Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander of South Africa, Australia captain Michael Clarke and Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara were shortlisted for the International Cricket Council’s Cricketer of the Year award.
Hashim Amla hit 150 as South Africa beat England by 80 runs to take a 1-0 lead in their one-day cricket series and move atop the world rankings. Australia defeated Pakistan by four wickets in their opening match.
Andrew Strauss quit cricket after a 3 1/2-year stint as England Test captain in which the team attained the No. 1 ranking and beat archrival Australia home and away in Ashes series. He’s replaced by Alastair Cook.