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Johnson edged out Clarke to take home the Allan Border Medal
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson won the Allan Border Medal last night following his magnificent performance against England in the recently concluded Ashes series.
Johnson took 37 wickets at an average of 13.97 as Australia went on to whitewash England 5-0.
“It has been an amazing journey,” Johnson said. “Coming back from injury and having a lot of doubters out there, but I knew in my own heart if I got another chance I could make the most of it. It’s very emotional for me to be standing up here.”
Australia captain Michael Clarke was largely poised to take home the Allan Border Medal, but instead was named Test Player of the Year.
Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey picked up the ODI Player of the Year award for his outstanding performance during the national team’s limited overs tour of India, where he scored 478 runs at a jaw-dropping average of 95.60.
“It’s been incredible,” Bailey said. “It’s disappointing not to be going to South Africa and I think I have come to terms with that. If you are going to play five Tests over a summer you would pick the five we played, it’s been extraordinary.”
Aaron Finch was named Twenty20 Player of the Year, largely due to his record-breaking knock of 156 off 63 balls, which included 11 boundaries and an incredible 14 sixes, against England in Southampton in August.
Meanwhile, Meg Lanning was awarded the Belinda Clark Medal for her consistency and for scoring a huge amount of runs across all three formats.