• Ball-tampering Bancroft was in contention for award

    Batsman Cameron Bancroft received Cricket Australia award votes for March 2018’s 77 struck against South Africa in the third Test at Newlands.

    Bancroft top-scored in Australia’s first innings of 255 all out, striking 14 fours against a host attack spearheaded by fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel – and seamer Vernon Philander.

    The innings earned him three votes – two from the players and one from the umpires and media – as part of the awards voting process. Bancroft was caught sandpapering the ball in the same match and consequently served a nine-month ban.

    Fast bowler Pat Cummins, meanwhile, secured the coveted Allan Border Medal – and spinner Nathan Lyon was named Test Player of the Year at Monday’s awards ceremony.

    ‘I think this has probably been the most pleasing thing over the last couple of years, the amount of cricket I’ve been able to play. I’ve obviously had a few tough years with injury and always thought Test cricket was the dream, but didn’t think I’d be able to forge a consistent career, so I couldn’t be happier,’ said Cummins.

    Allan Border Medal
    Pat Cummins

    Test Player of the Year
    Nathan Lyon (10 matches, 49 wickets at 34.80)

    Male ODI Player of the Year
    Marcus Stoinis (13 matches, 376 runs at 28.92; 13 wickets at 36.77)

    Male T20I Player of the Year
    Glenn Maxwell (19 matches, 506 runs at 36.14; 9 wickets at 14.33)

    Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year
    Will Pucovski

    Male Domestic Player of the Year
    Matthew Wade

    Community Champion award
    Moises Henriques

    Female ODI Player of the Year
    Alyssa Healy (6 matches, 329 runs at 54.83)

    Betty Wilson Young Cricket of the Year
    Georgia Wareham

    Female Domestic Player of the Year
    Heather Graham

    Female T20I Player of the Year
    Alyssa Healy (17 matches, 578 runs at 41.29)

    Belinda Clark Award
    Alyssa Healy

    Photo: EJ Langer | Getty

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