David Warner won his third Allan Border Medal at Crown Palladium on Monday night at the Australian Cricket Awards, despite a shockingly poor Ashes series in England.
Warner snared the Allan Border Medal by a single vote over Steve Smith, making it the closest tussle since Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke shared the award in 2009.
The 33-year-old has won three of the last five awards, with Steve Smith (2018) and Pat Cummins (2019), claiming the other two.
Warner made his comeback from the ball tampering saga at the World Cup, scoring 647 runs at an average of 71.8 as Australia los to England in the semi-final.
He then endured a torrid time in the Ashes series that followed, and was Stuart Broad’s rabbit as he scored just 95 runs in the five-Test series.
But the opener dominated the home summer for Australia, scoring an incredible 335 not out in the day-night Test against Pakistan in Adelaide before scoring 297 runs in another fine series against New Zealand.
In the voting period from January 8, 2019 to January 8, 2020, Warner scored 1815 runs at an average of 69.8, with his closest rival Smith scoring 2553 runs at 62.12.
Warner also won the T20I Player of the Year by three votes ahead of last year’s winner, Glenn Maxwell, with Kane Richardson and Steve Smith finishing equal third on eight votes.
He was only dismissed once in his six T20I outings, scoring 287 runs at a strike rate of 145.
Players, umpires and media awarded votes for the Allan Border Medal on a 3-2-1 basis.
As per Cricket Australia regulations, Test matches received a ‘weighting factor’ of six, while ODIs (3) and T20 internationals (2) are not as significan.
Marnus Labuschagne was the story of the year in the test arena for Australia, with Steve Smith’s concussion replacement going from super-sub to Test Player of the Year.
Australia’s No.3 – who finished three votes above Smith – scored 1340 runs across 11 Test matches, averaging 74.44 with a highest score of 215 coming against New Zealand in January.
White ball skipper Aaron Finch won the ODI Player of the Year ahead of Usman Khawaja, after scoring 1141 runs at an average of 51.86, including two centuries and three fifties in the World Cup.
Both sides also wore the Black Lives Matter logo on their collars.
Persistent rain meant only 17 overs were completed before an early tea break.
Both teams took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before play got under way.
Two minutes’ silence were also observed.
England and West Indies players took the knee ahead of the First Test in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
England displayed names of key workers, including nurse practitioner Tom Field, on their training shirts to honour their work in the Covid-19 crisis.
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The toss for the first Test has been pushed back.
The Red Rose could be without a home venue as Emirates Old Trafford is being used by England as a ‘bio-secure venue’ this summer.
Persistent drizzle in Southampton has put back the return of international cricket.