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Top 10 Best Australian Cricket Players of All Time

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1. Sir Donald George Bradman

Sir Donald George Bradman born 27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001, nicknamed “The Don,” was an Australian international cricketer widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. Bradman’s career Test batting average of 99.94 has been cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport.

Sir Donald George Bradman is one of the Best Australian Cricket player ever. The story that the young Bradman practiced alone with a cricket stump and a golf ball is part of Australian folklore. Bradman’s meteoric rise from bush cricket to the Australian Test team took over two years. Before his 22nd birthday, he had set many records for top scoring, some of which still stand, and became Australia’s sporting idol at the height of the Great Depression.

2. Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist, born 14 November 1971, is an Australian cricket commentator and former international cricketer, and captain of the Australia national cricket team. He was an attacking left-handed batsman and record-breaking wicketkeeper who redefined the role of the Australia national team through his aggressive batting. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wicket-keeper-batsmen in the game’s history, Gilchrist held the world record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in One Day International (ODI) until Kumar Sangakkara surpassed it in 2015 and the most by an Australian in Test cricket.

His strike rate is amongst the highest in the history of both ODI and Test cricket; his 57-ball century against England at Perth in December 2006 is the fourth-fastest century in all Test cricket. He was the first player to have hit 100 sixes in Test cricket. His 17 Test centuries and 16 in ODIs are second only to Sangakkara by a wicketkeeper. He holds the unique record of scoring at least 50 runs in successive World Cup finals (1999, 2003, and 2007). His 149 off 104 balls against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup final is rated one of the greatest World Cup innings of all time. He is one of only three players to have won three World Cup titles.

3. Shane Keith Warne

Shane Keith Warne (13 September 1969 – 4 March 2022) was an Australian international Hall of Fame cricketer from 1991 to 2007. Warne played as a right-arm leg spin bowler and a right-handed batsman for Victoria, Hampshire, and Australia. He is widely acknowledged to have been one of the sport’s greatest-ever bowlers; he made 145 Test appearances, taking 708 wickets, and set the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket, a record he held until 2007.

The 2003 incident probably dug a hole into Warne’s ODI career as he had got a one-year ban and could never really get going on his comeback. However, he continued to be a force in Tests and managed to leave on a high after the Ashes whitewash at home. After his retirement, Warne involved himself with the lucrative Indian Premier League, leading Rajasthan to a title in the first edition. This once again proved that he was an inspirational leader. He played a vital role with Rajasthan till 2013 and then took to television commentary. In 2018, Warne came a full circle as he got appointed as Rajasthan’s coach in the IPL. Right from his playing days, he had always been charismatic, and there was always an aura about whatever he did. There might have been a few slip-ups, but Warne would always be among the best cricketers to have graced the game.

4. Shane Robert Watson

Shane Robert Watson, born 17 June 1981, is an Australian former cricketer and occasional captain in all formats who has played for Australia’s national cricket team. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast-medium swing bowler who played international cricket between 2002 and 2016. He was the world’s No. 1 T20I all-rounder for 150 weeks, including 120 consecutive weeks (13 October 2011 – 30 January 2014). He was the last player to retire from Australia’s golden era of the early 2000s.

Shane Watson overcame the limitations of a fragile, injury-prone body to become one of Australia’s premier all-rounders of the 21st century. As a bowler, he developed into one of Australia’s best exponents of reverse swing, and if he was not claiming wickets himself, he was often building pressure at one end. As a batter, he was a broad-chested attacker in the Matthew Hayden mold, blessed with enough power not to have to muscle shots to get them to the rope and with finesse to boot.

5. Ricky Ponting

Ricky Thomas Ponting AO (born 19 December 1974) is an Australian cricket coach, commentator, and former cricketer. Ponting was captain of the Australian national team during its “golden era,” between 2004 and 2011 in Test cricket and 2002 and 2011 in One Day Internationals (ODIs), and is the most successful captain in international cricket history, with 220 victories in 324 matches with a winning rate of 67.91%. He is widely considered one of the best batsmen of the modern era and, in December 2006, reached the highest rating achieved by a Test batsman for 50 years, although Steve Smith surpassed this in December 2017. He stands second in the list of cricketers by the number of international centuries scored, behind Sachin Tendulkar.

6. Glenn McGrath

Glenn Donald McGrath AM (/məˈɡrɑː/; born 9 February 1970) is an Australian former international cricketer who played international cricket for 14 years. He was a fast-medium pace bowler, considered one of the greatest international bowlers of all time, and a leading contributor to Australia’s domination of world cricket from the mid-1990s to the late-2000s.

McGrath’s genius wasn’t derived from his pin-like long legs that conspired his nickname Pigeon and not from his lanky physique that hardly bordered on athletic either; McGrath’s selling point was his metronome precision: tidy lines and lengths boringly hurled in an infinite loop outside off, rivaling an all-devouring bowling machine, until either the batsman’s technique or his temperament yielded.

7. Steve Waugh

Stephen Rodger Waugh AO (born 2 June 1965) is an Australian former international cricketer and twin brother of cricketer Mark Waugh. A right-handed batsman, he was also a medium-pace bowler. As Australian captain from 1997 to 2004, he led Australia to fifteen of their record sixteen consecutive Test wins and victory in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Waugh is the most successful Test captain in history, with 41 victories and a winning ratio of 72%.[1]

Born in New South Wales, with whom he began his first-class cricket career in 1984, he captained the Australian Test cricket team from 1999 to 2004. He was the most capped Test cricket player in history, with 168 appearances, until Sachin Tendulkar of India broke this record in 2010. Thought of in the early stages of his career as only a “moderately talented” player, at one point losing his Test place to his brother Mark, he went on to become one of the leading batsmen of his time.[2] He is one of only thirteen players who scored more than 10,000 Test runs.

8. Steve Smith

Steven Peter Devereux Smith, born 2 June 1989, is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team. Smith has drawn comparisons to Don Bradman, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time, due to his distinctively high Test batting average.

The best Test batsman at present, Steven Smith’s career redemption is a story for the ages. Having made his name initially as a potential leg-spinner who could bat a bit, there was immense criticism, even among those in Australia, over the quality of his selection during his early days in international cricket. However, they were made to eat humble pie as the enigmatic man from New South Wales turned things around sensationally to feature among the best batsmen in the world.

9. Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke is among those rare Australian cricketers who saw his side’s fortunes go a full circle throughout his career. As a prodigious young talent, he was part of the invincible side that mercilessly hammered opponents, and as he matured, the team started to age a bit which meant that the golden era was about to come to a halt. Finally, when he was appointed captain, it was time to rebuild. Still, his aggressive leadership brand saw Australia briefly reaching the top ranking in Tests apart from an Ashes whitewash win and, eventually, a World Cup title in 2015. His ODI retirement was timed perfectly as he bowed out after the victorious campaign, while in Tests, it came at the end of an Ashes series defeat. When a teammate who was also extremely close to him passed away, Clarke took it upon himself to control things despite breaking down emotionally. ‘Pup,’ as he is fondly called, saw all the highs and lows that you would associate with the game.

10. Dean Mervyn Jones

Dean Mervyn Jones AM (24 March 1961 – 24 September 2020) was an Australian cricket player, coach, and commentator who played Tests and One Day Internationals (ODIs) for Australia. He had an excellent record in Test cricket and is best remembered for revolutionizing the ODI format. Through the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was recognized as among the best ODI batsmen in the world, a view validated in the retrospective ICC Player Rankings. His batting was often characterized by his agile footwork against pace and spin, quick running between wickets, and willingness to take risks and intimidate bowlers. In 2019, Jones was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

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