Australia (Cricket History, Records, All Players Shorts Profile Who Played till 2022)

Australia’s cricket team. The team won the first ODI against England in 1970–71 and the first T20I against New Zealand in 2004–05. Sheffield Shield, limited-overs, and Big Bash League players. National team has played 847 Tests, winning 403, losing 227, drawing 215 and tying 2. May 2022 ICC Test Championship leader Australia has 128 rating points. Australia leads Test cricket victories, win–loss ratio, and wins%.

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592 wins, 340 losses, 9 draws, and 34 losses in 975 ODI matches. Australia has been leading in the ICC ODI Championship for 141 of 185 months since its 2002 debut. Australia has reached seven World Cup finals and won five World Cups (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015). (1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015). Australia is the only team to win three consecutive World Cups (1996, 1999, 2003, and 2007) and compete in four straight finals (1996, 1999, 2003, and 2007). (1999, 2003 and 2007). Pakistan defeated them by 4 wickets in the 2011 Group stage after 34 consecutive World Cup wins. The national team has played 174 Twenty20 Internationals, winning 91, losing 76, tying 3, and losing 4 to no result.


Recent history:

At the MCG in 1877, Charles Bannerman scored the first Test century, 165 retired hurt. Australia defeated England by 45 runs. Test cricket, played only between Australia and England, was shortened by the long sea travel. Despite Australia’s smaller population, the team was competitive in early games, producing stars like Jack Blackham, Billy Murdoch, Fred “The Demon” Spofforth, George Bonnor, Percy McDonnell, George Giffen, and Charles “The Terror” Turner. Except for South Australian all-rounder George Giffen, most players were from NSW or Vic.

A golden era:

Australian Test cricket was in its “Golden Age” under Joe Darling, Monty Noble, and Clem Hill. It may have occurred between the English tour of Australia in 1897–1898 and the South African tour in 1910–1911. Batsmen like Joe Darling, Clem Hill, Reggie Duff, Syd Gregory, Warren Bardsley, and Victor Trumper, all-rounders like Monty Noble, George Giffen, Harry Trott, and Warwick Armstrong, and bowlers like Ernie Jones, Hugh Trumble, Tibby Cotter, Bill Howell, Jack Saunders, and Bill Whitty helped Australia become the best cricketing nation for most of this time.

Australian sports legend Victor Trumper. He was popular and considered Australia’s best batsman before Bradman. He scored 3,163 runs at 39.04 in 49 Tests, a record. The nation mourned his kidney disease-related death in 1915 at 37. Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack called him Australia’s best batsman in his obituary. “Victor Trumper was the greatest and brightest Australian batsman,” it added.

Interwar years:

In the 1920/21 season in Australia, Johnny Douglas’ English team lost all five Tests to Warwick Armstrong’s “Big Ship” Australia. Warwick Armstrong, Charlie Macartney, Charles Kelleway, Warren Bardsley, Sammy Carter, Herbie Collins, Jack Ryder, Bert Oldfield, Arthur Mailey, and the “twin destroyers” Jack Gregory and Ted McDonald helped the team succeed. The squad won three of Warwick Armstrong’s last five Tests in England in 1921. In 1928–29, the team lost its first home Ashes series since 1911–12 because to inconsistency.

The Bradman era:

The 1930 England tour marked Australian success. Bill Ponsford, Stan McCabe, Clarrie Grimmett, Archie Jackson, and Don Bradman played for “Great Un-bowlable” Bill Woodfull. Bradman scored a record 974 runs, including 309 at Leeds. Jackson died at 23 of TB three years after eight Tests. Unbeatable, the squad won nine of their next ten Tests. Cricket’s most notorious bodyline incident occurred during England’s 1932–33 tour of Australia. Captain Douglas Jardine ordered Bill Voce and Harold Larwood to bowl fast, short-pitched deliveries at the Australian batsmen’s bodies.

Cricket World Series and Restructuring:

In March 1977, the Centenary Test was held at the MCG. Australia triumphed again, 45 runs. Kerry Packer launched World Series Cricket (WSC) in May 1977 after Channel Nine lost exclusive rights to Australia’s Test matches in 1976. Packer smuggled 28 Australian cricketers. WSC signed all save Gary Cosier, Geoff Dymock, Kim Hughes, and Craig Serjeant, forcing the Australian selectors to pick a third-rate Sheffield Shield team. Bob Simpson, who retired 10 years previously after a board dispute, captained Australia against India at 41.

Seven debutants made Jeff Thomson deputy. Simpson’s 539 runs—two centuries—and Clark’s 28 wickets helped Australia win 3–2. Australia lost the next series 3–1 to a full-strength West Indies team and the 1978–79 Ashes 5–1, their worst performance in Australia. In 1979–80, Kim Hughes led India and Graham Yallop the Ashes. Australian rookie Rodney Hogg took 41 wickets. WSC returned for 1979–80 after an ACB-Kerry Packer deal. Captain Greg Chappell returned. In a 1981 ODI against New Zealand, Greg Chappell ordered his brother Trevor to bowl an underarm delivery to Brian McKechnie, who needed a six to tie off the last ball.

A golden age:

Australian cricket’s “Golden Era” was the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Australia became the strongest Test squad after World Series Cricket. Captain Allan Border and new coach Bob Simpson’s fielding standards rebuilt the team. Rebels Trevor Hohns, Carl Rackemann, and Terry Alderman rejoined the national team after serving punishments. Border, David Boon, Dean Jones, the young Steve Waugh, Alderman, Bruce Reid, Craig McDermott, Merv Hughes, and Geoff Lawson kept Australia afloat throughout these difficult years.

Ian Healy, Mark Taylor, Geoff Marsh, Mark Waugh, and Greg Matthews helped Australia rebound in the late 1980s. After winning the 1989 Ashes, Australia defeated Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and won again at home in 1991. Australia fell against West Indies despite chances. However, after retiring champion but defensive Allan Border, they overcame the Indians in their next Test series. Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh introduced aggressive cricket.

Current century:

After important players retired, Australia fell in the rankings after winning the 2006–07 Ashes 5–0. Aussies won the 2013/14 Ashes series 5–0 and returned to third in the ICC International Test rankings. Australia overcame world No. 1 South Africa 2–1 in February/March 2014 to reclaim the top spot. Baggy Greens won the 2015 World Cup with one loss.

Australia is first in the ICC Test Championship, fourth in the ODI Championship, and second in the T20I Championship as of December 2020.

Ball manipulation incident from 2018:

On 25 March 2018, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, David Warner, and the team leadership were accused of ball tampering in the third Test against South Africa. Smith and Bancroft admitted to touching the ball with ground-up adhesive tape to change its state (it was later revealed that sandpaper was used). Smith altered the ball’s surface to cause reverse swing. After being caught tampering with the ball, Bancroft shifted a yellow object from a pocket to the inside front of his trousers to conceal the evidence.

Steve Smith and David Warner were sacked as captains after Darren Lehmann helped Cameron Bancroft tamper the ball in the third Test. Bancroft was penalized 75% and given 3 demerit points by the ICC, while Smith was banned for one match and fined 100%. Cricket Australia kicked Smith and Warner off the tour (along with Bancroft). Tim Paine. Smith and Warner received 12 months and Bancroft 9 months from Cricket Australia. Warner cannot captain any Cricket Australia team for life, while Smith and Bancroft cannot lead for 12 months.

Team colors:

Test matches are played in cricket whites with a green-and-gold V-neck sweater or sweater-vest for chilly weather. Cricket Australia is left, Alinta and Qantas right. Cricket Australia’s logo is under the V-neck and the sponsor’s on the right breast. 2011 ASICS manufactured Adidas whites and limited over outfits. Any gear maker is allowed (bat, pads, shoes, gloves, etc.).

Australia’s national colors—green and gold—are worn in ODI and T20 International cricket. World Series Cricket introduced colorful “pyjamas” to limited-overs cricket in the late 1970s. Clothing is Alinta or Qantas-branded. Green-and-gold home ODI kit Gold-green is the away kit. Black home Twenty20 uniforms with Australian green and gold stripes. Since Australia defeated New Zealand at the MCG in the 2015 Cricket World Cup wearing gold, it has become their primary color, with the hats being termed “floppy gold” instead of “baggy gold,” a limited-overs analogue of baggy green. Australia wore yellow ODI helmets through the early 2000s and temporarily in 2020.


Cricket Australia announced their 2022-2023 national contracts on 7 April 2022. National team selection can elevate non-contract players during the year. Tests count five points, ODIs two, and T20Is one.

This list includes all Cricket Australia-contracted players who have played for Australia since November 2021 or were named in recent Test, ODI, or T20I squads. Italicize uncapped players.

NameAgeBatting styleBowling styleStateFormsS/NCCaptaincy
Tim David26Right-handedRight-arm off breakT20I85
Aaron Finch36Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxVictoriaT20I5YT20I (C)
Marcus Harris30Left-handedRight-arm off breakVictoriaTest14
Travis Head28Left-handedRight-arm off breakSouth AustraliaTest, ODI, T20I62Y
Usman Khawaja36Left-handedRight-arm mediumQueenslandTest1Y
Steve Smith33Right-handedRight-arm leg breakNew South WalesTest, ODI, T20I49YTest (VC)
David Warner36Left-handedRight-arm leg breakNew South WalesTest, ODI, T20I31Y
Sean Abbott30Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumNew South WalesODI, T20I77
Cameron Green23Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumWestern AustraliaTest, ODI, T20I42Y
Marnus Labuschagne28Right-handedRight-arm leg breakQueenslandTest, ODI, T20I33Y
Mitchell Marsh31Right-handedRight-arm mediumWestern AustraliaODI, T20I8Y
Glenn Maxwell34Right-handedRight-arm off breakVictoriaODI, T20I32Y
Michael Neser32Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumQueenslandTest18
Daniel Sams30Right-handedLeft-arm fast-mediumNew South WalesT20I95
Marcus Stoinis33Right-handedRight-arm mediumWestern AustraliaODI, T20I17Y
Alex Carey31Left-handedSouth AustraliaTest, ODI4Y
Josh Inglis27Right-handedWestern AustraliaODI, T20I48Y
Ben McDermott27Right-handedRight-arm mediumTasmaniaODI, T20I47
Matthew Wade34Left-handedRight-arm mediumTasmaniaT20I13
Spin Bowlers
Ashton Agar29Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxWestern AustraliaODI, T20I46Y
Matthew Kuhnemann26Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxQueenslandODI50
Nathan Lyon35Right-handedRight-arm off breakNew South WalesTest67Y
Mitch Swepson29Right-handedRight-arm leg breakQueenslandTest, ODI, T20I22Y
Adam Zampa30Right-handedRight-arm leg breakSouth AustraliaODI, T20I88Y
Pace Bowlers
Jason Behrendorff32Right-handedLeftt-arm fast-mediumWestern AustraliaODI65
Scott Boland33Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumVictoriaTest19Y
Pat Cummins29Right-handedRight-arm fastNew South WalesTest, ODI, T20I30YTest and ODI (C); T20I (VC)
Ben Dwarshuis28Left-handedLeft-arm fast-mediumNew South WalesT20I82
Nathan Ellis28Right-handedRight-arm fastTasmaniaODI, T20I12
Josh Hazlewood31Left-handedRight-arm fast-mediumNew South WalesTest, ODI, T20I38Y
Jhye Richardson26Right-handedRight-arm fastWestern AustraliaTest, ODI, T20I60
Kane Richardson31Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumQueenslandT20I55
Mitchell Starc32Left-handedLeft-arm fastNew South WalesTest, ODI, T20I56Y

Coaching personnel:

Head coachAndrew McDonald
Assistant coachAndre Borovec
Assistant coachDaniel Vettori
Batting coachMichael Di Venuto
PhysiotherapistNick Jones
PsychologistMary Spillane


Test match records


  • Australia has won the most Tests. It has won around 47% of 350 Test matches. South Africa scored 37%.
  • Australia played the only two Tied Tests. In December 1960, Brisbane hosted the West Indies. Second, versus India in Madras in September 1986. (Chennai).
  • Australia’s biggest Test win was on 24 February 2002. Australia won by 360 runs in Johannesburg.
  • Australia has the most consecutive wins, 16. This was done twice: October 1999–February 2001 and December 2005–January 2008.
  • Australia won 9 series from October 2005 to June 2008, tying the record. England shares this record.
  • In June 1955, Australia scored its highest Test match innings in Kingston, Jamaica against the West Indies. Australia’s first innings totaled 758/8 with five centuries.
  • Australia’s lowest Test match innings total was in Birmingham against England in May 1902. Australia lost 36 wickets.
  • Australia is the only team to lose a Test match after imposing the follow-on, losing all three:
  • First Test of 1894–95 Ashes.
  • 1981 Ashes Test 3.
  • India’s 2000–01 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Second Test.
  • Australia became the first team to declare in their first innings and lose by an innings against India in March 2013.
  • Australia won the 2013–14 Ashes series 5–0, taking all 100 wickets.


  • Charles Bannerman faced the first ball, hit the first runs, and made the first Test century.
  • Match 1’s Australian first innings total was 67.34% by Charles Bannerman. This remains the highest percentage of a completed innings scored by a single batsman.
  • Australia’s Test cricket record is 13,378 runs by Ricky Ponting. Allan Border, who scored 11,174 runs in 265 innings, was surpassed by Brian Lara’s 226 against Australia. Steve Waugh scored 10,927 in 260 innings.
  • Allan Border was the first Test batsman to reach 10,000 and 11,000 runs.
  • Ricky Ponting scored 12,000 and 13,000 Test runs first for Australia.
  • Matthew Hayden’s 380 runs in the first Test against Zimbabwe in Perth in October 2003 set an Australian record.
  • Australian cricketer Donald Bradman has the highest average of 99.94 runs per dismissal. Bradman scored 29 hundreds and 13 fifties in 52 Tests.
  • Ricky Ponting has 41 centuries, the most by an Australian cricketer. Steve Waugh, former Australian captain, is second with 32 centuries from 260 innings.
  • With 63 fifties in 265 innings, Allan Border owns the Australian record.
  • Australian Adam Gilchrist has the fastest century.
  • Glenn McGrath has 35 ducks in 138 innings, an Australian cricket record.


  • Match 1 saw Billy Midwinter’s first Test five-wicket haul.
  • In consecutive deliveries, Fred Spofforth dismissed Vernon Royle, Francis McKinnon, and Tom Emmett for Test cricket’s first hat-trick.
  • Fred Spofforth had the first 10-wicket Test match haul.
  • Shane Warne has 708 wickets in 145 Test matches, an Australian cricket record.
  • In February 1921, Arthur Mailey bowled 9/121 against England.
  • In June 1972, Bob Massie bowled 16/137 against England. His first Test match for Australia.
  • J. J. Ferris had 61 wickets at 12.70, the best Australian bowling average.
  • Clarrie Grimmett took 44 wickets against South Africa in 1935–36, a Test series record.

International one-day records:


  • Australia’s highest One-Day International innings total is 434/4 off 50 overs against South Africa in Johannesburg on 12 March 2006. In the same match, the South Africans broke this global record.
  • Australia’s lowest ODI score is 70. In 1977 and 1986, England and New Zealand scored this score.
  • Australia’s biggest ODI win is 275 runs. Against Afghanistan at the 2015 World Cup in Australia.
  • Only Australia has won three straight World Cups (1999, 2003, and 2007).
  • Australia won a record 34 World Cup matches. Australia went undefeated from 1999 through 2011, when Pakistan defeated them again.
  • Australia has won the most World Cups—5.


  • Ricky Ponting has 13,291.
  • Ricky Ponting has 30 ODI centuries.
  • With 82 One-Day International fifties, Ricky Ponting leads Australian batsmen.
  • Ricky Ponting is the first Australian to score 10,000 ODI runs.
  • Shane Watson’s 185* is the highest Australian innings not out.
  • Australia’s most sixes in an innings are 15 by Shane Watson.
  • Only Phillip Hughes scored a century on his One-Day International debut.


  • Glenn McGrath has 381.
  • Glenn McGrath’s 7/15 is Australia’s best.
  • Brett Lee has nine five-wicket hauls.

List of Australia’s Twenty20 cricket accomplishments

A Twenty20 International (T20I) is a cricket match between two ICC members that lasts 20 overs. The matches are T20’s best. Twenty20 cricket regulations apply. Australia and New Zealand played the first men’s Twenty20 International on 17 February 2005. ESPNcricinfo stated that “the concept would have shuddered” without Ricky Ponting’s big score. Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack stated that “neither side took the game extremely seriously”. Ponting stated, “If it does become a worldwide game then I’m sure the novelty won’t be there all the time”. Australia’s Twenty20 International records. Based on the List of Twenty20 International records, it covers just Australian cricket team records. 2005 was Australia’s first T20I.

Team records:

MatchesWonLostTiedNRWin %

Team victories, defeats, ties, and draws:

Australia has won 54.41 percent of its 174 T20I matches as of September 2022.

OpponentMatchesWonLostTiedNo Result% Won
Full Members
 New Zealand161051065.62
 South Africa221480063.63
 Sri Lanka2615100059.61
 West Indies199100047.36
Associate Members
 United Arab Emirates11000100

First T20I match wins:

 AfghanistanAdelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia2022YTPYTP
 BangladeshYTPYTPMirpur Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh2014
 EnglandSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia2007The Rose Bowl, Hampshire, England2013
 IndiaMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia2008Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Assam, India2017
 New ZealandWACA Ground, Perth, Australia2007Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand2005
 PakistanMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia2010Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan2022
 South AfricaThe Gabba, Brisbane, Australia2006Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa2011
 Sri LankaAdelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia2017Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka2016
 United Arab EmiratesYTPYTPTolerance Oval, Abu Dhabi, UAE2018
 West IndiesBellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia2010Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia2010
 ZimbabweYTPYTPHarare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe2018

In an inning, the most runs:

Two T20I innings totals have been highest. In February 2019, Afghanistan struck 278/3 in the 2nd T20I of the Ireland series in India. The Czech Republic national cricket team tied the record against Turkey in the 2019 Continental Cup with 278/4.  Australia scored 263/3 against Sri Lanka in 2016.

1243/6 New ZealandEden Park, Auckland, New Zealand16 February 2018
2221/5 EnglandEdgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, England27 June 2018
3219/7 New ZealandUniversity Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand25 February 2021
4214/6Lancaster Park, Christchurch, New Zealand28 February 2010
5209/6 EnglandRose Bowl, Southampton, England29 August 2013