Pace bowler Pat Cummins has been awarded Cricket Australia’s highest individual honour – the Allan Border Medal.
The 25-year-old was presented with the award in front of a raucous crowd in Crown Melbourne’s Palladium on Monday evening.
Edging out fellow bowler Nathan Lyon by only six votes, Cummins said it felt ‘weird’.
Fast bowler Pat Cummins (pictured) won the Allan Border Medal after a phenomenal summer
‘It’s crazy. Mitchell Johnson, I was there when he won it a few years ago and I think of the summer he had.
‘All the incredible batsmen who have got it before – it’s a bit weird to be honest,’ Cummins said.
Cummins is the first person to win the award not named Steve Smith or David Warner – who were ineligible for this year’s medal – since Johnson won it in 2014.
Smith and Warner, both two-time winners of the Allan Border medal, did not attend the ceremony on Monday, though they were invited. Cameron Bancroft also did not attend.
Cummins was awarded 156 votes on the night, beating out Lyon on 150 and One Day International Captain Aaron Finch (146).
Cummins (pictured with girlfriend Becky Boston) took 44 wickets in the year’s competition
Cummins (pictured with girlfriend Becky Boston) said the award was a testament to resilience
‘I’ve obviously had quite a few tough years with injury. I always thought test cricket was the dream but wasn’t sure I’d get up there and forge a consistent career,’ Cummins said.
‘I feel like every time I bowl, my rhythm just feels a little bit better.’
To Lyon’s credit, he was awarded the Test Player of the Year award after claiming the more test wickets than any other player in the past year.
Cummins took 44 wickets across all formats during the 12-month voting period.
He shone brightest during the Boxing Day Test against India, claiming nine wickets in two innings while the rest of the bowling attack struggled.
Towards the end of home-soil summer cricket, Cummins was added to the captaincy fold, acting as vice-captain in the Canberra test against Sri Lanka.
As Cummins (right) took out the men’s highest honour, Alyssa Healy (left) won the women’s cricketer of the year award
Cummins edged out Nathan Lyon (with girlfriend Emma McCarthy) by only six votes
Unlike the men’s international side, the women’s team has enjoyed a year of success.
Alyssa Healy won the Belinda Clark award for the leading Australian women’s cricketer of the year.
She was voted player of the tournament when Australia won the women’s Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean last year.
CRICKET AUSTRALIA AWARDS
Allan Border Medallist: Pat Cummins
Belinda Clark award: Alyssa Healy
Test player of the year: Nathan Lyon
One-day international player of the year (men): Marcus Stoinis
One-day international player of the year (women): Alyssa Healy
T20 international player of the year (men): Glenn Maxwell
T20 international player of the year (women): Alyssa Healy
Domestic player of the year (men): Matthew Wade
Domestic player of the year (women): Heather Graham
Bradman young player of the year: Will Pucovski
Betty Wilson young player of the year: Georgia Wareham
Community champion award: Moises Henriques