Perth Scorchers Mitch Marsh, Beth Mooney win Australia’s T20 international player of the year awards
Who else but Mitch Marsh?
The Australian T20 World Cup hero was fittingly named the country’s international player of the year in that format during the annual Australian Cricket Awards on Saturday.
Fresh off Perth Scorchers’ grand final thrashing of Sydney Sixers at Marvel Stadium on Friday night, the accolades keep on coming for the powerful allrounder who was rewarded for a career-best campaign.
Marsh (53 votes) nearly doubled the next best vote-getter, seamer Josh Hazlewood who finished with 29, while last year’s winner and Marsh’s WA and Scorchers teammate Ashton Agar came third with 26.
The 30-year-old amassed 627 runs at 36.9 during the voting period and was instrumental in Australia’s first ever T20 World Cup title, scoring an unbeaten 77 from 50 balls to be named player of the final.
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Marsh was also one vote off winning the Allan Border Medal as the best male player across all three formats, despite not playing any Test cricket during that time, with left-arm speedster Mitchell Starc just edging him out 107 to 106.
“It’s amazing,” Marsh said.
“It’s obviously been an incredible year for the Australian T20 side and to have played an integral part of that over the last six months has been incredibly enjoyable and I’m very proud to win this award.
“The T20 World Cup final was an amazing night for me personally but also as a team. It’s been spoken about that nobody really gave us a chance throughout the World Cup, especially in those conditions.
“To be man of the match is a final was an incredible experience and it’s given me a heap of self belief at international level.”
South Australian batter Travis Head was third with 72 votes while also claiming the best Test player and best domestic player gongs.
Starc was also vote the best ODI player ahead of ‘keeper Matthew Wade.
Like Marsh, fellow Scorchers title winner Beth Mooney was named T20 Player of the Year and came second in the big women’s award, the Belinda Clark Medal.
The world’s second-ranked T20 player had another brilliant year in the shortest format and international and domestic levels which included the Scorchers’ maiden WBBL triumph.
Ash Gardner became the first Indigenous person to win a major award, beating Mooney by seven votes, while wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy topped the best ODI player voting.
Former WA and Scorchers batter Elyse Villani won the best female domestic cricketer award.
The Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year award went to teenage speedster Darcie Brown, who is currently involved in the women’s Ashes Test, while Tasmanian Tim Ward won the male equivalent named after Sir Donald Bradman.
The awards were announced virtually because of COVID-19 logistical issues.
• Belinda Clark Award – Ashleigh Gardner • Allan Border Medal – Mitchell Starc • Female ODI Player of the Year – Alyssa Healy • Female T20I Player of the Year – Beth Mooney • Male Test Player of the Year – Travis Head • Male ODI Player of the Year – Mitchell Starc • Male T20I Player of the Year – Mitchell Marsh • Female Domestic Player of the Year – Elyse Villani • Male Domestic Player of the Year – Travis Head • Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year – Darcie Brown • Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year – Tim Ward • Community Champion Award – Zoe Cooke • Australian Cricket Hall of Fame inductees – Raelee Thompson and Justin Langer
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