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Australia are the joint oldest international team in history, having played the first-ever Test match in 1877 against England. Australia won that match by 45 runs with Charles Bannerman scoring the first-ever Test century. Australia also played the first-ever ODI match in 1971, against England as well as the first-ever T20 match, against New Zealand in 2005.

A series defeat over England in 1882 led to the start of the infamous Ashes series which has gone on to become one of the biggest rivalries in sporting history. As of today, 70 editions of the Ashes have been held, with Australia leading England 33-32. Australia are also the current holders, having won the latest series in 2017-18 by a 4-0 scoreline.

The greatest cricketer to come out of Australia is Sir Donald Bradman, who dominated Test cricket from 1930 until his retirement in 1948. His dominance led to the infamous Bodyline series where England pacers bowled at the bodies of the Australian batsmen, especially Bradman.

He retired with records of the highest score in a Test match (334) as well as the highest aggregate runs (6996). He also hit the most number of centuries (29) and double centuries (12). His Test average of 99.94 is a world record to this day.

Another noteworthy mention is Allan Border who captained Australia in the 1970s. He was the first Test batsman to cross 10000 runs and retired as the highest scorer in Tests as well as ODIs.

But Australia’s greatest period of dominance was from the mid-90s to the mid-2000s when they won 3 consecutive ODI World Cups (1999, 2003 and 2007). Captained by Steve Waugh, that team boasted some world class talent like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden. The retirement of these players saw a dip in fortunes but they won the ODI World Cup again in 2015, becoming the first country to win 5 ODI World Cups, having won their first title way back in 1987. Australia also won the Champions Trophy in 2006 and 2009, becoming the only team to win back to back tournaments.

Currently, Australia are a team in turmoil having lost their captain Steve Smith and a couple of other players because of a ball-tampering controversy earlier this year. Tim Paine has been named captained in Tests and ODIs as the team looks to rediscover its lost glory.

Overall stats

 SpanMatchesWonLostTiedDraw/No Result
Tests1877-20188123832192208
ODIs1971-2018917556318934
T20Is2005-2018106564901

Current Rankings

 ICC Rankings
Tests3rd
ODIs6th
T20Is3rd

Most Runs for Australia

 BatsmanRunsAverage
TestsRicky Ponting1337851.85
ODIsRicky Ponting1358941.81
T20IsDavid Warner179226.74

Most Wickets for Australia

 BowlerWicketsAverage
TestsShane Warne70825.41
ODIsGlenn McGrath38021.98
T20IsShane Watson4824.72

International Honours

ICC ODI World Cup: 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015

ICC Champions Trophy: 2006, 2009

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