ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2019
Australia’s greatest ODI player: SF 2
Ahead of the 2019 World Cup, take a closer look at Australia’s greatest ever one-day cricketers and vote for your favourite
22 May 2019, 10:59 AM 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.
Semi-final 2: Adam Gilchrist v Shane Warne
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. Adam Gilchrist won 72% of the vote compared to 28% for Shane Warne, meaning Gilchrist has progressed to the final
M: 287 | Runs: 9619 | Ave: 35.89 | SR: 96.94 | 100s: 16 | 50s: 55 | HS: 172 | Ct: 417 | St: 55
World Cup record
M: 31 | Runs: 1085 | Ave: 36.16 | SR: 98.01 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 8 | HS: 149 | Ct: 45 | St: 7
World Cup titles won: 3
Having changed the role of the wicketkeeper-batsman in Test cricket forever, Gilchrist was also part of a revolution in the one-day game that transformed the sport. Moved to the top of the order on a hunch from his skipper Steve Waugh in 1998, Gilchrist scored at an almost a run a ball during his 12-year career, his career average of 36 a stunning measure of consistency given his high-risk approach. The ultimate allrounder, he has the second-most dismissals for an ODI keeper as well, and his match-winning century in the 2007 World Cup final ranks as one of the greatest in the tournament’s history.
M: 194 | Wkts: 293 | Ave: 25.73 | SR: 36.3 | Econ: 4.25 | BBI: 5-33 | 5WI: 1
World Cup record
M: 17 | Wkts: 32 | Ave: 19.50 | SR: 30.5 | Econ: 3.83 | BBI: 4-29 | 5WI: 0
World Cup titles won: 1
Being the man he is, it’s little wonder some of Shane Warne’s greatest performances in one-day cricket came in knockout matches at World Cups. The spin king will forever be remembered for his stunning double in the semi-final and final of the 1999 tournament, when he dragged himself out of the worst form slump of his career to engineer Australia’s path to the title. Three years earlier, he produced another rescue act against the West Indies in a thrilling semi-final win, but his World Cup career was ultimately curtailed unexpectedly, a drug ban on the eve of the 2003 tournament denying him another title.