Home > News >

Michael Clarke set to win Allan Border medal for third successive year

Australian skipper Clarke has won the Allan Border medal for two years in succession © Getty Images
Michael Clarke made four ODI hundreds and one Test century during the voting period © Getty Images

Jan 19, 2014

 

Michael Clarke may create history by becoming the first Australian cricketer to win the coveted Alan Border Medal, three years in a row.

Sydney Morning Herald reported, Clarke has competition in the form of Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner, all of whom are vying for the medal, which will be given away in a ceremony at Sydney on Monday.

Apart from Clarke, the other cricketers who have won the medal are Watson as well as former skipper Ricky Pointing, both of them who have won it in successive years.

Though Clarke won the medal in the previous two years, still his form over the last year has not been exceptional, which gives the other contenders a chance to win the honour.

The matches to be considered for the voting period are from February 12 2013 to January 20 2014.

Clarke has four Test centuries and an One-Day International (ODI) century to his credit between that period and also averages above a handsome 40 in both formats of the game.

Coming to Watson and the all-rounder has five centuries to his credit, three of them in ODIs and also is Australia’s highest run scorer during that time period.

But, Watson has a lower average than Clarke (34) and also has not lived up to his all rounder billing, with some not so good performances with the ball.

Coming to Johnson, and the left-arm pacer despite playing only six Tests for Australia had a magnificent time with the ball, picking up 37 wickets and if you consider his ODI performances, he becomes Australia’s leading wicket taker during the voting period.

Though Johnson’s compatriot, Ryan Harris, also has an impressive 46 wickets in nine Tests, he still cannot vie for the medal due to his non inclusion in any of Australia’s ODI games during the voting period.

Other players who have shined for Australia during the voting period are Chris Rogers, David Warner, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle.

George Bailey, who averaged a massive 75 in 17 innings remains hot favourite for the ODI player of the year award.

All-rounder Faulkner has an outside chance of winning the award, thanks to his recent heroics against England with the bat, which led Australia to an unlikely victory at the Brisbane ODI.

Faulkner has an average of over 40 with the bat and was also the second-highest wicket taker for Australia in ODIs, with the list being led by former ODI player of the year, Clint McKay.

Though Faulkner has only one Test match to his credit, still he has the odds stacked in his favour thanks to him being Australia’s leading wicket taker in Twenty 20 cricket.

Other competitors include opening batsman, Aaron Finch, who has 254 runs at an average of 63.50 in T20’s, with his 156 and 89 against England and India being his more memorable performances.

Amongst the women, players such as Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Megan Shutt are the main contenders to win the Belinda Clark Medal for Australia’s most outstanding female cricketer.

The other medal categories include the Domestic Player of the Year and The Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year sections.

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 55 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Mumbai Indians won by 9 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 72 runs

Photos

West Indies vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test at Gros Islet

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Hobart Hurricanes’ likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: KXIP’s likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Key battles

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014 Match 1: Highlights

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2 Preview: Both teams look to make solid start

Bangladesh Bangladesh vs West Indies Bangladesh vs West Indies 2014 Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Lahore Lions Mumbai Indians Northern Knights Southern Express West Indies West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014

Prithvi Shaw signs record Rs 36 lakh sponsorship deal with SG

BCCI working committee meeting: Shekhar Salkar to represent GCA

CLT20 2014 a learning curve for Lahore Lions players: Mohammad Hafeez

Andrew Gale accused of racially abusing Ashwell Prince

Gautam Gambhir involved in heated altercation with umpire during CLT20 2014 match against Chennai Super Kings

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Hobart Hurricanes’ likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: KXIP’s likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Key battles

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: First batsman to witness 500 dismissals from the other end in Test cricket

Do nervous nineties really exist?

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

636 Posts | 7 Fans

Video highlights: Ander Russell 58 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014

Sensex down over 118 points on profit-booking, global cues

International programme in Animal Husbandry

CCI rejects complaint against United Telecoms and Bharat Broadband Network Limited

Beyonce and Jay-Z working on joint album?

iOS 8 requires over 5GB of free space to install, here’s what iPhone 5C 8GB users should do

BCCI working committee meeting: Shekhar Salkar to represent GCA

CLT20 2014 a learning curve for Lahore Lions players: Mohammad Hafeez

Gallery: Ten tips for a healthier heart

NGOs pursue education for all

Why some people are naturally inclined to music

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here