David Warner on Wednesday night became just the eleventh player to receive Australian cricket’s greatest individual honour when he was named the Allan Border Medallist for 2016.
And the 29 year-old from New South Wales, who was elevated to the Test and One-Day International vice-captaincy during the voting period, also collected Test Player of the Year honours.
Warner polled a total of 240 votes in the Allan Border Medal count to finish ahead of Australia captain and last year’s Allan Border Medallist Steve Smith, who collected 219 votes during the same period. Mitchell Starc (183) finished third in the count, despite missing a large portion of the 2015-16 summer with injury.
Warner registered six centuries and nine half-centuries at a blistering strike-rate of 90.91 during the voting period that started with the Carlton-Mid ODI against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 16 January 2015 and ran through to the third Commonwealth Bank Test against the West Indies that wrapped up on 7 January this year.
In total he scored 1990 runs for Australia across the three formats of Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) at 56.86, including a highest score of 253 in the second Commonwealth Bank Test against New Zealand at the WACA Ground in Perth.
His efforts in the Test arena saw him register 30 votes for the period, ahead of Steve Smith (24 votes) and Mitchell Starc (18 votes).
Reflecting on his two awards, the left-hander said: “I was really nervous and can’t believe I have got across the line (to win both the Test Player of the Year Award and the Allan Border Medal). I think I am going to have to sit down over the next couple of weeks and let it all sink in.
“I have had to turn myself around and my wife Candice has been a huge part of that. I have wanted to be a big part of the Australian team and she has always told me to set myself goals and to keep believing in myself.
“I set my goals as going out there and doing what I can for the team, and trying to score hundreds is my goal – and big hundreds. I have been lucky enough to be playing cricket with my mates and I am passionate about that.”