In a star-studded night hosted by Cricket Australia to honor their best in the game, all-rounder Pat Cummins came out to be the biggest winner of the night by bagging the Allan Border Medal after being named ‘player of the year’ in the Men’s category at the Australian Cricket Awards night on Monday.
While explosive wicketkeeper-batswoman Alyssa Healy was awarded a Belinda Clark medal (Player of the Year) in the women’s category at the glamorous event which was attended by Test captain Tim Paine, Ellyse Perry, ODI skipper Aaron Finch, and skipper of the Women’s team Meg Lanning.
This is the first time since 2014 a cricketer apart from Steve Smith and David Warner has won the prestigious Allan Border medal. This recognition comes after an amazing year for Cummins, who scalped 36 wickets from 8 Tests that he played in the voting period. He also picked up 8 wickets in the six One-Day Internationals he played for his country. The right-handed batsman also played some hands knocks with the bat, scoring two half-centuries in that period too.
Meanwhile, Alyssa Healy swiped the awards night by picking up all the major awards in the women’s categories. She was named ‘Player of the Year’, ‘ODI Player of the Year’, and ‘T20I Player of the Year’ after having a stupendous year with the bat and behind the stumps.
She was also named the ICC T20I ‘Player of the Series’ as well, for having scored 225 runs at an average of 56.25 in Australia’s World T20 victory. The right-handed batsman also amassed 329 runs at a staggering average of 54.83 from six ODIs during the period.
Other big winners of the night were off-spinner Nathan Lyon (Test Player of the Year), Marcus Stoinis (ODI Player of the Year), and Glenn Maxwell (T20I Player of the Year).
Here’s the full winner's list –
ODI Cricketer of the Year (Male) – Marcus Stoinis
ODI Cricketer of the Year (Female) – Alyssa Healy
Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year – Georgia Wareham
Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year – Will Pucovski
Community Champion Award – Moises Henriques
Female Domestic Player of the Year – Heather Graham
Male Domestic Player of the Year – Matthew Wade
T20I Player of the Year (Female) – Alyssa Healy
T20I Player of the Year (Male) – Glenn Maxwell
Belinda Clark Medal (Female Cricketer of the Year) – Alyssa Healy
Allan Border Medal (Male Cricketer of the Year) – Pat Cummins
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar