Steve Smith and Beth Mooney have taken out Australian cricket’s highest honours because the 2023 Allan Border Medallist and Belinda Clark Medallist respectively.
Smith has capped off an unbelievable 2022 by taking out the celebrated Allan Border Medal for a record-equalling fourth time at Monday evening’s Australian Cricket Awards in Sydney.
The 33-year-old joins legends Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke as the one males to win the award 4 instances, with Smith additionally claiming males’s cricket’s highest honour in 2015, 2018 and 2021.
The previous Check skipper polled 171 votes, ending in entrance of Travis Head (144) and David Warner (141), who each loved terrific years with the bat.
It’s the most recent in a protracted line of achievements for Smith, who just lately moved previous Sir Donald Bradman together with his thirtieth Check century and now solely trails Ponting and Steve Waugh when it comes to Australian centurions.
Smith scored 1547 runs in 32 matches throughout all three codecs, headlined by a surprising 200 not out in opposition to the West Indies within the first Check innings of the house summer time in Perth.
That knock adopted a panoramic unbeaten 145 in a uncommon loss to Sri Lanka, with Smith amassing 876 runs from 11 Exams final yr together with three half-centuries in Pakistan.
Making the achievement much more exceptional is that he solely performed 11 T20 internationals and featured in only one World Cup match because the Aussies have been bundled out within the group stage.
Smith was extra productive within the 50-over format, amassing 539 runs at a median of 67.4 together with a century in opposition to New Zealand in Cairns, proving his white ball detractors flawed with some electrifying knocks within the BBL.
His success in 2022 got here on the again of a significant approach change which allowed him to bat in addition to he had in years, with Smith abandoning his on-side dominant stance that had been focused by opposition quicks.
Voting for the Allan Border Medal was performed by gamers, umpires and the media on a 3-2-1 foundation, with this yr’s outcome much more one-sided than in 2022 when Mitchell Starc beat Mitch Marsh by a single vote.
Smith and his Check teammates will depart for the tour of India this week as they give the impression of being to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the primary time since 2004, together with his capability to play spin a significant cause why the guests fancy their probabilities of ending the drought.
2023 Australian Cricket Award winners
— Allan Border Medal: Steve Smith
— Belinda Clark Award: Beth Mooney
— Girls’s ODI Participant of the Yr: Beth Mooney
— Girls’s T20I Participant of the Yr: Tahlia McGrath
— Shane Warne Males’s Check Participant of the Yr: Usman Khawaja
— Males’s ODI Participant of the Yr: David Warner
— Males’s T20I Participant of the Yr: Marcus Stoinis
— Girls’s Home Participant of the Yr: Annabel Sutherland (VIC)
— Males’s Home Participant of the Yr: Michael Neser (QLD)
— WBBL Participant of the Yr: Ash Gardner (Sydney Sixers)
— BBL Participant of the Yr: Matt Brief (Adelaide Strikers)
— Betty Wilson Younger Cricketer of the Yr: Courtney Sippel (QLD)
— Bradman Younger Cricketer of the Yr: Lance Morris (WA)
— Neighborhood Champion Award: Usman Khawaja
— Woolworths Cricket Blaster of the Yr: Mabel Tovey
— Australian Cricket Corridor of Fame inductees: Marg Jennings and Ian Redpath