Warner wins Australia's top individual award again

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Prolific opening batsman David Warner has won Australian cricket's top individual prize for the second year in a row, beating skipper Steve Smith and paceman Mitchell Starc for the Allan Border Medal on Monday night.

Warner is the fourth player - following former skippers Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke and allrounder Shane Watson - to win back-to-back awards.

As test vice-captain, Warner finished the season with centuries in consecutive tests against Pakistan in Melbourne and Sydney, where he became the first batsman to score 100 in the opening session of a test match in Australia.