Shane Watson picked up the highest honours in both limited-overs formats at the Allan Border Medal last night in Melbourne. The Australian vice-captain, who famously won the Player of the Year Award in 2010 and 2011, missed out on the main prize this time out, but was still named One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 Player of the Year.
The star opening batsman has only played the one match for Australia this summer, after a series of calf and hamstring injuries have kept him out of action; until now, that is.
On Sunday, Watson made his international comeback against India in Sydney – leading his country for the first time and taking them into the finals of the triangular tournament – which also features Sri Lanka. And last night, “Watto” picked the highest honours in both limited-over’s formats.
Watson missed the last five ODI matches of the period – last Sunday's match against India will feature in next year's voting – but still remained atop the votes. A wonderful achievement considering he has spent the best part of three months out of the game.
The ODI prize makes it a hat-trick of one-day awards for Watson, who also won in 2010 and 2011, to go with his two Allan Border Medal wins (2010, 2011) and his Test Player of the Year Award in 2011.
In the T20 category, the Australian vice-captain pipped the award in a countback despite playing only half the matches in the voting period. He was Australia's leading run-scorer during the voting period.