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Pat Cummins voted Australia’s cricketer of the year

Melbourne, Feb 11 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 2/11/2019 11:56:08 AM IST

Aussie pacer Pat Cummins wrapped an impressive and a remarkable 2018 in international cricket to win his first-ever Allan Border Medal at the Crown Palladium on Monday night at the Australian Cricket Awards. Cummins pipped teammate Nathan Lyon to become the first Aussie cricketer apart from Steve Smith and David Warner to win the award since 2014. 

Well, Smith and Warner remained on the sidelines of cricketing action for almost the whole of 2018 following the ball-tampering scandal that unfolded in March in the Test series against South Africa. And it was during this dark period that Cummins shined where Australia managed to win only one series and draw two across formats recording one of their worst calendar numbers. 

Cummins, in Test cricket, bagged 44 wickets in 16 innings at 19.97 which includes an impressive six-fer against India in the third and final Test match of the year in Melbourne. Not only so, Cummins also left everyone impressed with his batting skills as he scored two Test fifties last year one of which came against India in Melbourne. It was after his Melbourne classic that many suggested his name for the role of Australia’s captain. In ODIs, he took only seven wickets in six innings. 

The Allan Border award is voted by players, umpires and media on a 3-2-1 basis. As per Cricket Australia regulations, Test matches receives a ‘weighting factor’ of six, ODIs receive 3 and T20 internationals receive 2 are not as significant under this system. Cummins bagged his maiden award with 156 votes, six ahead of Lyon and 10 ahead of Australia ODI captain Aaron Finch. Marcus Stoinis and Usman Khawaja finished fourth and fifth respectively with 102 votes each. 

Apart from Cummins taking the top honour on Sunday, Lyon finished above the pacer to take home the Test Player of the Year award. Marcus Stoinis won the ODI player of the year award and Glenn Maxwell was adjudged the winner of T20I Player of the year award.

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