Smith and Perry headline CA awards

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Steve Smith and Ellyse Perry have claimed Australian cricket’s highest individual honours, winning the Allan Border Medal and Belinda Clark Award respectively on Monday night in Melbourne.

Both Smith and Perry are second-time winners, joining an exclusive group to have won either the Allan Border Medal or Belinda Clark Award on multiple occasions.

Smith, the Australian Men’s Cricket Team captain, also won the Test Player of the Year award, and joins Australian Cricket Hall of Fame inductee Ricky Ponting (four times), Michael Clarke (four times), Shane Watson (twice) and David Warner (twice) as multiple winners of the Allan Border Medal.

With 246 votes, Smith was a clear winner ahead of runner-up David Warner (162) and third-placed Nathan Lyon (156).

Perry becomes the fifth multiple winner of the Belinda Clark Award, following in the footsteps of Australian Cricket Hall of Fame inductee Karen Rolton (four times), Shelley Nitschke (four times), Meg Lanning (three times) and Lisa Sthalekar (twice).

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The star all-rounder comfortably took out the award with 116 votes, ahead of Beth Mooney (78) and Megan Schutt (65).

David Warner was named the ODI Player of the Year for the second year in succession, while Aaron Finch won the T20I Player of the Year Award.

Warner claimed the ODI award with 24 votes, ahead of joint runners-up Smith and Marcus Stoinis on 18 votes, while Finch (11 votes) pipped Adam Zampa and Moises Henriques (10 votes) for the T20I award.

In the Test award, Smith (32 votes) edged out Lyon (26 votes) and Warner (15 votes) to win for the second time.

Tasmania and Hobart Hurricanes captain George Bailey was named the Men’s Domestic Player of the Year, with Queensland and Brisbane Heat wicketkeeper Beth Mooney winning the Women’s Domestic Player of the Year award.

Western Australia and Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jhye Richardson received the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year award, while Tasmania and Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper Georgia Redmayne was named the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year.

The Allan Border Medal awards ceremony began in 2000. Named after one of Australia’s greatest players and the man who, in 1987, became the first Australian to lift the ICC Cricket World Cup, it recognises the country’s leading players.

The awards for international cricket are based on votes from players, umpires and the media on a 3-2-1 basis from each match. For the domestic awards, the votes are collected from all players.

To be eligible for the Young Cricketer of the Year awards, players must be 24 years or less prior to the commencement of the award period and have not won the award previously. Prior to the award period, male players must have played 10 or less first-class matches and 25 or less combined List A and BBL matches and female players 10 or less matches

Award winners
•   Allan Border Medal – Steve Smith
•   Belinda Clark Award – Ellyse Perry
•   Test Player of the Year – Steve Smith
•   ODI Player of the Year – David Warner
•   T20I Player of the Year – Aaron Finch
•   Men’s Domestic Player of the Year – George Bailey
•   Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year – Jhye Richardson
•   Women’s Domestic Player of the Year – Beth Mooney
•   Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year – Georgia Redmayne
•   Australian Cricket Hall of Fame inductees – Karen Rolton, Norm O’Neill and Ricky Ponting

Allan Border Medal – Steve Smith (246 votes)
2nd: David Warner (162)
3rd: Nathan Lyon (156)

Belinda Clark Award – Ellyse Perry (116 votes)
2nd: Beth Mooney (78)
3rd: Megan Schutt (65)

Test Player of the Year – Steve Smith (32 votes)
2nd: Nathan Lyon (26)
3rd: David Warner (15)

One-Day International Player of the Year – David Warner (24 votes)
Equal 2nd: Steve Smith (18)
Equal 2nd: Marcus Stoinis (18)

Twenty20 International Player of the Year – Aaron Finch (11 votes)
Equal 2nd: Adam Zampa (10)
Equal 2nd: Moises Henriques (10)

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