Pat Cummins, aged 25 years and 279 days, is also the youngest Border Medallist since Steven Smith won in 2015 when aged 25 years and 239 days. @ AFP/Twitter

After more than seven years since he introduced himself as one of Australian cricket’s most exciting finds, Pat Cummins added more weight to his growing stature as he bagged the coveted Allan Border Medal at the 2019 Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne on Monday. (ALSO READ: Australian Cricket Awards: Pat Cummins wins Allan Border Medal)

Cummins, aged 25 years and 279 days, is also the youngest Border Medallist since Steven Smith won in 2015 when aged 25 years and 239 days. He just about managed to pip Nathan Lyon for the medal after claiming 44 wickets at 25.61 over the 12-month voting period.

The fast bowler credited Australian pace legend Dennis Lillee, who played a vital role in his development to the national level. “The main one (support person) for me is DK Lillee,” Cummins was quoted as saying by FOX Cricket. (ALSO READ: Australian Cricket Awards: Glenn Maxwell named T20 Player of the Year)

“I haven’t actually worked with him too much in the last couple of years, but still pick up the phone and call him quite often and send him footage whenever I feel like things just aren’t 100 per cent right.

“He’s just been great to me talking through bowling action and the technical side of things and also how to manage a season. How to manage different wickets. He just has so much support for me, so he’s probably the one that’s been really in my corner the most.” (ALSO READ: Australian Cricket Awards: Nathan Lyon is Test Player of the Year)

Cummins also hailed David Saker, who resigned from his position as Australia’s bowling coach following Australia’s series victory over Sri Lanka. “David Saker’s been great, (he’s) just a really good thinker about the game,” he said.

“Challenges us to think outside the box and gives us an honest word, so I really enjoyed working with him.”