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McKay takes ODI award

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:52PM AEST | by Rob Somers, Omnisport

The night belonged to Michael Clarke – but Clint McKay, Shane Watson and Phil Hughes took out preliminary honours at the Allan Border Medal on Monday night.

Victorian swing bowler McKay was the surprise ODI Player of the Year, Watson was the top T20 international player and Hughes was named Domestic Player of the Year.

Skipper Clarke predictably took home the coveted Test Player of the Year gong after scoring 1080 runs in nine Tests since February 25 last year.  

But the ODI category was much less predictable, with McKay (30 votes) narrowly winning ahead of joint runners up George Bailey and David Warner (28).

McKay collected most of his votes during last summer's Commonwealth Bank Series against India and Sri Lanka as well as the one-day leg of Australia's tour of the West Indies in March and the away series against England during June and July.

Overall, the 29-year-old right-arm bowler snared 26 wickets from 18 matches at an average of 25.76.

Steering Australia to victory in the third Commonwealth Bank Series final against Sri Lanka with a career best 5-28 in Adelaide was the high point of his year.

Watson's unrivalled performance at the Twenty20 World Cup - where Australia were eliminated in the semi-finals - ensured him the T20 Player of the Year Award.

The all-rounder was the leading run-scorer in Sri Lanka with 249 at an average of 50 and also took 11 wickets at 16 to be crowned player of the tournament.

South Australia and Adelaide Strikers batsman Hughes (33.8 percent) edged out Tasmanian paceman Jackson Bird (29.1 percent) and former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting (17.6).

The 24-year-old made a much-publicised switch from New South Wales to the Redbacks this season, and boosted by his refined technique, scored 1,108 during the voting period and currently leads this summer's Sheffield run tally and sits second in the Ryobi Cup.

The aggressive left-hander's superb state form has earned him Test recall and ODI selection for the first time. Two centuries in his first five one-dayers is the best ever return for an Australian batsman.

Meanwhile, Queensland and Brisbane Heat batsman Joe Burns capped a brilliant season to be voted by his peers as Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year as the best cricketer aged 24 or under to play no more than 10 first class matches.

The 23-year-old won 41.9 per cent of player votes to finish well ahead of South Australian Kane Richardson (14.2 percent) and Patrick Cummins (10.8 percent).

Burns made 1,038 runs in all formats across the voting period at an average of 35.9, including four centuries and two half-centuries.

He joins an impressive list of previous winners including Brett Lee (2000), Shane Watson (2002, Phillip Hughes (2009) and David Warner (2012).

And Jessica Cameron broke Shelley Nitscke's four-year hold on the Belinda Clarke Award as Australia's best performed woman on the international stage.

All-rounder Cameron (41 votes) beat fellow Victorian Meg Lanning (36) and NSW star Lisa Sthalekar (26).

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 04 February, 2013 10:11PM AEST

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