28 Jan 2015

Smith sweeps Aussie cricket awards

5:40 am on 28 January 2015

Steve Smith swept Australia's annual cricket awards, winning three prizes including the Allan Border Medal for the Player of the Year.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The middle-order batsman, who captained Australia to victory in the test series against India when regular skipper Michael Clarke was injured, also won the test and one-day international player of the year accolades.

The 25-year-old Smith became the third player to land three awards in the same year, repeating the feats of Ricky Ponting in 2007 and Shane Watson in 2011.

Smith says he definitely feels like he's a lot more confident now than he was when he was lackign runs during the 2013-14 Ashes series.

He says he feels as though his preparation has been really good over the last while, like he's hitting the ball as well as he ever has, adding you've got to try to be as confident as you can walking out to the middle.

In 2014, Smith scored 1,146 test runs at an average of 81.85 with five hundreds coming against South Africa, England and India. He also scored 541 runs in ODIs including two centuries.

He polled 243 votes to win the best player award by a big margin ahead of opening batsman David Warner (175) and last year's winner Mitchell Johnson (126).

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