All-time best Oceania ODI XI
Oceania may have only two countries who play cricket regularly in Australia and New Zealand but both countries are amongst the strongest teams that have ever played the sport and have produced several fantastic cricketers.
Amongst the many cricketers that have come out from Australia and New Zealand, many have cemented their place amongst the greatest exponents of the game. Hence, it is a daunting task to pick up the best XI of the many greats.
Nevertheless, this XI contains some exceptionally brilliant cricketers among whom, some are names who would be preferred on any all-time ODI XI. So without any further ado, I present to you the best ODI XI of all-time from Oceania.
Openers- Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden
Both Australia and New Zealand have produced some brilliant openers over the years that include the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Brendon McCullum, Mark Waugh and Stephen Fleming just to name a few. All have played some of their finest ODI innings opening the batting.
However, the pair I have gone with is the famed opening pair of Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden. Regarded as one of the greatest opening pairs in the history of ODI cricket, Gilly and Hayden were pivotal entities of the Australian team which dominated international cricket during the early and mid-2000s.
Out of his 9619 ODI runs, Gilly has scored 9200 of them (95.64%) while opening the innings and Hayden has scored 5892 runs(96.07% of his 6133 ODI runs) opening the batting which makes a total of 15092 runs at an average of 39.20 and a strike rate of 89.45 while opening the innings.
In Gilchrist, you have a highly aggressive batsman who is capable of putting pressure on the bowlers from the very first ball of the innings. Matthew Hayden is another batsman who can smash the bowlers all around the park but on the same time, he can also bat sensibly and patiently which become extremely beneficial in the longer run.
The duo have scored a total of 5314 runs at an average of more than 48 while opening the innings together. Both have stitched 16 100+ partnerships, 15 of which came in a winning cause. Hence, such an opening pair is bound to give the bowlers the chills before the match even begins.