Jonathan Trott is the ICC Cricketer of the Year
He is the second Englishman to collect the top honour after Andrew Flintoff, who shared the prize with South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis in 2005.
Trott, who accepted the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy from ICC president Sharad Pawar, said: "It’s fantastic to be part of a successful team and I never envisaged winning this award and it’s a brilliant feeling to be recognised.”
Norman Gascoigne, Chairman of Trott's County Club, Warwickshire, commented "it is a fantastic honour for Jonathan which all at Warwickshire applaud, recognising the talent and dedication that has brought him deserved success".
Trott’s form this year saw him in the running for the Test Cricketer of the Year as well but it was Cook who triumphed. The left-handed opener also had to beat off competition from James Anderson and 2005 winner Kallis.
Cook’s form over the past year has been nothing short of remarkable in the five-day format and he has recorded 1,302 runs in 12 Tests at 51.74.
The 26-year-old was particularly imperious in Australia, where he registered 766 runs in five Tests to inspire England to a 3-1 Ashes win for a first series win Down Under since 1986/87.
Cook, who received his trophy from West Indies legend Curtly Ambrose, was quick to praise his team-mates.
“I think the highlight of year was when we won in Sydney, to beat Australia and Chris Tremlett to take that final wicket it was truly a great year. This award is about the rest of the team not just me," he said.
Kumar Sangakkara was announced as the ODI Player of the Year and he became the second recipient of the LG People’s Choice Award.
Among tonight’s other winners were India’s World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who took the Spirit of Cricket award for his part in recalling England’s Ian Bell after his controversial run-out during this summer’s Trent Bridge npower Test.
Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien was edged out as the ICC’s Associate Player of the Year by Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate and Aleem Dar was named Umpire of the Year.
England all-rounder Tim Bresnan also had a near miss, Tim Southee instead winning the award for the year’s Outstanding Twenty20 Performance.
West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was named Emerging Player of the Year and Stafanie Taylor - also from the Caribbean - Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
Cricketer of the Year: Jonathan Trott
Test Player of the Year: Alastair Cook
ODI Player of the Year: Kumar Sangakkara
Emerging Player of the Year: Devendra Bishoo
Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year: Ryan ten Doeschate
Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar
Twenty20 Performance of the Year: Tim Southee (NZ): 5-18 v Pakistan, Auckland, Dec 26 2010
Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor