Marco Jansen on receiving top ICC award: ‘Lost for words’

Proteas all-rounder Marco Jansen has been named the ICC Males’s Rising Cricketer of the 12 months for 2022.

The 22-year-old was on Wednesday named the highest upcoming participant within the worldwide sport forward of New Zealand’s Finn Allen, Arshdeep Singh of India and Afghanistan teen Ibrahim Zadran.

It has been an unbelievable rise for Jansen, who simply over a 12 months in the past was but to play for South Africa.

36 Take a look at wickets

Because the 2023 calendar kicked in, the two.09-metre-tall left-armer had change into an integral a part of the nationwide set-up of the Proteas the place he has featured in 12 matches throughout all three codecs.

Klerksdorp-born Jansen has been notably influential within the Take a look at area the place he performed eight matches and captured an excellent 36 wickets, second solely to South Africa’s spearhead, Kagiso Rabada (47).

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“I’m misplaced for phrases proper now after what I believe has been a dream 12 months for me,” a delighted Jansen stated. “By no means in my wildest goals would I’ve imagined taking 36 wickets and taking part in eight Take a look at matches for the Proteas in my first 12 months of worldwide cricket.

“So to have achieved this feat, with the cherry on high of being named because the ICC Rising Males’s Cricketer of the 12 months, is unbelievable. I’m so grateful to everybody who made it doable for me to achieve this level so early in my profession.”

‘Fifer on the Oval’

Jansen’s wickets in Take a look at match cricket got here at a formidable common of 19.02 with the lanky paceman bagging two 4 wicket hauls and a one five-for (5/35), which got here on the Oval in London throughout the Proteas’ tour to the nation throughout August and September.

He additionally recorded a maiden half-century (59) when South Africa confronted Australia in Melbourne throughout their year-end tour. Total with the bat, he collected 234 runs in his 13 innings over the previous 12 months.

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“These are the 2 performances that basically stand out for me,” Jansen stated. “Taking my first Take a look at fifer in opposition to England on the Oval, and hitting my first Take a look at half-century in opposition to Australia within the Boxing Day Take a look at on the MCG.

“To achieve these milestones at two of essentially the most historic venues for Take a look at cricket, these are reminiscences I’ll really cherish perpetually.”

Within the different two codecs, Jansen performed three one-day internationals and a solitary T20I as he continues to ascertain himself within the limited-overs set-up.