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Steve Smith Wins Allan Border Medal

Steve Smith Wins Allan Border Medal
It was an exciting year for Smith having scored 7-centuries and a total of 1756-runs across all the formats excluding the match-winning century at Hobart against England.
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Australian player Steve Smith has bagged the Allan Border Medal while Sean Abbott was named the 'Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year'.

It was an exciting year for Smith having scored seven hundreds and a total of 1756 runs across all formats excluding his recent match-winning century at Hobart against England.

Smith, aged 25, now becomes the second youngest Australian to claim this award after Michael Clarke, who received it in 2005 at the age of 23.

Smith claimed the Allan Border Medal with a total of 243 votes from fellow players, media and umpires, edging out David Warner (175), Mitchell Johnson (126), Aaron Finch (111) and Glenn Maxwell (96).

Smith was also named the Test and One-Day International player of the year.

The stand-in Australian captain was pleased to bag three-awards on the big day.

"I thought I would be up there, but I certainly didn't think I'd be collecting the one day, the Test and the AB Medal," Smith said.

"I've joined a pretty illustrious group of players that have come before me," added Smith.
 
Despite his marathon performance, Smith wants to stay grounded and not taking his performance for granted.

"I feel my preparations has been really good in last 12-months.

"I have been hitting the ball. Each time at the start of the day, you need to start again and I kept realizing that and kept trying to score as many runs for Australia."

Smith was also pleased for Sean Abbott, who was named Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year describing him as a "Dangerous Bowler".

"I am really pleased for Sean, As a player and cricketer he has come a long way in 12-18 months.

"He is a great kid and he bowls very fast spells at times, especially at the nets.

"He has done terrific and hopefully he can have a great night and lift the trophy for Sixers as well.

Despite his success as captain, Smith is hoping for Clarke's return in the World Cup and play under him.

"I had a real fun time over the last couple of weeks.

"I have enjoyed the role and the guys have been supportive to me.

"For me it is just about playing as well, I can, Michael will be back soon and hopefully he will be right for World Cup.

"As soon as he gets fit, this is his team and I will be looking forward to play under him for a while," added Smith.

He also had a lot of praise for the batting coach Michael DiVenuto.

"'Div' has been absolutely fantastic for me. We do the same thing every net session.

"The words he gave me after the Adelaide Test in 2013 home Ashes that I am not out of form, but only out of runs was a turnaround.

"I am thankful to him for believing in me and making me believe in myself," added Smith.

Glenn Maxwell, who was named T20I player of the year is hoping to get a breakthrough in the Test format.

"Red ball cricket is the place I want to be," he said.

"But If you see the schedule I have played just two first-class games in the last 4-6 months and I am not going to play the next until October.

"I want to play the Ashes but how I get there, I have no Idea. You go to England and they have their county players, you have West Indies tour after the IPL (Indian Premier League) and you have no Sheffield after the World Cup.

"Hopefully I can help myself with English county cricket. I will do all I can facing red ball cricket. I still find it is the best format.

"It is just a matter of getting enough opportunities which hasn't been much in the last 12-months."

Maxwell was all full praise for the stand-in captain Steve Smith calling him as his inspiration.

"We have grown up playing against each other. The way he has matured is incredible," said Maxwell.

"Before Dubai last year, he hasn't scored a single half century and now if you see his records he got a couple of hundreds and is Mr Reliable."

"It is not far for me either to change it. People tell me to take inspiration from David Warner."

"But he is an opener and there are 10 batters below who can do the job if he doesn't."

"Smith has been doing his job in 
the middle order with a cool head and a calm mind."

"
Batting with him on the other day helped me as well."

"He scored so easily against England bowling without taking much risk needing 7 and half an over," added the Australian all-rounder.

Belinda Clark Award was capped by Meg Lanning while Jason Behrendorff was named Domestic player of the year.

The Winners

Allan Border Medal, Test Player of the Year, ODI Player of the Year - Steve Smith
T20 Player of the Year - Glenn Maxwell
Belinda Clark Award for the best female cricketer - Meg Lanning
Domestic Player of the Year - Jason Behrendorff

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