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

14 May 2019, 07:00 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 3: Dean Jones v Mark Waugh

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. Mark Waugh won 75% of the vote compared to 25% for Dean Jones, meaning Waugh has progressed to Round 2

Dean Jones

ODI record

M: 164 | Runs: 6068 | Ave: 44.61 | SR: 72.56 | 100s: 7 | 50s: 46 | HS: 145

World Cup record

M: 16 | Runs: 590 | Ave: 42.14 | SR: 72.74 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 5 | HS: 90

World Cup titles won: 1

From the Vault: Deano's record ODI score

A pioneer of the one-day game in the 1980s and 1990s, Jones was a forerunner to the big-hitters who changed the game around the turn of the century. Aggressive and fearless long before it was de rigueur, Jones was a key figure in Australia’s shock 1987 World Cup triumph and continued to be ahead of his time until he was unceremoniously axed in the early 1990s. His dumping came when he was the fifth-highest run-getter in ODI history and his career-best 145 against England in 1990 was an Australian record for more than eight years.

Mark Waugh

ODI record

M: 244 | Runs: 8500 | Ave: 39.35 | SR: 76.90 | 100s: 18 | 50s: 50 | HS: 173 | Wkts: 85 | Ave: 34.56 | SR: 43.3 | Econ: 4.78 | BBI: 5-24

World Cup record

M: 22 | Runs: 1004 | Ave: 52.84 | SR: 83.73 | 100s: 4 | 50s: 4 | HS: 130 | Wkts: 5 | Ave: 62.60 | SR: 74.4 | Econ: 5.04 | BBI: 3-38

World Cup titles won: 1

From the Vault: Waugh breezes to a hundred

Having spent his first 100 or so matches as a middle-order batsman and handy bowler, Mark Waugh’s career changed forever on the eve of the 1996 World Cup when he was permanently shifted to the top of the order in Australia’s one-day side. He responded with four hundreds in his next nine innings – including three in a memorable Cup campaign – and there he stayed for the rest of an outstanding career. Waugh’s serene stroke play belied a devastating ability to bully the opposition’s new-ball bowlers and his score of 173 against the West Indies in 2001 – a national record for more than six years – remains one of the highest by an Australian male.

Match 4: Steve Waugh v Mike Hussey

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. Mike Hussey won 68% of the vote compared to 32% for Steve Waugh, meaning Hussey has progressed to Round 2

Steve Waugh

ODI record

M: 325 | Runs: 7569 | Ave: 32.90 | SR: 75.91 | 100s: 3 | 50s: 45 | HS: 120* | Wkts: 195 | Ave: 34.67 | SR: 45.5 | Econ: 4.56 | BBI: 4-33

World Cup record

M: 33 | Runs: 978 | Ave: 48.90 | SR: 81.02 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 6 | HS: 120* | Wkts: 27 | Ave: 30.14 | SR: 38.4 | Econ: 4.70 | BBI: 3-36

World Cup titles won: 2

From the Vault: Waugh's ton under the roof

The fact the two World Cup titles won by Steve Waugh came 12 years apart underlines both his evolution as a player and his ability to adapt to the changing nature of one-day cricket over the course of his 325-game career. As a 23-year-old, Waugh’s role in Australia’s 1987 Cup win came in the late overs with both bat and the ball, where he’s credited as one of the early exponents of the back-of-the-hand slower ball that is commonplace in the modern era. More than a decade later, Waugh famously lifted a broken side from the brink of elimination to another title, his unbeaten 120 against South Africa regarded as one of the best World Cup knocks by an Australian.

Mike Hussey

ODI record

M: 185 | Runs: 5442 | Ave: 48.15 | SR: 87.16 | 100s: 3 | 50s: 39 | HS: 109*

World Cup record

M: 15 | Runs: 156 | Ave: 19.50 | SR: 82.10 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 1 | HS: 54

World Cup titles won: 1

From the Vault: Hussey ices win over NZ

The axing of Michael Bevan 15 years ago after a decade of dominance would have hurt Australian cricket more than it did if it wasn’t for the emergence of Mike Hussey. From the moment he debuted in 2004, Hussey slotted into the No.6 or No.7 spot made famous by Bevan and took it upon himself be the man to either ice a big total with some lusty blows or steer his side to victory with a cool head in a tense run chase. And he did so with aplomb for more than eight years, although a dominant top order in 2007 and a hamstring injury in 2011 denied him the chance to fully fire at a World Cup.