South Africa’s Simon Harmer has been named as one of five cricketers of the year in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
The awards form part of the annual Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World series, which is published in book form to recognise the best cricketers in the world.
Harmer, who starred for County Championship side Essex in the 2019 season, was named alongside English speedster Jofra Archer, Australian duo Pat Cummins and Marnus Labuschagne and Australian women’s star Ellyse Perry.
Harmer signed a Kolpak deal with Essex at the end of 2016 and has since then made it quite clear that he has his sights set on playing for England in the future.
The left-arm spinner finished the 2019 County Championship as the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 83 after Essex claimed its second title in three years, with Harmer having a strong hand in both.
Archer’s rise in the cricketing world made him a popular figure after he helped England to their first World Cup title at Lord’s last year, while Cummins’ consistency in all formats for the Aussies has had his name popping up a number of times as future Test captain of his country.
— Wisden Almanack (@WisdenAlmanack) April 8, 2020
Similarly to Archer, Labuschagne also broke on to the scene with a flash, carrying his weight under difficult circumstances during last year’s Ashes in England.
He made his debut for the Australian ODI team in India in January, scoring a maiden century in the third encounter before smashing his way to a famous ton in Potchefstroom against South Africa last month.
Perry, on the other hand, was clinical in the Australia Women’s team winning another T2o World Cup this year. Despite missing the semi-final and final due to injury, Perry’s contributions were valuable to the team’s success leading up and during the competition.
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