Allan Border Medal 2016 January 27, 2016

David Warner wins Allan Border Medal


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David Warner has capped off a year in which he was named Australia's vice-captain by winning the Allan Border Medal for the first time. Warner also won the Test Player of the Year title at the award ceremony in Melbourne, and finished clear of captain Steven Smith and fast bowler Mitchell Starc in the Allan Border Medal count. Glenn Maxwell was named ODI Player of the Year.

Smith had won the Allan Border Medal last year and scored more runs than Warner across all international formats during the voting period, but Warner finished with 240 votes to Smith's 219, with Starc in third place on 183. Warner was Player of the Series for the home wins against New Zealand this summer having scored twin hundreds at the Gabba and 253 at the WACA; he finished the series with the remarkable return of 592 runs at 98.66 from three Tests.

Warner finished the voting period with 1334 Test runs at 60.63, behind only Joe Root and Alastair Cook in Test cricket in that time. In the count for the Test Player of the Year Award, Warner finished on 30 votes, clear of Smith on 24 and Starc on 18, with batsman Adam Voges finishing fourth on 16 in a year that saw him become Test cricket's oldest man to score a hundred on debut.

In his acceptance speech, Warner paid an emotional tribute to his wife Candice, a professional ironwoman and mother of his two daughters, who he said had played a significant role in helping him turn the corner after a disappointing 2013 in which he was suspended over his altercation with Joe Root in a pub in England. He also said he had expected Smith to win his second Allan Border Medal.

"My heart is racing, I honestly thought Smudge had a terrific year and he would have taken this out," Warner said. "People said to me I can be one of the greats of the game but you just sit there and let that go through both of your ears. You can only control what you control and for me that's being the best person I can be on and off the field."

Warner's progression from T20 cricketer - he made his international debut in the format before playing first-class cricket - to vice-captain and now Test Cricketer of the Year and Allan Border Medallist suggests a maturing of him both on and off field. He said he was proud of the way he shrugged off the initial perceptions that he was just a T20 slogger.

"That means a lot to me," Warner said. "I look back and looking through the Twenty20 cricket that I came through, to put myself into the New South Wales Shield team and then giving myself the opportunity to put my hand up for selection for an Australian baggy green.

"Something that I really will cherish for the rest of my life, getting that baggy green presented to me by Slats [Michael Slater], similar way we played, aggressive, try to take it to the bowlers, it's something I'm really grateful for."

Starc might have considered himself unlucky not to take home any silverware during the evening, given that he was Player of the Tournament in Australia's World Cup triumph last year and during the tri-series that preceded it. He ended up on 25 votes in the ODI Player of the Year Award, three votes behind the winner Maxwell on 28, while Mitchell Marsh finished third on 23.

Maxwell scored 644 ODI runs at 46.00 during the voting period, third on Australia's run tally behind Smith and Warner, but his cause was helped by his presence as the lead spinner for much of the year in the 50-over format. He was Australia's third-leading wicket taker during the voting period with 19 at 29.52, behind Starc on 41 wickets and Pat Cummins on 21. No T20 award was presented this year as Australia played only one game during the voting period.

The Belinda Clark Award, for Australia's best women's cricketer across the international formats, went to Ellyse Perry for the first time, having been won by Meg Lanning for the past two years. However, there could hardly have been any other winner this year given that Perry was Australia's leading run scorer and wicket taker during the voting period.

South Australia batsman Alex Ross was named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year, having scored 416 Sheffield Shield runs at 32.00 in the Sheffield Shield and 237 at 59.25 in the Matador Cup during the voting period. He finished with 31% of the vote from fellow players, ahead of Victoria opener Travis Dean on 24% and Western Australia fast bowler Joel Paris on 21%.

Voges was the Domestic Player of the Year for the first time, collecting 32% of the player vote, narrowly ahead of his Western Australia team-mate Michael Klinger on 30%, while South Australia batsman Callum Ferguson finished third on 12%. Voges made 1232 runs at 64.84 across all three domestic formats during the voting period, compared to Klinger's 1568 at 52.27.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Hrishikesh on January 29, 2016, 2:41 GMT

    @ THEBATSMANSHOLDINGTHEBOWLERSWILLEY Should we lower the averages of all Aus bowlers then compared to English? Anderson and Broad should be averaging mid 30s if they played in Aus.

  • Craig on January 29, 2016, 0:44 GMT

    Congrats Dave. Has turned around his game and attitude. Pretty much a sentimental vote as well. Not sure how he won the Test Player of the Year though as Smithy had a far superior year. Same as Maxwell's gong for ODI player. Smith was far superior as was Finch.

  • Peter on January 28, 2016, 15:13 GMT

    Davey's done well and played strong...... He's learnt everything the hard way so he remembers the lessons. On ya Davey

  • Android on January 28, 2016, 12:09 GMT

    Such a batsman's game. Typical.

  • Russell on January 28, 2016, 11:31 GMT

    How did Starc not get the ODI gong? Strange. The award panel sure have short memories. Re Cook and Warner, both terrific openers, totally opposite styles. Ignore the averages. Cook would average well over 50 if he batted on Aussie pitches half the time. Warner is on his way to becoming a great for Australia, Cook is already there with 4 Ashes wins

  • Hrishikesh on January 28, 2016, 6:41 GMT

    @PHAT-BOY Both have their weak points. Warner needs runs in India, WI. He's done well in Aus, UAE, SA, recently in Eng as well. Cook has been excellent in the sub continent but as most are aware of, Cook struggles when the ball moves around a bit. So his record in SA, Eng, NZ is poor. Even in Aus, it's just been one good series like Warner has had one good series in Eng. Having laid all that out, we can then look at their records in general. Cook is kind of a grinder like Dravid, Kallis, these guys were averaging 55+ for the most part while, Cook now 31, at this age you would expect him to be average mid-50s for the type of player he is. But on the contrary he avg 46. Warner infact averages 51 which is not easy for an attacking player like that. Then to have strike rate 77 to Cooks 46 tells everything you need to know. It's Warner as the best opener then a bit of daylight followed by Cook. As per Ashes tradition, a bad series for him in 2017(33 yr old) could mean end of his carrier

  • Anupam on January 28, 2016, 6:23 GMT

    Starc was definitely the ODI player of the year in the world, not only Australia, so decision to award Maxwell is a bit surprising, though Maxwell did play very well specially in the world cup. Warner is a good choice, though the award could have been split b/w Warner and Smith, probably Warner had more impact then Smith specially in test cricket where his high average combined with a terrific strike rate gave him the edge. Warner missed out against WI in Australia - only reason being that he took it too easy. Else he would have got a couple more easy centuries against his name this year. I hope Klinger gets some thing from Australia, an opportunity in any format, honorary international cap or maybe lifetime achievement award. The guy deserves it. Guess T20's can be used to give honorary international caps to players on the selection edge, an idea worth exploring.

  • Tahmid on January 28, 2016, 6:12 GMT

    @HRIS: It's a cumulation of games and Starc missed too many ODI's in the period which probably worked against him. Thing is, in a lot of those matches (except Eden Park), Australia had multiple other performers with bat and ball which meant he got less of a share of votes. I agree Starc was far and above the best ODI player this year although it does make sense that Maxwell (who made big runs and important wickets) just edged him. If Starc played VS India he would have won the award comfortably.

  • Hrishikesh on January 28, 2016, 5:15 GMT

    It's a dumb choice to pick Maxwell for the ODI award just because statically he comes out good because of his bowling. Surely the jury needs to be a bit smarter. Starc was far and away the best ODI bowler in the world, let alone Australia. Just looking at the stats can be misleading at times. Anyone who didn't watch the NZ/Aus test series might think that Hazlewood and Boult were outstanding as both finished at the joint top wicket takers but the reality is both were not even half as good as Starc. If Starc had played the whole Adelaide match he would finished with lot more than 10 wickets for the game. Perth and Brisbane showed how ineffective Hazlewood/Boult/Southee are when the ball isn't doing much but not Starc, He can bowl anywhere.

  • Sam` on January 28, 2016, 5:14 GMT

    @Bigskyryza - he's a long way ahead of Cook? Fair play he's more destructive but based on their reliability in all conditions over a lengthy period I think it is a bit harsh to say Warner is a long way ahead of him.

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