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Thursday, 12 April 2012 - 8:40
Sanga makes history at Wisden awards
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Kumar Sangakkara has become the first man to be named simultaneously as Wisden's leading cricketer in the world and one of its five cricketers of the year.

The elegant left-hander compiled 2,267 international runs in the three formats last year with five centuries and 13 fifties, and uniquely reached four figures in both Tests and one-day internationals for the third time.

A century in probably his last Test on English soil at Hampshire helped ensure he was named as one of the cricketers of the year.

Sangakkara also won praise for his delivery of the MCC's Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture.

Joining the 34-year-old as cricketers of the year are fellow veterans Glen Chapple and Alan Richardson.

England pair Alastair Cook, with 927 Test runs at an average of 84 in addition to his return to the one-day international side as captain, and Tim Bresnan - who took 21 Test wickets and scored 189 runs complete the quintet.

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