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Nathan Lyon has hit pole position for the Allan Border Medal after he was awarded the Test Player of the Year.

It’s set to be a close fought race between Lyon and Pat Cummins but the off-spinner has taken the lead.

Alyssa Healy has also claimed the ODI player of the year to go to the front of the queue for the Belinda Clark Award.

Allan Border Medal: Pat Cummins

Belinda Clark Award: Alyssa Healy

Male International T20 Player of the Year: Glenn Maxwell

Female International T20 Player of the Year: Alyssa Healy

Men’s Domestic Player of the Year: Matthew Wade

Women’s Domestic Player of the Year: Heather Graham

Community Champion: Moises Henriques

Test Player of the Year: Nathan Lyon

Bradman Young Player of the Year: Will Pucovski

Betty Wilson Young Female Player of the Year: Georgia Wareham

Women’s ODI Player of the Year: Alyssa Healy

Men’s ODI Player of the Year: Marcus Stoinis

Hall of Fame: Billy Murdoch, Dean Jones, Cathryn Fitzpatrick

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Pat Cummins wins Allan Border Medal

Pat Cummins

Alyssa Healy wins Belinda Clark Award

Alyssa Healy has been named the Australia’s best women’s player for 2018, completing a stunning clean sweep of the

“Honest to god you could never get sick of this,”

“winning that T20 World Cup was a pinnacle of this season, obviously we’ve done it a few times before but to do it with his new group was something pretty special. But to win an award with Belinda Clark’s name on it is something every women’s cricketer dreams about and one I’ll cherish for a long time.”

In the last 17 years, only seven cricketers have won the Cricketer of the Year award with Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry dominating.

But it’s hardly a surprise with Healy winning International T20 Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year award.

She said it was having some self belief was the difference.

“You’re told you’re good enough and you’re told you’re talented enough by a lot of people but unless you believe it yourself, you’ll never success,” she said. “2018 was my year, I turned a corner and believe I was good enough to be in this side and contribute at International level and hopefully I can do it for a couple more years at this level.”

Healy beat out Ashleigh Gardner and Megan Schutt for the title.

Glenn Maxwell — Male International T20 Player of the Year

Maxwell polled 33 votes to narrowly win ahead of D’Arcy Short (30 votes) and AJ Tye (29 votes).

Maxwell played all 19 T20 games for Australia during the voting period, scoring 506 runs at 36.14 with a strike rate of 143.75.

That was the third highest tally for Australia in the period, behind Finch’s 531 runs, which included a record-breaking 172 against Zimbabwe, and Short’s 515 runs.

It’s his second International T20 Award.

Alyssa Healy — Female International T20 Player of the Year

Alyssa Healy is the definite frontrunner for the Belinda Clark medal after cleaning up with her second award of the night.

It’s little surprise after Healy was named the ICC T20 International Player of the Year as well.

Healy finished with 225 runs in six matches at this year’s Women’s World T20 in the West Indies.

Matthew Wade — Men’s Domestic Player of the Year

A big elephant in the room was awarded the domestic player of the year.

Matthew Wade was awarded the men’s domestic player of the year, despite not being able to crack Australian selection in any format.

Australian selectors asked batsmen to score runs, Wade scored 1509 runs at an average of 45.73 with five centuries and a highest score of 139.

He was the leading runscorer in the Sheffield Shield, Tasmania’s fourth-highest runs scorer in the JLT Cup one-day competition, and the Hurricanes’ third-highest scorer after D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott in the BBL.

The 31-year-old said last week he had been told to make some changes to make it back into the Aussie set up.

“(The selectors have said) they’d like to see me bat in the top four if I’m going to be selected as a specialist batsman,” Wade told SEN on Friday.

“I’ve sat down and had a good think about it, and to be moving around in the order for my personal goals is not something I’ve ever wanted to do as a player. I’ll be playing wherever suits Tassie and the Hurricanes.

Heather Graham — Women’s Domestic Player of the Year

22-year-old Western Australian all-rounder Heather Graham will do her bid to make the Australian side no harm after winning the women’s domestic player of the year.

The pace-bowling allrounder collected 29 per cent of the vote to poll ahead of Australian stars in allrounder Ellyse Perry (22 per cent) and batter Elyse Villani (14 per cent).

During that time Graham scored 481 runs at 30.06, while also picking up 32 wickets at 19.94.

Moises Henriques — Community Champion

The inaugural Community Champion award went to Moises Henriques.

The Community Champion Award acknowledges the contribution current Australia players make to the broader community and is awarded to a state or national player who has gone above and beyond in charity or community work during the award period.

Henriques serves on the Chappell Foundation board, who raise funds for frontline organisations who are working to provide refuge, nourishment and a better future for homeless youth.

But he also spoke up to reduce the stigma around mental health.

He beat out Tasmanian wicketkeeper batsman Jake Doran who runs the Jake Doran Foundation which utilies sports as a tool to educate children and teens about important life skills and awareness about mental health while Corinne Hall is heavily involved in the Kindness Factory and aiming to spread kindness and make the world a kinder place

Archie steals the show at Cricket Awards

Seven-year-old Archie Schiller, who was an honourary co-captain at the Boxing Day Test, has again stolen the show

Archie’s dream came true when he was drafted into the squad thanks to the work of Make-A-Wish Australia and Cricket Australia.

At just three months old, the youngster was diagnosed with a heart condition which he has battled throughout his short life, undergoing multiple surgeries.

He had simple advice at the Boxing Day Test — “hit sixes and get wickets” — and helped Tim Paine open the night.

Tim Paine and Archie's double act.

Tim Paine and Archie’s double act.Source:FOX SPORTS

But the budding leg-spinner, who is a cricket tragic, has kept overcoming his health obstacles and now he’ll be helping the Aussies clear a hurdle in Melbourne.

However, he stumbled over his script a little for the most perfect mistake.

Paine introduced the men’s season but stood awkwardly as Archie was supposed to take over.

Paine tapped Archie on the shoulder and said “what about the girls?” to which Archie responded “hot”.

It was the biggest laugh of the scripted opening with Archie showing his comic timing.

Dean Jones — Hall of Fame

Nathan Lyon — Test player of the year

Nathan Lyon was a shoe in for the Test player of the year.

The GOAT took 49 wickets at an average of 34.80 across the voting period with plenty of overs. It was second to only Sri Lankan spinner Dilruwan Perera.

He finished ahead of Australia’s next-best Test bowler Pat Cummins with 36 wickets at 23.92.

Lyon was only four players — along with skipper Tim Paine, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh — to play all 10 Tests during the voting period, Lyon polled a combined total of 25 votes from his teammates and umpires/media representatives.

Will Pucovski — Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year

Will Pucovski has just missed out on his baggy green debut but the 21-year-old Aussie has been named the Bradman Young Male Cricketer of the Year.

He received almost half of the available votes from his playing peers (46 per cent) to finish ahead of Australia limited-overs quick Billy Stanlake (20 per cent) and Tasmania seamer Gabe Bell (seven per cent).

Pucovski hit an incredible 243 in Sheffield Shield earlier this year to arrive on the scene and averages 76.29 in the Shieffield Shield.

Georgia Wareham — Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year

Georgia Wareham capped off a huge year with a T20 World Cup title in just her 14th appearance in the green and gold.

The 19-year-old Victorian leg-spinner won the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year Award at Monday’s Australian Cricket Awards.

She debuted for Australia back in September’s three-game T20I series against New Zealand at North Sydney Oval.

Billy Murdoch — Hall of Fame

Great granddaughter of Billy Murdoch Jan Joyce accepted the award on his behalf.

Great Granddaughter Jan Joyce accepted the award on Billy Murdoch's behalf.

Great Granddaughter Jan Joyce accepted the award on Billy Murdoch’s behalf.Source:FOX SPORTS

Alyssa Healy — Women’s ODI player of the year

The contenders were Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner and Alyssa Healy but Healy nabbed the award.

She was the only Australian to make the ICC’s team of the year.

The inaugural Women’s ODI Player of the Year award was award to Healy after a year that saw Australia play only six ODIs with Healy hitting 329 runs at 54.83.

Alyssa Healy claimed the women's ODI player of the year.

Alyssa Healy claimed the women’s ODI player of the year.Source:FOX SPORTS

Marcus Stoinis — Men’s ODI player of the year

In a field feauturing Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis, Warney’s favourite all-rounder took home the award.

In a get up he said was inspired by the theme “everything”, Stoinis took home the first award of the night.

Marcus Stoinis wearing everything in his ODI player of the year win.

Marcus Stoinis wearing everything in his ODI player of the year win.Source:FOX SPORTS

Stoinis was the only Australian to all 13 ODIs between January 9 and January 7.

He was the third-top run-scorer with 376 runs, passing fifty four times with a top score of 87. His average was 28.92 in a middle-order role, but well below his career batting average of 42.47.

He was also Australia’s leading ODI wicket-taker with 13 wickets at 36.77.

Smith, Warner cast awkward shadow

Warner and Smith won’t be in the crowd.

Warner and Smith won’t be in the crowd.Source:AFP

Nathan Lyon and Alyssa Healy are favourites to become first-time winners of Australian cricket’s leading individual honours.

Lyon is likely to edge Pat Cummins to win the Allan Border Medal on Monday night in Melbourne while Healy is tipped to claim the Belinda Clark Award.

A maiden winner of the Border Medal is certain to be anointed with Steve Smith and David Warner ineligible to continue their four-year dominance. The Herald Sun reported the suspended duo were invited to the ceremony but knocked back the offer and will not attend the black-tie awards night.

They are unlikely to poll more than a handful of votes in the matches they had played in the voting period.

It will be interesting to see how organisers address the ball tampering scandal in South Africa early last year. It will be impossible to gloss over it completely, but those in charge will also not want to dwell on one of the darkest chapters in Australian cricket history.

The cheating affair will no doubt cast a shadow over the ceremony when the votes are announced for the Cape Town Test and the final match of that series in Johannesburg which Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft all missed.

Lyon’s standout performance in the Test series against India should edge him ahead of Cummins and white-ball captain Aaron Finch for the Border Medal.

The offspinner’s 49 wickets are expected to be enough for him to be awarded Test player of the year. He is a near certainty to poll maximum votes for the Adelaide and Perth Tests, while Cummins will likely be rewarded for his Boxing Day Test performance.

Lyon was also Australia’s leading wicket-taker in the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE which Cummins missed through injury.

Healy’s heroics in the T20 World Cup look set to place her in front of two-time Belinda Clark Award winners Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning.

The wicketkeeper-batter was named player of the tournament, scoring 225 runs from five innings to lead Australia to victory.

Finch, Australia’s leading run-scorer across all formats, is a strong chance to be named both ODI player and T20 player of the year.

But his horror Test summer will count against him in the Border Medal count, given the votes cast for red-ball performances are weighted more than the other internationals.

Monday night’s count will also recognise the men’s and women’s domestic and young players of the year and honour the latest three inductees into the Australian cricket hall of fame.


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