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Australian cricket awards 2023: Steve Smith claims fourth Allan Border Medal

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Steve Smith has claimed yet another Allan Border Medal to catapult himself alongside fellow giants of the game in Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke as four-time recipients of the most prestigious award in Australian cricket. 

The batsman collected 171 votes at the Australian cricket awards, beating out both Travis Head (144) and David Warner (141) for the honour.

Smith, who also took out the prize in 2015, 2018 and 2021, emphatically answered any questions around his future with a return to his best last year as his 1,524 runs was the most by any Australian. 

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Elsewhere, Usman Khawaja won the inaugural Shane Warne Men’s Test Player of the Year, edging out Marnus Labuschagne and Smith to mark an incredible return from exile after he smashed over 1,000 runs in the year. 

Beth Mooney enjoyed a memorable night, claiming her second Belinda Clark Award, following a season where she accumulated 976 runs across all three formats. She also won the Women’s ODI Player of the Year. 

Meanwhile, Marcus Stoinis was rewarded for his stellar 12 months in the 20-over format by being named Men’s T20I Player of the Year. 

The all-rounder bludgeoned the fastest T20I half-century by an Australian at last year’s World Cup when he put Sri Lanka to the sword with just 17 deliveries in arguably his greatest knock. 

Fresh off being named the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year, Tahlia McGrath claimed the Women’s T20I Player of the Year. 

Warner didn’t leave empty-handed after being pipped to the Allan Border Medal, winning the Men’s ODI Player of the Year award for the third time in his career.

The 36-year-old notched a century and four fifties on his way to posting 552 runs during the voting period.

Award winners at the 2023 Australian Cricket Awards

Allan Border Medal – Steve Smith

Belinda Clark Award – Beth Mooney

Shane Warne Men’s Test Player of the Year – Usman Khawaja

Hall of Fame – Ian Redpath

Community Impact Award – Usman Khawaja

BBL|12 Player of the Tournament – Matt Short

Men’s ODI Player of the Year – David Warner

Women’s ODI Player of the Year – Beth Mooney

Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year – Lance Morris

Men’s Domestic Player of the Year – Michael Neser

Women’s Domestic Player of the Year – Annabel Sutherland

Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year – Courtney Sippel

Woolworths Cricket Blaster of the Year – Mabel Tovey

How are the votes tallied at the Australian Cricket Awards?

For the first time in three years, a black-tie gala event took place at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse to recognise the best of Australian cricket over the past year.

The awards ceremony acted as a farewell party for the time being for both the men’s and women’s teams, as they are scheduled to fly out to India and South Africa respectively in the coming days. 

Pat Cummins will be hoping to lead his side to a first series victory over India on the subcontinent in 19 years as they attempt to wrestle back the Border Gavaskar Trophy, while the women will be trying to add a T20 World Cup to their trophy cabinet.

Players, umpires and media representatives all contributed votes that dictated which player took out the top awards in each format, with a three-point system (3,2,1) designated for each match throughout the year.

In order to decide which players were awarded with the Allan Border Medal and Belinda Clark Award, votes are weighted so Test matches are given greater credence over the One Day International and T20 formats.

Meanwhile, other awards including the rising star and domestic player of the year are voted on solely by the players.

Who won the Allan Border Medal & Belinda Clark Award in 2022?


Player Votes
1. Mitchell Starc 107
2. Mitchell Marsh 106
3. Travis Head 72


Player Votes
1. Ashleigh Gardner 54
2. Beth Mooney 47
3. Alyssa Healy 39


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