Michael Clarke surprised and honoured to win ICC's Player of the Year award

During the voting period, Michael Clarke was the world's leading run-scorer with 1,559 runs at an average of 70.86, including two double centuries and three other hundreds.

updated: December 13, 2013 16:33 IST
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New Delhi: Australian captain Michael Clarke stole the honours in the International Cricket Council awards announced on Friday, winning both player of the year and the Test cricketer of the year. (Click her for full Ashes coverage)

Clarke, whose Australia team have taken a firm grip of the ongoing Ashes series, beat five other nominees including England skipper Alastair Cook to bag the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the player of the year.

"I was very surprised, to be honest, probably because there are so many guys who are playing so well around the world at the moment," Clarke told the website.

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