After a brilliant 2017 across all formats, in which many called him the greatest Australian batsman after Sir Don Bradman, Steve Smith received his second Allan Border Medal by Cricket Australia in their annual award ceremony held this week in Melbourne. Smith’s name has been an integral part of the discussions regarding who the best batsman is right now in the world. Pundits across the world are divided over the Australian captain and the Indian captain Virat Kohli.
However, with 1754 runs in international cricket in 2017, which included 7 excellent cricket centuries, Steve Smith made himself the favourite cricketer to win the famous Allan Border Medal. The most special moment for the 28-year-old Steve Smith was definitely the 4-0 Ashes win over England at home, in which he was also named the man of the series.
Steve Smith the 5th Aussie to win Allan Border Medal more than once
Steve Smith is the current ICC Test player of the year and is only the 5th Australian to win the Allan Border Medal more than once. David Warner who has been the recipient of the Medal for the past 2 years, was crowned the ODI Player of the Year, while Aaron Finch was named the T20 Player of the Year.
Steve Smith, who had won the Allan Border Medal for the first time in 2015, spoke at the ceremony, and as reported by NDTV Sports, the Australia captain said,
“I’ve worked really hard on my game over the last few years. For me, through the summer I probably wasn’t hitting the ball as well as I have but my mind was in a fantastic place. Whenever I feel like my mind is going off the job… I quickly recognise it and get my mind back where it needs to be. It’s about doing that over and over again for long periods of time.”
Australia woman cricketer wins Belinda Clark Award
Ellyse Perry, who was named the ICC Player of the Year recently in women’s cricket, took home the prestigious Belinda Clark Award, which is the equivalent of the Woman Cricketer of the Year, for only the second time in her career. The highlight for Ellyse Perry in 2017 was the brilliant double century she scored in the historic day-night Ashes Test against England in Sydney.
Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke are the only cricketers to have won the award 4 times, including sharing the award in 2009.