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Tendulkar wins ESPNcricinfo Test batting award

February 20, 2012 16:53 IST

Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has bagged the fifth ESPNcricinfo best batting performance award in Tests, beating the likes of compatriot Rahul Dravid and Australia skipper Michael Clarke.

His 146 at Cape Town in 2011, which came under testing conditions, and in the face of sublime swing bowling by Dale Steyn, was the No 1 choice of seven of 11 jurors who had him in their top three.

The Test batting category had the widest gap between the winner and number two. Six points separated Tendulkar's innings from Michael Clarke's 151, also scored in Cape Town in the Test as Australia dismissed South Africa for 96 and were then bowled out in their second innings for 47.

It is Tendulkar's second ESPNcricinfo award. He won the ODI batting performance in 2009 for his 175 against Australia in Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, Doug Bracewell won the Test bowling award in his debut year in international cricket, for his six for 40 in New Zealand's historic seven-run win over Australia in Hobart.

Another first for the awards was the victory of an Associate player -- Kevin O'Brien, who got votes from 13 out of a panel of 16 jurors, for his nerveless century in Ireland's historic win over England in the World Cup.

The ODI bowling award went to Mitchell Johnson for his six-wicket haul in Pallekele during Australia's tour of Sri Lanka.

The awards were decided by a 16-member jury that included former players Ian Chappell, Ian Bishop, Ramiz Raja, Kepler Wessels, Geoff Boycott, Martin Crowe, Sanjay Manjrekar and Russel Arnold and ESPNcricinfo's senior writers.

The jurors were asked to pick their top three performances in each category from a shortlist of nominees.

Former Aussie captain Chappell said Tendulkar showed true class during his 146.

"He faced 314 balls which is not Tendulkar-like, the strike rate, but these were precious runs. This was another side of Tendulkar, just showing his greatness -- his ability to make runs when things were really tough, and he really had to battle," said Chappell.

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