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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc won the prestigious Allan Border Medal at the Cricket Australia Awards on Saturday.
Starc has been rewarded for a strong year across all formats, becoming just the fifth fast bowler in 22 years to win the Allan Border Medal as Australia's leading male cricketer, edging out Mitchell Marsh by a single vote.
"I'm not really sure what words to say at the moment. It was a huge surprise. To look at some of those names who have won it before, it will take a bit to sink in. Hugely honoured to receive this award," Starc said.
Starc picked a total of 43 wickets at 24.4 across all formats, which included him playing a vital role in Australia’s 4-0 Ashes win and the maiden T20 World Cup triumph.
Ashleigh Gardner became the first indigenous person to win the Belinda Clarke award.
Gardner was Australia's third-highest run-scorer and fifth-highest wicket-taker across the voting period, scoring 281 runs at an average of 35.10 that included four half centuries while also claiming nine wickets.