Pat Cummins is in the box seat to make history and celebrate back-to-back Allan Border medals on Monday night.
Cummins' status as the golden boy of Australian cricket was formally recognised last year when he was voted the best performer during a barren stretch that followed the sandpaper saga.
The star paceman, recently crowned ICC Test cricketer of the year, could easily collect the men's gong once again at the Australian cricket awards in Melbourne.
Alyssa Healy is likewise a leading contender to make it consecutive Belinda Clark awards, having been Australia's most prolific batter during the voting period with 1112 runs at 55.6.
Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and David Warner have all been judged Australia's best male player in consecutive years, but Cummins would be the first bowler to achieve the feat.
However, he faces some stiff competition.
Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon also played key roles in the team's resurgence after their annus horribilis.
"I'm definitely not winning it. I'd like to see Patty Cummins, I think he's been world class again," Lyon told AAP.
"But a bit of a dark horse for me is Mitchell Starc.
"I know he didn't play as many Ashes Tests as he'd like but (he excelled in) the World Cup games and the Australian home Test summer.
"I'd love to see a bowler win."
A 3-2-1 voting system is used after every international game, combining the judgment of teammates, umpires (home), match referees (overseas) and journalists.
Votes are then weighted; Tests are given a value of six with ODIs (three) and Twenty20s (two).
Cummins was Australia's most prolific and consistent bowler throughout the voting period, snaring 103 wickets at 19.44 across all formats.
Warner, potentially Cummins' biggest rival on cricket's night of nights, topped the batting charts in the same stretch with 1815 runs at 69.81.
A win for Warner, who collected the award in 2016 and 2017 prior to his life-changing error in judgment at Newlands, would cap a redemptive chapter for a batsman who Cricket Australia (CA) has banned from ever holding a leadership position.
Warner missed limited-overs tours of India and the UAE at the start of the voting period because of suspension, but finished one run short of being the overall leading run-scorer at the World Cup.
The veteran memorably struggled in the Ashes but returned to form with a big home summer, the highlight was a record-breaking innings of 335 not out at Adelaide Oval.
Test player of the year could be particularly tight.
Smith was the only possible choice for man of the series in the Ashes but then failed to score a Test ton at home, while Labuschagne went from strength to strength and dominated the Australian summer.