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SportLyon, Cummins set to vie for AB Medal

13:22  11 february  2019
13:22  11 february  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

AB Medal just the start for reborn Cummins

AB Medal just the start for reborn Cummins Pat Cummins has confirmed his status as Australia's premier Test paceman, edging out Nathan Lyon to win the Allan Border Medal. Credit Cards Are Now Offering 0% Interest Until 2020 Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au Cummins on Monday night confirmed his status as Australia's premier Test paceman, edging out Nathan Lyon to secure the prestigious award. The 25-year-old snared 44 wickets at 25.61 across all formats during a 12-month voting period which did not include his recent man-of-the-series performance against Sri Lanka.

Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins are set to dominate the count for cricket's highest individual honour in a year when the ball-tampering suspensions have ensured there will be a first-time winner. Steve Smith and David Warner have all but owned the Allan Border Medal count, splitting the award over the past

Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins are set to dominate the count for cricket's highest individual honour in a year when the ball-tampering suspensions have ensured there will be a first-time winner. Steve Smith and David Warner have all but owned the Allan Border Medal count, splitting the award over the past

Lyon, Cummins set to vie for AB Medal© AAP Nathan Lyon is a strong chance to pick up the Allan Border Medal.

Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins are set to dominate the count for cricket's highest individual honour in a year when the ball-tampering suspensions have ensured there will be a first-time winner.

Steve Smith and David Warner have all but owned the Allan Border Medal count, splitting the award over the past four years but they are ineligible to claim any award at Monday night's count at Crown in Melbourne.

Regardless, they did not play in enough matches before their suspensions for the infamous events of Cape Town to poll enough votes to win any of the awards on offer.

Lyon, Cummins set to vie for AB Medal

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Lyon 's standout performance in the Test series against India is expected to give him the slight edge over Cummins and white-ball captain Aaron Finch for Matthew Wade, who remains on the outer of the Australian set -up under Justin Langer, is short odds to take out men's domestic player of the year.

Warner, Smith and Cameron Bancroft, the latter also suspended for his role in using a piece of sandpaper to scuff the ball, will not be at the count, where Lyon and Cummins will jostle to be crowned Test player of the year and the Allan Border medallist. The voting period is from January 9, 2018 to January 7 this year, meaning the recent two Tests against Sri Lanka are excluded.

Lyon, Cummins set to vie for AB Medal© Dominic Lorrimer Alyssa Healy has had a brilliant year.

Off-spinner Lyon is favoured to win, for he looks likely to receive maximum votes in four of 10 Tests through series against South Africa, Pakistan and India.

In the women's awards, dynamic batter Alyssa Healy enjoyed a standout year with 907 runs at 45.35 with a century and seven half-centuries and is favoured to claim the Belinda Clark award for the first time. Healy was instrumental in Australia's World Twenty20 win in the Caribbean but will have competition from several teammates, including Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry, who have shared the past five awards, while Megan Schutt, Beth Mooney and Ash Gardner also had strong campaigns.

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Lyon , Cummins set to vie for AB Medal .

Lyon , Cummins set to vie for AB Medal .

Lyon, who has the fourth-highest wicket tally in Australian Test history, had another superb year. He was the standout performer in a losing Test in Abu Dhabi against Pakistan (4-78 and 4-135), claimed 2-83 and 6-122 and made 38 not out against India in Adelaide, claimed 5-67 and 3-39 in a win in Perth and took 4-178 in the rain-marred final Test in Sydney. He finished the voting period with a team-high 49 wickets at 34.8, while Cummins was second with 36 at 23.92.

Lyon, Cummins set to vie for AB Medal© AAP Pat Cummins is also in contention for the AB Medal.

Cummins, the nation's No.1 cricketer, could receive the maximum votes in the Cape Town defeat (4-78 and 3-67) and was superb in the losing Test in Johannesburg, claiming 5-83 and 4-58 and making 50. He did not take part in the October series against Pakistan but will get maximum votes for his efforts against India at the MCG, claiming 3-72 and 6-27 and making 63.

That there was only one Test century during the voting period - Usman Khawaja's match-saving innings in Dubai - will make it difficult for any batsman to poll heavily.

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Lyon is the third-largest city and second-largest urban area of France. It is located in the country's east-central part at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône, about 470 km (292 mi) south from Paris

The Border Medal voting process features a 3-2-1 vote from the players, while the 3-2-1 of the match referee and a selected journalist are combined with a collective 3-2-1 vote cast. The votes are cast immediately after a match. Test votes are weighted more heavily than votes in the sport's short forms.

An intriguing aside will be the votes cast after the 322-run loss at Cape Town. Smith and Warner each failed with the bat in that Test, the former making 5 and 7 and the latter 30 and 32, but Bancroft is every chance to poll, for he top scored in the first innings with 77 - the only man to pass 50 - in a total of 255, while he was behind only Warner in scoring 26 in a second innings debacle of 107. The match referee during the tumultuous third Test was Andy Pycroft, who handed Smith a one-match ban and stripped Bancroft of three demerit points.

In what was a terrible year for the one-day international side, skipper Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh, each with three centuries, and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, the only man to play in all 13 matches, will contend for an award won by Warner over the past two years. Finch, D'Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell and fast bowler Andrew Tye will battle for the Twenty20 award.

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