Allan Border Medal 2012-13

Clarke wins fourth Allan Border Medal

Brydon Coverdale

February 4, 2013

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Michael Clarke celebrates another century, Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 1st day, November 22, 2012
It was another outstanding year for Michael Clarke © Getty Images
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The rise and rise of captain Michael Clarke continued in Melbourne on Monday night when he won his fourth Allan Border Medal and was named Australia's Test Player of the Year. Clarke also won the double last year, capping off his first 12 months as Australia's leader in all formats, and his second year in charge was just as impressive. The other major winners from the evening were Clint McKay, who won his first One-Day International Player of the Year title, and Shane Watson, the Twenty20 International Player of the Year.

In the Allan Border Medal count, Clarke finished on 198 votes, well clear of Watson and the retiring Michael Hussey, who were in joint second place with 165 votes each. David Warner was fourth with 148 votes, Mitchell Starc fifth with 122 votes and Australia's Twenty20 captain George Bailey sixth with 116 votes, despite only playing the short formats. The win added to Clarke's previous triumphs in 2005, 2009 and 2012 and he joined Ricky Ponting as the only men to have taken home four Allan Border Medals.

Clarke had another remarkable year in Test cricket, scoring 1080 runs at an average of 77.14 during the voting period, which ran from February 25 last year to January 28 this year. His high point was when he scored consecutive double-centuries against South Africa, with 259 not out at the Gabba followed by 230 in Adelaide. The third of his hundreds during the voting period was 106 against Sri Lanka during the Boxing Day Test. It continued his incredible form since taking over the leadership from Ponting: as full-time captain Clarke has averaged 72.48.

Despite the fact that the year brought Clarke's first series defeat as captain, the 1-0 loss to South Africa, his team still won more than they lost during the voting period. They beat West Indies 2-0 in the Caribbean and enjoyed a 3-0 clean-sweep against Sri Lanka, but Clarke knows that such wins will be quickly forgotten if the coming year, which features a tour of India and back-to-back Ashes contests, does not bring success.

The runner-up in the Test Player of the Year category was Hussey, who scored 746 runs at an average of 57.38 and was second on the run tally behind Clarke, while Matthew Wade, who at the start of the voting period had not even played Test cricket, was third. Clarke finished on 22 votes, with Hussey on 15 and Wade on 12. Surprisingly given he spent most of the year out of the Test side and played only three Tests during the home summer, Mitchell Johnson came fourth with 11 votes.

In another surprise, the under-rated seamer McKay was named One-Day International Player of the Year, narrowly beating Bailey and Warner. McKay finished with 30 votes, Bailey and Warner were equal second with 28 votes and David Hussey finished in fourth place with 27 votes. Watson was fifth with 23 votes.

During the voting period, McKay was Australia's leading ODI wicket taker with 26 victims at 25.76. He was Man of the Match in the deciding third final of the Commonwealth Bank Series last summer, when he collected 5 for 28 against Sri Lanka at Adelaide Oval, and he was also Australia's best bowler during their disappointing series in England in June and July.

"Clint certainly knows how important he is to me and the team. I've made that very clear to him," Clarke said of McKay. "He has become one of our top one-day bowlers in the Australian team, no matter who's available to play. Clint in the past 12 months has been our first-picked one-day bowler.

"I think his execution, not only with the new ball but at the death, is something that not many bowlers can do. His consistency day in day out, into the breeze, down breeze, open the bowling, bowl second change, it doesn't bother him. Clint is a great example of one of the players I always want in this Australian team because he'll do whatever it takes for the team first and himself second."

McKay broke the winning streak of Watson, who had taken out the past three ODI Player of the Year awards, and it was a good reward for a sometimes under-valued member of the side. Since his one-day international debut in 2009, McKay has collected 68 wickets at 21.91; only Mitchell Johnson with 73 has claimed more one-day victims for Australia during that time.

In the T20 category, Watson was a clear winner with 42 votes, ahead of Warner on 29 and the captain Bailey on 16. Watson's award was not surprising given his remarkable performances at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka last year. He was not only the leading run scorer during the tournament, with 249 at an average of 49.80, he was also second on the competition wicket tally with 11 victims at an average of 16, behind only Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis.

During the voting period, Watson was Australia's leading T20 run scorer with 406 at an average of 40.60 and the leading wicket taker with 17 at 15.82. The T20 award was first handed out in 2011, when David Hussey was the recipient, and Watson picked up the prize in 2012.

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Posted by xylo on (February 5, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

Is it that Clarke has stood head and shoulders above the rest, or is it that the rest have just not stepped up? If it is the former, we should be happy. If not, we should be really scared!!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

@landl47 .... Clarke's Captaincy was outstanding in 2012.

And of course there was the ODI Series in England where he almost captained Australia to a 4-0 thumping of England .... but unfortunately he only sometime almost came reasonably close to winning each game!!! Well he almost won one game ..... but I am sure that he could have almost surely come closer on the game that was washed out.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

@landl47 .... Clarke's Captaincy was outstanding in 2012.

And what about the tour of West Indies .... what captancy what strategy!!! In the 1st innings when chasing 449 he led the team to 7/250, lulling them into the old trap of over confidence knowing full well that the last two wickets would score 156 runs. Then just as Harris was about to top score for the innings and Lyon a half century .... he stunned the WI and declared knowing full well that Harris couldn't open the bowling

Then in the 2nd Innings to unselfishly scored only 6 of the 192 runs to leave Hussey to score 32 off 26 balls in the final overs and allow the bowlers to claim the winning runs in the dark

It worked so well he tried it again in the 3rd Test and led Australia to 7/169. This unselfish plan allowed Wade to score his maiden century as the last 3 wickets took the score to 328. He must have been most upset when the plan didn't work in the 2nd Innings when he left at 5/171 though Starc and Lyon still managed 22

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

@landl47 .... Clarke's Captaincy was outstanding in 2012.

Then there was the 2nd Test against SA. He almost lulled them into a sense of insecurity when SA was chasing an unattainable score in the 2nd Innings by setting a field of "2SL & a G" .... and the middle order almost collapsed when he tried to confuse them by giving everyone a bowl.

Oh .... and then the 3rd Test against SA when the Australian bowling was being humbled, and Johnson took two wickets in an over he didn't once think of altering the plan, to support the bowler bring a bring in a couple more fielders around the bat. He then led the joyous celebrations when he took a catch late in the innings. And when it was Australia's turn to dig in he was a rock. Not once did he unnecessarily charge a spinner to risk a stumping.

Posted by mateyman on (February 5, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

BnH1985Fan 41 is a more than respectable away average.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (February 5, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

Well done Clarkey, well desreved

Posted by Meety on (February 5, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

@ davidpk on (February 4, 2013, 12:24 GMT) - well I will start worrying when we have 3 Saffas & an Irishmen in our batting line up - that is not knocking your system - just a statement of fact! @landl47 on (February 4, 2013, 13:28 GMT) - Tests have a weighting of 6, ODIs 3, 20/20 2. Since Clarke doesn't play 20/20i's - Watto & Huss can gain ground there. Watto probably just about aced the 20/20 section. @davidpk on (February 4, 2013, 16:05 GMT) - classic! Name ONE Pommy bowler who is statistically even REMOTELY as a good as McKay in ODIs???? You can't - there is none, & NEVER has been! His S/Rate is about 30% BETTER than Anderson, (who is inferior to MJ in ODIs). That is why he got the gong, for best ODI player.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 4, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

Maybe you should all get down to the nets. Your gonna need to do something

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

Well done Mr Clarke. Your 1st 200 against SA late last year was the best batting I have ever witnessed. I hope that you can take your Australian form in Tests to India and England in 2013, and then bring it home again.

Smashing a double century at The Oval on a nice English summer afternoon to take the Ashes .... now that would be something to watch!!!

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (February 4, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

Clarke's batting averageat home in 47 tests is around 65 with 14 centuries. Away, in 40 tests, he averages 41 with 8 centuries. That's an almost 25 run difference.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 4, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

because there is no-one else..?

Posted by Munkeymomo on (February 4, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Couldn't have really gone to anyone else. MC is by miles Australia's best test player. Top skip too, imagine if he had Warne/McGrath at his disposal and some dependable batsmen (Haydo/Langer would be the obvious requirements). He'd never lose a game!

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 4, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

dylanBrah not sure what the 2/3 guys scoring 100+ or what you mean by that observation was nobody else other than the captain had done the hard yards for it to be any one other than him. Mckay was as far as i know is a one day player and for him to have got the award for only playing the odis then you guys would have been in a pickle.

Posted by maddy20 on (February 4, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Rotation can be a good thing. It will always ensure that the you will have enough bench strength when your key players are injured/retire. Look what happened to Aus after the likes of Hayden, Gilly retired. Look whats happened to India now. So rotation is mandatory. However CA are overdoing it. At the most they should rotate 2 players at any given point -one batsman and one bowler/all rounder.

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 4, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

@davidpk, Not sure if you are aware, but averaging 100+ in test matches is not usually something 2-3 guys in a team can do. Only 4 guys have done this in history *minimum 1000 runs (3 happen to be Australian), so I suppose it is natural to set the bar high for the greatest cricketing nation of all time. Congratulations Michael Clarke, may batsmen (and fans) all around the world envy your talents.

Posted by Thefakebook on (February 4, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

#Respect Captain Clarke,4th Allan Border meadals

Posted by TaqiSharp on (February 4, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

No Doubt Clarke Is a Wonderful Player....but I dont see anY one Standing upfront to Applaud Mckay....anywaYz starC must have be approached inFront

Posted by dizzay on (February 4, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

Mckay should work on being more of a swing bowler at his gentle pace. His line and length alone wont cut it against the top teams.

Posted by mateyman on (February 4, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Haha FFL, England is not a top side. They are 1 ranking point above Australia. England is slightly better than Australia. SA showed England who the "top side" are last year

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 4, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

meety how the mighty have fallen,there was nobody other than the skipper who was anyway near to take the medal. clutching at straws from years gone by were 2/3 guys were in line for it. this is not knocking your system its just a matter of fact

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 4, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

@ SamRoy, you seriously overestimate England, and seriously underestimate Australia. England are currently a dependable team, not a great one, as the shaky results they have put together in the past couple of years clearly show. We are not going to play the 1985 West Indies team. Clarke has a 15% losing ratio (55% winning). Why would it suddenly go up to 100%? Forget the last ODI tour. What do you expect from a lightning fast off season jaunt in endless rain in the middle of England's cricket season? No more relevant than Australia's 6-1 ODI win last time in Australia (when England were stronger, BTW).

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 4, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

@Mervo: Posted by Mervo on (February 04 2013, 11:07 AM GMT)

McKay! What has he ever done? Amazing. Just shows how low we have sunk.

The fact that it's taken you this long to realise this shows just how far behind Australia are to the top teams in the world like Eng and SA. And the aussie slide continue apace.

Posted by MrKricket on (February 4, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

I wonder who will win in five years' time. Will any of the current teams still be there? Going by the past five years I'd say only one to two players.

Posted by tintaman on (February 4, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Congrats to Clarke, but I'm most happy for McKay, great to see a class act get some well-deserved recognition. He and Starc are going to make life difficult for opposing batsmen for years to come hopefully.

Posted by SamRoy on (February 4, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Brydon, give Clarke a break. Is it Clarke's fault that there is a complete lack of quality young batsman coming up the ranks in Sheffield Shield Cricket? With Indian Team rebuilding (and a lack of quality spinners) Clarke might win in India (though India are slight favourites); but he has no chance with this inexperienced line up to put up a decent fight against England in England unless Pattinson and Starc both star with ball and bat (both are very promising but it is too much too ask really). Don't be surprised with a 3-1 or 4-1 defeat at the hands of England ( and you know what it even may be 3-0 or 4-0!).

Posted by Meety on (February 4, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

@mixters on (February 04 2013, 10:14 AM GMT) - I second that! == == == McKay thoroughly deserves his award. He has the 6th best ODI S/R of all time, for bowlers who have bowled 1,000+ deliveries. A S/R of 28 is better than even Brett Lee, which is saying something. The other benefit of McKay's ODI form, is that it means there is an automatic "rotation" for our Test bowlers once the ODIs come around as McKay is now an automatic choice.

Posted by Mervo on (February 4, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

McKay! What has he ever done? Amazing. Just shows how low we have sunk.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 4, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Test Player of the Year - Michael Clarke Allan Border Medalist - Michael Clarke

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 4, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

T20 International Player of the Year - Shane Watson Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year - Joe Burns ODI Player of the Year - Clint McKay Domestic Cricketer of the Year - Phillip Hughes Hall of Fame - Glenn McGrath and Charlie Turner

Posted by mixters on (February 4, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

when Clarke is named Allan Border medelist later tonight we all are waiting with bated breath for Johseph Langfords reasons why the player with the third most runs in a calender year all time and the most double hundreds in a year ever should not have the award. Cant wait for the review Johseph

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 4, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Congratulation Watson..You really deserved it...all the best for your India Tour as a specialist Batsmen...

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