The 10 Famous Old Australian Cricketers of All Time

The 10 Famous Old Australian Cricketers of All Time

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Throughout the long history of the sport, the game of cricket has given the whole world countless memorable moments, incredible plays and some of the greatest athletes. It still continues to provide plenty of such moments and admirable cricketers to the present day. Even though England is said to be the birthplace of cricket, it is Australia that has proven its position in the game, time after time that, as one of the leaders at the top.

In the entire timeline of cricket, the world has seen some of the greatest cricketers of Australian origin. In this article, we will take a look at some of the greatest and most famous Australian cricketers of all time. This list is comprised of both recent and old Australian cricketers that have ever graced the sport with their greatness. So, let’s go through the article which contains some of the greatest batsmen, bowlers, wicket-keepers and all-rounders in Australian cricket history.

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Famous Australian Cricketers of All Time

1) Sir Donald Bradman

Sir Donald Bradman

The very first name in the list of the greatest and most famous Australian cricketers of all time is always occupied by the legendary Sir Donald Bradman. He was not only a phenomenal player for his team back in the day but was also one of the greatest batsmen that the world has ever witnessed.

He started his international cricket career with his Test debut in 1928, playing against England and continued to play for about two whole decades. His batting average of 99.94 tells a lot about his majestic performance at the striker’s end, whenever he was on the pitch. In the 52 total Test matches that he played, he made 6996 runs off just 80 innings. Sir Donald Bradman’s legacy and incredible statistics will forever remain one of the greatest in world cricket history.

2) Matthew Hayden

 Matthew Hayden

The second spot in the list of famous Australian cricketers of all time is taken up by left-handed legendary batsman, Matthew Hayden. He played as an opener for team Australia and with his spectacular striking ability, he soon became one of the most feared batsmen in all of cricket.

His trademark style of play has given some of the most iconic moments in the game’s history, including his extraordinary 380-run play against Zimbabwe in Perth, back in 2003. In the 103 Test matches that he played, he scored a total of 8625 runs and in the 161 ODI games, he made 6133 runs, both incredible statistics for an opener.

3) Greg Chappell

 Greg Chappell


Greg Chappell is one of the most famous Australian cricketers of all time and many other legendary cricketers agree with this fact. He was a master at his craft, with perfection and fluidity, he struck forthcoming balls to near extinction-level force.

He loved to score centuries, which he did in both the debut and the last Test game of his career. He also led the team as their captain on numerous occasions and his iconic double century during his first match as a captain is also one of his greatest moments in cricket. He made 7110 runs and took 47 wickets from the 87 Test matches and scored 2331 runs and took 72 wickets from 74 ODI matches. Greg Chappell is truly one of the greatest old Australian cricketers to have ever played the game.

4) Victor Trumper

 Victor Trumper

Victor Trumper comes at the fourth spot as one of the most famous Australian cricketers of all time. Trumper was regarded as one of the best Australian batsmen of his era. He had many successful moments on the field with his batting and the opponent team’s bowlers used to fear his presence. He could play off any type of oncoming deliveries with impeccable judgement and a great finish.

His batting style was graceful, mixed with sheer power behind every shot. He debuted against team England back in 1899 and played until 1912. He participated in 48 Test cricket games and made a total of 3163 runs with his all-time highest being 214* against South Africa back in 1911 at Adelaide. This was also the first and only double century of his international cricket career.

5) Ricky Ponting

 Ricky Ponting

Former Australian cricketer, Ricky Ponting, might have been one of the most aggressive and toughest players that the world of cricket has ever witnessed. His primary role for his team was of a batsman and he had led the international team as their captain through many challenging occasions.

Ricky Ponting is also considered to be one of the most successful cricket skippers in Australia, as well as the World, with two ICC World Cups (2003 and 2007) secured and most Test match wins (48) for his team under his leadership. As a primary run-scorer, Ponting had made over 13,000 runs in both the two popular formats of cricket. He made 13378 runs from 168 Test and 13704 runs from 375 ODI matches that he played.

6) Shane Warne

 Shane Warne

At the sixth spot in the list of famous Australian cricketers of all time, comes the revolutionary spinner in all of cricket’s history, Shane Warne. His bowling style has been defined as a spectrum of fine art by many. His impact on Australian and world cricket is truly inspiring and phenomenal.

Some of the greatest records and achievements throughout his career include a total of 708 wickets taken in his career Test match, which made him the second-highest wicket-taker in this form of cricket. He also maintained an economy rate of 2.65 in Test and 4.25 in ODI cricket. Warne took 708 wickets in 145 Tests and 293 wickets in 194 ODI games. His ball of the century against Mike Gatting back in 1993 is one of the most memorable moments of his career and the sport.

7) Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilshrist

Adam Gilchrist is at the seventh spot on this list as one of the most famous Australian cricketers of all time. His primary role for his team was as a wicketkeeper-batsman and he made his international Test debut against Pakistan at the Gabba back in 1999.

His batting skills, run-scoring ability and his outstanding wicketkeeping talent have made him one of the best wicketkeeper-batsman in all of cricket. In 96 Test matches and 279 ODI games, Gilchrist had scored 5570 runs and 9619 runs, respectively. And as a wicketkeeper, he made a total of 905 dismissals from the total of 396 matches that he played, which is the second-highest of all time.

8) Glenn McGrath

  Glenn McGrath

Another outstanding and feared Australian bowler of all time, Glenn McGrath, takes up the eighth spot on this list. He is one of the greatest and most highly admired bowlers in Australia, who have taken numerous wickets with his precise deliveries on the field.

He made his international cricket debut in a Test match against New Zealand back in 1993 and continued his career for about fifteen years. In the total 124 Test matches that McGrath had played, he secured 563 wickets with an economy rate of 2.5, alongside taking 381 wickets from 250 ODI games, with an economy rate of 3.88. Glenn McGrath is truly deserving of the title of one of the most famous cricketers of all time among both recent and old Australian cricketers.

9) Steve Waugh

 Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh is highly considered to be one of the best Test cricket batsmen in Australia and has gifted the world of cricket with plenty of special moments, including tons of runs and a more than 70% Test win percentage for the team under his captaincy. He made his international cricket debut back in 1985 against team India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

He continued to play until 2004 and scored plenty of runs and claimed numerous wickets to his name. He made 10,927 runs and took 92 wickets from 168 Test matches, alongside 7569 runs with 195 wickets from 325 ODI matches. Steve Waugh is truly among the best players of all time, including the new and old Australian cricketers.

10) Brett Lee

Brett Lee

At the tenth spot in this list comes the incredible Australian bowler, Brett Lee. His debut in International cricket happened in a Test match against Team India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, back in 1999, with his ODI debut in the following year. Brett Lee is regarded as one of the top fastest bowlers of the recent era of cricket. Batsmen used to fear his presence on the bowler’s end, with his powerful deliveries, that wanted to claim wickets as usual.

Lee took more than 300 wickets in both the popular formats of cricket. He claimed 310 wickets in 76 Test games and 380 wickets in 221 ODI matches. He was also ready at the striker’s end with the bat whenever he was needed and scored more than 1000 runs in both cricket formats.

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