Anderson and Edwards scoop awards
James Anderson and Charlotte Edwards have been named as the England cricketers of the year for 2011/12.
Fast bowler Anderson, and women's captain Edwards, received their awards - along with Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond as development cricketer of the year, and disability cricketer of the year Callum Rigby - at a Lord's dinner hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board and team sponsors Brit Insurance.
Anderson was chosen by members of the cricket media, ahead of fellow nominees Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook.
Currently ranked the world's third-best bowler in the International Cricket Council's Test rankings, Anderson took his 250th wicket in the past 12 months and has also risen to fifth on the list of England's all-time leading wicket-takers.
Delighted to win an award which last year went to batsman Jonathan Trott and the year before off-spinner Graeme Swann, 29-year-old Anderson believes he is bowling better than he ever has.
"The last two years I've shown what I can actually do at this level," he said.
"It's been a frustrating eight years before that, up and down. But the last two years I've been really pleased with - the challenge is to try to keep improving and push."
Edwards averaged more than 50 with the bat in the past year, and saw her team complete a clean sweep of series wins at home and abroad.
Bell-Drummond first played for England Under-19s when he was just 16 and is now this country's all-time highest one-day international runscorer in that age group.
ECB chief executive David Collier said: "This has been a marvellous year for all our England teams, with our men's team becoming the world's number one-ranked Test side, our women's team winning every series they contested, and our EDP and disability squads also making significant progress in their respective fields. Congratulations go to all our winners."
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