Wisden reveals his 10 best cricket images of 2021


An image of Jos Buttler leaping over Steve Smith in England’s crushing eight-wicket victory over eventual world champions Australia in last year’s T20 World Cup received the Wisden Photographer of the Year 2021 award.

The photo of Buttler jumping high above the head of a cowering Smith was taken by Australia’s David Gray during his winning runs of 71 on 32 balls in their group stage clash in Dubai on October 30 2021.

The contest attracted over 300 entrants from around the world, with judges from Wisden saying Gray’s photo “perfectly captured the athleticism, excitement and pace of T20 cricket”.

He is the second consecutive Australian to win the award after former Test and ODI captain Steve Waugh in 2020 for his image of children playing cricket amongst the sand dunes near Osian, India.

Gray is also the fifth Australian winner of the Wisden Photograph of the Year competition in 12 years since its inception and follows Scott Barbour (2010), Robert Cianflone ​​(2015), Phil Hillyard (2018) and Waugh.

An image of four players from Wooler Cricket Club in Northumberland searching for a stray ball in a silage field was one of two finalists, alongside a photo of Birmingham Phoenix Men’s Finn Allen dropping a taken during the inaugural Hundred competition.

Seven other images from around the world have been shortlisted, including a stunning photograph of Jasprit Bumrah warming up in the sunset before a T20 World Cup match, with the 10 winning images to be displayed at The Oval in London for 12 months and featured in the 2022 edition of Wisden Cricketers Almanac.

Winners and shortlist

Winner: David Gray (Australia Associated Press)

England’s Jos Buttler jumps over Australia’s Steve Smith during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Cricket match between England and Australia at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates , October 30, 2021.

Finalist: Nathan Stirk (Getty Images, UK)

Finn Allen of Birmingham Phoenix Men drops the stick from Matthew Carter of Trent Rockets Men during The Hundred Trent Bridge match, Nottingham, UK on August 13, 2021.

Finalist: Chris Strickland (UK Freelancer)

Wooler Cricket Club players search for a stray ball in a silage field after being hit for six by Berwick’s opponents in the Northumberland league, Wooler, Northumberland, UK, June 5, 2021.

Shortlisted: Gareth Copley (Getty Images, UK)

India’s Jasprit Bumrah warms up ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between India and Afghanistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 3 November 2021.

Shortlisted: Gareth Copley (Getty Images, UK)

England captain Joe Root shows his frustration as he walks off the pitch after being dismissed by Shardul Thakur during day five of the fourth LV= Insurance Test Match between England and India at the Kia Oval, London, UK, on September 6, 2021.

Shortlisted: Alex Davidson (Getty Images, UK)

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson tries to wear down India’s Ajinkya Rahane during day two of the ICC Test World Championship Final at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire, Southampton, UK on June 19 2021.

Selected: Faisal Khan (Amateur, India)

Boys play cricket on a cold autumn day in Ganderbal village, central Kashmir, Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir on November 24, 2021.

Shortlisted: Syed Mahabubul Kader (independent)

Wheelchair cricket played to celebrate World Disability Day, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 3, 2021.

Shortlisted: Abdul Momin (independent, Bangladesh)

Children from a village in Gobindaganj play cricket on a small plot of farmland surrounded by mustard flowers, Gobindaganj, Bangladesh, December 1, 2021.

Shortlisted: Stu Forster (Getty Images, UK)

Alice Capsey of the Invincibles bowling during the Hundred match between the Northern Women’s Superchargers and the Invincibles Women’s Oval at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds, UK on 31 July 2021.

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