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David Warner wins Allan Border Medal, Test player awards

David Warner wins Allan Border Medal, Test player awards
David Warner went on to score a total of 1990 runs at an average of 56.85 spread across all the formats during the voting period.
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Australian swashbuckling opening batsman David Warner bagged the country's highest cricketing award, the Allan Border Medal, after a stupendous run of form in 2015.

Warner became the 11th Australian to achieve the honour as he bagged a total of 240 votes beating his skipper Steven Smith, who got 219 votes, while Mitchell Starc, with 183 votes, finished third.

Warner went on to score a total of 1,990 runs at an average of 56.85 between the voting period of 16th January 2015 and 7th January 2016 spread across all formats including six centuries and nine fifties.

During the same period, Warner was also elevated to vice-captain of the Test and One-Day International sides.

Apart from the Allan Border medal, Warner also went on to win the Test player of the year award after scoring 1,334 runs from 13 matches at an average of 60.63 with a highest score of 253.

Warner (30 votes) faced stiff competition from Smith (24 votes) and Starc (18 votes) for their efforts in the longer format.

Describing it as an unbelievable moment, Warner stated that he has always wanted a big role in the Australian setup and has set his goals to score big hundreds for the team.

“I was really nervous and can’t believe I have got across the line (to win both the Test Player of the Year Award and the Allan Border Medal)," he said.

"I think I am going to have to sit down over the next couple of weeks and let it all sink in.

“I have had to turn myself around and my wife Candice has been a huge part of that. 

"I have wanted to be a big part of the Australian team and she has always told me to set myself goals and to keep believing in myself.

“I set my goals as going out there and doing what I can for the team, and trying to score hundreds is my goal - and big hundreds. 

"I have been lucky enough to be playing cricket with my mates and I am passionate about that.”

Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell was announced the One-Day International player of the year award after he scored 644 runs from 19 matches at an average of 46.

He also went on to score his maiden ODI century which came off just 51 deliveries in the ICC World Cup 2015 encounter against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Apart from the important runs he scored, Maxwell also picked up 19 wickets an average of 29.52.

Maxwell reckoned the World Cup triumph as a special feeling and was pleased to get his performances recognised.

“It is pretty exciting to win this award and it is pretty exciting to think about how much success we have had over the past 12 months.

“The World Cup was something else, and to win this award in a year when we won a Cricket World Cup in our home country is an absolute honour. It is pretty special.”

Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry claimed the Belinda Clark award and Adam Voges was named the domestic player of the year while South Australian Alex Ross bagged the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year award.

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