At Allan Border Medal 2018 and with absolutely no surprise, Australian Skipper Steve Smith won the first award of the night when he won the Test Player of the Year 2017. Australian Captain has won this prestigious award for the second time as he was honoured with the same award in 2015.
Steve Smith was clinical in Australia’s dominance in the Ashes series which they won 4-0. Steve Smith had a terrific run last year when he scored 1305 runs in 11 test matches with the massive average of 81.56. His closest competitor was Indian Captain Virat Kohli who was 200 runs behind him.
I have worked very hard on my game, says Steve Smith
Steve Smith who was the huge difference between Australia and England in Ashes series, says he worked really hard on his game. “I’ve worked really hard on my game in the last few years, for me throughout the summer I wasn’t hitting the ball as well as I’d like, but it’s gone to new levels in ways I didn’t think was imaginable,” Smith said after being honoured with the award.
Steve Smith is currently ranked top in the list of ICC Test Batsmen and that too for more than a year. He scored 687 runs in the Ashes series against England with the help of 3 centuries and 2 half-centuries.
David Warner awarded with ODI player of the year
Steve Smith’s deputy, Australian opener David Warner grabbed the award of ODI player of the year. The left-handed southpaw managed to score 691 runs from 13 innings at a 57.58 average. His 2017 included three centuries in ODI with the impressive strike-rate of 103.