Jonathan Trott was named as the ICC's 2011 cricketer of the year on Monday, capping a superb 12 months that saw the No. 3 batsman become the bedrock of England's team in both the Test and one-day formats. (Event in pics)
The 30-year-old Trott played a key role in England's rise to No. 1 in the Test world rankings this year, averaging 65.12 runs in 12 Tests and hitting four centuries.
He also impressed in the one-day format, where he averaged nearly 50 in 24 matches.
"It's fantastic to be part of a successful team. I never envisaged winning this award and it's a brilliant feeling to be recognized," said Trott, who received the award at a ceremony in London.
Trott, who becomes the second Englishman to win the prestigious accolade after Andrew Flintoff in 2005, took the award ahead of England captain Alastair Cook, India batsman Sachin Tendulkar and South Africa opener Hashim Amla.
Cook, who hit 766 runs as England defended the Ashes in Australia last winter, could console himself with being named the Test cricketer of the year - ahead of Trott and England paceman James Anderson.
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara was awarded the one-day cricketer of the year accolade, following voting by 25 cricket experts for all the categories.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given the Spirit of Cricket award after he allowed Ian Bell to continue batting after being controversially run out during the second Test against England this summer.