Apparently he could be! According to the ICC anyway…
Graeme Onions, along with a heap of others, has been nominated ‘Cricketer of the Year’ and ‘Emerging Player of the Year’ in the ICC awards.
Is the ICC serious?
How can anyone seriously contend that Graham Onions, Graham Onions(!), is the ‘Cricketer of the Year’? Like, he’s alright. But realistically, he’s only just about the 4th best English bowler. Christ. Why? ‘Cricketer of the Year’?
‘Emerging Player’ though…he could well be in with a shout. Mainly because there’s not many emerging players. Phillip Hughes can’t win because he can’t play the short ball. Martin Guptill can’t win because he’s shit. Ben Hilfenhaus, Jesse Ryder and Peter Siddle are our Onion’s main contenders.
The whole thing is ridiculous. But no one gives a shit anyway. So there you go.
In other completely-irrelevant-cricket-based-award news, the ECB has recently announced that The Leading Edge’s favourite Aftab Habib has been nominated for the prestigious ‘Most Loved Underpeforming Bit-Part 1990’s England Test Player’ along with Ian Salisbury, Mark Ealham, and Ronnie Irani.