Warner bags Allan Border Medal at Australian Cricket Awards
Australian opener David Warner beat his team-mate Steve Smith by a mere one vote to win the Allan Border Medal at the Australian Cricket Awards ceremony. The medal is considered the most prestigious individual prize in Australian Men's Cricket wherein players, umpires and media vote for the winner. Likewise, the Belinda Clark Medal is awarded in Women's Cricket. Ellyse Perry won her third medal.
Warner made merry with bat in 2019
Warner silenced all the critics post his comeback from the ball-tampering ban. He was the second-highest run-getter of World Cup 2019 with 647 runs. Following a disappointing Ashes series, the southpaw scored 217 runs in three T20Is against Sri Lanka before slamming a triple ton against Pakistan in Tests. He also clinched the Men's T20I Player of the Year award.
Perry awarded Belinda Clark Medal
Ellyse Perry was the winner of Belinda Clark Medal, while Marnus Labuschagne bagged the Men's Test Player of the Year award. Perry had a stellar Ashes series, having finished the series with 378 runs and 15 wickets, the highest in both the segments. Besides, Labuschagne scored 1,249 runs in 15 Test innings after he came in as a concussion substitute during the Ashes.
Aaron Finch named ODI Player of the Year
Allan Border Medal: David Warner. Male One Day International Player of the Year: Aaron Finch. Hall of Fame Induction: Sharon Tredrea. Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year: Wes Agar. Male Test Player of the Year: Marnus Labuschagne. Male Domestic Player of the Year: Shaun Marsh. Hall of Fame Induction: Craig McDermott. Male International Twenty20 Player of the Year: David Warner.
Alyssa Healy named Female ODI Player of the Year
Belinda Clark Award: Ellyse Perry Female One Day International Player of the Year: Alyssa Healy. Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year: Tayla Vlaeminck. Female Domestic Player of the Year: Molly Strano. Female International Twenty20 Player of the Year: Alyssa Healy.
Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke lead the proceedings
Former Australian skippers Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke lead the proceedings with both winning four Allan Border medals. Among Australian women cricketers, Karen Rolton and Shelley Nitschke are the most decorated ones. Interestingly, they also have four medals to their names.