Steve Smith was shocked to be taught he pipped Pat Cummins in Allan Border medal voting on Saturday, when Beth Mooney’s sensible Twenty20 World Cup was recognised with the Belinda Clark award.
Smith and Mooney have been the large winners on a socially-distant night time of nights for Cricket Australia.
Smith’s dominant ODI sequence in opposition to India, throughout which he scored a pair of 62-ball centuries, helped him be a part of David Warner as a three-time winner of the Allan Border medal.
Smith polled 126 votes to complete above Cummins (117) and white-ball skipper Aaron Finch (97) on the leaderboard.
It got here a 12 months after Warner topped the depend then choked again tears as he thanked household for his or her help within the aftermath of the Cape City dishonest scandal.
There was no pink carpet and few formalities on Saturday, when Smith discovered within the morning of his honour earlier than formally being revealed because the winner through the pre-game broadcast of the Large Bash League last.
“It bought given to me by Tim Cruickshank from the ACA (gamers’ union), he introduced it up from Melbourne,” Smith instructed reporters.
“I didn’t count on it. I assumed Marnus (Labuschagne) or Pat Cummins have been in all probability the frontrunners as a result of they each had distinctive years.
“I didn’t charge like l had the largest Check summer time, which … (is the format that) holds essentially the most votes.
“It’s clearly an excellent thrill … actually honoured to have gained my third.”
4-time winners Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke are the one gamers to have gained the Allan Border medal, launched in 2000, greater than Smith or Warner.
Mooney, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 batter, scored a record-breaking 259 runs at 64.75 to be named participant of the match throughout Australia’s T20 World Cup triumph.
The 27-year-old now formally stands alongside Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy – who had topped the leaderboard through the earlier seven Belinda Clark award counts – as a real celebrity.
Mooney polled 60 votes to edge Lanning (58) and Georgia Wareham (50).
“We’ve actually bought some gamers within the Australia facet for the time being who will likely be remembered for a very long time as a few of the finest we’ve ever produced,” Mooney mentioned.
“To be enjoying alongside them, not to mention being up on an honour roll subsequent to them (after) successful this award, is a reasonably surreal factor.
“It’s named after Belinda Clark, who’s an absolute pioneer of our recreation and ladies’s sport on this nation, so I feel it should take a little bit of time to sink in.
“It’s actually one thing I gained’t take without any consideration … I’m very grateful.”
Mooney additionally took house the ladies’s T20 participant of the 12 months, whereas Rachael Haynes was named ODI participant of the 12 months.
Smith (ODI participant of the 12 months), Cummins (Check participant of the 12 months) and Ashton Agar (T20 participant of the 12 months) collected the opposite males’s gongs, whereas Josh Lalor gained the group affect award for his half within the Mirror Ahead marketing campaign.