Lancashire's County Championship-winning captain Glen Chapple has been selected as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, published tomorrow.
Also named alongside Earby's Chapple are England's Alastair Cook and Tim Bresnan, Worcestershire seamer Alan Richardson and Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara.
The five Cricketers of the Year are chosen by the editor of Wisden, and represent a tradition that dates back to 1889, making this the oldest individual award in Cricket. Excellence in, or influence on, the previous English summer are the major criteria for inclusion as a Cricketer of the Year. No one can be chosen more than once.
Wisden editor Lawrence Booth says: "Even at 37, Glen Chapple was the heart and soul of Lancashire's first outright County Championship win in 77 years, leading his side with verve to take 55 wickets at under 20 each, and bowling heroically through injury against Somerset on a memorable final day of the season."
Chapple, now 38, is the 34th Lancashire player to be a Cricketer of the Year.
He is profiled in the 149th edition of the Almanack by Andy Wilson who writes: "In the back of his mind he has a target of 1,000 first-class wickets, which would be remarkable for a seamer who has played mostly four-day cricket, much of it on flat Old Trafford pitches. He has also found captaincy more comfortable and enjoyable than he had imagined, especially in partnership with Peter Moores."