David Warner is the prime threat to Michael Clarke's bid on winning his fourth Allan Border Medal, which would see him equal Ricky Ponting's record-breaking four medals.
Clarke, the reigning Border medallist, is the favourite to win the award again on Monday night by virtue of his record-breaking year in Tests and solid accompanying form in one-day internationals, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The Test and the ODI captain finished last year at No.4 in the list of highest Test run-scorers in a calendar year, with 1595 runs at an average of 106.33, although the voting period includes only the six home Tests in Australia this summer, the paper said.
Clarke is all but certain of winning the Test award, although his closest challenger could be under-fire wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, based on votes being awarded on a match-by-match basis rather than as an overall performance rating for the period, the paper added.
Warner's claims to the top award have been helped by his consistent selection for Australia in all three formats, after Clarke retired from Twenty20 internationals about two years ago, the paper further reported.
While voting for the Allan Border Medal is weighted towards performances in Tests - twice the value of one-day votes, three times the value of Twenty20 votes, Warner's great polling in both limited-overs formats could also eradicate Clarke's big vote lead from Tests, it further added.
In the 44 matches Warner played, he scored 1840 runs at an average of 38.33, including 13 half-centuries and three centuries.
The left-handed opener is highly favoured to win his first individual award, for his 50-over performances, which would end Shane Watson's three-year winning streak, the paper said. (ANI)