Steve Smith wins third Allan Border Medal of his career
Former Australia captain Steve Smith was named as the recipient of this year’s Allan Border Medal in the annual Cricket Australia Award ceremony. This is the third time that Smith, 31, has been awarded the highest honours for a male cricketer in Australia.
The ceremonies were not hosted with an in-person gathering, rather broadcasted all over the country through TV. Beth Mooney, the attacking Australian women’s team opener was awarded the Belinda Clark Award, the highest cricketing honour for a female Australian cricketer.
This was the first-ever time that Mooney, the 27-year-old Queensland Women team member has received the highest Australian cricketing honours.
"An award as prestigious and highly regarded as this, it doesn’t matter how you do it, it’s still a pretty surreal thing to have achieved and something I haven’t taken lightly," Mooney was quoted as saying to reporters after receiving the news of the award sitting at her Gold Coast home.
Smith, though couldn’t believe that he would be awarded the highest honour, especially after the great performances from Marnus Labuschagne and Test vice-captain Pat Cummins.
"It's a great thrill, plenty of hard work has gone into it (but) I didn't expect it; I thought Marnus (Labuschagne) or Pat Cummins were the front runners because they both had exceptional years,” he said.
"I didn't feel I had the biggest Test summer, which normally holds the most votes. I'm just really honoured to have won my third AB Medal and hopefully, I can keep producing results for Australia," added Smith, who was also awarded the ODI Player of the Year Award.
In other awards, Cummins claimed the Men’ Test player of the year award while Ashton Agar, who won Man of the Series in a T20I series against South Africa, in South Africa was awarded the Men’s T20I Player of the Year.
While Beth Monney won the Female T20i player of the year Award Rachael Haynes was voted as the Female ODI cricketer of the year. In the domestic awards, Shaun Marsh who was the only one to score more than 1000 runs combined in two different formats of the game in a covid-19 curtailed season was awarded the Male Domestic Player of the Year award, the second time in a row.
Elyse Villani was the Female Domestic Player of the Year, while Will Sutherland won the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year. Apart from these awards, three cricketers were also inducted in the Hall of Fame including Johnny Mullagh, Merv Hughes and former Australian women all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar.