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David Warner’s has delivered an emotional speech as he and Ellyse Perry were named Australian Cricket’s best at the Australian Cricket Awards, the third time each they’ve won the award.

Perry was named the Belinda Clark Medallist, remarkably beating out Alyssa Healy, who claimed both the ODI and T20 player of the year.

But the night belonged to Warner, who delivered an emotional speech, following the ball tampering scandal that threatened to derail his career.

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It was wondered if Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft could return to the highest echelons of Australian cricket and Warner answered emphatically.

While he had an Ashes to forget, Warner took out the T20I player of the year and his 335 against Pakistan ensured he wouldn’t be overlooked in one of the closest votes in memory.

Warner gave credit to the bowlers for their performances, taking 20 wickets in any innings.

He said he was “thankful” he was able to get his triple century and apologised for “not turning up” during the Ashes series.

But Warner couldn’t accept the award without looking at the year that passed.

“It puts it into perspective of sitting back and when I reflect upon the time I had away from the game, you don’t realise the importance it has on everyone and I’m just extremely grateful to be accepted back by Cricket Australia and my peers and the fans,” he said.

“I had mixed emotions about how I would be accepted back here at home – I definitely knew what I was in for in England and obviously in a couple of weeks time. But standing here today, I’m really proud to have that opportunity again and, extremely grateful for that, I thank Cricket Australia and teammates for giving me that opportunity.”

Warner was then asked to make a speech and his voice broke almost immediately.

“I’m obviously taken aback by this, it’s been quite challenging…” he said. “It’s hard to put a finger on where I should start but I thank Cricket Australia for the opportunity. Belinda Clark, Kevin Roberts, Justin Langer – really working your backsides off to reintegrate us back into the cricketing family … I thank you again for that.”

“The way Finchy and Painey accepted us and were always in contact with us. And I really want to thank my home club team Randwick-Petersham for giving me the opportunity to go out there and play grade cricket. I realised a lot of things in that time off we don’t actually understand or realise when were in this bubble the importance of the smiles on the faces we bring to people.

“To go back there and be able to be reintegrated into grassroots, go back to grade cricket and put smiles onto people’s faces that way, it helped me to get to where I am today. Because without that, getting cricket taken away from you, something I’ve always dreamed off, it really really hurt.”

The three-time winner then got into the thank you’s and the speech got harder.

“My mum and dad, I know I’ve let you down a lot in the past but you always stick by my side and I really appreciate that, and my brother,” he said.

“My wife, my rock, I don’t know what could ever break you, you’re absolutely fantastic, you’re an inspiration not just to me but to the girls. It’s hard for a man to stand up here and say a lot of nice words about people but you always seem to bring the best out of me and the kindness of my heart. I can’t thank you enough for what you do for me and our family. I love you dearly.”

While the elephant in the room loomed large throughout the night, some on social media felt Warner had completed his image rehabilitation after the ball tampering scandal.

Highly emotional and deeply honest David Warner accepting the Allan Border Medal. Reckon he might have swung the perception of a few his way tonight #AustralianCricketAwards pic.twitter.com/m1PXHzVGyn

— Andrew McCormack (@_AMcCormack7) February 10, 2020

Lovely acceptance speech by David Warner

— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) February 10, 2020

This is a really great speech by Warner.

— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) February 10, 2020

12 months a long time in cricket. David Warner wins the Allan Border Medal. pic.twitter.com/33QsG7riX0

— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) February 10, 2020

Again, not hating on Warner at all. Reckon this just highlights a flaw in the system. Tests away from home or against top ranked teams should be worth more.

And yes Kiwis were ranked number two in the world, there’ll always be discrepancies.

— Daniel Garb (@DanielGarb) February 10, 2020

I know we are disgracefully parochial in England and cricket is more than the Ashes (and that the Allan Border Medal is for play in all formats) but it is amusing that David Warner has won Australia’s top cricket award after averaging less in last year’s Ashes than Jack Leach

— Patrick Kidd (@patrick_kidd) February 10, 2020

Warner has way more t20 and odi hundreds than Bradman too. Sure the don was great in tests but he couldn’t do it across three formats could he?

— Ed Jackson (@edjacko) February 10, 2020

Perry, who claimed the Belinda Clark Medal said she was surprised by the award, despite being named  international women’s cricketer of the year.

Perry said it “was a special time to be involved”.

“I think I’ve ruined a few shoulders over my time,” Perry said of her penchant for practice.

“It’s actually a huge surprise I think, especially how successful the team has been. It’s been a really special 12 months and one I’m going to savour for a long time.

“I don’t have too much to say except a big and special thanks in anyone who has had a role in helping me.”

THE WINNERS

ODI Player of the Year: Aaron Finch (Men) and Alyssa Healy (Women)

Hall of Fame Inductees: Sharon Tredrea and Craig McDermott

Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year:  Tayla Vlaeminck

Bradman Young Player of the Year: Wes Agar

Test Player of the Year: Marnus Labuschagne (Men) and  (Women)

Community Impact Award: Corinne Hall – The Kindness Factory

Domestic Player of the Year: Molly Strano (Women) and Shaun Marsh (Men)

T20 Player of the Year: David Warner (Men) and Alyssa Healy (Women)

Belinda Clark Medallist: Ellyse Perry

Allan Border Medallist: David Warner

Updates

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The nominees are Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and David Warner with Warner taking out his third award.

Before the event, he said he wanted to win another one for his youngest daughter.

Warner looked stunned by the award.

“I was quite shocked actually,” Warner said. “Every single player has put great performances on the board and and best of all, the team’s been playing great across all three formats and I couldn’t be any prouder to stand here and accept the award.”

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The nominees are Jess Jonassen, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry.

Surprisingly, Ellyse Perry won the award, with Healy making it an awkward announcement after she ducked out for a toilet break.

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Perry said it “was a special time to be involved”.

“I think I’ve ruined a few shoulders over my time,” Perry said of her penchant for practice.

“It’s actually a huge surprise I think, especially how successful the team has been. It’s been a really special 12 months and one I’m going to savour for a long time.

“I don’t have too much to say except a big and special thanks in anyone who has had a role in helping me.”

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The men’s award was between Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Kane Richardson and Dave Warner.

With David Warner taking out the award. A threepeat of the big one is firming.

Warner said he it was special “acknowledging the reintegration into the team with Steve and Cameron”. He thanked some of the big wigs in Australian cricket for welcoming him back.

In the women’s award, it was between Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Georgia Wareham.

And it looks like it will be back-to-back for Alyssa Healy, who took out the award, her second of two women’s awards tonight.

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Alongside Pat Cummins, Craig McDermott was the youngest Australian debutant in 65 years.

He raced to 40 wickets, came back with a World record performance at the World Cup and was eventually carrying the drinks for Queensland.

But he bounced back, having a 12-year international career, McDermott came into his own under Allan Border and played 71 Tests for 291 wickets and 138 ODIs for 203 wickets.

He was the International Cricketer of the Year in 1992 and 1995.

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The Women’s Domestic Player of the Year came down to Beth Mooney, Molly Strano and Ellyse Perry.

Strano came away with the award after finishing the WBBL as the leading wicket taker.

In the Men’s Domestic Player of the Year award, Matthew Wade, Shaun Marsh, Jackson Bird and Sean Abbott went head-to-head.

Shaun Marsh came away with the award, averaging 49 in BBL, 55 in Marsh One Day Cup and 67 in Sheffield Shield, hard to argue that one.

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Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Pat Cummins were up for the Test Player of the Year Award with phenomenal years across the board. But almost unsurprisingly, it was Marnus Labuschagne who takes home the gong.

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He said it was a “magnificent summer”.

But after he was hit with when he was brought into the side for Steve Smith as a concussion sub, he bounced up and said he “didn’t want to be the first concussion sub to be subbed out of a game”.

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Annabel Sutherland, Josie Dooley, Tayla Vlaeminck and Hannah Darlington were up for the Betty Wilson Young Cricket of the year.

Vlaeminck took out the award.

She received her Baggy Green from Mitch Starc this season and is one of the most promising quicks in women’s cricket.

In the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year, Cameron Green, Josh Philippe and Wes Agar were up for the award with Agar claiming the trophy.

The brother of Ashton Agar, Wes moved away from his big brother’s shadow to South Australia and has excelled.

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Sharon Tredrea was a trailblazer between 1973 and 1988 when she played in four World Cup, 10 Tests with 30 wickets, and 31 ODIs for 32 wickets.

She was a fearsome bowler, regarded as one of the quickest bowlers to play the women’s game.

She was an Australian captain in a tour again New Zealand in 1979 and defended the World Cup in 1978.

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It might be two years on from the ball tampering scandal but it is looming large over the event.

David Warner and Steve Smith are two of the favourites for the award alongside Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc.

While the pair have long move past the drama which tore Australian cricket apart with starring performances as the side were resurrected as a force in world cricket, the first questions posed at the stars couldn’t help but avoid it.

David Warner, who has scored 881 Test runs, 647 ODI runs and 287 T20I runs last year, would claim the award for the third time if he won.

Warner and wife Candice said it was to leave their three daughters at home but the ball tampering scandal wasn’t too far away.

“Missing quite a bit of the early stages, it’s going to be quite difficult so I’m going to be backing Pat Cummins in and obviously Marnus had a great summer with the bat, obviously a great winter in the Ashes”, he told Fox Sports News. “It’s going to be tight but at the end of the day, we’re a cricket team and it’s going to be everyone’s award.”

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Asked about how he felt to be back in the side and whether he could claim the award, Warner deflected with a joke.

“It would be special because I’ve got three daughters and the little one deserves a medal,” Warner joked.

“But at the end of the day, I spent some time out of the game and I’ve come back with the greatest of determination I always have and hunger to score runs and do well for the team, I’m just happy to contribute and showcase what I’m capable of and keep working hard to repay that faith to the fans out there for our country. And keep entertaining, that’s what I like doing and I’m happy doing it.”

Similarly Steve Smith was questioned about whether he’d looked back and reflected on the year out of the game.

“I don’t like looking back, I don’t really like looking too far in front of me either,” he said. “I like to stay in the moment and make it as good as possible. Thinking about last year, there’s been some good times, playing in England and retaining the Ashes there was pretty special, it would have been nice to have won it but the next best thing retaining it was great and then a terrific summer as well, winning every Test match and pretty much every game we’ve played.”

Unfortunately, it’s a question the pair will have to field for the rest of their lives.

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The men’s ODI player of the year came down to Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch and David Warner with skipper Aaron Finch taking out the gong.

Finch said it was tough to lose in the semi-final and he said “I was proud of where everyone got to in the end. It was probably a true reflection of where we were in the rankings at the time.”

Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Jess Jonassen were the nominees for the women’s player of the year with Healy nabbing the award.

She said: “It’s been an incredible 12 months for our side and our team has performed incredibly well and the next three-four weeks is incredibly exciting” with the T20 World Cup in Australia.

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