David Warner's enormous improvement as an ODI batsman has lifted him to a second consecutive Allan Border Medal, on a night when Mitchell Starc's outstanding spells in Sri Lanka and resilience against South Africa and Pakistan helped him to his first Test Player of the Year award.
Though the medal provides a weighting that favours Test displays over those in other formats, Warner's success was built upon a prolific voting period in ODIs, long thought to be his weakest format. He coshed no fewer than seven centuries in eligible limited-overs matches, helping Australia to series wins in the Caribbean and Sri Lanka in addition to their consistent success on home soil.
This season Warner also put the capstone on a Test summer that started poorly but ended strongly with a pair of sublime hundreds against Pakistan in Melbourne and Sydney. The first bought time for the hosts to force a result in a rain-blighted Boxing Day Test, the second a scorching affair before lunch on day one of the New Year's match.
However, Warner's away record remains a considerable blindspot, as an overall Test average of 38.53 and four centuries attests, as opposed to 59.21 at home with 14 centuries. During five Tests on the road in New ...