New South Wales Breakers captain Alyssa Healy and Blues fast bowler Pat Cummins received the two highest individual honours at the Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne on Monday night.
Both Cummins and Healy were first time winners of the Allan Border Medal and Belinda Clark Award respectively after an outstanding 12 months for the Australian Men’s and Women’s teams.
The Belinda Clark Award was one of three awards won by Healy during the awards night held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
The world class wicketkeeper-batter was also voted as the One-Day and T20 International Player of the Year.
The awards presented for international cricket were based on votes from players, umpires and the media on a 3-2-1 basis from each match. While, the domestic awards were based on votes collected from all players.
The voting period for the awards presented on Monday night was from 9 January 2018 to 7 January 2019.
The honours capped off arguably the most successful years in the careers of both Healy and Cummins.
Healy was named the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 Player of Year in January after a prolific 12-month period in the format.
She played a central role in Australia winning the Women’s World T20 trophy in the West Indies during November and was subsequently awarded Player of the Tournament for her performance.
Healy made the most runs of any batter at the World T20. She scored 225 runs at an average of 56.25.
Across both formats at the International level during the course of the voting period, Healy scored 907 runs at an average of 45.35, including a highest One-Day International score of 133.
She also affected 33 dismissals in that time, 18 catches and 15 stumpings.
In all three formats, Cummins claimed 44 wickets at the excellent average of 25.61 during the voting period. The tally included what were, at the time, his best ever Test figures of 6-27 and 9-99 for the match claimed in the Third Test of the recent series against India at the MCG.
Cummins also posted his highest Test score in that match. He made 63 from 114 balls that included some superb driving off the front foot.
The 25-year-old right-arm quick from Penrith has since imoproved those career best figures in the first Test of the two-match series against Sri Lanka at the Gabba in late January.
He collected 6-23 in the final innings and 10-62 for the match.
Blues off-spinner, and Australia’s fourth all-time leading Test Match wicket taker, Nathan Lyon, was named Men’s Test Player of the Year.
Throughout the voting period, Lyon claimed 49 wickets from 10 Test matches in Australia, South Africa and the UAE. It also included his 300th Test wicket taken in Cape Town.
Sydney Sixers captain and Blues allrounder Moises Henriques was the recipient of the inaugural Community Champion Award thanks to his fearless campaigning to raise the profile of mental health issues within the community.
Great New South Wales cricketer of the late 19th century, Billy Murdoch, was also inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame on Monday night.
The late Mr Murdoch captained Australia in 16 of his 19 Test matches. He made two centuries, both against England, and one of which was a magnificent 210 during an Ashes series at the Oval in 1884.
He would then go on to become one of a select few players to represent Australia and England when he was chosen to play for the English in one Test against South Africa at Cape Town in 1892.
During 391 First Class matches, Mr Murdoch made a remarkable 16,953 runs including 19 centuries and a highest score of 321.
Allan Border Medal – Pat Cummins
Belinda Clark Award – Alyssa Healy
Men’s Test Player of the Year – Nathan Lyon
Men’s ODI Player of the Year – Marcus Stoinis
Women’s ODI Player of the Year – Alyssa Healy
Men’s T20I Player of the Year – Glenn Maxwell
Women’s T20I Player of the Year – Alyssa Healy
Men’s Domestic Player of the Year – Matthew Wade
Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year – Will Pucovski
Women’s Domestic Player of the Year – Heather Graham
Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year – Georgia Wareham
Community Champion Award – Moises Henriques
Australian Cricket Hall of Fame inductees – Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Dean Jones, Billy Murdoch
Allan Border Medal – Pat Cummins (156 votes)
2nd: Nathan Lyon (150 votes)
3rd: Aaron Finch (146 votes)
Belinda Clark Award – Alyssa Healy (125 votes)
2nd: Megan Schutt (81 votes)
3rd: Ashleigh Gardner (71 votes)
Men’s Test Player of the Year – Nathan Lyon (25 votes)
2nd: Pat Cummins (22 votes)
3rd: Usman Khawaja (17 votes)
Men’s ODI Player of the Year – Marcus Stoinis (30 votes)
2nd: Aaron Finch (22 votes)
3rd: Shaun Marsh (18 votes)
Women’s ODI Player of the Year – Alyssa Healy (13 votes)
2nd: Nicole Bolton (12 votes)
3rd: Ashleigh Gardner (9 votes)
Men’s T20 International Player of the Year – Glenn Maxwell (33 votes)
2nd: D’arcy Short (30 votes)
3rd: Andrew Tye (29 votes)
Women’s T20 International Player of the Year – Alyssa Healy (43 votes)
2nd: Megan Schutt (30 votes)
3rd: Ellyse Perry (27 votes)