Smith wins Allan Border Medal


Smith wins Allan Border Medal

Ricky Ponting and wife Rianna pose with their children at Crown Palladium

Ricky Ponting and wife Rianna pose with their children at Crown Palladium

In January, the International Cricket Council voted Steve Smith as the Test Player of the Year.

New Delhi:Steve Smith has been voted as the Test Player of the Year in Australia.

In regards to being named Test Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal ceremony, Smith accumulated 1,305 runs in the longest format during the voting period at an average of 81.56.

The former Australian opener was the MC at the Allan Border Medal at Crown Palladium in Melbourne on Monday night. He polled 246 and his vice-captain David Warner, who had won the previous two Border medals, was well behind on 162.

A big year on and off the field, punctuated by the Ashes, the Indian tour and Australian cricket's pay dispute, had taken its toll.

Perry's 213 not out in November's Ashes test against England is the highest by an Australian woman and the third highest overall in Tests.

No player has won the Border Medal three years in a row and Smith's imperious form means that trend is set to continue.

Finch's win was his second T20I player-of-the-year award, a reward for performances that made him Australia's leading run-maker during the voting period.

Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry claimed the top women's prize as she won the Belinda Clark Award.

Monday night's black tie function will also feature the men's global T20 player of the year, the top men's and women's domestic players and the Bradman and Betty Wilson awards for the young players of the year. Warner was next on the Test runs aggregate - 420 runs behind him. He said Australia's draw against India in the third Test at Ranchi and their Ashes draw at the MCG showed their fighting qualities. You always want to play to win but sometimes it's just not possible, but showing the fight and determination to get through those moments and show resilience and adapt, that's what we are all about.

"I'm pleased that I can be sitting here today and be recognised for what I've done over the year", Smith said.