Greatest Australian ODI XI of all time
5 ODI World Cup victories in a total of 11 World Cups by a single nation, shows the dominance of that format. Australia remains one of the best ODI teams since the inception of the format boasting of the above-mentioned record.
Australia has consistently produced players that have dominated the shorter version of the game. Their bowlers have both the pace and control to succeed in the format, their batting has always been flamboyant as per the demands of the game and they have also produced some handy all-rounders.
Amongst the plethora of great players that Australia has produced, choosing an all time Australian ODI XI is always an arduous task. There have been some players who were unlucky to miss out against the superiority of their mates. So let’s have a look at an all-time Australian ODI XI:-
1) Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist’s selection in this team was perhaps the easiest decision to make. Australia has never produced an ODI wicketkeeper of the calibre of Gilchrist, even in World cricket barring MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara, not many keepers would compete with Gilchrist’s abilities.
A player who could destroy any bowling attack on his day, Gilchrist was the key member of the Australian side that dominated ODI cricket for a number of years. In 287 ODIs, he scored 9,619 runs at an average of 35.89 and an extremely impressive strike rate of 96.94.
His records are a testimony to the talent he possessed and the impact he had on the game. Such was his impact in the big games that he scored two half-centuries and a century in the three World Cup finals that Australia won. There can be no doubt in Gilchrist making it to this Australian XI.