David Warner won his third Allan Border medal as he edged out Steve Smith and Pat Cummins. Ellyse Perry won the Belinda Clark Award for the third time after bagging it in 2016 and 2017.
Warner won the T20I player of the year award as well while Marnus Labuschagne became Australia’s Test player of the year with Aaron Finch being adjudged the ODI player of the year. Warner got one more vote than Smith while Cummins received 185 votes. The opener made 647 runs in the World Cup but had a terrible time during the Ashes in England. He, however, mauled the Sri Lankan and Pakistan bowling attacks in the home series’ and also registered his highest Test score of 335.
Perry eased past Alyssa Healy with 161 votes but the latter was chosen as the women T20I player of the year. She was also the women’s ODI player of the year. Perry was the star performer in the Women’s Ashes as her century in the Test and 11 wickets in three ODIs helped Australia seal the series. She also picked up 7 for 22 – the best ODI figures by an Australian woman’s player.
Labuschagne, who came in as the concussion substitute for Smith in the Lord’s Ashes Test, never looked back as he made 1249 from 15 innings. He went on to make his ODI debut against India in January this year and struck a half-century in his third game.
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