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Top 10 Australian ODI openers of all time

Tanya Rudra
ANALYST
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4.46K   //    09 Dec 2017, 15:01 IST

Australia v India: Semi Final - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

The first One Day International (40 over) was played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in January 1971 and the hosts won it comprehensively by five wickets.

Australia, the current number three team in the ICC ODI Rankings, have been the most competitive and successful unit in the 46-year-old history of ODI cricket.

The holders are the only team on the planet to feature in four consecutive World Cup finals (1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007), and the first team to win three consecutive world titles (1999, 2003 and 2007).

The five-time world beaters have never been short of great players and have always been a formidable batting side.

Now, let's have a look at the top 10 ODI openers who represented the team from Down Under.


#10 Graeme Wood

Graeme Wood of Australia

Known as Australia's 'crisis man', Graeme Wood was courageous and didn't flinch, even against the most ferocious fast bowling attacks in the world.

Between 1978 and 1985, Wood opened in 70 ODIs for Australia and scored 2,017 runs at an average of 33.61. The former chief executive of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA), scored three tons and ten fifties as an opener.

A former footballer for the East Fremantle Football Club, Woods got his highest ODI score of 114* in a losing cause against England in a 1985 ODI at Lord's.

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