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The ICC Men’s Player of the Month for June 2022 has shortlisted three outstanding players from New Zealand’s tour of England.

Jonny Bairstow

The elegant England batsman is having a fantastic season with the bat in the longest format. Bairstow amassed 394 runs at an average of 78.80 in the three-match ICC World Test Championship series against New Zealand. He scored the third-most runs in the series and had two centuries and one half-century.

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow. Image: Twitter

He achieved the second-fastest Test hundred for England in the second Test at Trent Bridge, needing just 77 balls to get there. His incredible innings of 136 off 92 balls helped his team secure a 2-0 series lead. He was awarded Player of the Game.

Nothing could stop Bairstow as he scored England’s second-fastest 150 in Tests in the subsequent match at Headingley, off 144 balls. In the first innings, he scored 162 runs (157 balls) and then added an unbeaten 71. (44 balls) in the 2nd innings.

Daryl Mitchell

Daryl Mitchell, a middle-order batter for New Zealand, not only contributed with runs but also set and shattered records. He scored 538 runs at an extraordinary average of 107.60 in the three Test matches he played against England, including three centuries and two half-centuries. He was the series’ leading scorer and just the eighth Black Caps player to record a century in three straight Tests.

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In the process, he also surpassed Martin Donnelly’s 462 runs from 1949, a record for the most runs scored by a Black Caps batter in a Test series against England that had stood for 73 years.

Joe Root

In red-ball cricket, the former England captain is in the best form of his life. He passed the 10,000 Test run mark during the series against New Zealand, becoming only the second England batsman (after Alastair Cook) to do so and ranking 14th all-time.

Joe Root
Joe Root. Image: ICC

He also joined Cook as the youngest person to cross the 10K runs mark; both men were exactly 31 years and 157 days old at the time. With 396 runs at 99, including two centuries and a fifty, he concluded the series as England’s leading run-scorer.

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