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The Australian cricket team can be regarded as the most successful International cricket team in the World. They are governed by Cricket Australia and participated in the first ever Test match against the England cricket team at the MCG in 1877.
History of Australia Cricket Team
Test cricket was born in 1877 when Australia defeated England by 45 runs in Melbourne, Australia can in fact make the unique claim of featuring in the first game in all formats of international cricket having played in the first One Day International against England in 1971 and the first T20 against the New Zealand national cricket team in 2005.
They are the most successful nation in ICC Mens Cricket World Cups having lifted the trophy on five occasions. From the mid 1990’s to mid 2000’s, the Australia cricket team enjoyed a period when they boasted arguably the strongest Test team to ever play the game and enjoyed an era of great dominance playing a very attacking brand of cricket. They have had other success in ICC events winning The Champions Trophy twice and completing the set winning T20 World Cup in the UAE in 2021.
Where does the Australia Cricket Team play?
Australia’s five major international cricket venues are Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. The largest stadium in Melbourne (The MCG) holds over 100,000 spectators.
Former Captains of the Australia Cricket Team
Known as a fierce competitor and gritty, prolific batsman Steve Waugh can also be regarded as one of the finest ever captains of the Australia cricket team. He led his country to a remarkable 41 wins in 57 Tests (once putting together a record sequence of 16 consecutive wins) he also skippered the Australia cricket team to victory in the 1999 ICC ODI World Cup.
Waugh’s success was built on the legacy of Allan Border who had taken the Australia cricket team out of a difficult period in the mid 1980’s to lay the foundations for much of the success that was to follow.
Top Run Scorers in Australia Cricket Team History
Tasmanian right hander Ricky Ponting is Australia’s leading run scorer in all formats totalling 27,368 International runs and making 70 centuries for his country, a record for the Australia cricket team.
Top wickets takers in Australia Cricket Team History
Mercurial leg spinner Shane Warne took 999 wickets for the Australia cricket team, with him being one of the most iconic cricketers to play the sport in recent memory.
Memorable Games for the Australia Cricket Team
Australia as a nation are never beaten until the game is over. This was no more so than the 1999 World Cup Semi Final against the South Africa national cricket team. After the Aussies made an under par 213 South Africa were making solid progress in reply until the introduction of Shane Warne. The legendary leggie changed the game taking 4-29, with just one to win Australia kept their heads as South African fast bowler Allan Donald was dramatically run out to give the Australia cricket team a place in the Lords final in which they would go on to hammer Pakistan to lift the trophy.
Don Bradman is peerless when it comes to Test batting average. In fact he needed to score just 4 runs in his final innings at The Oval in August 1948 to end with a career average of 100. He was bowled for 0 second ball by England’s Eric Hollies, but surely 99.9 will never be matched?
Rivals Of The Australia Cricket Team
The greatest rivals of the Australia cricket team are the England cricket team with The Ashes cricket series regarded as the pinnacle event for either nation.