Holder, Bravo, Pollard Cricinfo nominees

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Bangalore, India - Several new faces in this year's Test and One Day International batting shortlist, which goes to show it's not time to mourn the passing of legends yet.

The ESPNcricinfo Awards recognise the best individual batting and bowling performances in cricket over the calendar year. 

They are voted on by an independent jury of former cricketers, commentators, and ESPNcricinfo's senior writers. Previous winners have included Dale Steyn, Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi and Kumar Sangakkara.

Darren Bravo 218 v New Zealand

Darren Bravo

218 v New Zealand

1st Test, Dunedin

West Indies had been beaten inside three days in both Tests in India, and a fortnight later they were dismissed for 213 in their first innings in Dunedin, in response to New Zealand's 609.

Following on, West Indies were 185 for 4, with the man who usually deals with such crises, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, dismissed for 1, and the best part of two days remaining.

The odds of them saving the Test were minuscule, but they did thanks to Darren Bravo's maiden double-century: he began batting on the third afternoon and was dismissed only on the fifth morning.

His nine-and-a-half hour innings was as important as the time lost to rain in leaving New Zealand stranded 33 runs from victory.

Kieron Pollard 109* v Australia

Kieron Pollard

109 not out v Australia

4th ODI, Sydney

At 55 for 6, West Indies looked like folding up for a sub-100 score. But Kieron Pollard wasn't going to give in easily. After the top four fell in single digits, Pollard, in at No. 5, batted till the 50th over, supported by the lower order.

His unbeaten 109 included 11 fours, but the big-hitting allrounder restrained himself enough to fetch his first six only in the 46th over. Pollard, who has often struggled for consistency in ODIs, sent a strong message to Australia.

It may have been in a losing cause, but his innings was one of the positives for West Indies in their 5-0 drubbing.

Jason Holder took 15 Wickets at 30.20 from 11 One Day Internationals

Jason Holder

15 Wickets at 30.20 from 11 One Day Internationals

Helped West Indies tie an ODI against Pakistan with a batting cameo, but his major contributions have come with the ball, including 4 for 13 in an ODI against Pakistan.

Next to Shami as second-highest debutant ODI wicket-taker this year.

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Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:00