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Allan Border Medal: Cricketers and WAGs hit the blue carpet

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Candice Warner went for a bold orange look, but she was upstaged by a bona fide Cinderella gown. Photo: Getty
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While the players and partners of the AFL and NRL get to show off their Sunday best in September at the Brownlow and Dally M, respectively, the budding glamazons of the cricket world have to wait until February for the Allan Border Medal.

The annual awards night sees cricketers swap their whites for black – tie, that is – and hit the blue carpet with their partner by their side.

But not everyone opts to play it safe, particularly among the WAGs, who this year sported rainbow bright colours, fringing, ruffles and plunging necklines.

By far the biggest statement of the night was from Danielle Willis, the fiancee of Australian captain Steve Smith, who had a true blue Cinderella moment in a dramatic Oglia Loro Couture gown.

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Danielle Willis channelled her inner Disney princess. Photo: Instagram/Lana Wilkinson

And Willis was no wallflower on the night, with an onlooker at Melbourne’s Crown Casino capturing the Kodak moment that Australia’s best batsman became a personal photographer for his bride-to-be.

Turns out no amount of Tests can save you from being an Instagram boyfriend.

Candice Warner, aka Queen of the WAGs, managed to live up to the massive expectation of her title by rocking a bold orange gown from Cappellazzo Couture.

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Candice Warner was bright like a sunrise. Photo: Instagram/Lana Wilkinson

Another standout was Rachel McLellan, partner of Usman Khawaja, whose soft lilac tiered Jason Grech gown was a breath of fresh air among the sparkle and structure.

Rachel McLellan lightens up the elevator in lilac. Photo: Instagram/Meagan Harding

Hattie Palmer, partner of Adam Zampa, made an entrance in a silver fringed gown from designer Kinsman, that moved to its own rhythm.

Hattie Palmer would be a hit on the dance floor. Photo: Instagram/Lana Wilkinson

Rebecca Marsh, Channel Seven reporter and wife of Shaun Marsh, dared to bare in a gown by Ae’lkemi that had both a plunging neckline and a thigh-high slit.

Shaun and Rebecca Marsh opted for black on black. Photo: Instagram/Rebecca Marsh

Jackson Bird’s date Scarlett Lennard was easily one of the best dressed of the night in a gold number that could have fit right in on the Oscars red carpet.

Just like her partner Jackson Bird on the pitch, Scarlett Lennard brought her A-game. Photo: Instagram

Anna Weatherlake, the woman responsible for Peter Siddle’s vegan transformation, went for an edgier look in a tiered, sheer black gown from One Day Bridal.

Peter Siddle’s right-hand woman, Anna Weatherlake, trialled a gothic look. Photo: Instagram/Anna Weatherlake

And rounding out the most memorable looks of the evening was Ricky Ponting’s wife Rianna, whose elegant One Day Bridal gown proved you don’t always have to push the envelope to make an impact.

Rianna Ponting has this blue carpet thing nailed. Photo: Instagram/One Day Bridal

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