The Allan Border Medal is pretty new. Australia have been pretty handy since 2000 the list of players who have won the award is tasty.
McGrath, Waugh, Hayden, Gilchrist, and Ponting.
There is a name missing, SK Warne.
Warne probably would have won one had he played one-day cricket between 03 and 07. In 06 he was Australia’s best test cricketer and won an award that said that, but not the AB. Because the point system is allocated for all international games for the Allan Border medal, Ricky Ponting won was the winner that year.
I don’t agree with the system, the best test player should win the major award, even if that is Collin Miller.
This year the best test player was Simon the Krab Katich.
He was Australia’s most consistent player in the voting period. By last summer he had turned from an embarrassing eyesore to Australia’s best batting eyesore, and he kept that up for the year.
The fact that he won the award does tell the story of Australian cricket in 09. A recycled player well into his cricket twilight averaged 48 with the bat and was Australia’s best test player.
Australia’s best player in all forms of the game was Shane Watson. In one day cricket he was destructive with the bat and ok with the ball. In test cricket he was savage with the bat and handy with the ball.
Other than his occasional moments of monumental stupidity, which we all have (I once shaved my head but left my fringe), he has been a force.
It hasn’t always been pretty, during the year he has traded metrosexual insults with Jimmy Anderson, made missing a test hundred an artform, abused Gayle like a 3 year old would, and stalked Phil Hughes spot like a CIA assassin.
But the big bastard is the best-performed Australian cricketer in all 3 formats of the game (had he played in more tests he probably would have won the test award too).
They give you the medal for that sort of hi-jinx.
He deserves it, doesn’t mean the whole world will suddenly warm to him.
Ofcourse the real winner of the night was Haley Rich Bracken (whose name I had to look up when writing this) for wearing a mermaid costume that should help her singing career.