Clarke claims Allan Border Medal

Michael Clarke and Allan Border.
Michael Clarke and Allan Border. Getty Images Sport

THE man who led Australia's Test revival in the past year, in strategy and in performance, has been formally rewarded for that effort.

>> Latest sport news

Michael Clarke last night won his third Allan Border Medal, and also a second Test player of the year award, for a mighty period in which he towered above all his specialist-batsmen teammates.

While Clarke was beaten on a countback for the ODI award by Shane Watson - he then beat Ricky Ponting for the Test award in the same circumstances - and no longer plays Twenty20 Internationals, he comfortably beat Mike Hussey and Watson to claim the overall award.

The last time Clarke won the top award, in 2009, he shared it with the man he replaced as captain: Ponting. Last night, it was announced the pair were split in Tests, although in all but the top award ties are discouraged.

A year ago, after both endured miserable Ashes campaigns, Clarke was fifth in the Test award and Ponting 10th. This year, the pair sat atop that category after scoring 2004 runs between them: 1167 runs at 68.64 by the new captain, 837 at 52.31 from the old one.

>>

Topics:  michael clarke

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Snitz sizzles to win qualifier with ease

IN FULL FLIGHT: Brisbane jockey Robbie Fradd streaks clear to win the $150,000 NRRA Country Championships qualifier on board Snitz, trained by Matt Dunn, at Clarence River Jockey Club.

SHORT priced favourite sends everybody home happy.

Ballina Players brings popular military drama to the stage

ON STAGE: John Rado as Colonel Nathan Jessep and Dylan Wheeler as Lt Daniel Kaffee in the Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men.

Tickets are on sale for their new production of A Few Good Men

Triumph of dreams ... it all started with one bike

A CLASSIC: Meerschaum Vale's Col McAndrew with his Triumph 1956 Speed Twin which he will show at the Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club's Show and Shine at Alstonville Plaza on March 18.

Col has six classic bikes; 100 expected at show

Local Partners