Kane Williamson claims ICC Spirit of Cricket award, as Black Caps included in Test, ODI XIs of 2018

The Black Caps' spate of success in both red and white ball cricket over the past year have been reflected in four separate players named in the ICC's Test and ODI XIs for 2018.

With 2018 seeing the Black Caps record a 1-0 home series win over England, as well as a 2-1 away series win over Pakistan in the UAE, the trio of Tom Latham, captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls were all given the nod for the Test side of 2018.

In the ODI team of the year, Ross Taylor was the sole Kiwi representative, in a 12-months that saw him score 639 runs at an average of 91.28, with the highlight being a stunning 181 not out against England in Dunedin.

To add to New Zealand's haul, Kane Williamson was also honoured with the Spirit of Cricket award.

The ICC described Williamson as "a shining role model of how our game should be played, his behaviour setting an outstanding example on and off the field."

"It's some sort of recognition, and it looks like an individual piece of recognition but it's much more about the team. I know both of the other two who are fortunate to be named in that XI would agree," Williamson said.

Test team of the year: Tom Latham (NZ), Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Kane Williamson (NZ), Virat Kohli (India, captain), Henry Nicholls (NZ), Rishabh Pant (India, WK), Jason Holder (West Indies), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa), Nathan Lyon (Australia), Jasprit Bumrah (India), Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan).

ODI team of the year: Rohit Sharma (India), Jonny Bairstow (England), Virat Kohli (India, captain), Joe Root (England), Ross Taylor (NZ), Jos Buttler (England, WK), Ben Stokes (England), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Kuldeep Yadav (India), Jasprit Bumrah (India).

Kane Williamson batting.
New Zealand Blackcaps v England. 5th ODI International one day cricket, Hagley Oval, Christchurch. New Zealand. Saturday 10 March 2018. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /
Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson in action against England. Source: Photosport

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