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Australia’s latest Allan Border medallist Pat Cummins has paid tribute to fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee on the night as the 25-year-old narrowly claimed Australian cricket’s highest individual honour.

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Cummins on Monday night pipped fellow bowler Nathan Lyon for the medal after claiming 44 wickets at 25.61 over the 12-month voting period.

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The tearaway pace bowler earned man of the series honours after two outstanding Tests against Sri Lanka.

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Speaking moments after claiming the award, Cummins lauded the support from Lillee, who has played a vital part in his development as a quick at national level.

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“The main one (support person) for me is DK Lillee,” Cummins told reporters on Monday night.

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“I haven’t actually worked with him too much in the last couple of years, but still pick up the phone and call him quite often and send him footage whenever I feel like things just aren’t 100 per cent right.

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“He’s just been great to me talking through bowling action and the technical side of things and also how to manage a season. How to manage different wickets.

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“(He) just has so much support for me, so he’s probably the one that’s been really in my corner the most.”

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Cummins also praised the work of David Saker, who stepped down as Australia’s bowling coach following Australia’s series victory over Sri Lanka.

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“David Saker’s been great, (he’s) just a really good thinker about the game,” he said.

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“Challenges us to think outside the box and gives us an honest word, so I really enjoyed working with him.”

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