A topsy-turvy 12 months of Australian cricket has been wrapped up with the annual Allan Border and Belinda Clark Medal presentations.
Claiming his first ever Allan Border Medal, fast bowler Pat Cummins took 36 wickets over a total of eight test matches in which the voting process took place.
This was the first time since 2014 that neither the still suspended Steve Smith and David Warner had won the medal for best Australian men’s cricketer. Cummins is the first fast bowler since 2014 when Mitchell Johnson took home the main honour.
Cummins scored a maximum of six points on two occasions, one of those occasions being the infamous Cape Town test.
The other time was just under two months ago, as he claimed figures of 6/27 and top scoring with 63 in the second innings against India at the MCG.
Nathan Lyon won the Test player of the year, while Marcus Stoinis won ODI player of the year (men’s), and Glenn Maxwell took home the T20 men’s player of the year.
Alyssa Healy’s dominance with the bat and consistent work behind the stumps with the gloves led her to win her first Belinda Clark Medal during a successful year for the Australian women as they won the World T20.
At the conclusion of the voting, Healy was ahead of second-placed Megan Schutt by a whopping 44 votes, with Healy finishing on 125. Just like Cummings, Healy polled maximum votes on two occasions, picking up six votes each against both New Zealand and the West Indies last years World Cup.
Showing her impressive form over the last year, she also picked up the ODI and T20 women’s player of the year awards.
Other awards on the night went to Matthew Wade (Domestic player of the year, men’s), Heather Graham (Domestic player of the year, women’s), Will Pucovski (Bradman young player of the year), Georgia Wareham (Betty Wilson young player of the year), and Moises Henriques received the Community Champion award.
A positive end for Healy and Cummins in what was an eventful 12 months in Australian cricket, but with the men’s side facing a packed year with the World Cup and Ashes this year, there are plenty of opportunities to put 2018 behind them. After yet another World T20 win last year, the women will look to continue their world dominance at the top of both the ODI and T20 rankings.