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

16 May 2019, 07:30 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, the CA Live app as well as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Mike Hussey, Shane Warne and Brett Lee have already advanced to Round 2.

Round 1 continues today with two more match-ups.

Match 7: Michael Bevan v Matthew Hayden


Michael Bevan

ODI record

M: 232 | Runs: 6912 | Ave: 53.58 | SR: 74.16 | 100s: 6 | 50s: 46 | HS: 108*

World Cup record

M: 26 | Runs: 537 | Ave: 44.75 | SR: 64.38 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 5 | HS: 74*

World Cup titles won: 2

From the Vault: Bevan becomes a hero

The original finisher in ODI cricket, Bevan became known as the Pyjama Picasso for his ability to ice a game for his country and lead them to impossible victories. A true pioneer of the one-day game in the 1990s and early 2000s, Bevan’s ability to execute a successful run chase was unlike any other player in his era and he provided the blueprint for his contemporaries to follow. He played handy roles in Australia’s World Cup wins in 1999 and 2003 and will be best remembered for a memorable run chase against the West Indies on New Year’s Day in 1996.

Matthew Hayden

ODI record

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

From the Vault: Hayden hammers NZ

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.

Match 9: Glenn McGrath v Andrew Symonds


Glenn McGrath

ODI record

M: 250 | Wkts: 381 | Ave: 22.02 | SR: 34.0 | Econ: 3.88 | BBI: 7-15 | 5WI: 7

World Cup record

M: 39 | Wkts: 71 | Ave: 18.19 | SR: 27.5 | Econ: 3.96 | BBI: 7-15 | 5WI: 2

World Cup titles won: 3

From the Vault: Pidge pummels Pakistan

The most prolific wicket-taker in World Cup history, McGrath tasted defeat just four times in 39 matches at the tournament, lifting the trophy on three occasions. Like his Test career, McGrath’s greatest strength was sheer consistency; he took at least three wickets in six of Australia’s 11 matches at the 2007 World Cup, steering Australia to the title with relentless pressure throughout rather than one-off displays of dominance. A career economy rate of 3.88, the fifth best among all bowlers to have taken more than 200 wickets, is highly impressive given he played during the high-scoring revolution at the turn of the century.

Andrew Symonds

ODI record

M: 198 | Runs: 5088 | Ave: 39.75 | SR: 92.44 | 100s: 6 | 50s: 30 | HS: 156 | Wkts: 133 | Ave: 37.25 | SR: 44.6 | Econ: 5.00 | BBI: 5-18

World Cup record

M: 18 | Runs: 515 | Ave: 103.00 | SR: 93.29 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 3 | HS: 143* | Wkts: 5 | Ave: 51.60 | SR: 59.2 | Econ: 5.22 | BBI: 2-7

World Cup titles won: 2

From the Vault: Roy runs riot at the SCG

Four-and-a-half years after it began, the ODI career of Andrew Symonds finally took off in spectacular style at the 2003 World Cup, a memorable 143 against Pakistan the realisation of an undisputed natural talent who had struggled to find his groove at the top level. And Symonds barely looked back from that point, devastating opponents with destructive batting, canny bowling and a supreme fielding ability that has arguably been unmatched in the history of the game. He took longer than expected to fire on the international stage, but he was certainly worth the wait.