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Steven Smith bags Allan Border Medal

Steven Smith bags Allan Border Medal”

Smith and the Test team will leave for South Africa later this week, with the first Test starting in Durban on March 1.

Smith had an 84 vote lead of second-placed Warner, who claimed the ODI Player of the Year Award while the third in the list was off-spinner Nathan Lyon with 156 votes.

He was recently named ICC Test Cricketer of the Year as well for scoring 1,875 runs, which included eight hundreds and five half-centuries, in 16 matches at an average of 78.12.

"It's my sixth Allan Border Medal and every other year, I've worn a fitted silhouette, so I just wanted to have a bit of fun and try something different this year", she told AAP.

Smith is going to win the Allan Border Medal and Test player of the year - that's a given.

Warner should win the worldwide one-day cricketer award for the second straight year, but Smith scored a whopping 420 more Test runs than his opener.

In a year when the Australians faced down considerable doubts about their capacity to compete in Asia and then followed up by regaining the Ashes at home, Smith was the central figure in tallying 1305 Test runs over the voting period at 81.56, asserting himself as the pre-eminent long-form batsman in the game and also building his reputation as a leader.

Perry's unbeaten 213 against England in November is the third-highest women's Test score and broke the Australian record. Perry previously won the Belinda Clark Award two years ago.

Beth Mooney was bestowed with the honour of being named Female Domestic Player of the Year.

Meanwhile, Ellyse Perry won the Belinda Clark Award for her fine showing previous year with the double century in the historic Day-Night Ashes Test being the highlight. Warner was next on the Test runs aggregate - 420 runs behind him.

"I'm pleased that I can be sitting here today and be recognised for what I've done over the year", Smith said.

"I think we have made some really big strides in those areas and the team is in a good place".



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