David Warner has completed a stunning return to international cricket by claiming his third Allan Border Medal, but after a poor Ashes series the English haven’t let him forget it.
Warner was banned - alongside AB Medal runner-up Steve Smith - from representing Australia for a year after the 2018 sandpaper scandal, only returning in June to the national set-up.
Prolific performances in the World Cup and Australia's home Test summer allowed Warner (194) to edge out Smith (193) in Monday night's thrilling count at Melbourne's Crown Palladium.
Warner also fell to English fast-bowler Stuart Broad seven times throughout the series and couldn’t deal with the veteran’s combination of swing and pace.
Broad even appeared to troll Warner after many pointed out he was playing coy on why a highlight reel of his Ashes dismissals of the Aussie was being retweeted.
The broader English community and others also reminded Warner of his series after claiming the medal.
Despite his Ashes performance, Warner excelled in the World Cup in England and with the bat on home turf throughout the Summer.
Allan Border Medal
Last year's medallist Pat Cummins (185) capped off a consistent 12 months across all formats to round out the top three.
Warner's triumph goes with his AB medals from 2016 and 2017, with the three victories putting him in rare company, only one behind four-time winners Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.
He became emotional when delivering his acceptance speech, especially when it came to mentioning his family and wife Candice.
“My mum and dad, I know I’ve let you down a lot in the past but you always stick by my side and I really appreciate that, and my brother,” he said.
“My wife, my rock, I don’t know what could ever break you, you’re absolutely fantastic, you’re an inspiration not just to me but to the girls.
“It’s hard for a man to stand up here and say a lot of nice words about people but you always seem to bring the best out of me and the kindness of my heart.
“I can’t thank you enough for what you do for me and our family. I love you dearly.”