Australian cricket is as old as international cricket itself. Australia was the first country to play Test cricket along with England back in 1877 at home in Melbourne. They defeated England in their own game in that first official Test match. They have a Test cricket history of over 140 years, and during this period, they have produced some excellent players including but not limited to the great Sir Donald Bradman.
Since then, Australia has played 830 Tests – second-most behind England – winning 393, losing 224 and drawing 211 Tests. They are the only team featuring in two tied Tests in the history of Test cricket.
At 47%, Australia has the highest winning percentage in Tests. The Ashes rivalry between the England cricket team and Australia is one of the most celebrated rivalries in Test cricket.
ODI cricket too began with a match between Australia and England in Melbourne that Australia won easily by 5 wickets. In the 577 ODIs played so far – the most by an international cricket team – the Aussies have won 577, lost 332 and tied 9 ODI matches while 34 matches ended in no-result.
Overall, they have won 60% ODIs they have been part of which is the highest winning percentage in ODIs. Australia has also been the most successful team in the ODI World Cup. They have won 5 out of 12 World Cups so far – 3 of them in consecutive World Cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
In One Day International (ODI) cricket Australia have been phenomenal, especially in the period between the late 20th century and early 21st century. The Australian team during this period is considered the greatest Australian team ever.
In T20 cricket, the shortest format of the game, the Aussies have not been able to dominate as much as Test and ODI cricket. In 128 T20Is, Australia has won just 68 matches, giving them a winning percentage of 53% which is fourth highest among the international cricket teams.
Australia Cricket Team
Generally, the home season for Australia cricket team begins in late October or early November every year, and it extends till February or March the next year.
Australia plays a Test series every year in the season of December and has a tradition of hosting the Boxing day Test each year on 26th December at their largest cricket ground in Melbourne Cricket Club. The Test after that begins early next year, generally in Sydney followed by a Test in Brisbane.
Australia away from home
For the remainder of the year, unless there is World event at home, the Aussies travel to India, England for Ashes, South Africa primarily among other countries.
When playing away from home, Australia plays about 3-5 ODIs, 2-5 T20Is and 4 to 5 Test matches. Australia plays 5 Test match series only against England as a part of Ashes. Against India and South Africa, they play 4 Test match series while against the other countries; they play 3 or 2 Test match series depending on the schedule.
England followed by India are their prominent away fixtures that the cricketing world looks forward.
Currently, Australia is hosting India for a 3 ODI, 3 T20I and 4 Test match series. Once the India tour is over in early 2021, they will host New Zealand for 5 T20I series.
After that, they will fly to South Africa for 3 Test series as a part of World Test Championship in February 2021. In March, Australia would travel to New Zealand for 3 T20Is. Then they will fly to West Indies in mid-June for 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.
In early October, they will host Sri Lanka for a 3 T20I series just before the T20 World Cup in India. After the World Cup, they will host 5 match Ashes series at home towards the end of the year 2021.
For the season 2022-23, Australia with host South Africa for 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is after the end of home Ashes series. Later, they will play Pakistan for 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is series in away conditions followed by a short 3 ODI series against Afghanistan.
The rest of the schedule involves, playing 7 away Tests against SL, Afghanistan and India and 5 home Tests against West Indies and South Africa. They will also play 8 away ODIs against SL (5) and India (3) and 6 home ODIs against England (3) and South Africa (3). As far as T20Is are concerned, Australia will play 6 matches – 3 in India and 3 at home against England.
Some cricket fixtures might change as a result of Covid-19 Pandemic.
Australia Cricket Live
Current Australia cricket live matches involve a long home season against India. They are hosting India for 3 ODIs – 2 at Sydney and 1 at Canberra – in late November and early December. Then they will play 3 T20Is in Sydney from 4 December to 8 December.
After the tour match in Sydney against Australia-A, India will play the first Test against Australia at Adelaide starting 17th December. The boxing day Test will be played at Melbourne on 26th December and the next one in Sydney starting 7th January 2021.
The fourth and the last Test will be played at Gabba, Brisbane starting 15th January 2021. Australia had lost the last home Test series against India – their first series loss against at home. They will be very keen to turn the tables this time around.
The immediate next series for Australia is against New Zealand away from home. Earlier, the series was supposed to have 3 ODIs at home, but later it was changed to 5 T20Is in NZ. This will help Australia and New Zealand prepare for the T20 World Cup later in 2021. The series will start from 22nd February 2021 and would end in the next month on 7th March
Australia Cricket Players
History of Australian greatsThere is a long list of Australia cricket players that have made a mark in the course of their long history in cricket.
The name that always comes at the top is that of Sir Donald Bradman who averages 99.94 in Test cricket. No batsman is close to him in terms of the run-scoring ability in Test cricket.
Then there were other batsmen like Victor Trumper, Stan McCabe, Arthur Morris who played in the first half of the 20th century. Then there were batsmen like Allen Border – with 10 thousand Test runs, Steve Waugh and others who represented Australia in the pre-modern era.
More recently they have produced great batsmen like Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Mathew Hayden and the pretty recent ones like Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.
In terms of bowlers, there are some old-timer Australian cricket players like Ray Lindwall, Bill O’Reilly. Then in the second half of the 20th century, we have the greats like Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson – who terrorized the batsmen with sheer pace and Ritchie Benaud the leg-spinning all-rounder and an excellent captain.
Then came the era of arguably the greatest spinner of all-time – Shane Warne. He along with Glenn McGrath carried the burden of Australian bowling for more than a decade. In the modern era, we have likes of Mitchell Starc leading the Australia bowling attack.
Current 2020 Test team
The current Australian Test team is captained by the wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine.
At the top of the order, they have Joe Burns and David Warner opening the innings followed by Marnus Labuschagne at number 3. Then follows the current Test number 1 batsman – Steve Smith. Labuschagne isn’t far behind at the 3rd spot in ICC Test ranking for batsmen.
Then in the middle and lower-middle order, they have captain Tim Paine, Travis Head and Matthew Wade. In the bowling department, they have Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins – the number 1 Test bowler currently. The spin department is dependent on Nathan Lyon.
Current 2020 ODI Team
Current Australian ODI team of 2020 – which is ranked 4th in the ICC ODI ranking – is captained by Aron Finch. He, along with David Warner, opens the innings for Australia in ODIs and also feature in the Indian Premier League.
Next comes, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis and Glen Maxwell – the Big Show. Marnus Labuschagne strengthens the middle order even more.
Australia bat deep with wicket-keeper Alex Carey batting at number 7. Then follows the bowling line-up of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and the lone spinner in the squad in the form of Adam Zampa.
Current 2020 T20I team
Along with Tests, Australia are currently ranked 1st in the T20I ranking as well and their ODI captain Aron Finch captains the current T20I team.
Like ODIs, Finch opens the T20I innings with David Warner or Mathew Wade. Finch is ranked 3rd in the ICC T20I rankings.
Then Stoinis, Maxwell and Steve Smith form the core of the middle order. Mitchell March and Ashton Agar fill the lower middle-order spots in batting – making four all-rounders in the top 7.
Then the core of the bowling unit follows that includes bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
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