Lead pacer Mitchell Starc won his first Allan Border Medal while Ashleigh Gardner became the first Indigenous person to win the Belinda Clarke Award, the two main accolades at the Cricket Australia (CA) Awards. Starc was honored for his strong performance in all three formats of the game. He is only the fifth bowler in 22 years to win this award.
Gardener also won recognition for the first time. She is the first Indigenous player to win the top gong in Australian women’s cricket. The awards were decided by a voting process for the 2021-22 period. The winners were chosen by votes from players, referees and media representatives throughout the year. The announcement was made during the lunch break of the ongoing Women’s Ashes Test.
Starc, who took 43 wickets in all formats over the 12 month period, edged out the versatile Mitchell Marsh by one vote.
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Gardner, on the other hand, was Australia’s third-highest goalscorer and fifth-highest wicket-taker during the voting period, scoring 281 runs at an average of 35.10 which included four half-centuries while claiming nine wickets. She received 54 votes to win the Belinda Clark Award ahead of Beth Mooney (47) and Alyssa Healy (39).
It was a double celebration for Starc as he also won ODI Men’s Player of the Year. He joins Pat Cummins, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath as the only fast bowlers to win the top prize since its inception in 2000.
Wicketkeeper star batsman Alyssa Healy has won the ODI Player of the Year award for the third time. Marsh, who starred in last year’s T20 World Cup final, has been named T20 Male Player of the Year after a terrific 12 months.
Marsh, who scored 627 runs from 21 T20Is, received 53 votes, ahead of pacer Josh Hazlewood (29) and spinner Ashton Agar (26).
Beth Mooney won her second consecutive T20 Female Player of the Year award. With 13 votes, she beat Tahlia McGrath (10) and Gardner (6).
Beater Travis Head won the Test Player of the Year award thanks to a brilliant Ashes campaign that included two hundred game-winning matches.
List of Australian Cricket Awards 2022:
Belinda Clark Award: Ashleigh Gardner (54 votes)
Allan Border Medal: Mitchell Starc (107 votes)
Male Test Player of the Year: Travis Head (12 voices)
ODI Female Player of the Year: Alyssa Healy (13 voices)
Male ODI Player of the Year: Mitchell Starc (15 votes)
Women’s T20 Player of the Year: Beth Mooney (13 voices)
T20 Male Player of the Year: Mitchell Marsh (53 votes)
National Women’s Player of the Year: Elysee Villani
National Men’s Player of the Year: Travis head
Betty Wilson, young cricketer: Darcie Brown Bradman
young cricketer: Tim Ward
Australian Cricket Hall of Fame inductees: Justin Langer and Raelee Thompson.