An emotional David Warner has completed a stunning return to international cricket by claiming his third Allan Border Medal*, finishing a single vote ahead of Steve Smith.
The pair were banned from representing Australia for a year after the 2018 ball tampering* scandal*, only returning in June to the national team.
High scoring performances in the World Cup and Australia’s home Test summer allowed Warner (194) to edge out Smith (193) in Monday night’s thrilling count at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium.
Perry and Warner win big
Last year’s medallist Pat Cummins (185) capped off a consistent 12 months across all formats to round out the top three.
Warner choked back tears when delivering his acceptance speech, especially when it came to mentioning the support from his family and wife Candice.
“I had an absolutely horrendous Ashes. I didn’t really think I was a chance,” Warner said of winning Australian cricket’s top individual award.
Australian cricket’s other highest individual honour went to star women’s all-rounder* Ellyse Perry, who picked up her third Belinda Clark Award with 161 votes.
Perry’s dominant* Ashes series skyrocketed* her eight votes in front of last year’s winner Alyssa Healy (153), with Jess Jonassen third on 89.
“I’m incredibly flattered. You look at the contributions across the squad in the last 12 months, it’s been incredible from so many players,” Perry said. “It’s always lovely to know you’ve had an impact.”
Warner also picked up the Twenty20 international award, while Marnus Labuschange was rewarded for his stunning consistency since the Ashes Lord’s match to win his maiden Test player of the year award.
Limited-overs captain Aaron Finch (38 votes) finished ahead of Usman Khawaja (33) for the ODI player of the year.
- ball tampering: altering the ball to gain an advantage
- scandal: a shocking incident
- all-rounder: able to bat, bowl and field extremely well
- dominant: having power or control over something
- skyrocketed: to rise rapidly
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