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Sunday, 10 February 2019

The GOAT favourite for AB Medal


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Nathan Lyon and Alyssa Healy are favourites to become first-time winners of Australian cricket's leading individual honours.

Lyon is likely to edge Pat Cummins to win the Allan Border Medal on Monday night in Melbourne while Healy is tipped to claim the Belinda Clark Award.

A maiden winner of the Border Medal is certain to be anointed with Steve Smith and David Warner ineligible to continue their four-year dominance.

The suspended duo will not attend the black-tie awards night and are unlikely to poll more than a handful of votes in the matches they had played in the voting period.

Lyon's standout performance in the Test series against India should edge him ahead of Cummins and white-ball captain Aaron Finch for the Border Medal.

The off-spinner's 49 wickets are expected to be enough for him to be awarded Test player of the year. He is a near certainty to poll maximum votes for the Adelaide and Perth Tests, while Cummins will likely be rewarded for his Boxing Day Test performance.

Lyon was also Australia's leading wicket-taker in the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE which Cummins missed through injury.

Healy's heroics in the T20 World Cup look set to place her in front of two-time Belinda Clark Award winners Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning.

The wicketkeeper-batter was named player of the tournament, scoring 225 runs from five innings to lead Australia to victory.

Finch, Australia's leading run-scorer across all formats, is a strong chance to be named both ODI player and T20 player of the year.

But his horror Test summer will count against him in the Border Medal count, given the votes cast for red-ball performances are weighted more than the other internationals.

Monday night's count will also recognise the men's and women's domestic and young players of the year and honour the latest three inductees into the Australian cricket hall of fame.

Nathan Lyon and Alyssa Healy are favourites to become first-time winners of Australian cricket's leading individual honours.

Lyon is likely to edge Pat Cummins to win the Allan Border Medal on Monday night in Melbourne while Healy is tipped to claim the Belinda Clark Award.

A maiden winner of the Border Medal is certain to be anointed with Steve Smith and David Warner ineligible to continue their four-year dominance.

The suspended duo will not attend the black-tie awards night and are unlikely to poll more than a handful of votes in the matches they had played in the voting period.

Lyon's standout performance in the Test series against India should edge him ahead of Cummins and white-ball captain Aaron Finch for the Border Medal.

The off-spinner's 49 wickets are expected to be enough for him to be awarded Test player of the year. He is a near certainty to poll maximum votes for the Adelaide and Perth Tests, while Cummins will likely be rewarded for his Boxing Day Test performance.

Lyon was also Australia's leading wicket-taker in the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE which Cummins missed through injury.

Healy's heroics in the T20 World Cup look set to place her in front of two-time Belinda Clark Award winners Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning.

The wicketkeeper-batter was named player of the tournament, scoring 225 runs from five innings to lead Australia to victory.

Finch, Australia's leading run-scorer across all formats, is a strong chance to be named both ODI player and T20 player of the year.

But his horror Test summer will count against him in the Border Medal count, given the votes cast for red-ball performances are weighted more than the other internationals.

Monday night's count will also recognise the men's and women's domestic and young players of the year and honour the latest three inductees into the Australian cricket hall of fame.

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