Australia have been the most fortunate team in all formats of cricket. They have won 5 ICC Cricket World Cups and two Champions Trophy titles. And, They are the most dangerous side for any team in a big tournament. Today, we will be looking at Top 10 Best Australian ODI Batsmen Of All Time.
Top 10 Best Australian ODI Batsmen Of All Time
From Rickey Ponting to Steve Smith and from Adam Gilchrist to David Warner, Australian Cricket history is full of Excellent ODI batsmen. The Kangaroos have won many games due to the extra ordinary effort of their top class ODI batsmen. Let us have a look at the Best Australian ODI Batsmen of all times list.
Legendary Australian Batsmen and former Captain Rickey Ponting takes the top spot on our list. Widely considered as the most successful captain of all times, Ponting is also the Greatest ODI batsman of all times. He made his ODI debut for Australia on 15 February 1995 against South Africa.
Punter played 375 ODI matches for Australia and scored 13,704 runs with an average of 42.03. He also accounts for 30 hundreds and 82 fifties in his ODI career with a top score of 164. Apart from it, he also led Australia in three World Cups and won the titles for his teams.
He was awarded with Allan Border Trophy in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009. He had a successful career as and ODI batsman and a captain. Above all, he is the greatest ODI Australian batsman of all times.
Former Australian Cricketer Greg Chappell holds the 2nd Spot on our list. He represented Australia in ODI format from 1971 to 1983. Greg Chappell is a legendary Australian batsmen who previously held the record of most runs i ODI format during his career.
He played 74 ODI matches for Australia and scored 2,331 runs with a batting average of 40.18. Chappell also hit 3 centuries and 14 fifties with a top score of 138*. He was good with the ball too and picked up 72 wicket as an all rounder in his career.
After retirement, he remained in touch with Australian cricket as a coach and Selection Committee Board member.
Late Australian Cricketer Dean Jones remains 3rd on our list. Nicknamed Deano and Professor after his pitch report in Asia Cup 2004. He revolutionized ODI cricket and is considered best ODI Australian Batsman in late 80’s and 90’s.
Dean Jones Played 164 ODI matches from 1984 to 1994 for Australia. He scored 6,068 runs in ODI format with a batting average of 44.61. Apart from it, he also accounts for 7 centuries and 46 fifties in ODI format with a best score of 145.
He was a great ODI batsman who intimidated bowlers with a unique strategy of running between the wickets and willingness to take risks. He also Coached Islamabad United and Karachi Kings in PSL 4 and PSL 5.
Former Australian captain and International Cricketer Adam Gilchrist also puts together on our list at the 4th spot. He was an attacking batsman who challenged opponent bowlers with his aggressive batting. Nicknamed Gilly and Wingnut, Adam Gilchrist is the greatest Wicket Keeper ODI batsman of all times.
He represented Australia in 287 ODI matches from 1996 to 2008. Gilly scored 9,619 ODI runs during his career with a batting average of 35.89. Apart from it, he also scratched 16 centuries and 55 fifties in the ODI format with a highest score of 182.
Gilchrist holds the unique record of scoring at least 50 runs in successive World Cup finals. He was the most successful batsman in 1999 World Cup. Above all, he is one of the greatest ODI batsman of all times in Australian Cricket.
Former Australian Skipper Mark Waugh holds the 5th spot on our list. He joined Australian ODI team in 1988 against Pakistan. Mark Waugh played 244 ODI matches for Australia. He was the first batsman to score three centuries in ODI World Cups.
He was nicknamed Junior, June, Afghan and Governer. Junior scored 85,00 ODI runs during his career with and average of 39.35. Apart from it, Mark Waugh also accounts for 18ODI centuries and 50 fifties with a top score of 173.
He is considered greatest ODI batsman of all times in Australian Cricket. So, he grabs the 5th spot on our list.
Previous Australian Cricketer Michael Hussey holds the 6th slot on our list of Best Australian ODI batsmen. He was nicknamed Mr Cricket and Huss by his mates. Hussey represented Australia in ODI format from 2004 to 2012. He is regarded as one of the top ODI Australian Batsmen in cricket.
Hussey played 185 ODI matches during his career for Australia. He scored 54,42 runs with a good average of 48.15. He also accounts for three centuries and 39 fifties with a top score of 109*.
After retiring from cricket, he worked as a coach and cricket commentator for sometime. All in all, Michael Hussey was a great Australian ODI batsmen during his prime.
The former Australian Cricketer Michael Bevan occupies 7th spot on our list. He was nicknamed Bevo and represented Australia in 232 ODI matches from 1994 to 2004. Bevo also played two world cups for Australia.
He scratched 69,12 runs with a stunning average of 53.58 in the ODI format. Also, Bevan accounts for 6 centuries and 46 fifties with a highest score of 108* in his career.
His most memorable innings came in when Australia were batting at 6/38 against West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground. He scored 78 runs with a last ball four to get Australia to the victory. He had an illustrious career as an ODI batsman. Thus, he deserves a spot on our list.
Previous Australian National cricket Andrew Symonds played all three format of the cricket for his nation. He was an all-rounder but he is widely remembered for some of his handy innings in crucial moments of the match for Australia.
His friends gave him the nicknames of Roy and Symo. He played 198 matches for Australia and scored 5,088 runs with a batting average of 39.75. Apart from it, he also owns six hundreds and 30 fifty with a highest score of 156. Moreover, he also has 133 ODI wickets to his name as well.
Symonds was named in the Greatest Ever Australia ODI team as an all-rounder. He was an aggressive batsman and played two world cups for Australia.
He is still remembered as best Hard Hitter by die heart Australian Cricket fans.
Current Australian Commentator and Former National Cricketer Mattew Hayden takes the 9th spot on our list. His teammates nicknamed him Haydos and Unit. He represented Australia 1993 to 2008 in the ODI format.
Hayden played 161 ODI matches for Australia and scored 61,33 runs with a good batting average of 43.80. He scratched ten hundreds and 36 fifties during his career. His best ODI score was 181*. Apart from ODI, he is the greatest Australian test Batsman as well who holds the highest Test score of 380*.
He was a dominating batsman in 2007 Cricket world cup and broke the record of Fastest World Cup century with his 66 balls hundred. Hayden Played two world cups for Australia and he was a striking opener who like to challenge opponent bowlers.
Present day Cricketer David Warner makes the final spot on our list of Greatest ODI Australian batsmen. He plays the role of a left handed opening batsman for Australia in the ODI format. Warner is nicknamed Lloyd, the Reverend, Bull.
LIoyd became the part of Australia ODI team in 2009. Since then, he has played 128 ODI matches for Australia. Warner Accounts for 54,55 ODI runs with a good batting average of 45.45. Apart from it, he also holds 18 centuries and 23 fifties to his name.
He set the record of becoming the first Australian to score seven hundred in one Calendar year. He received Australia’s ODI Player of the year award in 2017. Currently, he is ranked 9th on ICC ODI rankings.
Thus, he deserves the 10th place on our list.
So, here is our list. Who do you think should be on our list. Let us know in the comments.