The Allan Border Medal
The Allan Border Medal is the most coveted award in Australian men’s cricket.
Since the start of the century the honour has been bestowed upon the country’s best player of the past 12 months.
The medal forms the main event of the Australian Cricket Awards, formerly known as the Allan Border Medal Awards, which began in 2000 to honour Australia’s best cricketers.
The Belinda Clark Award will also be presented to the most outstanding Australian female cricketer of the season.
When is it?
The Australian Cricket Awards will be held on Monday the 10th of February from 7pm.
Where is it?
The Australian Cricket Awards will take place live from the Crown Melbourne, Melbourne.
How to watch?
The Australian Cricket Awards will be broadcast live on 7Mate and FOX 501 from 7pm.
Who are the favourites for the 2020 Allan Border Medal?
The recipient of the Allan Border medal, presented to the nation’s best performing male cricketer of the year, has often been easy to predict since its establishment in 2000.
But that is certainly not the case during this voting period, during which Australia retained the Ashes in England then stormed to five Test wins at home.
Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon all enjoyed a productive 2019.
Cummins was the most consistent of the six stars, but his rivals could potentially have produced more three-vote performances.
“Often there’s a real standout but (now) there’s a few after what’s been on this winter in the Ashes and World Cup, and this summer,” national men’s coach Langer said after rolling his arm over and donning the pads in Cricket Australia’s bushfire fundraising match.
“I’m not sure who’s going to win. I think it’s going to be tight this year.”
Warner had a prolific World Cup then miserable Ashes series, while Smith excelled in England then failed to post a Test ton at home.
Cummins won the award in 2019, tallying 156 votes to edge Lyon (150) and Aaron Finch (146) on that occasion, and could become the first bowler to win consecutive Allan Border medals.
Past winners of the Allan Border Medal:
2010 – Shane Watson
2011 – Shane Watson
2012 – Michael Clark
2013 – Michael Clark
2014 – Mitchell Johnson
2015 – Steve Smith
2016 – David Warner
2017 – David Warner
2018 – Steve Smith
2019 – Pat Cummins
How is the Allan Border Medal decided?
The Allan Border Medal is awarded to the player who has received the most votes from teammates, umpires (home matches), match referees (overseas matches) and members of the media in the voting period.
At the end of each Test, one-day international or Twenty20 international, individual players’ votes are tallied in a 3-2-1 system, while the votes of the umpires/match referees and media are combined into a collective group 3-2-1 vote.
The vote system is weighted, with Test votes given a value of six, one-dayers three and T20Is two.
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What other awards are up for grabs?
Preceding the headline Allan Border Medal and Belinda Clark Award, come a host of honours celebrating all forms of the game. These include:
Test Player of the Year
Men’s ODI Player of the Year
Women’s ODI Player of the Year
Men’s T20I Player of the Year
Women’s T20I Player of the Year
Men’s Domestic Cricketer of the Year
Women’s Domestic Cricketer of the Year
Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year
Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year
Community Champion Award
Hall of Fame Honours
Allan Border medal betting odds
Odds vis Sportsbet at time of publish:
David Warner – $1.45
Steve Smith – $4.33
Pat Cummins – $5.00
Marnus Labuschagne – $13.00
Nathan Lyon – $21.00
– with AAP