Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam has been shortlisted for the ICC Player of the Month award for December 2022.

The prolific scorer enjoyed another rich vein of form during the three-match series against England and the first test against New Zealand during the month despite less-than-stellar fortunes for his side.

The 28-year-old notched a pair of hundreds and three scores of fifties in eight innings.

His month began with his 136 on day three of the first Test in Rawalpindi, hitting 19 fours and a six to help his side to 579. He went on to make three fifties in four innings across the second and third Test matches in Multan and Karachi respectively, finishing with 348 runs at 58 for the series.

Babar continued to pile on runs against New Zealand during the first test match against the visiting Kiwis. Babar scored 161 in a six-hour stay before his 14 in the second innings took his tally to 523 runs at 65.37 across December.

He has previously won this award twice.

Other players up for ICC Player of the Month for December award:

Pakistan’s captain will be up against Harry Brook of England and Travis Head of Australia.

Brook, making his test debut against Pakistan, was instrumental in securing their 3-0 win against the hosts. He scored centuries in all three of England’s wins on the tour and finished with 468 runs at a staggering average of 93.60 across December.

Head, meanwhile, finished with 455 runs at an average of 91 with one century in 4 tests in December for Australia.