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The '''Australian cricket team''' is the national cricket team of Australia. It is the joint oldest team in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_cricket Test cricket], having played in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Test_cricket_from_1877_to_1883 first Test match] in 1877.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-1 [2]]</sup> The team also plays [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Day_International One Day International] cricket and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty20_International Twenty20 International], participating in both the first ODI, against [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_cricket_team England] in the 1970–71 season<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-2 [3]]</sup> and the first Twenty20 International, against [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_national_cricket_team New Zealand] in the 2004–05 season,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-3 [4]]</sup> winning both games. The team mainly draws its players from teams playing in the Australian domestic competitions – the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield_Shield Sheffield Shield], the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Domestic_One-Day_Series Australian Domestic One-Day Series] and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bash_League Big Bash League].
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The Australian cricket team is the national cricket team of Australia. It is the joint oldest team in Test cricket, having played in the first Test match in 1877.[2] The team also plays One Day International cricket and Twenty20 International, participating in both the first ODI, against England in the 1970–71 season and the first Twenty20 International, against New Zealand in the 2004–05 season,[4] winning both games. The team mainly draws its players from teams playing in the Australian domestic competitions – the Sheffield Shield, the Australian Domestic One-Day Series and the Big Bash League.
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The Australian team has played 744 Test matches, winning 350, losing 194, drawing 198 and tying two. Australia is ranked the number-one team overall in Test cricket in terms of overall wins, win-loss ratio and wins percentage. Australia is currently ranked third in the ICC Test Championship behind England and South Africa as of 12 June 2012.
   
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Upcoming fixtures
The Australian team has played 744 Test matches, winning 350, losing 194, drawing 198 and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tied_Test tying] two.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-4">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-4 [5]]</sup> Australia is ranked the number-one team overall in Test cricket in terms of overall wins, win-loss ratio and wins percentage. Australia is currently ranked third in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_Test_Championship ICC Test Championship] behind England and South Africa as of 12 June 2012.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-5">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-5 [6]]</sup>
 
   
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One Day International recordsAustralia will tour the UK in July–August 2012 2012. 5 One Day Internationals and 2 Twenty20 Internationals.
Australia has played 797 ODI matches, winning 490, losing 272, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tied_One_Day_Internationals tying] nine and with 26 ending in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-result no-result].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-6">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-6 [7]]</sup> They have led the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_ODI_Championship ICC ODI Championship] since its inception for all but a period of 48 days in 2007. Australia have made record six [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_World_Cup World Cup] final appearances (1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007) and have won the World Cup a record four times in total; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1987_Cricket_World_Cup 1987 Cricket World Cup], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Cricket_World_Cup 1999 Cricket World Cup], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Cricket_World_Cup 2003 Cricket World Cup] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Cricket_World_Cup 2007 Cricket World Cup]. Australia is the first team to appear in 4 consecutive World Cup finals (1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007), surpassing the old record of 3 consecutive World Cup appearances by West Indies (1975, 1979 and 1983).
 
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Australia will tour the UAE in August 2012 against Pakistan. 3 Twenty20s International and 5 One Day Internationals.
 
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Australia will compete in September the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
The team was undefeated in 34 consecutive World Cup matches until 19 March at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Cricket_World_Cup 2011 Cricket World Cup] where [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan_national_cricket_team Pakistan] beat them by 4 wickets.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-7">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-7 [8]]</sup> Australia have also won the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_Champions_Trophy ICC Champions Trophy] twice – in 2006 and in 2009 – making them the first and the only team to become back to back winners in the Champions Trophy tournaments. The team has also played 39 Twenty20 Internationals,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-8">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-8 [9]]</sup> making the final of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_ICC_World_Twenty20 2010 ICC World Twenty20], which they lost to England.
 
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Australia will host South Africa in November-December 2012. 3 Test Matches
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Australia will host Sri Lanka in December 2012-January 2013. 3 Test Matches, 5 One Day International Matches and 2 Twenty20 Internationals.
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Australia will host the West Indies in February 2013. 5 One Day Internationals and 1 Twenty20 International.
==Contents==
 
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List of Australia One Day International cricket records
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#History 1 History]
 
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Team
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Early_history 1.1 Early history]
 
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Australia's highest total in a One Day International innings is 434/4 scored off 50 overs against South Africa at Johannesburg on 12 March 2006. This was a world record before the South Africans surpassed this score in the second innings.[46]
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Golden_Age 1.2 Golden Age]
 
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Australia's lowest total in a One Day International innings is 70. This score has occurred twice. Once against New Zealand in 1986, and once against England in 1977.[47]
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Cricket_between_the_wars 1.3 Cricket between the wars]
 
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Australia's largest victory in a One Day International is 256 runs. This occurred against Namibia at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.[48]
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#The_Bradman_Era 1.4 The Bradman Era]
 
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Australia have won the ICC ODI Championship 8 times since it started – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010.[citation needed]
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Cricket_after_World_War_II 1.5 Cricket after World War II]
 
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Australia are the only team in the history of the World Cup to win 3 consecutive tournaments dated back in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#1970s_and_onward 1.6 1970s and onward]
 
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Australia were undefeated in the World Cup for a record 34 matches in the Tournament, the last time Australia were defeated in a World Cup match was back in 1999 against Pakistan, this streak was broken again by Pakistan in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Modern_Era 1.7 Modern Era]
 
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Australia have won the most number of World Cups – 4.
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#India 1.7.1 India]
 
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Appearances
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Pakistani_Tour_2004.E2.80.9305 1.7.2 Pakistani Tour 2004–05]
 
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Ricky Ponting has the most One Day International appearances for Australia played 362. Steve Waugh is next with 325 matches for Australia.
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#2005_Ashes 1.7.3 2005 Ashes]
 
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==Batting==
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#ICC_Super_Series 1.7.4 ICC Super Series]
 
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See also: [[List of Australian ODI batsmen]]
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#West_Indies 1.7.5 West Indies]
 
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Runs by an Australian Batsman with 13,291 runs.
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#South_Africa_Tour 1.7.6 South Africa Tour]
 
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Ricky Ponting has the most One Day International Centuries by an Australian Batsman with 30 Centuries.
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Bangladesh_Tour 1.7.7 Bangladesh Tour]
 
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Ricky Ponting has the most One Day International fifties by an Australian Batsman with 79 One Day International fifties.
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#2006.E2.80.9307_Ashes 1.7.8 2006–07 Ashes]
 
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Ricky Ponting is the first Australian Batsman his history to pass 10,000 One Day International Runs.
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#2006.E2.80.9307_ODI_season 1.7.9 2006–07 ODI season]
 
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Shane Watson has the highest individual score in an innings by an Australian Batsman with 185*.
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#2007_World_Cup 1.7.10 2007 World Cup]
 
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Shane Watson has hit the most sixes in a single innings by an Australian and the World Record with 15 sixes.
***[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Recent_Seasons 1.7.11 Recent Seasons]
 
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==Bowling==
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Upcoming_fixtures 2 Upcoming fixtures]
 
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See also: [[List of Australian ODI bowlers]]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Team_colours 3 Team colours]
 
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International Wickets by an Australian bowler with 380 wickets.
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Personnel 4 Personnel]
 
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Glenn McGrath has the best bowling figures by an Australian bowler 7/15.
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Coaching_staff 4.1 Coaching staff]
 
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Brett Lee has the most 5-wicket hauls by an Australian bowler with 9 times (5 wickets or more).
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Test_match_records 5 Test match records]
 
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Fielding and Wicket-Keeping
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Team 5.1 Team]
 
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Adam Gilchrist has most dismissals by an Australian Wicket-Keeper with 470.
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Appearances 5.2 Appearances]
 
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Adam Gilchrist has the most catches taken by an Australian Wicket-Keeper with 416 catches.
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Batting 5.3 Batting]
 
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Adam Gilchrist has the most stumping made by an Australian Wicket-Keeper with 54 Stumping.
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Bowling 5.4 Bowling]
 
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Ricky Ponting has the most catches by a fielder 154 catches.
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Fielding_and_wicketkeeping 5.5 Fielding and wicketkeeping]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#One_Day_International_records 6 One Day International records]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Team_2 6.1 Team]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Appearances_2 6.2 Appearances]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Batting_2 6.3 Batting]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Bowling_2 6.4 Bowling]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Fielding_and_Wicket-Keeping 6.5 Fielding and Wicket-Keeping]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Tournament_history 7 Tournament history]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Under_the_Southern_Cross_I_Stand 8 Under the Southern Cross I Stand]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#See_also 9 See also]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#Notes 10 Notes]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#External_links 11 External links]
 
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==History==
 
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Australian_cricket_team_in_England_1878.jpg ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Australian_cricket_team_in_England_1878.jpg ]1878 teamMain article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Australian_cricket_team History of the Australian cricket team]===Early history===
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Australian_cricket_from_1876%E2%80%9377_to_1890 History of Australian cricket from 1876–77 to 1890]The Australian cricket team participated in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Test_cricket_from_1877_to_1883 first Test match] at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_Cricket_Ground MCG] in 1877, defeating an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_cricket_team English team] by 45 runs, with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bannerman Charles Bannerman] making the first Test century, a score of 165 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retired_hurt_%28cricket%29 retired hurt]. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_cricket Test cricket], which only occurred between Australia and England at the time, was limited by the long distance between the two countries, which would take several months by sea. Despite Australia's much smaller population, the team was very competitive in early games, producing stars such as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Blackham Jack Blackham], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Murdoch Billy Murdoch], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Spofforth Fred "The Demon" Spofforth], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bonnor George Bonnor], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_McDonnell Percy McDonnell], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Giffen George Giffen] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Turner_%28cricketer%29 Charles "The Terror" Turner]. Most cricketers at the time were either from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales] or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Bushrangers Victoria], with the notable exception of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Giffen George Giffen], the star [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia_Redbacks South Australian] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-rounder all-rounder].
 
 
A highlight of Australia's early history was the 1882 Test match against England at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oval The Oval]. In this match [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Spofforth Fred Spofforth] took 7/44 in the game's fourth innings to save the match by preventing England from making their 85-run target. After this match ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sporting_Times The Sporting Times]'', a major newspaper in London at the time, printed a mock obituary in which the death of English cricket was proclaimed and the announcement made that "the body was cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." This was the start of the famous [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ashes Ashes] series in which Australia and England play a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_cricket Test match series] to decide the holder of the Ashes. To this day, the contest is one of the fiercest rivalries in sport.
 
===Golden Age===
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Australian_cricket_from_1890%E2%80%9391_to_1900 History of Australian cricket from 1890–91 to 1900]Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Australian_cricket_from_1900%E2%80%9301_to_1918 History of Australian cricket from 1900–01 to 1918]The so-called 'Golden Age' of Australian test cricket occurred around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, with the team under the captaincy of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Darling Joe Darling], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Noble Monty Noble] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clem_Hill Clem Hill] winning eight of ten tours it participated in between the 1897–98 English tour of Australia and the 1910–11 South African tour of Australia. Outstanding batsman such as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Darling Joe Darling], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clem_Hill Clem Hill], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggie_Duff Reggie Duff], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd_Gregory Syd Gregory], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Bardsley Warren Bardsley] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Trumper Victor Trumper], brilliant all-rounders including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Noble Monty Noble], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Giffen George Giffen], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Trott Harry Trott] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwick_Armstrong Warwick Armstrong] and excellent bowlers including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Jones Ernie Jones], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Trumble Hugh Trumble], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibby_Cotter Tibby Cotter], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Howell_%28cricketer%29 Bill Howell], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Saunders Jack Saunders] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Whitty Bill Whitty], all helped Australia to become the dominant cricketing nation for most of this period.
 
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Trumper Victor Trumper] became one of Australia's first sporting heroes, and was widely considered Australia's greatest batsman before [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Bradman Bradman] and one of the most popular players. He played a record (at the time) number of tests at 48, and scored 3163 (another record) runs at a high for the time average of 39.04. His early death in 1915 at the age of 37 from kidney disease caused national mourning. The ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisden_Cricketers%27_Almanack Wisden Cricketers' Almanack]'', in its obituary for him, called him Australia's greatest batsman: "''Of all the great Australian batsmen Victor Trumper was by general consent the best and most brilliant.''"<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-9">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-9 [10]]</sup>
 
 
The years leading up to the start of World War I were marred by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Six_cricket_dispute_of_1912 conflict] between the players, led by Clem Hill, Victor Trumper and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Laver Frank Laver], the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_Australia Australian Board of Control for International Cricket] (formed in 1905), led by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_McAlister Peter McAlister], who were attempting to gain more control of tours from the players. This led to six leading players (the so-called "Big Six") walking out on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1912_Triangular_Tournament 1912 Triangular Tournament] in England, with Australia fielding what was generally considered a second-rate side. This was the last series before the war, and no more cricket was played by Australia for eight years, with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibby_Cotter Tibby Cotter] being killed in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine Palestine] during the war.
 
===Cricket between the wars===
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Australian_cricket_from_1918%E2%80%9319_to_1930 History of Australian cricket from 1918–19 to 1930]Test cricket resumed in the 1920/21 season in Australia with a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_1920%E2%80%9321 touring English team], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_England_cricket_captains captained] by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Douglas Johnny Douglas] losing all five Tests to Australia, captained by the "Big Ship" [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwick_Armstrong Warwick Armstrong]. Several players from before the war, including Warwick Armstrong, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Macartney Charlie Macartney], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Kelleway Charles Kelleway], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Bardsley Warren Bardsley] and the wicket-keeper [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammy_Carter Sammy Carter], were instrumental in the team's success, as well as new players [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbie_Collins Herbie Collins], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Ryder_%28cricketer%29 Jack Ryder], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_Oldfield Bert Oldfield], the spinner [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Mailey Arthur Mailey] and the so-called "twin destroyers" [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Gregory_%28cricketer%29 Jack Gregory] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_McDonald Ted McDonald]. The team continued its success on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_England_in_1921 1921 Tour of England], winning three out of the five Tests in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwick_Armstrong Warwick Armstrong]'s last series. The side was on the whole inconsistent in the latter half of the 1920s, losing its first home [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ashes Ashes series] since the 1911–12 season in 1928–29.
 
===The Bradman Era===
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Australian_cricket_from_1930%E2%80%9331_to_1945 History of Australian cricket from 1930–31 to 1945]The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_England_in_1930 1930 Tour of England] heralded a new age of success for the Australian team. The team, led by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Woodfull Bill Woodfull] – the "Great Un-bowlable" – featured legends of the game including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Ponsford Bill Ponsford], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_McCabe Stan McCabe], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarrie_Grimmett Clarrie Grimmett] and the young pair of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Jackson Archie Jackson] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Bradman Don Bradman]. Bradman was the outstanding batsman of the series, scoring a record 974 runs, including one century, two double centuries and one [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Test_cricket_triple_centuries triple century], a massive score of 334 at Leeds which including 309 runs in a day. Jackson died of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis tuberculosis] at the age of 24 three years later, after playing eight tests. The team was widely considered unstoppable, winning nine of its next ten Tests.
 
 
The 1932–33 England tour of Australia is considered one of the most infamous episodes of cricket, due to the England team's use of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodyline bodyline], where captain [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Jardine Douglas Jardine] instructed his bowlers [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Voce Bill Voce] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Larwood Harold Larwood] to bowl fast, short-pitched deliveries aimed at the bodies of the Australian batsmen. The tactic, although effective, was widely considered by Australian crowds as vicious and unsporting. Injuries to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Woodfull Bill Woodfull], who was struck over the heart, and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_Oldfield Bert Oldfield], who received a fractured skull (although from a non-Bodyline ball), exacerbated the situation, almost causing a full-scale riot from the 50 000 fans at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelaide_Oval Adelaide Oval] for the Third Test. The conflict almost escalated into a diplomatic incident between the two countries, as leading Australian political figures, including the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governors_of_South_Australia Governor of South Australia], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Hore-Ruthven,_1st_Earl_of_Gowrie Alexander Hore-Ruthven], protested to their English counterparts. The series ended in a 4–1 win for England, but the Bodyline tactics used were banned the year after.
 
 
The Australian team managed to overcome the damaging series, winning their next tour of England in 1934. The team was led by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Woodfull Bill Woodfull] on his final tour, and was notably dominated by Ponsford and Bradman, who twice put on partnerships of over 380 runs, with Bradman once again scoring a triple-century at Leeds. The bowling was dominated by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_bowling spin] pair of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_O%27Reilly_%28cricketer%29 Bill O'Reilly] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarrie_Grimmett Clarrie Grimmett], who took 53 wickets between them, with O'Reilly twice taking seven wicket hauls.
 
 
Sir [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Bradman Donald Bradman] is widely considered the greatest batsman of all time.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-10">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-10 [11]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-11">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-11 [12]]</sup> He dominated the sport from 1930 until his retirement in 1948, setting new records for the highest score in a test innings (334 vs England at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headingley_Stadium Headingley] in 1930), the most number of runs (6996), the most number of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_%28cricket%29 centuries] (29), the most number of double centuries and the greatest Test and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-class_cricket first-class] batting averages. His record for the highest Test batting average – 99.94 – has never been beaten. It is almost 40 runs above the next highest average. He would have finished with an average of over 100 runs per innings if he had not been dismissed for a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_%28cricket%29 duck] in his last Test. He was [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight knighted] in 1949 for services to cricket. He is generally considered one of Australia's greatest sporting heroes.
 
 
Test cricket was again [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_in_World_War_II interrupted by war], with the last Test series in 1938 made notable by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len_Hutton Len Hutton] making a world record 364 for England, with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Fleetwood-Smith Chuck Fleetwood-Smith] conceding 298 runs in England's world record total of 7–903. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Gregory Ross Gregory], a notable young batsman who played two Tests before the war, was killed in the war.
 
===Cricket after World War II===
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Australian_cricket_from_1945%E2%80%9346_to_1960 History of Australian cricket from 1945–46 to 1960]The team continued its success after the end of the Second World War, with the first Test (also Australia's first against [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_national_cricket_team New Zealand]) being played in the 1945–46 season against New Zealand. Australia was by far the most successful team of the 1940s, being undefeated throughout the decade, winning two Ashes series against England and its first Test series against [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_national_cricket_team India]. The team capitalised on its ageing stars Bradman, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Barnes Sid Barnes], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Brown_%28cricketer%29 Bill Brown] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsay_Hassett Lindsay Hassett] while new talent, including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Johnson_%28cricketer%29 Ian Johnson], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Tallon Don Tallon], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Morris Arthur Morris], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Harvey Neil Harvey], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Johnston_%28cricketer%29 Bill Johnston] and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling fast bowling] pair of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Lindwall Ray Lindwall] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Miller Keith Miller], who all made their debut in the latter half of the 1940s, and were to form the basis of the team for a good part of the next decade. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_England_in_1948 team that Don Bradman led to England in 1948] gained the moniker ''The Invincibles'', after going through the tour without losing a single game. Of 31 first-class games played during the tour, they won 23 and drew 8, including winning the five match Test series 4–0, with one draw. The tour was particularly notably for the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Test,_1948_Ashes_series Fourth Test] of the series, in which Australia won by seven wickets chasing a target of 404, setting a new record for the highest [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cricket_terms#R runchase] in Test cricket, with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Morris Arthur Morris] and Bradman both scoring centuries, as well as for the final Test in the series, Bradman's last, where he finished with a duck in his last innings after needing only four runs to secure a career average of 100.
 
 
Australia was less successful in the 1950s, losing three consecutive Ashes series to England, including a horrendous [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_England_in_1956 1956 Tour of England], where the 'spin twins' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Laker Laker] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Lock Lock] destroyed Australia, taking 61 wickets between them, including Laker taking 19 wickets in the game (a first-class record) at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headingley_Stadium Leeds], a game dubbed '''Laker's Match'''.
 
 
However, the team rebounded to win five consecutive series in the latter half of the 1950s, first under the leadership of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Johnson_%28cricketer%29 Ian Johnson], then [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Craig Ian Craig] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richie_Benaud Richie Benaud]. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indian_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_1960%E2%80%9361 series against the West Indies in the 1960–61 season] was notable for the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tied_Test Tied Test] in the first game at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gabba The Gabba], which was the first in Test cricket. Australia ended up winning the series 2–1 after a hard fought series that was praised for its excellent standards and sense of fair-play. Stand-out players in that series as well as through the early part of the 1960s were [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richie_Benaud Richie Benaud], who took a then-record number of wickets as a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg_spin leg-spinner], and who also captained Australia in 28 Tests, including 24 without defeat; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Davidson_%28cricketer%29 Alan Davidson], who became the first player to take 10 wickets and make 100 runs in the same game in the first Test, and was also a notable fast-bowler; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Simpson_%28cricketer%29 Bob Simpson], who also later captained Australia for two different periods of time; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_McDonald_%28cricketer%29 Colin McDonald], the first-choice opening batsman for most of the 1950s and early '60s; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norm_O%27Neill Norm O'Neill], who made 181 in the Tied Test; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Harvey Neil Harvey], towards the end of his long career; and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wally_Grout Wally Grout], an excellent [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicket-keeper wicket-keeper] who died at the age of 41.
 
===1970s and onward===
 
The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centenary_Test Centenary Test] was played in March 1977 at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MCG MCG] to celebrate 100 years since the first Test was played. Australia ended winning by 45 runs, an identical result to the first Test match.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-12">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-12 [13]]</sup>
 
 
In May 1977 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_Packer Kerry Packer] announced he was organising a breakaway competition – [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Series_Cricket World Series Cricket] (WSC) – after the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Cricket_Board Australian Cricket Board] (ACB) refused to accept [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Network Channel Nine]'s bid to gain exclusive television rights to Australia's Test matches in 1976. Packer secretly signed leading international cricketers to his competition, including 28 Australians. Almost all of the Australian Test team at the time were signed to WSC – notable exceptions including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Cosier Gary Cosier], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Dymock Geoff Dymock], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Hughes Kim Hughes] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Serjeant Craig Serjeant] – and the Australian selectors were forced to pick what was generally considered a third-rate team from players in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield_Shield Sheffield Shield]. Former player [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Simpson_%28cricketer%29 Bob Simpson], who had retired 10 years previously after a conflict with the board, was recalled at the age of 41 to captain Australia against India. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Thomson Jeff Thomson] was named deputy in a team that included seven debutants. Australia managed to win the series 3–2, mainly thanks to the batting of Simpson, who scored 539 runs, including two centuries; and the bowling of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Clark_%28cricketer%29 Wayne Clark], who took 28 wickets. Australia lost the next series—against the West Indies, which was fielding a full team—3–1, and also lost the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_1978%E2%80%9379 1978–79 Ashes series] 5–1, the team's worst Ashes result in Australia. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Yallop Graham Yallop] was named as captain for the Ashes, with Kim Hughes taking over for the 1979–80 tour of India.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Hogg Rodney Hogg] still managed to take 41 wickets in his debut series, an Australian record. WSC players returned to the team for the 1979–80 season after a settlement between the ACB and Kerry Packer. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Chappell Greg Chappell] was reinstated as captain.
 
 
The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underarm_bowling_incident_of_1981 underarm bowling incident of 1981] occurred when, in a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Day_International ODI] against [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_national_cricket_team New Zealand], Greg Chappell instructed his brother [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Chappell Trevor] to bowl an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underarm_bowling underarm delivery] to New Zealand batsman [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_McKechnie_%28sportsman%29 Brian McKechnie], with New Zealand needing a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_%28cricket%29 six] to tie off the last ball. The aftermath of the incident soured political relations between Australia and New Zealand, with several leading political and cricketing figures calling it "unsportsmanlike" and "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_in_the_spirit_of_cricket not in the spirit of cricket]".
 
 
Australia continued its success up until the 1980s, built mainly around Bob Simpson, the Chappell brothers, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Lillee Dennis Lillee], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Marsh Rod Marsh]. The 1980s was a period of relative mediocrity after the turmoil caused by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebel_tours_of_South_Africa#Australian_tours.2C_1985.2F86_.26_1986.2F87 Rebel Tours of South Africa] and the subsequent retirement of several key players. The rebel tours were funded by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Cricket_Board South African Cricket Board] to compete against its national side, which had been banned—along with many other sports, including Olympic athletes—from competing internationally, due to the South African government's racist apartheid policies. Some of Australia's best players were poached: Graham Yallop, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Rackemann Carl Rackemann], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Alderman Terry Alderman], Rodney Hogg, Kim Hughes, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dyson_%28cricketer%29 John Dyson], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Shipperd Greg Shipperd], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Rixon Steve Rixon] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Smith_%28cricketer_born_1961%29 Steve Smith] amongst others. These players were handed three-year suspensions by the Australian Cricket Board which greatly weakened the player pool for the national sides, as most were either current representative players or on the verge of gaining honours.
 
 
Under the captaincy of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Border Allan Border] and the new fielding standards put in place by new coach Bob Simpson, the team was restructured and gradually rebuilt their cricketing stocks. Some of the rebel players returned to the national side after serving their suspensions, including Rodney Hogg, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Hohns Trevor Hohns], Graham Yallop and Terry Alderman. Alderman went on to become a consistent strike weapon and was highly valued until a terrible mishap while tackling a pitch invader damaged his shoulder and pretty much ended his career. During these lean years, it was the batsmen Border, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Boon David Boon], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Jones_%28cricketer%29 Dean Jones], the young Steve Waugh and the bowling feats of Alderman, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Reid Bruce Reid], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_McDermott Craig McDermott], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merv_Hughes Merv Hughes] and to a lesser extent, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Lawson_%28cricketer%29 Geoff Lawson] who kept the Australian side afloat.
 
 
With the emergence of players such as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Healy Ian Healy], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Taylor_%28cricketer%29 Mark Taylor], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Marsh Geoff Marsh], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Waugh Mark Waugh], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Matthews Greg Matthews], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damien_Martyn Damien Martyn] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Hayden Matthew Hayden] in the late 1980s, Australia was on the way back from the doldrums. Winning [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Ashes_series the Ashes in 1989], the Australians got a roll on beating [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistani_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_1989%E2%80%9390 Pakistan], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_1989%E2%80%9390 Sri Lanka] and then followed it up with another Ashes win on home soil [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990%E2%80%9391_Ashes_series in 1991]. The Australians went on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_West_Indies_in_1990%E2%80%9391 to the West Indies] and had their chances but ended up losing the series. However they bounced back and beat the Indians in their next Test series. With the retirement of the champion but defensive 'Captain Grumpy', Allan Border, a new era of attacking cricket had begun under the leadership of firstly Mark Taylor and then [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Waugh Steve Waugh].
 
 
The 1990s and early 21st century were arguably Australia's most successful period, unbeaten in all Ashes series played bar the famous [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Ashes_series 2005 series] and achieving a hat-trick of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_World_Cup World Cups]. This success has been attributed to the restructuring of the team and system by Border, successive shrewd captains, and the effectiveness of several key players, most notably [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_McGrath Glenn McGrath], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Warne Shane Warne], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Langer Justin Langer], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Hayden Matthew Hayden], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Waugh Steve Waugh], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gilchrist Adam Gilchrist] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting]. In recent years however, following the retirement of most of this group of players, Australia has lost series to both India and England and has dropped to fifth place in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_Test_Championship ICC Test Championship] rankings.
 
===Modern Era===
 
====India====
 
Australian captain [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Waugh Steve Waugh] referred to India as the "Final Frontier", as that was the only place where Australia hadn't won a series in over thirty years. Australia lost in the 2001 series 2–1 and when India came to Australia for Waugh's farewell series in 2003–04, they drew the series 1–1 and came close to winning it after scoring a national record 705 but not enforcing the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Follow-on follow-on].
 
 
However, later in the year, the side (captained by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gilchrist Adam Gilchrist]) won in India for the first time in 35 years. The Australians won this series 2–1 (with one match rained out on the last day).
 
====Pakistani Tour 2004–05====
 
The 2004–05 summer season in Australia was against the touring [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistani_cricket_team Pakistani cricket team] which Australia won convincingly, several matches ending on the 4th day (of 5). The first Test of 2005 ended with: AUS 568 and 1/62 v PAK 304 and 325; Ponting made 207 in the first innings, laying to rest a minor media issue of him not making a Test 100 in his first season as captain.
 
====2005 Ashes====
 
The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Ashes 2005 Ashes] tour to England became a watershed event in Australian cricket when, for the first time since 1986–87 a Test series was lost to the old enemy England, and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ashes The Ashes] were thus surrendered. The summer started with four defeats in one week in one day matches (to England in a Twenty20 match, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_County_Cricket_Club Somerset] in a warm up match, and then [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_national_cricket_team Bangladesh] and England in successive One Day Internationals). Australia and England tied the final match of the first One Day International series, before Australia won the second series 2–1.
 
 
The first Test match at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord%27s_Cricket_Ground Lord's] was a convincing victory for Australia, with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_McGrath Glenn McGrath] impressing in particular. Captain [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] afterwards famously said: ''We’ve a very good chance of winning 5–0''. However at the second Test at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgbaston_Cricket_Ground Edgbaston] star bowler Glenn McGrath was ruled out by an ankle injury after stepping on a ball in the practice nets; Ponting put England in to bat on a fair batting wicket (England scored 407 runs on the first day) and England eventually won a pulsating match by two runs and so levelled the series. England dominated the rain-affected third Test at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Trafford_Cricket_Ground Old Trafford], but a fine rearguard innings by Ponting just saved Australia on the final day and the match was drawn. In the fourth Test at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trent_Bridge Trent Bridge] Australia were again outplayed and forced to follow-on for the first time in 191 Test matches and eighteen years. England struggled in their second innings but eventually got the 129 runs they needed to win, losing seven wickets in the process. Australia needed to win the fifth and final Test at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oval The Oval] to level the series and retain the Ashes but were hampered by bad weather, a strong England bowling performance on the fourth day and England's excellent batting (led by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Pietersen Kevin Pietersen] and tailender [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Giles Ashley Giles]) on the final day before the match ended in a draw, handing England a 2–1 series win.
 
 
Ageing stars such as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Hayden Hayden], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gilchrist Gilchrist], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damien_Martyn Martyn], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Gillespie Gillespie] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Kasprowicz Kasprowicz] underperformed in the tour with Gillespie being subsequently dropped for new and younger talent. On the other hand [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Warne Shane Warne], who took 40 wickets and scored 249 runs, gave an all-round good performance. Members of the old guard (Ponting, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Langer Langer], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Lee Lee] and McGrath) also played well.
 
====ICC Super Series====
 
The ICC (International Cricket Council) sanctioned a test and three-match one-day series for 2005. This series was to be played between the top ranking test and One Day International nations (according to rankings as at April 2005) and an internationally selected Rest of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=World_XI&action=edit&redlink=1 World XI]. Australia was the top ranked nation in both forms of the game as at April 2005.
 
 
Australia had an opportunity to begin the rebuilding process following the Ashes series loss at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_Super_Series_2005 Super Test] held against a Rest of the World team in Sydney in October. Although the match was of poor quality with the World team underperforming, it was a good opportunity for some of the Australian team to get back on track. Many did, especially Hayden who scored 111 and 87 and Gilchrist who scored 94 in the first innings and made seven dismissals. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_MacGill Stuart MacGill] (who had not played in the 2005 Ashes) took nine wickets. Overall, the Australian Cricket Team clean swept the [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=World_XI&action=edit&redlink=1 World XI] Team 3–0 in the One Day International Series, and also won the six-day Test Match.
 
====West Indies====
 
In November Australia continued to perform well winning a three match Test series with the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indian_cricket_team West Indies] comfortably. Stars were Hayden (who was clearly intent on proving that rumours of his cricketing death were premature – he scored 445 runs at an average of 89) and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hussey Hussey] who had an auspicious debut season. Gilchrist, however, was out of touch with the bat as he had been in England throughout the month.
 
====South Africa Tour====
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_South_Africa_in_2005%E2%80%9306 Australian cricket team in South Africa in 2005–06]See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_in_South_Africa,_5th_ODI,_2006 Australia in South Africa, 5th ODI, 2006]In the 2006 cricket tour to South Africa, Australia lost the one-day series 3–2 after a record-breaking final ODI. Setting South Africa a world record target of 434 off 50 overs (the previous record being 398/5 scored by Sri Lanka vs Kenya 10 years previously), South Africa managed to beat Australia by 1 wicket with a new record score of 438. Earlier, Ricky Ponting top-scored with 164 off 105 balls. South Africa's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herschelle_Gibbs Herschelle Gibbs], likewise batting at number 3, went on to score 175 off 111 balls thereby playing an instrumental role in the run chase. Many other records were broken in the same match. A total of 872 runs were scored (The previous record was 693 when India beat Pakistan by five runs in Karachi in March 2004). [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Lewis Mick Lewis] had the ignominy of becoming the most expensive bowler in ODI history with figures of 0/113 in his 10 overs.
 
 
In the test series that followed however, Australia won convincingly with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Lee Brett Lee] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Clark Stuart Clark] (Man of the Series) playing particularly well.<sup class="Template-Fact" style="white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup>
 
====Bangladesh Tour====
 
Following the South African series, Australia toured [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladeshi_Cricket_Team Bangladesh] for a two-test series. Despite expectations of a one-sided contest, the first test proved a very close affair with Bangladesh (historically the weakest test-playing nation) scoring more than 400 first-innings runs and bowling Australia out for 269 in the first innings on a very good batting wicket and ultimately setting Australia a challenging 307 for victory. Ponting's men were able to win this match by three wickets. However, in the second match Australia dominated throughout, winning by an innings and 80 runs. In Australia's only innings, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Gillespie Jason Gillespie] became the first [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightwatchman_%28cricket%29 nightwatchman] to score a double century with 201 not out.
 
====2006–07 Ashes====
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006%E2%80%9307_Ashes_series 2006–07 Ashes series][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Warne,_Australia_England,_2006.jpg ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Warne,_Australia_England,_2006.jpg ]Warne (right) bowling to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Bell Ian Bell] at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brisbane_Cricket_Ground Brisbane Cricket Ground] in 2006After winning the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_Champions_Trophy ICC Champions Trophy] convincingly, Australia went home for their summer to play England in a five-test series.
 
 
The first test took place in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brisbane Brisbane] at the Gabba. The second test took place in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelaide_Oval Adelaide] from 1 December. The third match of the series was held at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WACA_Ground WACA Ground] in the West Australian city of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perth,_Western_Australia Perth]. Following the Third test victory, Australia reclaimed the Ashes, already having achieved a winning margin of 3–0 in the best of five series. England lamented the shortest period of Ashes retention in the history of the tournament, dating back to 1882. In the days following the historic win in Perth, spin bowler [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Warne Shane Warne] announced that he would retire from international cricket at the conclusion of the fifth and final Sydney test in January 2007. This also prompted [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Langer Justin Langer], Australian opening batsmen at the time, to announce his retirement from Test cricket after the 5th test as well. Fast bowler [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_McGrath Glenn McGrath] later announced he too would retire from international cricket after the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Cricket_World_Cup 2007 Cricket World Cup].
 
 
The fourth match of the series was played at the MCG. Australia took victory in just three days, only needing one innings of batting to outscore England. The fifth match in Sydney ended with Australia capturing a 10 wicket victory. The Australians completed a 5–0 whitewash of the Ashes series, the first time either side had achieved such a feat since the 1920–21 series.
 
====2006–07 ODI season====
 
Following the Ashes victory over England, Australia began the 2007 Commonwealth Bank Tri-series against England and New Zealand with a series of largely comfortable victories, leading to their coach John Buchanan complaining that the lack of opposition was undermining Australia's World Cup bid.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-13">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-13 [14]]</sup> However, injuries to key players contributed to Australia losing two matches in the qualification games and the final 2–0 to an also injury hit England. With Ponting rested for the series against New Zealand, Australia under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hussey Michael Hussey] lost the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chappell%E2%80%93Hadlee_Trophy Chappell–Hadlee Trophy] 3–0, their first One Day series loss in New Zealand for 33 years. The loss also cost them the overall number one ranking for the first time since the rankings began.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-14">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-14 [15]]</sup>
 
====2007 World Cup====
 
Australia dominated the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Cricket_World_Cup 2007 Cricket World Cup], remaining unbeaten through the tournament. They dominated with the bat and ball. Remarkably they lost just 42 wickets in 11 matches, while claiming 104 out of 110 of their opponents. The best batsman for the tournament was [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Hayden Matthew Hayden], getting three centuries and 659 runs at an average of 73. Australia's keeper [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gilchrist Adam Gilchrist] starred in the World cup Final, scoring 149 in a convincing and controversial Australian win. Bowler [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_McGrath Glenn McGrath] was named [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_of_the_Series Man of the Series] for his magnificent contribution with the ball.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-15">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-15 [16]]</sup>
 
====Recent Seasons====
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_2007%E2%80%9308 Australian cricket team in 2007–08]Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_2008 Australian cricket team in 2008]Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_2008%E2%80%9309 Australian cricket team in 2008–09]Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_2009%E2%80%9310 Australian cricket team in 2009–10]
 
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|Last match lost
 
|2nd Test v [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_national_cricket_team New Zealand] 2011
 
|6th ODI v [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka_national_cricket_team Sri Lanka] 2012
 
|2nd T20 v [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_national_cricket_team India] 2012
 
|2nd Test v [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_cricket_team India] 2010
 
|4th ODI v [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indies_cricket_team West Indies] 2012
 
|1st T20 v [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indies_cricket_team West Indies] 2012
 
|-
 
|Last series won
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_2011%E2%80%9312 India 2011–12]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_2010%E2%80%9311 England 2010–11]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indian_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_2009%E2%80%9310 West Indies 2009–10]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_Sri_Lanka_in_2011 Sri Lanka 2011]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_Bangladesh_in_2011 Bangladesh 2011]
 
|New Zealand 2004–05
 
|-
 
|Last series lost
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010%E2%80%9311_Ashes_series England 2010–11]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_2010%E2%80%9311 Sri Lanka 2010]
 
|Only T20 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_2010%E2%80%9311 Sri Lanka 2010]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_India_in_2010%E2%80%9311 India 2010–11]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_India_in_2010%E2%80%9311 India 2010–11]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_Sri_Lanka_in_2011 Sri Lanka 2011]
 
|-
 
|–
 
|''Source:[http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;home_or_away=1;spanmax1=11+Jan+2011;spanmin1=11+Jan+2010;spanval1=span;team=2;template=results;type=team;view=results Cricinfo.com]''. Last Updated 12 April 2012
 
|''Source:[http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=1;spanmax1=11+Jan+2011;spanmin1=11+Jan+2010;spanval1=span;team=2;template=results;type=team;view=results Cricinfo.com]''. Last updated: 12 April 2012.
 
|''Source:[http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;home_or_away=1;spanmax1=11+Jan+2011;spanmin1=11+Jan+2010;spanval1=span;team=2;template=results;type=team;view=results Cricinfo.com]''. Last updated: 12 April 2012.
 
|''Source: [http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;home_or_away=2;spanmax1=11+Jan+2011;spanmin1=11+Jan+2010;spanval1=span;team=2;template=results;type=team;view=results Cricinfo.com]''. Last Updated 12 April 2012
 
|''Source:[http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=2;spanmax1=11+Jan+2011;spanmin1=11+Jan+2010;spanval1=span;team=2;template=results;type=team;view=results Cricinfo.com]''. Last updated: 12 April 2012.
 
|''Source:[http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;home_or_away=2;spanmax1=11+Jan+2011;spanmin1=11+Jan+2010;spanval1=span;team=2;template=results;type=team;view=results Cricinfo.com]''. Last updated: 12 April 2012.
 
|}
 
==Upcoming fixtures==
 
*Australia will tour the UK in July–August 2012 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_England_in_2012 2012]. 5 One Day Internationals and 2 Twenty20 Internationals.
 
*Australia will tour the UAE in August 2012 against Pakistan. 3 Twenty20s International and 5 One Day Internationals.
 
*Australia will compete in September the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
 
*Australia will host South Africa in November-December 2012. 3 Test Matches
 
*Australia will host Sri Lanka in December 2012-January 2013. 3 Test Matches, 5 One Day International Matches and 2 Twenty20 Internationals.
 
*Australia will host the West Indies in February 2013. 5 One Day Internationals and 1 Twenty20 International.
 
==Team colours==
 
For [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_cricket Test] matches, the team wears [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_Whites cricket whites], with an optional [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweater sweater] or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweater-vest sweater-vest] with a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_and_gold green and gold] V-neck for use in cold weather. The sponsor's (currently [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vodafone Vodafone] for Home Test Matches and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Bitter Victoria Bitter] for Away Test Matches) logo is displayed on the right side of the chest while the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_Australia Cricket Australia] coat-of-arms is displayed on the left. If the sweater is being worn the coat-of-arms is displayed under the V-neck and the sponsor's logo is again displayed on the right side of the chest.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-16">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-16 [17]]</sup> The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baggy_green baggy green], the Australian cricket cap, is considered an essential part of the cricketing uniform and as a symbol of the national team, with new players being presented with one upon their selection in the team. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmet_%28cricket%29 helmet] also prominently displays the Australian cricketing coat-of-arms. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASICS ASICS] currently manufactures the whites and limited over uniforms, with the ASICS logo being displayed on the shirt and pants. Players may choose any manufacturer for their other gear ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_bat bat], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pads pads], shoes, gloves, etc.).
 
 
In [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Day_International One Day International] cricket and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty20_International Twenty20 International] cricket, the team wears uniforms usually coloured [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_and_gold green and gold], Australia's national colours. There have been a variety of different styles and layouts used in both forms of the limited-overs game, with coloured clothing (sometimes known as "pyjamas") being introduced for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Series_Cricket World Series Cricket] in the late 1970s. The sponsors' logos (the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_Bank Commonwealth Bank] for Home ODIs, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KFC KFC] for Home Twenty20s and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Bitter Victoria Bitter] for Away ODIs and Away Twenty20) are prominently displayed on the shirts and other gears. The Current Home ODI Kit consist the primary color green and yellow the secondary. The Away Kit is the opposite of the Home Kit with yellow the primary color and green the secondary. The Home Twenty20s uniform consist of black with the natural colors of Australian green and yellow strips.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-17">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-17 [18]]</sup>
 
==Personnel==
 
This is a list of every player to have played for Australia in the last year, and the forms of the game in which they have played.
 
 
Each year, Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel (NSP) names a list of 25 players for the coming year, from which selectors choose Test, One-Day and Twenty20 International teams. Salaries are based on a player ranking system decided by the NSP as well as match fees, tour fees and prize money for on-field success. The base retainer for the lowest ranked player is A$200,000 in 2011–12.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-11.2F12_18-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-11.2F12-18 [19]]</sup> Uncontracted players remain eligible for selection and can be upgraded to a Cricket Australia contract if they gain regular selection.
 
 
The 2011–12 list was announced on 7 June 2011.
 
 
'''Key'''
 
*S/N Shirt number
 
*<sup>1</sup> Player does not hold a Cricket Australia contract.
 
{| class="wikitable sortable jquery-tablesorter" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto"
 
! class="headerSort" title="Sort ascending"|Name
 
! class="headerSort" title="Sort ascending"|Age
 
! class="headerSort" title="Sort ascending"|Batting Style
 
! class="headerSort" title="Sort ascending"|Bowling Style
 
! class="headerSort" title="Sort ascending"|State
 
! class="headerSort" title="Sort ascending"|Forms
 
! class="headerSort" title="Sort ascending"|S/N<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-19">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-19 [20]]</sup>
 
|-
 
! colspan="7"|Test and ODI Captain; Higher middle-order
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Clarke_%28cricketer%29 Michael Clarke]
 
|31
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-arm_orthodox_spin Left-Arm Orthodox]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|Test, ODI
 
|23
 
|-
 
! colspan="7"|Twenty20 Captain; Lower middle-order batsman
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bailey_%28cricketer%29 George Bailey]
 
|30
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmania ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_Tigers Tasmania]
 
|ODI, Twenty20
 
|2
 
|-
 
! colspan="7"|Test, ODI and T20 Vice-Captain; High middle-order all-rounder
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Watson Shane Watson]
 
|31
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Fast-Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|33
 
|-
 
! colspan="7"|Opening batsmen
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Cowan Ed Cowan]
 
|30
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg_break Right-Arm Leg-Break]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmania ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_Tigers Tasmania]
 
|Test
 
|37
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillip_Hughes Phillip Hughes]
 
|23
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off_Spin Right-Arm Off Break]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia_Redbacks South Australia]
 
|Test
 
|22
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Warner_%28cricketer%29 David Warner]<sup>1</sup>
 
|25
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg_break Right-Arm Leg-Break]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|31
 
|-
 
! colspan="7"|Higher middle-order batsmen
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_Birt Travis Birt]<sup>1</sup>
 
|30
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Medium-Fast]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmania ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_Tigers Tasmania]
 
|Twenty20
 
|81
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usman_Khawaja Usman Khawaja]
 
|25
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_Bulls Queensland]
 
|Test
 
|89
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_Marsh Shaun Marsh]
 
|29
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_arm_orthodox_spin Slow Left-Arm Orthodox]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Warriors Western Australia]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|9
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting]
 
|37
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Medium-Fast]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmania ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_Tigers Tasmania]
 
|Test<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-20">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-20 [21]]</sup>
 
|14
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Finch Aaron Finch]<sup>1</sup>
 
|25
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Left-Arm Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_%28Australia%29 ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Bushrangers Victoria]
 
|Test, Twenty20
 
|16
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Forrest Peter Forrest]<sup>1</sup>
 
|26
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_Bulls Queensland]
 
|ODI
 
|66
 
|-
 
! colspan="7"|Lower middle-order batsmen
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hussey David Hussey]
 
|35
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-spin Right-Arm Off-Break]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_%28Australia%29 ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Bushrangers Victoria]
 
|ODI, Twenty20
 
|29
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hussey Michael Hussey]
 
|37
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Slow-Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Warriors Western Australia]
 
|Test,ODI,Twenty20
 
|48
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron_White Cameron White]
 
|29
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg_break Right-Arm Leg-Break]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_%28Australia%29 ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Bushrangers Victoria]
 
|ODI, Twenty20
 
|7
 
|-
 
! colspan="7"|Wicket-keepers
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Haddin Brad Haddin]
 
|34
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|Test, ODI
 
|57
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Wade Matthew Wade]<sup>1</sup>
 
|24
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_%28Australia%29 ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Bushrangers Victoria]
 
|ODI, Twenty20
 
|35
 
|-
 
! colspan="7"|All-rounders
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hastings_%28cricketer%29 John Hastings]
 
|25
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Fast-medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_%28Australia%29 ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Bushrangers Victoria]
 
|ODI
 
|32
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell_Marsh Mitchell Marsh]<sup>1</sup>
 
|20
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Fast-Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Warriors Western Australia]
 
|ODI, Twenty20
 
|8
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_O%27Keefe Steve O'Keefe]<sup>1</sup>
 
|27
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-arm_orthodox_spin Slow left-arm orthodox]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|Twenty20
 
|72
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Smith_%28cricketer_born_1989%29 Steve Smith]
 
|23
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg_break Right-Arm Leg-Break]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|49
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Christian Daniel Christian]<sup>1</sup>
 
|29
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Fast-Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Redbacks South Australia]
 
|ODI, Twenty20
 
|54
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell_Johnson_%28cricketer%29 Mitchell Johnson]
 
|30
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Left-Arm Fast]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Warriors Western Australia]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|25
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Faulkner_%28cricketer%29 James Faulkner]<sup>1</sup>
 
|22
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Left-Arm Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmania ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_Tigers Tasmania]
 
|Twenty20
 
|44
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Hogg Brad Hogg]<sup>1</sup>
 
|41
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-arm_unorthodox_spin Left-Arm Chinaman]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Warriors Western Australia]
 
|Twenty20
 
|71
 
|-
 
! colspan="7"|Pace bowlers
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Bollinger Doug Bollinger]
 
|31
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Left-Arm Fast-Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|4
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trent_Copeland Trent Copeland]<sup>1</sup>
 
|26
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Medium-Fast]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|Test
 
|59
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Cummins_%28cricketer%29 Patrick Cummins]
 
|19
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Fast]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|30
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Harris_%28cricketer%29 Ryan Harris]
 
|33
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Fast-Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_Bulls Queensland]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|45
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Hilfenhaus Ben Hilfenhaus]
 
|29
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Fast-Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmania ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_Tigers Tasmania]
 
|Test, ODI
 
|20
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Lee Brett Lee]
 
|35
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Bowling Right-Arm Fast]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|ODI, Twenty20
 
|58
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton_McKay Clinton McKay]
 
|29
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Bowling Right-Arm Fast-Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_%28Australia%29 ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Bushrangers Victoria]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|27
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Pattinson James Pattinson]
 
|22
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Bowling Right-Arm Fast]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_%28Australia%29 ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Bushrangers Victoria]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|19
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Siddle Peter Siddle]
 
|27
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Right-Arm Fast-Medium]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_%28Australia%29 ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Bushrangers Victoria]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|10
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell_Starc Mitchell Starc]
 
|22
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling Left-Arm Fast]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_cricket_team New South Wales]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|56
 
|-
 
! colspan="7"|Spin bowlers
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xavier_Doherty Xavier Doherty]
 
|29
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Left-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-arm_orthodox_spin Left-Arm Orthodox]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmania ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_Tigers Tasmania]
 
|Test, ODI, Twenty20
 
|3
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Lyon_%28cricketer%29 Nathan Lyon]<sup>1</sup>
 
|24
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-break Right-Arm Off-Break]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia_Redbacks South Australia]
 
|Test, ODI
 
|67
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Beer_%28cricketer%29 Michael Beer]
 
|28
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman Right-Handed Bat]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-arm_orthodox_spin Left-Arm Orthodox]
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Warriors Western Australia]
 
|Test
 
|
 
|}
 
===Coaching staff===
 
*Head coach: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Arthur Mickey Arthur]
 
*Assistant coach and batting coach: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Langer Justin Langer]
 
*Fast bowling coach: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allister_de_Winter Allister de Winter] <sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-21">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-21 [22]]</sup>
 
*Fielding coach: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Rixon Steve Rixon]
 
*Team manager: Gavin Dovey
 
*Strength and conditioning coach: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Karppinen Stuart Karppinen]
 
*Team physiotherapist: [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alex_Kountouris&action=edit&redlink=1 Alex Kountouris]
 
*Performance analyst: Michael Marshall
 
==Test match records==
 
See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australia_Test_cricket_records List of Australia Test cricket records]===Team===
 
*Australia have been involved in the only two [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tied_Test Tied Tests] played. The first occurred against the West Indies at Brisbane in December 1960.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-22">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-22 [23]]</sup> The Second occurred against India at Madras in September 1986.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-23">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-23 [24]]</sup>
 
*Australia are the only team to have lost a Test after enforcing the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Follow-on follow-on], having been the losing side in all three such matches:<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-24">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-24 [25]]</sup>
 
**The first Test in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_cricket_team_in_Australia_in_1894%E2%80%9395 1894–95 Ashes].
 
**The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Botham#1981_Ashes_Tour:_Botham.27s_Ashes third Test] of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_England_in_1981 1981 Ashes].
 
**The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_India_in_2000%E2%80%9301#Second_Test second Test] in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team_in_India_in_2000%E2%80%9301 2000–01 Border-Gavaskar Trophy series] against [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_national_cricket_team India].
 
*Australia are the most successful Test team in cricketing history. They have won more than 330 Test matches at a rate of 47%. The next best performance is by South Africa at 35%.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-25">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-25 [26]]</sup>
 
*Australia's lowest total in a Test match innings was recorded at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham Birmingham] against England in May 1902. Australia were bowled all out for 36.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-26">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-26 [27]]</sup>
 
*Australia's largest victory in a Test match came on 24 February 2002. Australia defeated South Africa by an innings and 360 runs in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanderers_Stadium Johannesburg].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-27">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-27 [28]]</sup>
 
*Australia holds the record for most consecutive wins with 16. This has been achieved twice; from October 1999 to February 2001, and from December 2005 to January 2008.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-28">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-28 [29]]</sup>
 
*Australia shares the record for most consecutive series victories winning 9 series from October 2005 to June 2008. This record is shared with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_national_cricket_team England.]<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-29">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-29 [30]]</sup>
 
*Australia's highest total in a Test match innings was recorded at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston,_Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica] against the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indies_cricket_team West Indies] in June 1955. Australia posted 758/8 in their first innings with five players scoring a century.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-30">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-30 [31]]</sup>
 
*Australia have won the ICC Test Championship 6 times since it started – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.<sup class="Template-Fact" style="white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup>
 
===Appearances===
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Waugh Steve Waugh] has appeared in the most Tests for Australia, playing in 168 tests. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] is next with 160 matches.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-31">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-31 [32]]</sup>
 
===Batting===
 
See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_Test_batsmen_who_have_scored_over_5000_Test_runs List of Australian Test batsmen who have scored over 5000 Test runs]*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bannerman Charles Bannerman] faced the first ball in Test cricket, scored the first runs in Test cricket and scored the first test century and half-century.<sup class="Template-Fact" style="white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bannerman Charles Bannerman] also scored 67.34% of the Australian first innings total in match 1. This record remains to this day as the highest percentage of an innings total that has been scored by a single batsman.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-32">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-32 [33]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] has scored the most runs for Australia in Test match cricket with 12,363 runs. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Border Allan Border] in second with 11,174 runs in 265 innings while [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Waugh Steve Waugh] has 10,927 in 260 innings.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-33">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-33 [34]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] is the first ever Australian batsman in history to pass 12,000 and 13,000 Test runs.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Hayden Matthew Hayden] holds the record for the most runs in a single innings by an Australian with 380 in the first test against Zimbabwe at Perth in October 2003.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Bradman Donald Bradman] holds the record for the highest average by an Australian (or any other) cricketer with a remarkable average of 99.94. Bradman played 52 tests and struck 29 centuries and 13 fifties in them.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-34">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-34 [35]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] holds the record for the most centuries by an Australian cricketer with 41. Former Australian captain [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Waugh Steve Waugh] is in second position with 32 centuries from 260 innings.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-content-aus.cricinfo.com_35-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-content-aus.cricinfo.com-35 [36]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Border Allan Border] holds the record for the most fifties by an Australian cricketer with 63 in 265 innings.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-content-aus.cricinfo.com_35-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-content-aus.cricinfo.com-35 [36]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gilchrist Adam Gilchrist] holds the record of 2nd fastest hundred and fastest hundred by an Australian. He also holds the record of most successful keeper and took as many catches for Australia and second only to South Africa's Boucher.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-content-aus.cricinfo.com_35-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-content-aus.cricinfo.com-35 [36]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_McGrath Glenn McGrath] holds the record for the most [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_%28cricket%29 ducks] by an Australian cricketer with 35 in 138 innings.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-36">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-36 [37]]</sup>
 
===Bowling===
 
See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_Test_bowlers_who_have_taken_over_200_Test_wickets List of Australian Test bowlers who have taken over 200 Test wickets]*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Midwinter Billy Midwinter] picked up the first five-wicket haul in a test innings in match 1.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Cricinfo_Match_Scorecard_37-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-Cricinfo_Match_Scorecard-37 [38]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Spofforth Fred Spofforth] performed Test cricket's first [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat-trick hat-trick] by dismissing Vernon Royle, Francis McKinnon and Tom Emmett in successive balls.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-test3_38-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-test3-38 [39]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Spofforth Fred Spofforth] also took the first 10-wicket match haul in Test cricket.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-test3_38-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-test3-38 [39]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Warne Shane Warne] holds the record for the most wickets by an Australian cricketer with 708 wickets in 145 Test matches.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-39">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-39 [40]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Mailey Arthur Mailey] holds the record for the best bowling figures in an innings by an Australian cricketer with 9/121 against England in February 1921.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-40">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-40 [41]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Massie Bob Massie] holds the record for the best bowling figures in a match by an Australian cricketer with 16/137 against England in June 1972. That was also his first match for Australia.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-CricInfo_page_41-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-CricInfo_page-41 [42]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ferris_%28cricketer%29 JJ Ferris] holds the record for the best bowling average by an Australian bowler, taking 61 wickets at 12.70 in his career.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-CricInfo_page_41-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-CricInfo_page-41 [42]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-42">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-42 [43]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarrie_Grimmett Clarrie Grimmett] holds the record for the most wickets in a test series with 44 against South Africa in 1935–36.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-43">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-43 [44]]</sup>
 
===Fielding and wicketkeeping===
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Blackham Jack Blackham] performed the first stumping in Test cricket in match 1.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Cricinfo_Match_Scorecard_37-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-Cricinfo_Match_Scorecard-37 [38]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Waugh Mark Waugh] holds the record for the most catches in a career by an Australian fielder with 181 in 128 matches.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-44">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-44 [45]]</sup>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gilchrist Adam Gilchrist] holds the record for the most dismissals in a career by an Australian wicketkeeper with 416 in 96 matches
 
==One Day International records==
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australia_One_Day_International_cricket_records List of Australia One Day International cricket records]
 
===Team===
 
*Australia's highest total in a One Day International innings is 434/4 scored off 50 overs against [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa_national_cricket_team South Africa] at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanderers_Stadium Johannesburg] on 12 March 2006. This was a world record before the South Africans surpassed this score in the second innings.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-45">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-45 [46]]</sup>
 
*Australia's lowest total in a One Day International innings is 70. This score has occurred twice. Once against New Zealand in 1986, and once against England in 1977.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-46">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-46 [47]]</sup>
 
*Australia's largest victory in a One Day International is 256 runs. This occurred against [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namibia_national_cricket_team Namibia] at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Cricket_World_Cup 2003 World Cup] in South Africa.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-47">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_cricket_team#cite_note-47 [48]]</sup>
 
*Australia have won the ICC ODI Championship 8 times since it started – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010.<sup class="Template-Fact" style="white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup>
 
*Australia are the only team in the history of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_World_Cup World Cup] to win 3 consecutive tournaments dated back in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Cricket_World_Cup 1999], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Cricket_World_Cup 2003] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Cricket_World_Cup 2007].
 
*Australia were undefeated in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_World_Cup World Cup] for a record 34 matches in the Tournament, the last time Australia were defeated in a World Cup match was back in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Cricket_World_Cup 1999] against Pakistan, this streak was broken again by Pakistan in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Cricket_World_Cup 2011 Cricket World Cup].
 
*Australia have won the most number of World Cups – 4.
 
===Appearances===
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] has the most One Day International appearances for Australia played 362. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Waugh Steve Waugh] is next with 325 matches for Australia.
 
===Batting===
 
See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_ODI_batsmen_who_have_scored_over_2500_ODI_runs List of Australian ODI batsmen who have scored over 2500 ODI runs]*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] has the most One Day International Runs by an Australian Batsman with 13,291 runs.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] has the most One Day International Centuries by an Australian Batsman with 30 Centuries.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] has the most One Day International fifties by an Australian Batsman with 79 One Day International fifties.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] is the first Australian Batsman his history to pass 10,000 One Day International Runs.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Watson Shane Watson] has the highest individual score in an innings by an Australian Batsman with 185*.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Watson Shane Watson] has hit the most sixes in a single innings by an Australian and the World Record with 15 sixes.
 
===Bowling===
 
See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_ODI_bowlers_who_have_taken_over_100_ODI_wickets List of Australian ODI bowlers who have taken over 100 ODI wickets]*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_McGrath Glenn McGrath] has the most One Day International Wickets by an Australian bowler with 380 wickets.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_McGrath Glenn McGrath] has the best bowling figures by an Australian bowler 7/15.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Lee Brett Lee] has the most 5-wicket hauls by an Australian bowler with 9 times (5 wickets or more).
 
===Fielding and Wicket-Keeping===
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gilchrist Adam Gilchrist] has most dismissals by an Australian Wicket-Keeper with 470.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gilchrist Adam Gilchrist] has the most catches taken by an Australian Wicket-Keeper with 416 catches.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gilchrist Adam Gilchrist] has the most stumping made by an Australian Wicket-Keeper with 54 Stumping.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting Ricky Ponting] has the most catches by a fielder 154 catches.
 
==Tournament history==
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;"
 
! colspan="9"|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_World_Cup World Cup record]
 
|-
 
! style="width: 150px;"|Year
 
! style="width: 150px;"|Round
 
! style="width: 50px;"|Position
 
! style="width: 50px;"|GP
 
! style="width: 50px;"|W
 
! style="width: 50px;"|L
 
! style="width: 50px;"|T
 
! style="width: 50px;"|NR
 
|- style="background:silver;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_Cricket_World_Cup 1975]
 
|Second Place
 
|2/8
 
|5
 
|3
 
|2
 
|0
 
|0
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_Cricket_World_Cup 1979]
 
|Round 1
 
|6/8
 
|3
 
|1
 
|2
 
|0
 
|0
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Cricket_World_Cup 1983]
 
|Round 1
 
|6/8
 
|6
 
|2
 
|4
 
|0
 
|0
 
|- style="background:gold;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1987_Cricket_World_Cup 1987]
 
|'''Champions'''
 
|1/8
 
|8
 
|7
 
|1
 
|0
 
|0
 
|-
 
| style="border: 3px solid red"|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Cricket_World_Cup 1992]
 
|Round 1
 
|5/9
 
|8
 
|4
 
|4
 
|0
 
|0
 
|- style="background:silver;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Cricket_World_Cup 1996]
 
|Second Place
 
|2/12
 
|7
 
|5
 
|2
 
|0
 
|0
 
|- style="background:gold;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Cricket_World_Cup 1999]
 
|'''Champions'''
 
|1/12
 
|10
 
|7
 
|2
 
|1
 
|0
 
|- style="background:gold;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Cricket_World_Cup 2003]
 
|'''Champions'''
 
|1/14
 
|11
 
|11
 
|0
 
|0
 
|0
 
|- style="background:gold;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indies_Cricket_Board ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Cricket_World_Cup 2007]
 
|'''Champions'''
 
|1/16
 
|11
 
|11
 
|0
 
|0
 
|0
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Cricket_World_Cup 2011]
 
|Quarter-finals
 
|5/14
 
|7
 
|4
 
|2
 
|0
 
|1
 
|-
 
| style="border: 3px solid red"|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Cricket_World_Cup 2015]
 
|Qualified
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Cricket_World_Cup 2019]
 
|Qualified
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|-
 
|'''Total'''
 
|'''4 Titles'''
 
|'''12/12'''
 
|'''76'''
 
|'''55'''
 
|'''19'''
 
|'''1'''
 
|'''0'''
 
|}
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center; width=900px;"
 
! colspan="9"|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_World_Twenty20 World Twenty20 record]
 
|-
 
! style="width: 150px;"|Year
 
! style="width: 150px;"|Round
 
! style="width: 50px;"|Position
 
! style="width: 50px;"|GP
 
! style="width: 50px;"|W
 
! style="width: 50px;"|L
 
! style="width: 50px;"|T
 
! style="width: 50px;"|NR
 
|- style="background:beige;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_ICC_World_Twenty20 2007]
 
|Semi-finals
 
|3/12
 
|6
 
|3
 
|3
 
|0
 
|0
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_ICC_World_Twenty20 2009]
 
|Round 1
 
|11/12
 
|2
 
|0
 
|2
 
|0
 
|0
 
|- style="background:silver;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indies_Cricket_Board ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_ICC_World_Twenty20 2010]
 
|Second Place
 
|2/12
 
|7
 
|6
 
|1
 
|0
 
|0
 
|- style="background:beige;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_ICC_World_Twenty20 2012]
 
|Semi-finals
 
|3/12
 
|6
 
|4
 
|2
 
|0
 
|0
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_ICC_World_Twenty20 2014]
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_ICC_World_Twenty20 2016]
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|-
 
|'''Total'''
 
|'''0 Titles'''
 
|'''6/6'''
 
|'''21'''
 
|'''13'''
 
|'''8'''
 
|'''0'''
 
|'''0'''
 
|}
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center; width=900px;"
 
! colspan="9"|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_Champions_Trophy Champions Trophy record]
 
|-
 
! style="width: 150px;"|Year
 
! style="width: 150px;"|Round
 
! style="width: 50px;"|Position
 
! style="width: 50px;"|GP
 
! style="width: 50px;"|W
 
! style="width: 50px;"|L
 
! style="width: 50px;"|T
 
! style="width: 50px;"|NR
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_ICC_KnockOut_Trophy 1998]
 
|Quarter-finals
 
|6/9
 
|1
 
|0
 
|1
 
|0
 
|0
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_ICC_KnockOut_Trophy 2000]
 
|Quarter-finals
 
|5/11
 
|1
 
|0
 
|1
 
|0
 
|0
 
|- style="background:beige;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_ICC_Champions_Trophy 2002]
 
|Semi-finals
 
|4/12
 
|3
 
|2
 
|1
 
|0
 
|0
 
|- style="background:beige;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_ICC_Champions_Trophy 2004]
 
|Semi-finals
 
|3/12
 
|3
 
|2
 
|1
 
|0
 
|0
 
|- style="background:gold;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_ICC_Champions_Trophy 2006]
 
|'''Champions'''
 
|1/12
 
|5
 
|4
 
|1
 
|0
 
|0
 
|- style="background:gold;"
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_ICC_Champions_Trophy 2009]
 
|'''Champions'''
 
|1/8
 
|5
 
|4
 
|0
 
|0
 
|1
 
|-
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England ] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_ICC_Champions_Trophy 2013]
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|–
 
|-
 
|'''Total'''
 
|'''2 Titles'''
 
|'''7/7'''
 
|'''18'''
 
|'''12'''
 
|'''5'''
 
|'''0'''
 
|'''1'''
 
|}
 
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Revision as of 14:58, 17 October 2012

The Australian cricket team is the national cricket team of Australia. It is the joint oldest team in Test cricket, having played in the first Test match in 1877.[2] The team also plays One Day International cricket and Twenty20 International, participating in both the first ODI, against England in the 1970–71 season and the first Twenty20 International, against New Zealand in the 2004–05 season,[4] winning both games. The team mainly draws its players from teams playing in the Australian domestic competitions – the Sheffield Shield, the Australian Domestic One-Day Series and the Big Bash League. The Australian team has played 744 Test matches, winning 350, losing 194, drawing 198 and tying two. Australia is ranked the number-one team overall in Test cricket in terms of overall wins, win-loss ratio and wins percentage. Australia is currently ranked third in the ICC Test Championship behind England and South Africa as of 12 June 2012.

Upcoming fixtures

One Day International recordsAustralia will tour the UK in July–August 2012 2012. 5 One Day Internationals and 2 Twenty20 Internationals. Australia will tour the UAE in August 2012 against Pakistan. 3 Twenty20s International and 5 One Day Internationals. Australia will compete in September the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. Australia will host South Africa in November-December 2012. 3 Test Matches Australia will host Sri Lanka in December 2012-January 2013. 3 Test Matches, 5 One Day International Matches and 2 Twenty20 Internationals. Australia will host the West Indies in February 2013. 5 One Day Internationals and 1 Twenty20 International. List of Australia One Day International cricket records Team Australia's highest total in a One Day International innings is 434/4 scored off 50 overs against South Africa at Johannesburg on 12 March 2006. This was a world record before the South Africans surpassed this score in the second innings.[46] Australia's lowest total in a One Day International innings is 70. This score has occurred twice. Once against New Zealand in 1986, and once against England in 1977.[47] Australia's largest victory in a One Day International is 256 runs. This occurred against Namibia at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.[48] Australia have won the ICC ODI Championship 8 times since it started – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010.[citation needed] Australia are the only team in the history of the World Cup to win 3 consecutive tournaments dated back in 1999, 2003 and 2007. Australia were undefeated in the World Cup for a record 34 matches in the Tournament, the last time Australia were defeated in a World Cup match was back in 1999 against Pakistan, this streak was broken again by Pakistan in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Australia have won the most number of World Cups – 4. Appearances Ricky Ponting has the most One Day International appearances for Australia played 362. Steve Waugh is next with 325 matches for Australia.

Batting

See also: List of Australian ODI batsmen Runs by an Australian Batsman with 13,291 runs. Ricky Ponting has the most One Day International Centuries by an Australian Batsman with 30 Centuries. Ricky Ponting has the most One Day International fifties by an Australian Batsman with 79 One Day International fifties. Ricky Ponting is the first Australian Batsman his history to pass 10,000 One Day International Runs. Shane Watson has the highest individual score in an innings by an Australian Batsman with 185*. Shane Watson has hit the most sixes in a single innings by an Australian and the World Record with 15 sixes.

Bowling

See also: List of Australian ODI bowlers International Wickets by an Australian bowler with 380 wickets. Glenn McGrath has the best bowling figures by an Australian bowler 7/15. Brett Lee has the most 5-wicket hauls by an Australian bowler with 9 times (5 wickets or more). Fielding and Wicket-Keeping Adam Gilchrist has most dismissals by an Australian Wicket-Keeper with 470. Adam Gilchrist has the most catches taken by an Australian Wicket-Keeper with 416 catches. Adam Gilchrist has the most stumping made by an Australian Wicket-Keeper with 54 Stumping. Ricky Ponting has the most catches by a fielder 154 catches.