Australia national cricket team

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Australia
Test status granted 1877
First Test match v England at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, 15–19 March 1877 (scorecard)
Captain Michael Clarke (Test and ODI)
George Bailey (T20)
Coach Mickey Arthur
Official ICC Test, ODI and T20I ranking 2nd (Test), 2nd (ODI), 6th (T20I) [1]
Test matches
– This year
744
3
Last Test match v India at the WACA, Perth, Australia,
3–7 January 2012 [1]
Wins/losses
– This year
350/194
3/0

As of 7 January 2012[2]

The Australian cricket team is the national cricket team of Australia. It is the joint oldest team in Test cricket. They were in the first Test match in 1877.[3] The team also plays One Day International cricket and Twenty20 International. They were in the first ODI, against England in the 1970–71 season.[4] They were in the first Twenty20 International, against New Zealand in the 2004–05 season.[5] They won both games.

The Australian team has played 744 Test matches, winning 350, losing 194, drawing 198 and tying two.[6] Australia is ranked the number-one team overall in Test cricket in terms of overall wins, win-loss ratio and wins percentage. Australia is ranked fourth in the ICC Test Championship behind England, South Africa and India. They led the Test rankings for a record time of 74 months from 2003 to 2009.

Australia has played 797 ODI matches, winning 490, losing 272, tying nine and with 26 ending in no-result.[7] They have led the ICC ODI Championship since it started for all but 48 days in 2007. Australia made a record six World Cup final appearances (1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007). They have won the World Cup a record four times in total; 1987 Cricket World Cup, 1999 Cricket World Cup, 2003 Cricket World Cup and 2007 Cricket World Cup. Australia is the first team to be in 4 consecutive World Cup finals (1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007).

The team was undefeated in 34 consecutive World Cup matches until 19 March at the 2011 Cricket World Cup. There Pakistan beat them by 4 wickets.[8] Australia won the 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.[9]

Tournament history[change | edit source]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
England 1975 Second Place 2/8 5 3 2 0 0
England 1979 Round 1 6/8 3 1 2 0 0
England 1983 Round 1 6/8 6 2 4 0 0
IndiaPakistan 1987 Champions 1/8 8 7 1 0 0
Australia New Zealand 1992 Round 1 5/9 8 4 4 0 0
India Pakistan Sri Lanka 1996 Second Place 2/12 7 5 2 0 0
England 1999 Champions 1/12 10 7 2 1 0
South Africa 2003 Champions 1/14 11 11 0 0 0
West Indies Cricket Board 2007 Champions 1/16 11 11 0 0 0
India Sri Lanka Bangladesh 2011 Quarter finalist 5/14 7 4 2 - 1
Australia New Zealand 2015 Qualified
England 2019 Qualified
Total Automatic Qualification at all times 4/10 76 55 19 1 0
World Twenty20 record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
South Africa 2007 Semi Final 3/12 6 3 3 0 0
England 2009 Round 1 11/12 2 0 2 0 0
West Indies Cricket Board 2010 Second Place 2/12 7 6 1 0 0
Total Automatic qualification at all times 0/3 15 9 6 0 0
Champions Trophy record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
Bangladesh 1998 Qtr Final 6/9 1 0 1 0 0
Kenya 2000 Qtr Final 5/11 1 0 1 0 0
Sri Lanka 2002 Semi Final 4/12 3 2 1 0 0
England 2004 Semi Final 3/12 3 2 1 0 0
India 2006 Champions 1/12 5 4 1 0 0
South Africa 2009 Champions 1/8 5 4 0 0 1
Total 6 appearances 2/6 18 12 5 0 1

References[change | edit source]

  1. (Australia vs India, 2nd Test, Sydney, January 03, 2012 | Archive Scorecard | Cricket Archives | Cricbuzz.com)
  2. "Records | Test matches | Team Records | Results Summary | ESPN Cricinfo". Stats.espncricinfo.com. 4 January 2010. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283877.html. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  3. "1st Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 15–19, 1877 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. 1 January 1970. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62396.html. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  4. "Only ODI: Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64148.html. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  5. "Only T20I: New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Feb 17, 2005 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/engine/match/211048.html. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  6. "Records | Test matches | Team Records | Results Summary | ESPN Cricinfo". Stats.espncricinfo.com. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283877.html. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  7. "Records | One-Day Internationals | Team records | Results summary | ESPN Cricinfo". Stats.espncricinfo.com. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283878.html. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  8. "World Cup day 29 as it happened". BBC News. 19 March 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/9428278.stm.
  9. "Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Team records | Results summary | ESPN Cricinfo". Stats.espncricinfo.com. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283307.html. Retrieved 14 January 2011.