South Africa's Keegan Petersen was awarded the Player of the Series against India and now been voted the ICC's male Player of the Month for January ©Getty Images

England skipper Heather Knight and South African batter Keegan Petersen have been voted as the International Cricket Council (ICC) Players of the Month for January.

Knight successfully fought off Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu and West Indies’ Deandra Dottin to win the women’s Player of the Month.

She was rewarded for her stunning performances with the bat during the multi-format Women’s Ashes against Australia.

The 31-year-old made 216 runs during the Canberra Test match, the highest in the match and included a brilliant 168 not out in the first innings.

Her knock was significant in the grand scheming of the match as England were 169 for eight and far behind Australia’s commanding 337 for nine, before Knight and Sophie Ecclestone added 100 runs in the ninth-wicket partnership.

By the time England were all out, the visitors ended on 297 and 40 runs behind the hosts.

The phenomenal batting display put England on course to secure a draw and became the second-highest score by a captain in the history of women’s Test matches.

Irfan Pathan, an ICC voting academy member, said: "One hundred and sixty eight is the highest Test score by any female English batter against Australia in Australia.

"It is also the second-highest score in women's Tests in Australia.

"Her innings is even more remarkable given its importance in securing the draw for England in the only test."

For the men’s award, Petersen was recognised for his instrumental performances in South Africa’s 2-1 series home win against India.

The 28-year-old, winner of the Player of the Series award, amassed 276 runs at an average of 61 to grid the hosts back from 1-0 down.

In the second Test, he scored 62 in the first innings to help secure a lead of 240.

In the decider, Petersen recorded a fifty in each innings, which included an 82 in the fourth innings chase.

"With the hype of the series and the high expectation, the composure Petersen showed while batting in a pivotal number three position was simply staggering," Jean-Paul Duminy, a former South African international and voting panel member, said.