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On comeback, David Warner beats Steve Smith by one vote to Australian cricketer of the year award

MELBOURNE: An emotional David Warner on Monday won the Australian cricketer of the year award beating teammate Steve Smith by one choose their first season following the ball-tampering ban that brought their rollicking careers to a one-year halt.

Dashing opener Warner won his third Allan Border Medal with 194 votes, with former Test captain Smith getting 193 votes and fast bowler Pat Cummins coming third with 185.
Ellyse Perry claimed her second Belinda Clark Award at the Australian Cricket Awards here.

Then vice-captain and captain — Warner and Smith — were each suspended for a year by Cricket Australia and opener Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his or her involvement within the ball tampering scandal during a match game in Cape Town in March 2018.

Considering his stunning return to the sport following a year's suspension, an emotional Warner held back tears during his acceptance speech.

"I couldn't be any prouder to face here and receive the award (and) to ascertain the remainder of the opposite guys doing so well," Warner said, consistent with Cricket Australia.

"I really had a hunger and determination to return back and really put my foot forward so to possess a summer like that basically put a smile on my face."

Warner had previously won the coveted individual prize in 2016 and 2017.

He polled a complete of 194 across the Test, ODI and T20I formats to end before former captain Smith and nine votes beyond Cummins.

Warner now joined a get list of multiple winners of the Allan Border Medal, which incorporates Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Smith.

Meanwhile, Perry won the Belinda Clark Award after her teammate Alyssa Healy bagged both the T20 and ODI Player of the Year awards for women's cricketers.

Australia's limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch claimed the male ODI Player of the Year award, while Marnis Labuschagne won the male Test Player of the Year recognition.

Warner also claimed the male International Twenty20 Player of the Year Award.

Full list of the 2020 Australian Cricket Award winners:

Male at some point International Player of the Year: Aaron Finch

Female at some point International Player of the Year: Alyssa Healy

Hall of Fame Induction: Sharon Tredrea Betty Wilson

Young Cricketer of the Year: Tayla Vlaeminck Bradman

Young Cricketer of the Year: Wes Agar Male Test Player of the Year: Marnus Labuschagne

Female Domestic Player of the Year: Molly Strano

Male Domestic Player of the Year: Shaun Marsh

Hall of Fame Induction: Craig McDermott

Female International Twenty20 Player of the Year: Alyssa Healy

Male International Twenty20 Player of the Year: David Warner Belinda Clark Award: Ellyse Perry Allan Border Medal: David Warner.

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