My Sports Personality Of The Year

Spoty 2009

When the BBC announced the nominations for 2009 SPOTY (Sports Personality Of The Year) Award, I felt there was one stand out candidate who would easily be getting my vote.

Amongst the nominations were ten fantastic sports men and women compiling arguably the greatest list since the competition began in 1954 (Chris Chataway, first recipient of the award).

The 2009 nominations includes; Jenson Button, Winner of the Formula One World Championship, Tom Daley, World 10m platform Diving Champion and Jessica Ennis, World Hepthalon Champion, to name but three.

The competition is fierce.

My vote will be going to Andrew Strauss (pictured below), and this blog will present my case to defend my vote.

The year for English cricket began with uncertainty following the fall-out between then captain, Kevin Pietersen and then coach, Peter Moores, both men resigned and Strauss stepped into the breach.

In the following period of uncertainty, Strauss remained strong and with the temporary appointment (later to be confirmed) of coach, Andy Flower then settled the side down, played the media well and focused on the tour of the West Indies.

The tour understandable wasn’t victorious though Strauss performed exceptionally well with the bat in a 2-0 series defeat, a series England really should have won.

Strauss returned with an improved reputation and the confirmed appointment of Flower allowed this newly formed team to focus on the coming home series versus West Indies and Australia.

The series against the West Indies proved an easy test and allowed confidence in Strauss’ captaincy to be developed and for the coaching team to work with a settled and united England squad.

The fruits of this were fully shown in the Ashes series last summer when Strauss (pictured above) grew into his captaincy role with considerable ease. The team performed well and won the key moments in the series.

Strauss was arguably the only Englishman not to be outplayed by their Australian counterparts. He ended the series as leading run scorer (474 runs), man of the series and most importantly he became only the second English cricket captain to win the ashes in twenty years.

Strauss and Flower did not allow this to unsettle the England team and despite a poor display in the one-day series against the Australians (6-1 defeat), they led England to the Champions Trophy in South Africa with renewed confidence.

Strauss (pictured below) captained the England team to the semi-finals of the tournament, despite many critics and pundits expecting an early exit.

The tournament included victories over Sri Lanka and South Africa. It also showed belief in the selection policy of the two; Eoin Morgan the prime example of this.

A semi-final defeat again at the hands of Australia showed the team was far from the finished article, but a team definitely on the up in world cricket.

The team are currently embarking on the eagerly anticipated tour of South Africa, check out my blog called Dawn of a New Era (click on link) for more information and the tour itinerary.

The final one-day international commences this friday and as I write, England lead the series 2-1 with the fixture on friday being the final one-day international before the four test match series begins.

Strauss is a true gentleman and has proven to be a leader of men in the cricketing world, hence his nicknames including ‘Lord Brocket’ and ‘The General’.

He is an intelligent, well-read man who should be seen as an ideal role-model to any budding young sportsman or woman.

But this shouldn’t be seen as him been a push over, just ask Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith when they have faced him lately. He is a gritty and determined individual and I fully believe he, along with Flower will bring success to the England cricket team.

Thanks for a vastly improved year Andrew and keep up the fantastic start you have made in your new role.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers.

Gaffers

P.s. Good luck to all the other candidates and this truly goes to show that all is well in British sport at this moment in time!

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