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Smith and Mooney bag top awards at 2023 Australian Cricket Awards

Last updated on 30 Jan 2023 | 11:18 AM
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Smith and Mooney bag top awards at 2023 Australian Cricket Awards

Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Tahlia McGrath were amongst the other winners on the night

It is probably one of the biggest nights for Australian cricketers, a prestigious one where the best of cricketers in the country are laced with legendary awards. The biggest two awards of the night – the Allan Border Medal and Belinda Clark Award – were won by Steve Smith and Beth Mooney respectively.

Smith has been one of the pivotal points of Australia’s success across the Test and the ODI format, and also showed his class in the ongoing Big Bash League season, where he scored successive centuries.

On the other hand, Mooney is one of the backbones of the women’s setup, with her partnership at the top of the order alongside Alyssa Healy being a major reason for Australia’s Women’s ODI World Cup success. Mooney was also declared as the Best Women’s ODI player of the year, an award where she expressed a ‘visible’ surprise, especially considering the year Healy had with the bat.

From the men’s scheme of things, it was David Warner, who bagged the Men’s ODI Cricketer of the year, with returning Usman Khawaja claiming the Shane Warne Men’s Test Player of the year. Tahlia McGrath, who had a stellar T20I season claimed the Women’s T20I cricket of the year while Marcus Stoinis won the Men’s T20I cricketer of the year award.

Matt Short, who had a breakthrough season both with the bat and the ball was declared as the Big Bash League (BBL) player of the year, with 458 runs this season, ahead of Perth Scorcher’s star, Josh Inglis.

On the domestic front, it was the workhorse, Michael Neser, who won the Men’s Domestic Player of the year while talented Annabel Sutherland picked up the women’s equivalent. Lance Morris, who stands a chance to make his debut in the Australian colours was named as the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year.

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