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Smith claims medal hat-trick

Steven Smith swept the board at Australia’s seasonal awards in Sydney, claiming the coveted Allan Border Medal as well as being named both Test and one-day player of the year.

Smith was firm favourite to scoop the night’s top award, which is voted for by players, umpires and media representatives – and comfortably beat David Warner and 2014 winner Mitchell Johnson.

Smith won 243 votes, with Warner second on 175 and Johnson completing the top three with 126.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a stellar year, kick-started with a century against South Africa at Centurion last February and culminating in a record-breaking Test summer against India.

Steven Smith poses for the cameras with his hat-trick of awards at the Allan Border medal ceremony in Sydney

He scored hundreds in all four Tests and set a new runs record for a four-Test series, piling on 769 at an average of more than 128.

He also captained the side for the final three games, elevated in Michael Clarke’s injury absence, marking him out as Australia’s heir apparent.

In one-day cricket he has scored three hundreds and three half-centuries in the past four months, again marking a first taste of captaincy with a ton against England in Hobart last week.

The only senior award Smith did not take home was Twenty20 player of the year, which went to big-hitting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.

Meg Lanning claimed the Belinda Clark award for women’s cricketer of the year, while Sean Abbott accepted the gong for young player of the year.

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