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Mitchell Marsh takes Allan Border Medal, Ashleigh Gardner Belinda Clark Award at Australia Cricket Awards

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Mitchell Marsh has capped a exceptional rise to one in every of Australia’s most necessary gamers by being named the Allan Border Medalist on the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards, whereas Ashleigh Gardner has taken out the Belinda Clark Award for a yr the place her bowling grew to become integral to the crew throughout codecs.

Marsh made a shocking return to Take a look at cricket throughout the Ashes in England in mid-2023 when he was recalled at Headingley, the place he hit a run-a-ball 118. He then went on to make 441 runs at 49 throughout the ODI World Cup, together with 177 not out in opposition to Bangladesh.

He grew to become emotional throughout his acceptance speech as he thank his spouse, Greta, captain Pat Cummins and coach Andrew McDonald

“I am a bit fats at instances and I really like a beer however you see the perfect in me at all times and you’ve got modified my life,” he stated. “On your help and your management, Patty, taking part in below you is a dream.”

“I typically spoke to my spouse about…,” Marsh stated earlier than having to assortment himself “… that I simply needed to get yet another crack at it, and it has been superb. She gave me the attitude on life that I wanted.”

Total throughout the voting interval, which runs from January 22, 2023 to January 9, 2024, Marsh scored 594 runs in six Checks at 66. In ODIs, he hit 858 runs at 47.66, and had a strike fee of 113.94. He may also have gained factors for his prolific T20I collection in opposition to South Africa throughout which he hit 92* and 79* out of three innings.

He polled a large 79 extra votes than second-placed Cummins within the total medal tally, with Steven Smith at third.

“I am kind of hoping me successful this isn’t like Covid and also you look again on it and three years time and go, ‘This was a bizarre time’,” Marsh joked. “One in all my pals despatched me the listing right now and I simply thought – if I win it’ll look bizarre.”

For Gardner, it was her second Belinda Clark Award after additionally taking the honour in 2022. Her efficiency within the Ashes Take a look at, the place she took match figures of 12 for 165, performed an enormous half in her clinching the highest spot, simply 13 votes forward of Ellyse Perry, whereas Annabel Sutherland was third.

In ODIs throughout the voting interval, Gardner claimed 20 wickets at 18.55, whereas in T20Is, together with Australia’s title-winning run on the World Cup in 2023, she bought 19 wickets at 22.73 with an financial system fee of seven.49. With the bat, she averaged 33.16 in ODIs, and 24.10 – with a strike fee of 118.13 – in T20Is.

To emphasize how shut the Belinda Clark depend was, Perry took each the person white-ball honours after a stellar yr in ODIs and T20Is – the latter the place she has taken her batting to a brand new stage.

Marsh’s excellent ODI kind noticed him stroll away with the prize for that format as properly, as he was named because the Males’s ODI Participant of the Yr. Left-arm fast Jason Behrendorff, in the meantime, was chosen as the boys’s T20I participant of the yr.

Nathan Lyon, in the meantime, was named Shane Warne Males’s Take a look at Participant of the Yr regardless of lacking three matches of the Ashes because of the calf damage he suffered at Lord’s. Both facet of that, he took 8 for 64 in Australia’s victory over India in Indore, and performed a key position within the opening Ashes victory at Edgbaston. Again on residence soil this season, Lyon collected his five hundredth Take a look at wicket in opposition to Pakistan in Perth.

Home cricket

Matt Brief was BBL participant of the event for the second consecutive yr after making 541 runs at 60.11 and having a strike fee of 153.25, as Adelaide Strikers reached the Challenger closing after an excellent late-season surge.

Chamari Athapaththu had been introduced as participant of the WBBL after that event completed in December, capping a exceptional few weeks for her having not initially been picked up within the draft.

Among the many remainder of the home cricket scene, the voting interval lined December 5, 2022 to December 5, 2023.

Cameron Bancroft, who was ignored for a Take a look at recall, took the boys’s award after dominating within the Sheffield Protect, and in addition for his consistency for Perth Scorchers in final season’s BBL earlier than he switched to Sydney Thunder.

The ladies’s award was a tie between Sophie Day, the Victoria and Melbourne Stars left-arm spinner, and Tasmania top-order batter Elyse Villani. Day was the main wicket-taker within the WBBL with 27, and in addition took 14 within the WNCL throughout the voting interval.

Villani, in the meantime, led Tasmania to a second WNCL title, scoring 627 runs at 69.67 with a high rating of 112, together with putting a century within the dramatic victory over South Australia to clinch the title.

The Bradman male younger cricketer of the yr went to Victoria fast Fergus O’Neill, whereas the Betty Wilson feminine younger cricketer of the yr was handed to Emma de Broughe from South Australia and Melbourne Renegades.

Award winners

Allan Border Medal: Mitchell Marsh
Belinda Clark Award: Ashleigh Gardner
Shane Warne Males’s Take a look at Participant of the Yr: Nathan Lyon
Males’s ODI Participant of the Yr: Mitchell Marsh
Ladies’s ODI Participant of the Yr: Ellyse Perry
Ladies’s T20I Participant of the Yr: Ellyse Perry
Males’s T20I Participant of the Yr: Jason Behrendorff
BBL Participant of the Event: Matt Brief
WBBL Participant of the Event: Chamari Athapaththu
Males’s Home Cricketer of the Yr: Cameron Bancroft
Ladies’s Home Cricketer of the Yr: Sophie Day and Elyse Villani
Bradman male Younger Cricketer of the Yr: Fergus O’Neill
Betty Wilson feminine Younger Cricketer of the Yr: Emma de Broughe

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo


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