Steve Smith has won the 2015 Allan Border Medal, Australian cricket’s top annual honour.
The 25-year-old batsman topped the poll of players, media and umpires, earning 243 votes, trumping David Warner’s 175, Mitchell Johnson’s 126 and Aaron Finch’s 111.
Smith made it a treble of medals, also taking out the award for Test Player of the Year – polling 40 votes to David Warner’s 23 and Mitchell Johnson’s 15 – as well as One Day International Player of the Year – polling 27 votes to Finch’s 25, James Faulkner’s 17 and Mitchell Marsh’s 17.
It caps off a remarkable two years for the New South Welshman, in which he has gone from replacement batsman to stand-in captain and national hero. Over the 2015 Allan Border Medal voting period (24 January 2014 to 10 January 2015) Smith piled on 1212 runs, just nudging Warner’s 1209. In the recently completed Test series against India, Smith scored a century in each match.
“I thought I would be up there but I certainly didn’t think I’d be collecting the one day, the Test and the AB Medal,” Smith said upon receiving the awards.
“I’ve joined a pretty illustrious group of players that have come before me. I used to sit back as a kid and watch the Allan Border Medal and see some of my childhood stars appearing on the TV receiving these awards. To have received one now, it’s a pretty amazing feeling to be honest.”
Glenn Maxwell was awarded as T20 International Player of the Year while Sean Abbott, the bowler who delivered the fatal ball to Phillip Hughes earlier in the season, was named the Sir Donald Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year. Meg Lanning was honoured with the Belinda Clark Award for best female cricketer. Domestic Player of the Year is Jason Behrendorff.
Adam Gilchrist was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame along with the late Test captain and selector Jack Ryder.
IMAGE: Australian cricketer Steve Smith poses with the Allan Border Medal on January 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)