Australian batsman David Warner overtook Captain Steve Smith in receiving the Allan Border Medal for 2016 on January 27.
Warner gathered 240 votes from umpires, players and media representatives, while Smith managed to get 209 votes. With 183 votes, pace bowler Mitchell Starc captured the third spot. The winner grabbed recognition in June 2013 when he punched England’s batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar. This marked the turning point in Warner’s life.
According to Fox Sports reports, the incident turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the player. After less than two years of whatever happened at that point, Warner managed to defeat the world’s No. 1 batsman Smith to the Allan Border Medal. This was not the first time that Warner beat Smith. At the initial stage of his career, Warner gathered 30 votes and won the Test Player of the Year award, defeating Smith who received 24 votes.
AAP reported that the winner has learned from his mistakes and he now wants to prohibit young team fellows from making them in the first place. Warner felt honoured but at the same time he focused on the challenges likely to be associated with the New Zealand tour. The test series in February will determine whether his team will manage to regain the No. 1 Test ranking.
Warner, 29, talked about his wish to leave a legacy behind to be followed after he decides to retire. “That’s something I really want to do. I really want to help a lot of the guys come through,” he told reporters. “I always talk to the young guys about trying to learn your game as fast as possible and while you’re still young, and try not to go down the avenues I did – and sort of lose my way a little bit.”
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland mentioned Warner’s punch in 2013 to Smith as “despicable.” The winner said that it was only after listening to ironwoman Candice Falzon, his wife, that he managed to cope with the things affecting him.