Sizzling displays with the ball and vital contributions with the bat at crucial moments – the winner of the ICC Men's Emerging Cricketer of the Year Award had an unforgettable 2022. Here we relive his performances.
Marco Jansen - South Africa
36 Test wickets at 19.02, 234 runs at 21.27
Two ODI wickets, one T20I wicket
Jansen beat tough competition from India's Arshdeep Singh, Afghanistan's Ibrahim Zadran and New Zealand's Finn Allen, who all enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2022. Here we take a look at his exploits throughout the calendar year.
The year that was
Just when we thought South Africa’s bowling attack could not be strengthened, up stepped a 206cm left-arm quick who made an impression of his own.
Jansen’s first nine* Test matches (*including Boxing Day in Australia) have turned heads in the cricket world, and moments with the white-ball show there will be little respite for batting line-ups no matter the format.
After a strong Test debut on home soil on Boxing Day in 2021, Jansen continued to trouble his opponents no matter where he travelled in 2022. Taking 14 Test wickets in the calendar year in South Africa at just 13.50, Jansen emulated the success on tour in England and Australia, averaging just 13.11 and 13.33 respectively. His nine Test wickets in New Zealand came at a respectable 28.55 to boot, as he contributed with the bat for Dean Elgar’s side.
Jansen made four appearances for South Africa across the two white-ball formats, showing early glimpses of his quality. He claimed Shreyas Iyer in his only T20I, and a pair of wickets in an ODI against Bangladesh.
Making 30 with the bat in South Africa’s paltry total of 118 against England at The Oval, Jansen brought his form into the bowling performance, finishing with a maiden five-wicket haul on a surface historically good for batting.
Jansen made a mess of Alex Lees stumps to start the run, before trapping Zak Crawley plumb lbw in an early double-strike. He claimed Joe Root and Harry Brook when he returned to the bowling crease, before dismissing Ben Foakes for his fifth.
He finished with 5/35 as South Africa hit back in the match, bowling England out for just 158.