Tuesday 21 January 2014 

Video - Johnson Reacts To Winning Allan Border Medal

Watch as fast bowler Mitchell Johnson gives his reaction after he was awarded the 2014 Allan Border Medal, reward for being voted the best Australian player in 2013 by his peers.

Johnson pipped Test captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder James Faulkner to win the award despite only returning to the Test side for The Ashes against England.

His dominant performance with the ball, taking 37 wickets as Australia wrapped up a 5-0 series win, went a long way towards him winning the award, handed to him at a ceremony in Sydney.

However, he admits he was still surprised to have won.

"I was very surprised, very emotional, I guess the emotions probably flow from what's happened in the last 12 months and even before that," Johnson said.

"I guess all the hard work, and all the blood, sweat and tears you go through, the ups and downs of a professional sportsman, it all just came out tonight and I didn't expect to win tonight, so...very happy."

Johnson was named as the man of the series following The Ashes and was man of the match in three of the five Tests.

"We came into this Ashes series quite confident, and to win 5-0 at home has been absolutely amazing," he added.

"The fans have been so supportive and to be able to play with this team has been really thrilling.

"And like I've said throughout this series, the bowlers that we've had through this series, we've all been able to do our job and that's made my job a lot easier."

There was some consolation for Clarke, however, after he was named as the Test Cricketer Of The Year with George Bailey (ODI), Aaron Finch (Twenty20) and Meg Lanning (Women) winning the other major international awards.

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