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Jayawardena prefers team honors at ICC Awards

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena, nominated for two International Cricket Council awards, prefers a team prize to individual honors.

Jayawardena prefers team honors at ICC Awards - Cricket News
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena, nominated for two International Cricket Council awards, prefers a team prize to individual honors.

Jayawardena is one of three players nominated for both Cricketer of the Year and Test Player of the Year. The others are West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and South African paceman Dale Steyn.

As well as individual categories, the awards will recognize the Test and limited-overs 'Teams of the Year' and the team that has best embodied the "Spirit of Cricket." which was won by Sri Lanka last year.

"If you ask me which award makes me proudest, it would be the 'Spirit of Cricket' award," Jayawardena said Tuesday. "It's an award for the entire team, and we deserve all the accolades that come our way for playing the game in the right spirit."

"It is an honor to be nominated," Jayawardena said of the individual awards. "The important thing is that I have played the game with passion, and my effort has been acknowledged."

Jayawardena has had an outstanding season, scoring 1,127 runs with five centuries at an average of 75.13.

Under his leadership, Sri Lanka won its first ever Test match in the West Indies, and then beat India and England at home.

Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis is nominated for 'Emerging Player of the Year' after taking 26 wickets in the three-Test series against India.

"I am very happy with my performance against the West Indies and India," Mendis said. "It has been a dream start for me."

India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is one of the four players nominated for the 'Twenty20 International Performance of the Year' award for his memorable feat of hitting six consecutive sixes in one over off England's Stuart Broad.

"We have had some very good individual performances by some very talented players, but the most important thing is that we combined well as a team," Yuvraj said.

Yuvraj will be up against his team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, West Indies' Chris Gayle and Brett Lee of Australia.

The individual awards are decided by the ICC Voting Academy, a 25-member group which includes former players.

The ICC will name the winners at a presentation ceremony which will take place on Wednesday (today) in Dubai.

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