Steve Smith bagged the coveted Hublot Test Player of the Year at the annual Allan Border Medal presentation in Melbourne. He received the recognition because of a spell-binding 2017. It was a year to remember for him not only because he led Australia to win the Ashes. For Smith, it was another feather in his cap as last month he was named the International Cricket Council’s Test Cricketer of the Year — becoming just the third player after former skippers Michael Clarke (four times) and Ricky Ponting (three) to win the award on multiple occasions. Smith scored heavily in 2017, in 19 innings (three of them unbeaten) he amassed a staggering 1305 runs at an extraordinary average of 81.56 studded with six centuries.
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So here are the results of the polling:
Steve Smith – 32
Nathan Lyon – 26
David Warner – 15
Pat Cummins – 14
Josh Hazlewood – 8
Shaun Marsh – 8
We asked Australian cricketers and their partners what they do first when they get home after a long tour #ABmedal pic.twitter.com/E89cHtUdY5
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) February 12, 2018
Under the voting system that aggregates polling from fellow team members as well as umpires and media representatives, Smith polled a combined tally of 32 votes to take the prize ahead of off-spinner Nathan Lyon (26 votes) and opener David Warner (15). Smith was wearing a black suit and a smart white shirt at the awards.
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So if you are wondering what the all-important Australian captain will do when he returns home from the long tour, his fiancee Dani Willis has the answer.
In an interaction ahead of the awards night, Willis said,
“Smith clears all the rubbish stacked inside the house.”
The couple has been seeing each other for quite some time now.