The Australian cricket team represents the country of Australia and is one of the two nations to have played international cricket for the first time in the sport’s history. They joined England in the first Test match that was played in 1877 and since then, Australia contest in cricket’s most traditional rivalry, called the Ashes, with England.
Australia also participated in the first ever ODI
to be played in cricket, again against England in 1971, before featuring in the first T20I in 2004 against New Zealand. Australian cricketers feature in the Sheffield Shield, the Australian Domestic One-Day Series and the Big Bash League
from which the national side is selected.
Australia were the number one Test side for a period of more than six years between 2003 and 2009 and have twice won 16 Tests in a row – a record for the most number of Test match wins. In the one-day arena, Australia have four World Cup wins to their name, the most by any country in the cricketing world and have been runner-up twice.
They entered the final of the World Cup on four successive occasions in 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007, winning it on all occasions except the 1996 tournament. They have entered the ICC World T20 final in 2010, but have never won the competition before.
The Cricket Australia or the Australian Cricket Board as it was earlier known, is their governing body and looks after the administrative and financial bit of cricket in the country.
Sir Don Bradman from Australia, is arguably one of the best cricketers to have played the game. He ended his career with an average of 99.94, which is much higher than the next best average in Tests, which is in the 60s.
Some of the other most famous Australian cricketers include Ricky Ponting (more than 13k runs in Tests), Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden, Mark Waugh, Justin Langer, Michael Bevan, Mark Taylor, David Boon, Boll Ponsford, Bill O’Reilly, Keith Miller, Neil Harvey, Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell, Richie Benaud, Bob Simpson, Glen McGrath and one of the best ever bowlers to have been a part of cricket, Shane Warne.