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Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Since the Retirement of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey, Australia are finding it difficult to find an able replacement. They have produced many quality batsmen in the past. Lets take a look at our list of Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time.

 

Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

10. Adam Gilchrist

Top 10 Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Adam Gilchrist

Batting Style : Left Handed Batsman

Adam Gilchrist occupies the tenth spot in our list of Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time. Gilchrist, rather known for his Wicket-Keeping skills is a reliable batsman for Australia across all three formats. He bats at number 7 in tests and opens the batting in limited over formats. He is known for his aggressive style of play. He is the first and only batsman to have scored a century of sixes in test cricket. He holds the unique record of scoring at least 50 runs in successive World Cup finals. Gilchrist is renowned for walking when he considers himself to be out, sometimes contrary to the decision of the umpire. He formed a Lethal Partnership with Matthew Hayden in ODI’s and T20I’s.

Tests:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
96 5570 47.60 204* 26/17

ODI’s:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
287 9619 35.89 172 55/16

T20I’s:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
Strike Rate
13 272 22.66 48 141.66

 

 

9. David Boon

Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

David Boon, one of the Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Batting Style : Right handed batsman

David Boon is one of the finest player for Australia in the Late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Boon’s durability was a vital ingredient in Australia’s resurgence as a cricketing power during his period. He was declared the Man-of-the-Match in the 1987 World Cup final for his strokeful 75 runs. After his cricketing career, he was made the National selector of the Australian Cricket team. David boon is given the ninth spot in our list of Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time.

Tests:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
107 7422 43.65 200 32/21

ODI’s:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
181 5964 37.04 122 37/5

 

8. Mike Hussey, one of the Top 10 Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Top 10 Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Mike Hussey

Batting Style : Left Handed Batsman

Mike Hussey occupies the eight spot in our list of Top 10 Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time. Hussey  was a relative latecomer to both the ODI and Test teams, debuting at 28 and 30 years of age in the respective formats with 15313 first-class runs before making his Test debut. He is a run machine who is virtually impossible to be distracted at the crease. He is known for his consistency in batting across all formats irrespective of the conditions. Thousands of cricketers made their debut and retired at some stage, but Mike Hussey had the privilege to be called as Mr. Cricket. After two years in the Test side his average rose to 86.18 and when he called it a day he averaged 51.52 in Tests, 48.15 in ODI’s and 38 in T20’s. No wonder he is called Mr. Cricket.
Tests:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
79 6235 51.52 182 29/19

ODI’s:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
185 5442  48.15 109* 39/3

T20I’s:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
Strike Rate
38 721 37.94 60* 136.29

 

7. Bill Ponsford

Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Bills Ponsford, one of the Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Batting Style : Right Handed Batsman

Bill Ponsford was named in this elite club because of his First Class batting records rather than his test Records. Despite being heavily built, Ponsford was quick on his feet and renowned as one of the finest ever players of spin bowling. His bat which was heavier than the norm allowed him to drive powerfully and he possessed a strong cut shot. He is in the elite list of batsmen scoring three triple hundreds in First Class Cricket. He along with Brian Lara were the only ones to score 400 Twice in their careers. His batting Average of 65.18 showed how good a player he was. He is given the seventh spot in our list of top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time.
Tests:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
 29 2122 48.22 266 6/7

First Class:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
 162 13189 65.18 437 43/47

 

6. Steve Waugh

Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Steve Waugh

Batting Style : Right Handed Batsman

Legendary Aussie captain Steve Waugh is in the sixth position in our list of top ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time. He was one of the leading batsmen of his time. He is one of only 11 players to have scored over 10,000 Test runs. He made his debut for Australia as a Medium Pacer and went on to become one of the greatest batsman in the history of the game. Apart from his batting, Waugh is also is great captain. He was the one who held together the Aussie Batting Line Up. He retired from tests with a batting average of 51.06.

Tests:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
168 10927 51.06 200 50/32

ODI’s:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
325 7569 32.90 120* 45/3

 

5. Greg Chappell, One of the Top 10 Best Australian Batsmen of All Time

Best Australian Batsmen of All Time

Greg Chappell

Batting Style : Right Handed Batsman

Greg Chappell was the outstanding Australian batsman of his generation. Though he had an appetite for big scores, it was his calm manner that bowlers found just as disheartening. He made a century in his first and final Tests. He used to often get the better of the Legendary West Indian Bowling Attack. He had a terrific test career in which he scored 7110 runs at an average of 53.86. His stint as a captain was not a successful one. Greg Chappell is the number five in out list of Top 10 Best Australian Batsmen of All Time.
Tests:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
 87 7110 53.86 247* 31/24

ODI’s:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
 74 2331 40.18 138* 14/3

 

4. Allan Border

Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Allan Border

Batting Style : Left Handed Batsman

Allan Border takes the Fourth spot in our list of Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time. Border amassed 11,174 Test runs (a world record until it was passed by Brian Lara in 2005). He hit 27 centuries in his Test career. He retired as Australia’s most capped player and leading run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs. His Australian record for Test Match runs stood for 15 years before Ricky Ponting overtook him. Border still retains the world record for the number of consecutive Test appearances of 153. AB has also led Australia to their First World Cup Victory in 1987.
Tests:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
 156 11174 50.56 205 63/27

ODI’s:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
 273 6524 30.62 127* 39/3

 

3. Victor Trumper

Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Victor Trumper

Batting Style : Right Handed Batsman

Of all the great Australian batsmen Victor Trumper was by general consent the best and most brilliant. He is known as the most stylish and versatile batsman of the Golden Age of cricket. Trumper at the zenith of his fame challenged comparison with Ranjit Singh ji. He was great under all conditions of weather and ground. He could play quite an orthodox game whenever he wished to. He occupies the third spot in our list of Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time.
Tests:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
 48 3163 39.04 214* 13/8

First Class:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
 255 16939 44.57 300* 87/42

 

2. Ricky Ponting

Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Ricky Ponting

Batting Style : Right Handed Batsman

Ricky Ponting is given the Second Spot in our list of Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time. Ponting who is considered as the greatest batsman of his era along with Sachin and Lara. His total tally of 71 centuries is the second best only to Sachin’s 100 International Centuries. He is the second leading Run Scorer in Tests and ODI’s. He is a batsman who is capable of dominating any bowling attack irrespective of the conditions. Apart from his batting, he is a successful Captain, leading Australia to 2 successive Wins. He made the number 3 position of the Batting Line Up his own. Australia are struggling to find an able replacement for that position.
Tests:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
 168 13378 51.85 257 62/41

ODI’s:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
 375 13704 42.03 164 82/30

T20I’s:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
Strike Rate
17 401 28.64 98* 132.78

Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

1. Sir Donald Bradman

Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time

Sir Donald Bradman

Batting Style: Right Handed Batsman

Sir Donald Bradman is widely acknowledged as the greatest Test batsman of all time. Bradman’s career Test batting average of 99.94 is often cited as statistically the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport. With just 4 runs needed off his final innings to take his Career average to 100, Bradman got out for a duck. Bradman made all those runs at high-speed in a manner that bewildered opponents and entranced spectators. Though his batting was not classically beautiful, it was always awesome. His record is at a distance of light years to be broken. No wonder he is given the Number one in our List of Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time.
Tests:

Matches Runs Average Highest Score
50/100
52  6996 99.94 334 13/29

No one can replace Sir Don Bradman as the best Australian batsman of all time and with that note we round-up our list of Top Ten Greatest Australian Batsmen of All Time.

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  1. hussey hs in test 195 i think

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