AUSTRALIA: Australia’s top performer Steve Smith won his fourth Allan Border Medal on Monday (January 30, 2023). He joined Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting as the only other players to accomplish the feat by receiving the prestigious award.
Steve Smith joins the elite player group as he wins Allan Border Medal
In order to win Australian cricket’s top individual award, Smith received 171 votes, while his closest opponent Travis Head received 144. He had previously won the award in 2015, 2018, and 2021.
The former Australian captain, scored 1,524 runs, including four hundreds, during the voting period and was crucial to the team’s climb to the top of the Test rankings.
Given his domination in the other two forms, Smith’s lack of votes in the T20 Internationals was ultimately meaningless.
Australia will depend heavily on Smith as they embark on a four-match tour of India in an effort to advance to the World Test Championship final.
The 33-year-old, who has been in outstanding form in both 50-over and one-day internationals, famously yelled, “I’m back, baby”, during an ODI against England in November after making a successful technique change.
Marcus Stoinis defeated Josh Hazlewood to win the T20 trophy, while Smith was defeated by David Warner for the men’s ODI player of the year award.
After a productive year in which Usman Khawaja scored 1,020 runs at an average of 78.46 over 12 months, the Shane Warne award for the male Test player of the year was awarded to him.
After performing admirably in each of the three formats, Beth Mooney earned her second Belinda Clark Award, making her the finest women’s cricket player in Australia.
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