Melbourne: Michael Clarke has capped off his remarkable first year as Australia's captain by taking home his third Allan Border Medal. Clarke was also named Test Player of the Year and in a fitting double for Australia's new leadership team, his vice-captain Shane Watson won the ODI and Twenty20 international titles.
Clarke finished the medal count with 231 votes, a clear winner from the second-placed Michael Hussey on 174 votes while Watson, who had won the past two Allan Border Medals, was third on 166. Clarke first claimed the medal in 2005 and in 2009 he tied for the award with Ricky Ponting, and again this year they could hardly be split in the Test arena.
It was a terrific year for Clarke in Test cricket - he scored 1167 runs at 68.64 during the voting period, more than half of which came when he led from the front against India. He and Ponting both finished on nine votes, a tie that seemed appropriate after their two triple-century partnerships against India this summer, and Clarke won the Test award on a countback after securing more three-vote games than Ponting.