Johnson beats skipper Clarke to win coveted Allan Border medal

Melbourne, Jan 20: Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson won the coveted Allan Border medal at an event in Sydney on Monday.

The fast-bowler beat out competition from captain Michael Clarke, who was the favourite to win the award for a record fifth time.

Meg Lanning, just 21-years-old, won the Belinda Clark medal for the best female cricketer of the year.

James Faulkner, who has played just the one Test match during the voting period, was the surprise finisher in third, News.com.au reports.

Johnson took 37 wickets and helped Australia complete the Ashes whitewash.

Clarke was declared the Test player of the year, finishing above Steve Smith and Chris Rogers.

George Bailey was the runaway winner of the ODI player of the year. (ANI)