ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2019
Australia’s greatest ODI player: Round 2
Ahead of the 2019 World Cup, take a closer look at Australia’s greatest ever one-day cricketers and vote for your favourite
19 May 2019, 08:00 PM AEST
With the 11th edition of the men’s World Cup to get underway later this month, we want to know – who is Australia’s greatest ever one-day player?
Australia are the most successful one-day side in history, winning more than 60 per cent of their 932 matches and lifting the World Cup trophy a record five times, including three consecutive wins between 1999 and 2007.
Of the 228 men to have played ODI cricket for Australia, we’ve narrowed it down to the best-ever 16 to help decide the greatest of them all. Such is Australia’s long history of one-day talent, star players like Allan Border, David Warner and Michael Clarke haven’t made the cut in our top 16, leaving only the best of the best to fight it out for the title of Australia’s ODI GOAT.
Players have been rated on their performances across their one-day careers, with performances on the biggest stage of a World Cup weighted more heavily.
Match 11: Brett Lee v Matthew Hayden
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. Brett Lee won 62% of the vote compared to 38% for Matthew Hayden, meaning Lee has progressed to the semi-finals
M: 221 | Wkts: 380 | Ave: 23.36 | SR: 29.4 | Econ: 4.76 | BBI: 5-22 | 5WI: 9
World Cup record
M: 17 | Wkts: 35 | Ave: 17.97 | SR: 23.5 | Econ: 4.57 | BBI: 5-42 | 5WI: 1
World Cup titles won: 1
Terrifyingly quick with the new ball and able to produce deadly reverse swing with the old, Lee was the ideal one-day bowler. Restricted to just 10 overs a game, the paceman was able to let the handbrake off and bowl fast and full wicket-taking deliveries with the new white ball – which he regularly swung more than the red ball in Test cricket – and then fire in perfect yorkers late in the innings. His 22 wickets were key to Australia’s 2003 Cup triumph and only injury denied him a chance at a second Cup win four years later.
M: 161 | Runs: 6133 | Ave: 43.80 | SR: 78.96 | 100s: 10 | 50s: 36 | HS: 181*
World Cup record
M: 22 | Runs: 987 | Ave: 51.94 | SR: 92.93 | 100s: 3 | 50s: 2 | HS: 158
World Cup titles won: 2
Half of one of the most destructive opening pairings in ODI history, Hayden’s one-day career peaked with an extraordinary performance in Australia’s unbeaten run at the 2007 World Cup. The left-hander hammered centuries against South Africa, the West Indies and New Zealand on Australia’s march to the title before playing second fiddle to Adam Gilchrist in the tournament decider. A powerhouse who made a habit of calmly advancing at the best quicks in the world and launching them straight down the ground, Hayden was intimidation personified.