Former Heavy Woollen Junior League player Tim Bresnan receives Wisden honour

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FORMER Heavy Woollen District Junior League cricketer Tim Bresnan has been selected as one of the five Cricketers of the Year in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which is published today (Thursday April 12).

Yorkshire and England all-rounder Bresnan will miss the official awards ceremony as he is getting married, but said: “It is a massive honour to become the 43rd Yorkshire player to be named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

“It’s a very select membership and I’m over the moon to receive such a prestigious honour. To be included alongside the four other players this year and the great names of the past is very special indeed.”

Bresnan is named alongside his England team-mate Alastair Cook, Lancashire’s Championship-winning captain Glen Chapple, Worcestershire seamer Alan Richardson and Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara.

The five Cricketers of the Year are chosen by the editor of Wisden, and represent a tradition that dates back to 1889, making this the oldest individual award in cricket.

Excellence in, or influence on, the previous English summer are the major criteria for inclusion as a Cricketer of the Year. No one can be chosen more than once.

Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said: “Tim Bresnan touched the heights of world-class all-rounder against India, hitting a powerful 90 to assert England’s dominance at Trent Bridge, and taking 16 wickets at 16 apiece, including possibly the ball of the series to dismiss Rahul Dravid at Edgbaston.”