Men's ODI World Cup 2019

Australia’s greatest ODI player: Round 1

Ahead of the 2019 World Cup, take a closer look at Australia’s greatest ever one-day cricketers and vote for your favourite

Martin Smith

13 May 2019, 06:00 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.

Fans can have their say in a series of head-to-head polls over the next week, with votes to be tallied across cricket.com.au, the CA Live app as well as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Match 1: Adam Gilchrist v Dennis Lillee

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. Adam Gilchrist won 91% of the vote compared to 9% for Dennis Lillee, meaning Gilchrist has progressed to Round 2

Adam Gilchrist

ODI record

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

From The Vault: Gilly's opening debut

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.

Dennis Lillee

ODI record

M: 63 | Wkts: 103 | Ave: 20.82 | SR: 34.8 | Econ: 3.58 | BBI: 5-34 | 5WI: 1

World Cup record

M: 9 | Wkts: 12 | Ave: 33.33 | SR: 49.0 | Econ: 4.08 | BBI: 5-34 | 5WI: 1

World Cup titles won: 0

From The Vault: Lillee's ODI best

A legend of the Test game, Lillee was also a proven performer in the early days of one-day cricket, when matches were sparse and not taken as seriously as the longest format. His career bowling average of just 20.82 is the third-best in history among those to have taken more than 100 wickets, behind only Afghan sensation Rashid Khan (123 wickets at 15) and Windies legend Joel Garner (146 at 18). He never quite reached the desired heights at major tournaments, although his career-best 5-34 from 12 miserly overs came against Pakistan in Australia’s first-ever World Cup match, in 1975.

Match 2: Ricky Ponting v Mitchell Starc

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. Ricky Ponting won 82% of the vote compared to 18% for Mitchell Starc, meaning Ponting has progressed to Round 2

Ricky Ponting

ODI record

M: 375 | Runs: 13704 | Ave: 42.03 | SR: 80.39 | 100s: 30 | 50s: 82 | HS: 164

World Cup record

M: 46 | Runs: 1743 | Ave: 45.86 | SR: 79.95 | 100s: 5 | 50s: 6 | HS: 140*

World Cup titles won: 3

From the Vault: Punter plunders MCG ton

Three World Cup wins, two as skipper, 4000 more ODI runs than any other Australian – do we need to say anything more about Ricky Thomas Ponting? For more than 15 years, Ponting held down the No.3 spot in an Australian side that enjoyed an unprecedented level of success, highlighted by the unbeaten World Cup campaigns he skippered in 2003 and 2007. In a career full of great moments, his stunning assault on India’s bowlers in Johannesburg in 2003, on no less a stage than a World Cup final, is an innings that’s difficult to forget.

Mitchell Starc

ODI record

M: 75 | Wkts: 145 | Ave: 21.44 | SR: 25.9 | Econ: 4.95 | BBI: 6-28 | 5WI: 5

World Cup record

M: 8 | Wkts: 22 | Ave: 10.18 | SR: 17.4 | Econ: 5.50 | BBI: 6-28 | 5WI: 1

World Cup titles won: 1

From The Vault: Starc rattles Windies

Once the fastest man in history to 100 ODI wickets, Starc makes this list almost solely based on his memorable 2015 World Cup campaign. The left-armer picked up almost three wickets per game at an eye-watering average of 10 to steer Australia to the title, his six-wicket haul against New Zealand and the way he castled Brendon McCullum in the opening over of the final the high points. But Starc has also been remarkably consistent throughout his career to date; on average, he takes a wicket every 4.2 overs he bowls, a strike rate that’s the best of any bowler in history apart from Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan.