The Defending champions Australia has an outstanding history in the cricket world cup fantasy league. In 2007, Australia became the first cricket nation to win three consecutive world cup tournaments.
In earlier 11 world cups, they have won 5 world cup fantasy cricket game. The men in green and yellow have made a strong case for themselves ever since the 1987 world cup win. Australia won its first world cup under the leadership of Allan Border. Ever since there has been no looking back for the nation.
Each generation, the Australian cricket setup throws up special talents that take the center stage to be counted amongst the best players of that era. Australia is always a tough opponent to beat. They always tend to emerge as a strong contender to stake a claim for the fantasy world cup.
Let us relive their dominance in fantasy cricket world cup with records held by the Australian team and enjoy playing online cricket at India’s best platform, 11Wickets.com.
Former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting is the leading run-getter in the world cups for the nation. He has scored 1743 runs in 46 matches at an average of 45.86 with five centuries and six half-centuries. He is followed by Adam Gilchrist scoring 1085 runs at an average of 36.16 and Mark Waugh scoring 1004 at 52.84. They have secured second and third spot.
Most runs in a single edition
Matthew Hayden’s tally of 659 runs at the 2007 World Cup is most by an Australian batsman in a single edition. He struck three centuries and a fifty averaging 73.22.
Best batting average
Andrew Symonds who averages an astonishing 103 from 13 innings has the best average among the Aussies. Clarke follows with at second with 63.42 at second followed by Steve Smith (56.87)
Ponting, the three-time world cup winner, has hit the most no. of sixes with 31 followed by Hayden (23) and Gilchrist (19). He also jointly holds the record for most sixes in an innings alongside Gilchrist with eight which he smashed against India in the 2003 World Cup final.
Highest run in a match
David Warner blasted 178 off 133 against Afghanistan in the 2015 edition which is the highest by an Australian at the event. Hayden with 158 vs West Indies in 2007 and Gilchrist with 149 vs Sri Lanka in 2007 final completed the top-three.
Glenn McGrath leads the wicket charts with 71 scalps in 39 matches spread across four editions. His tally is also the all-time best in world cup history. He averages 18.19 and boasts of an economy of 3.96. Next on the list is Brett Lee with 35 wickets in 17 matches followed by Brad Hogg who took 34 wickets in 21 matches.
Highest wicket-taker in a single edition
McGrath also holds the record for most wickets in an edition – 26 wickets at 13.73 at the ICC World Cup 2007. Shaun Tait with 23 wickets (WC 2007) and Lee with 22 wickets (WC 2003) occupy the second and third spot respectively
Best bowling figures
With 7/15 vs Namibia in February 2003, McGrath also has the all-time bowling figures in world cup history. Andy Bichel emulated his tally in the same edition with seven wickets against England but McGrath edges ahead having given five fewer runs.
Best bowling average
Nathan Bracken has the best bowling average of 16.12 among the bowlers with 10 matches being the minimum cut-off. Lee (17.97) and McGrath (18.19) are at the second and third position respectively.
With a minimum cut-off of 10 matches, Lee has the best strike-rate among the bowlers with 23.5 in 17 matches followed by Shaun Tait (24) and Bracken (26.8)
Gary Gilmour and McGrath each have two five-wicket hauls – the joint-most among the Australians. Mitchell Marsh, Alan Hurst, Ken MacLeay, Andy Bichel, Starc, Dennis Lillee, Damien Fleming, Brett Lee and Craig McDermott are the others to have taken the five-wicket haul
Most dismissals as wicketkeeper
Gilchrist, with 52 dismissals (45 catches, 7 stumpings) leads the wicketkeeping charts followed by Brad Haddin’s 29 (all catches) and Ian Healy’s 21 (18 catches, three stumpings)
Most catches by a fielder
For a non-keeper, Ponting has also taken the most catches – 28 – which is also the most by any player in the history of the showpiece event
Warner and Smith combined to add 260 for the second wicket against Afghanistan in Perth in March 2015 which is the highest ever partnership for any wicket by an Australian pair at the quadrennial tourney.
Most world cup appearances
Ponting’s 46 world cup appearances are also the most from his country. He has also led them in 29 matches which is also a world cup record.
Overall, Australia has played 85 matches, winning 61, losing 21, one ending in a tie and two producing no results.
Highest team total
417/6 is vs Afghanistan is Australia’s and World Cup’s highest team total. Their biggest victory margin (in terms of runs) also is against Afghanistan – 275 runs which are a world cup record.
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