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David Warner bags Allan Border Medal for second consecutive time

David Warner's form in ODI in the last year has been prolific
David Warner's form in ODI in the last year has been prolific

Australian vice-captain David Warner walked away with the highest honour of Allan Border Medal during Cricket Australia's annual award ceremony on Monday evening.

This is the 30-year-old's second consecutive award in two years, joining the likes of former Australian cricketers Ricky Ponting (2006 and 2007), Shane Watson (2010 And 2011) and Michael Clarke (2012 and 2013).

During the voting period, Warner slammed 2420 runs overall which came in 44 matches spread across all the formats and smashed nine centuries as well making him the second highest scorer behind Australian captain Steven Smith.

His voting was hugely dominated by his performances in One-Day Internationals in which he scored 1388 runs from 23 games at an average past 60 which won him the ODI Player of the Year award as well.

He almost went without a century in Tests in the year but his performances against Pakistan in Melbourne and Sydney helped him return back to runs with knocks of 114, 113 and 55 in the last three innings. He won 269 votes for the Allan Border medal, closely followed by Smith (248) and Mitchell Starc (197).

Meanwhile, Starc was named the Test Player of the Year for picking 52 wickets in nine matches during the voting period and also scored 249 runs at an average close to 20. His standout performance though came against Sri Lanka in the Asian conditions where rest of the pace bowlers struggled but he ended up with 24 wickets from three matches.

Former all-rounder Watson bagged the Twenty20 International Player of the Year award after he smashed 298 runs in nine matches at an average close to 50 while also snaring nine wickets.

Apart from the trio, Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning won Women's Player of the Year and Women's Domestic Player of the Year awards while Cameron White was named Men's Domestic Player of the Year.

All-rounder Hilton Cartwright and Sophie Molineux were named Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year and Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year awards respectively.

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