings and 39 runs.

His form would continue into the Test series against Pakistan. Despite Sri Lanka succumbing to a defeat in the series opener in Galle against Babar Azam and Co, Jayasuriya was the most threatening bowler for the hosts, with figures of 5/82 and 4/135.

ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka’s wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July

In the second Test against Pakistan, Jayasuriya clinched his fourth five-wicket haul in only three Test matches. After 3/80 in the first innings, he registered figures of 5/117 in the second innings, as Sri Lanka romped home to a 246-run victory to level the series.

ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka's wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July
ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka’s wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July

With his performances, Jayasuriya registered four five-wicket hauls in only three Test matches, and four in six innings – a truly astonishing feat. The award caps off a brilliant start in the international arena for the 30-year-old left-arm spinner, who will be hoping to replicate such feats during upcoming Test matches.

While amazed at the efforts of all three nominees during July, former India quick and voting panel member Irfan Pathan said Jayasuriya was a clear standout from his perspective.

“Being a newcomer to Test cricket and starting with two five-wicket hauls in your first match is extraordinary, and it’s all the more impressive against a team like Australia,” Pathan said.

ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka’s wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July

 

“A tally of 29 wickets in just three Tests is too good to be overlooked and for that, he is my ICC Men’s Player of the Month.”

Emerging England all-rounder Emma Lamb has been rewarded for her stellar recent form by being voted ICC Women’s Player of the Month for July 2022.

Lamb dominated England’s three-game ODI series against South Africa last month to claim the monthly award ahead of team-mate Nat Sciver and India seamer Renuka Singh.

With just seven games of international experience to her name, Lamb was shocked to have defeated her fellow nominees to the coveted monthly gong.

“It’s very exciting to have been awarded the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for July,” Lamb said.

“I’m very happy to have earned my spot at the top of the order in the Test and ODI team and it’s been brilliant to be able to score some runs and help the team win.

ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka's wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July
ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka’s wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July

ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka’s wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July

“Everyone in the squad contributed to our multi-format series win against South Africa so I just want to keep scoring runs for the team – I feel very lucky that my performances across the last month have been rewarded and I hope to carry on my good form.”

Lamb scored her maiden ODI century during the opening match of the series against South Africa in Northampton, before producing scores of 67 and 65 in the ensuing games to help England to a dominant series sweep.

If that wasn’t enough, the 24-year-old also picked up three wickets during the final match of the series in Leicester to wrap up a dominant month of cricket at international level.

In total Lamb scored 234 runs at an average of 78 during the series and the right-hander was deservedly awarded the Player of the Series award.

It has been a rapid recent rise for Lamb, who only made her Test and ODI debut for her country earlier this year and seemingly only became a permanent fixture in England’s team following her run of form during July.

ICC Player of the Month July: Sri Lanka’s wonder spinner Prabath Jayasuriya & England’s Emma Lamb crowned players of the month for July

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