Steve Smith has won his third Allan Border Medal as Australia’s outstanding men’s cricket player.

Steve Smith has won his third Allan Border Medal as Australia’s outstanding men’s cricket player.

Smith (126 votes) finished ahead of fellow multi-format star Pat Cummins (117) and limited overs skipper Aaron Finch (97).

The outstanding batsman joining David Warner as second on the all-time list behind four-time winners Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.

Smith topped the runs across all formats with 1098 at 45.75, blasting four half centuries and four tons.

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In what was an interrupted year for the men’s side throughout the pandemic, Smith started the year with an outstanding ODI campaign in India with a 98 and 131, followed by a 76 in the first ODI against South Africa.

Smith missed the ODI matchups against England with concussion before embarking on a home summer Aussie fans come to expect, smashing two consecutive hundreds against India to help his side claim the series, registering his other century against India in the Pink Test when the Border-Gavaskar trophy was on the line.

“Very honoured, it means a lot,” Smith said.

“Very grateful to be able to play this year.

“I’d like to thank my wife, it was a challenge being away for five and a half months, not seeing each other.”

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Meanwhile, Beth Mooney has become the first player outside of Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy since 2013 to win the Belinda Clark Award.

Overall, Mooney dominated with the bat during the voting period with 555 runs from 17 knocks, averaging 42.69 with six half centuries to her name.

Mooney started the voting period with a 65 and 50 against England in the early February tri-series, finishing with a 71 not out against India in the tri-series final, showing her penchant for meeting the moment.

Her remaining three big knocks were reserved for the ICC T20 World Cup, none more important than her unbeaten 78 in the final against India to help her side secure the trophy at the MCG on March 8.

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Mooney (60 votes) just out-polled her skipper Meg Lanning (58) who scored 442 runs at 49.11 in the voting period, with young-gun Georgia Wareham (50) securing her first top-three finish.

“A real honour and a real surprise,” Mooney said.

“We dreamt about that day (T20 World Cup final) for a long time.

“To be out there in front of 87,000 people holding the trophy was a surreal experience.”

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Australian Cricket Awards winners

• Allan Border Medal – Steve Smith

• Belinda Clark Award – Beth Mooney

• Men’s Test Player of the Year – Pat Cummins

• Men’s ODI Player of the Year – Steve Smith

• Women’s ODI Player of the Year – Rachael Haynes

• Men’s T20I Player of the Year – Ashton Agar

• Community Impact Award – Josh Lalor

• Men’s Domestic Player of the Year – Shaun Marsh

• Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year – Will Sutherland

• Women’s Domestic Player of the Year – Elyse Vilanni

• Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year – Hannah Darlington

• Australian Cricket Hall of Fame – Johnny Mullagh, Merv Hughes and Lisa Sthalekar

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