| Michael Clarke with wife Kyly at the 2013 Allan Border Medal awards ceremony in Melbourne, on Monday. (Getty Images) |
Calcutta: Australia captain Michael Clarke won his fourth Allan Border Medal as the country’s Cricketer of the Year, in Melbourne, on Monday.
Clarke, and Ricky Ponting, are the only players to win the medal, considered Australian cricket’s most prestigious individual prize, four times.
The Test and one-day captain won for the second straight year with 198 votes, ahead of joint runners-up Mike Hussey and two-time winner Shane Watson, who each got 165 votes.
Clarke also comfortably won the Test Cricketer of the Year award. That too was for the second year in a row, after scoring 1,080 runs at an average of 77.14 in the nine Tests, from February 25 last year to January 28 this year.
Clarke scored consecutive double-centuries against South Africa, with 259 not out at the Gabba followed by 230 in Adelaide.
The runner-up in the Test Player of the Year category was Hussey, who scored 746 runs at an average of 57.38 and was second on the run tally behind Clarke, while Matthew Wade was third. Clarke finished on 22 votes, with Hussey on 15 and Wade on 12.