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Australian Cricket Awards 2024: Players and partners shine on annual night of nights

A massive year for Australian cricket was celebrated on Wednesday night in Melbourne.

Ash Gardner, Nathan Lyon and Ellyse Perry, pictured here at the Australian Cricket Awards.
Ash Gardner, Nathan Lyon and Ellyse Perry all won at the Australian Cricket Awards. Image: Getty

The biggest names in Australian cricket swapped their whites and green and gold kits for dapper suits and eye-catching dresses on Wednesday night. The likes of Pat Cummins, Alyssa Healy, Steve Smith, Ellyse Perry, Mitch Marsh and Ash Gardner were all in attendance with their partners as the annual Australian Cricket Awards took place in Melbourne.

Marsh and Gardner were the big winners, snaring the Allan Border Medal and Belinda Clark Award respectively - the highest individual honours in men's and women's cricket in Australia. Perry won the women's T20 and ODI player of the year awards, while Marsh also won the men's ODI award.

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Jason Behrendorff was named men's T20 player of the year, while Nathan Lyon scooped the Shane Warne men's Test player of the year gong. But the talk of the cricket world is Marsh, after the all-rounder capped his incredible career resurgence with the AB Medal.

Ash Gardner and Mitch Marsh.
Ash Gardner won the Belinda Clark Award, while Mitch Marsh got the Allan Border Medal. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)

The all-rounder has been a star in T20 and ODI cricket for years, but it was only halfway through last year that he finally cemented his spot in the Test team. He came back into the Test side at the expense of Cameron Green for the third Ashes Test in England, making a brilliant century and not looking back.

He was the runaway winner of the AB Medal on Wednesday night, finishing a whopping 79 votes ahead of Pat Cummins in second place. After once famously declaring "most of Australia probably hates me", Marsh has turned himself into a fan favourite.

"I often regret that statement (saying 'most of Australia hate me'). It was made tongue-in-cheek," he said on Wednesday night. "Hopefully, I will eventually shake that comment."

Mitch Marsh and wife Greta at the 2024 Cricket Australia Awards.
Mitch Marsh and wife Greta. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)

Mitch Marsh's emotional tribute to wife and supporters

Marsh acknowledged having support is a "great feeling", which was exemplified at the MCG during the Boxing Day Test in December. He was once booed by Australian fans at the MCG, but won widespread adoration in 2023. "I've felt a lot of love from the Australian cricket community and there's no doubt that's helped me," he said.

Marsh became emotional when thanking wife Greta, as well as captain Pat Cummins and coach Andrew McDonald. After thinking he was "done and dusted" as an international cricketer, the encouragement of the those three helped him charge into career-best form.

"(McDonald) in particular, the language he uses around his belief in me and what I can do," Marsh said. "Probably two years ago, I didn't believe that myself and he's kind of forced me to.

"There's no doubt that he's had a significant impact on my career in the last two years and really my whole life. He's a tremendous man. There's always pressure when we play but the environment that's created has allowed me to really be my true self and think that's coming out in the way that I play, certainly the way I bat in Test cricket. It's been a lot of fun." Check out some of the best looks from the blue carpet below:

Scott Boland and wife Daphne at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Scott and Daphne Boland. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Lance Morris and Sarah Williams at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Lance Morris and Sarah Williams. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Aaron and Amy Finch with daughter Esther at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Aaron Finch with wife Amy and daughter Esther. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Matt Short and Madi Wilson at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Matt Short and Madi Wilson. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Spencer Johnson and Sarah Petherick at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Spencer Johnson and Sarah Petherick. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Travis Head and Jessica Davies at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Travis Head and Jessica Davies. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Phoebe Litchfield at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Phoebe Litchfield. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Matt and Josephine Renshaw at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Matt Renshaw and wife Josephine. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Alana King and Kim Garth at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Alana King and Kim Garth. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Jhye Richardson and Ashleigh Howat at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Jhye Richardson and Ashleigh Howat. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Todd Murphy and Bec Jackson at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Todd Murphy and Bec Jackson. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Josh Inglis and Megan Kincart at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Josh Inglis and Megan Kincart. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Marnus and Rebekah Labuschagne at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Marnus and Rebekah Labuschagne. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Cameron Green and Emily Redwood at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Cameron Green and Emily Redwood. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Pat Cummins and wife Becky at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Pat Cummins and wife Becky. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Nathan Lyon and wife Emma at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Nathan and Emma Lyon. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Steve Smith and wife Dani Willis at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Steve Smith and Danielle Willis. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Darcie Brown and Louie McLennan at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Darcie Brown and Louie McLennan. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Peter and Sarah Handscomb at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Peter Handscomb and wife Sarah. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Tahlia McGrath and Cameron Nesbitt at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Tahlia McGrath and Cameron Nesbitt. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)
Rachel and Usman Khawaja at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Rachel and Usman Khawaja. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Jonathan DiMaggio via Getty Images)
Ellyse Perry at the 2024 Australian Cricket Awards.
Ellyse Perry. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images for Cricket Australia) (Morgan Hancock via Getty Images)

Cricket Australia Awards winners:

Belinda Clark Award – Ash Gardner (147 votes)

2nd: Ellyse Perry (134)

3rd: Annabel Sutherland (106)

Allan Border Medal – Mitch Marsh (223 votes)

Pat Cummins (144)

Steve Smith (141)

Women's ODI Player of the Year – Ellyse Perry

Women's T20I Player of the Year – Ellyse Perry

Shane Warne Men's Test Player of the Year – Nathan Lyon

Men's ODI Player of the Year – Mitch Marsh

Men's T20I Player of the Year – Jason Behrendorff

Women's Domestic Player of the Year – Sophie Day, Elyse Villani (tied)

Men's Domestic Player of the Year – Cameron Bancroft

Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year – Emma De Brough

Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year – Fergus O'Neill

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