After another year of mammoth scores, Michael Clarke’s hot streak has shown few signs of subsiding as he was awarded his second consecutive Allan Border medal. It’s the forth time that Pup has been voted Australia’s most outstanding cricketer of the year, joining Ricky Ponting as the nations most celebrated player since the award was introduced in 2000.
Already the linchpin of the batting lineup, the retirement of Ponting and AB medal runner-up Mike Hussey means Pup is our only bankable defence against an embarrassment of convict era proportions. Next, Australia head to India, traditionally a tour that has rattled even the most resilient of Test teams, before taking his inexperienced and injury plagued squad to England for the first leg of back-to-back Ashes campaigns. In Pup we trust.
Allan Border Medal: Michael Clarke