David Warner Wins Allan Border Medal Twice in Two Years!
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been adjudged as the best Test Cricketer of the Year on Monday while David Warner received Allan Border Medal, which is considered as the most prestigious award in Cricket Australia.
Starc was rewarded for his splendid bowling performance in the recent past. The award ceremony was held in Sydney.
The left-arm bowler Starc, who received 197 votes, while David Warner topped the points table with 269 votes followed by Australian skipper Steve Smith with 248, given by their fellow players, media representatives and umpires.
Australian flamboyant opener David Warner was also named as the One-day International Player of the Year after playing a significant role in ODIs for the national side.
Warner has joined the special list of winners who received the Border Medal two or more times included former skippers Michael Clarke (2005, 2009 and 2012-13), Ricky Ponting (2004-07 and 2009) and all-rounder Shane Watson (2010-11).
“I was totally surprised and shocked, I thought Steve Smith would have taken it out he’s had a great 12 months,” Warner was quoted as saying by Cricket-com.au after being named the 2016 Border Medalist.
Warner, who has scored seven hundreds during the voting period, eclipsed the record of five centuries of Ricky Ponting who scored in 2003 calendar year.
After notching up the top honour, Warner has now claimed four different awards at the Allan Border annual ceremony.
The Australian vice-captain has been awarded as the Test Player of the Year, ODI Player of the Year followed by Bradman Young Player of the Year at least once.
The 26-year-old Starc became the first bowler in nine years to be named as the best Test player in Australia after leading the attack in longer format.
In 2008, the fast-bowling sensation Brett Lee was honoured by Cricket Australia with the Allan Border Medal for outstanding performance in Tests for a period of 12 months.
After returning from the successful surgery, Starc played a significant role for Australia with red-ball.
While undergoing ankle surgery in 2015, Starc missed almost two quarters of the last year before coming back to claim 24 wickets against Sri Lanka which included 11 wickets in Galle Test.
The 35-year all-rounder Shane Watson was also named as the T20 player of the year.
Australia lost five consecutive Tests against Sri Lanka and South Africa before returning with a day-night affair win at Adelaide in the third Test against Proteas.
Starc also picked 28 wickets against South Africa and Pakistan in 3-match Test series each.
Moreover, he picked up 52 wickets which included three five-wicket hauls at an average of 24.29 during the voting period from January 8, 2016 to January 7 2017.
Effective with his bowling, Starc is also the leading wicket-taker for Australia during the voting the period after hammering Pakistan 3-0.
The veteran fast bowler Glenn McGrath was the first recipient of award in 2000 which is named after the former veteran Australian skipper – Allan Border.
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