Australia has a truly remarkable record at the ICC Cricket World Cup since it’s inception in 1975.
We have dominated the tournament, winning it an incredible five times (including 4 of the past 5) which means there has been plenty of eye catching performances by individual Australians over the years.
With the 2019 edition of the tournament kicking off tonight in England, we have decided to take a stroll down memory lane at some of the best individual performances by Australian players at the pinnacle of the One Day game.
Mark Waugh 126 (135) vs India 1996
Mark Waugh had a sensational 1996 World Cup and it was hard to chose just one of his performances however his glorious 126 off just 135 balls vs India in the Group stages was magnificent to watch. This knock came after he already scored 130 (128) earlier in the tournament and was followed by 76* in the preceding match as well as 110 (112) in the Quarter Final against New Zealand.
He really was a beautiful player to watch and plenty argue he was a much better One Day player than he was a Test cricketer.
Steve Waugh 120* (110) vs South Africa 1999
This innings is sometimes forgotten because of the insane games in the knockout stages of the tournament however it was a very important knock.
As we know, Australia drew with South Africa in the Semi Finals and the reason they went through to the final which they eventually won against Pakistan was because they had beaten them in the Group stage.
Hence why this Steve Waugh knock was so crucial. He hit 120* to chase down the required 271 with only two balls to spare. Oh and this happened earlier in the innings from one of the greatest fielders the game has ever seen.
Shane Warne 4/29 vs South Africa – Semi Final 1999
The Australian posted a mere 213 in the semi final against the South Africans only 4 days after the historic knock by captain Steve Waugh (see above) after being bowled out in 49.2 overs.
Enter Shane Warne.
He tore the top and middle order apart, taking the wickets of Herschelle Gibbs (who dropped the World Cup), Gary Kirsten, Hansie Cronje and Jacques Kallis.
Relive the absolute peaches that he bowled in the below video and don’t surprised if you go from six to midnight in record time.
Andy Bichel 7/20 vs England 2003
England were cruising at 0-66 when Andy Bichel was brought on to bowl by Ricky Ponting in the Group stages at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
Bichel only gained a start in the match after Dizzy Gillespie was injured however when the blonde speedstar was finished with the old enemy they had limped to 8/208 and Bichel had seven!
Ricky Ponting 140* (121) vs India 2003 Final
The biggest stage in One Day cricket was made for a man like Ricky Ponting and he didn’t disappoint in the final game of the tournament in 2003.
He took to the Indians with utter abandon spanked the leather to all parts.
What an innings. What a man.
Matt Hayden 158 (143) vs West indies 2007
Matt Hayden hit a mammoth 659 runs which included three centuries at the 2007 World Cup.
None were better than this against the hosts.
Adam Gilchrist 149 (104) vs Sri Lanka 2007 Final
The 2007 World Cup Final was over before it had begun as Adam Gilchrist, squash ball firmly in hand, belted the Sri Lankans to all parts of oval.
He hit an incredible 13 boundaries and eight sixes to never give the opposition a sniff.
Sit back and enjoy.
Glenn Maxwell 102 (53) vs Sri Lanka 2015
The fastest century ever scored by an Australian in the World Cup.
There is no footage on Youtube.
We blame Robelinda2.