Ashes captains Clarke and Cook reach century of Tests and pick up awards
and Alastair Cook both received global recognition on the day they reached a century of Test caps in Perth. Clarke won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy as the world cricketer of the year, but Cook was rated the better captain. That apparent anomaly, with Australia leading the Ashes series 2-0, was because the judging period ran for the 12 months ending in August 2013, during which Cook led England to series victories against India, New Zealand and Australia in his first full year as the Test captain.
Clarke endured a 4-0 whitewash in India before losing the Ashes series in England, but was still named Test cricketer of the year in addition to winning the Sobers Trophy in recognition of his outstanding batting form.
The pair were both heralded before the start of play at the Waca. Cook was presented with a silver cap by Graham Gooch, his cricketing hero, and Clarke was given a guard of honour on to the ground by several other Australia players to have reached 100 Test caps including Mark Taylor, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.
Clarke then struck first blood when the game started, winning the toss and choosing to bat in ferocious heat, to leave Cook visibly crestfallen. But Cook hit back by catching Clarke at midwicket off Graeme Swann's second ball as England enjoyed one of their better sessions of the series.
Other notable winners in the ICC awards were Sarah Taylor, the England wicketkeeper batsman who was retained her title as the world's outstanding women's Twenty20 player for the second consecutive year, and Richard Kettleborough, the former Yorkshire batsman who won the David Shepherd Trophy as umpire of the year for the first time.
Kumar Sangakkara, the 2012 Sobers Trophy winner, was judged the outstanding one-day player in the world and India's Cheteshwar Pujara was ranked ahead of Joe Root as the emerging cricketer of the year.