Australia is the most successful team in the history of the game of cricket. The number of world titles they have won is phenomenal. The Men in Yellow have been a true force regardless of the format of cricket. However, a team becomes brilliant with the skills and ability of the players in it. But it is also true that a coach or a mentor plays a vital role in a team’s success.
We know about the success of the Australian team, but do you know who were the coaches of the team during their successful journey? In this article, we will cover the list of all the coaches for Australia’s men’s cricket team. Australia has won the ODI World Cup five times: in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015. They won the T20 World Cup recently in 2021. Australia also won the Champions Trophy in 2006 and 2009. Let’s check out successful coaches for Australia.
3. Bob Simpson (1986-96)
Bob Simpson was the first ever official coach of Australia’s men’s team. He took on the role of head coach in 1986 and stayed in the position until 1996. Thus, he is the first and only coach to have stayed at that position for 10 years. He changed many things in Australian cricket and was one of the reasons that Australia became the No. 1 ranked Test side in that era.
Under his coaching, Australia also won their maiden ODI World Cup in 1987. Allan Border was the captain of the team. Australia also won the Ashes in 1989, 1990-91, 1993, and 1994-95. India also won the Frank Worrell Trophy in 1994-95 during that time. After losing in the 1996 ODI World Cup, Simpson resigned from his post.
2. Justin Langer (2018-2022)
Currently, Andrew McDonald is the head coach of the Australian team. He took over the charge after Justin Langer resigned from the post, and Langer was an aggressive coach in his era. He brought Australia back on track after a few hitch-ups after the 2015 ODI World Cup win. The biggest achievements under the coaching of Langer came in 2021.
Australia won their maiden T20 World Cup title in the UAE and it was Aaron Finch who led the team. Langer also coached Australia in 2019 and in their last 2021–22 Ashes win over England. Notably, he was the head coach when Australia lost the last two Border-Gavaskar trophies to India. He took over the coaching duties in 2018 after Darren Lehmann. Langer was asked to increase his tenure as a head coach in 2022, but he didn’t.
1. John Buchanan (1999-2007)
If you talk about the most successful coaches in the history of the game, John Buchanan will surely top the list. The former Australian coach made Australia the most unbeatable side in the world. The Men in Yellow were a brute force during his coaching stint. He joined as a head coach in 1999 after Geoff Marsh (1996-99) resigned, and the rest was history.
Under the coaching of Buchanan, Australia won the 2003 and 2007 ODI World Cups and were undefeated in both tournaments. They also won their maiden Champions Trophy in 2006. Under Buchanan, Australia made a world record of winning 16 test matches and 23 wins in the ODI World Cup. They also won the Ashes in 2021, 2002-03, and 2006-07 over England. However, he retired in 2007 after winning the ODI World Cup.
List of Australia National Cricket Team Coaches
1987 ODI World Cup Win and Ashes in 1989, 1990-91, 1993, and 1994-95
1997 ODI World Cup Win and Ashes in 1997 and 1998-99
2003 & 2007 ODI World Cup Win; Ashes in 2021, 2002-03, and 2006-07; Won 2006 Champions Trophy
Won 2009 Champions Trophy
First Coach of another country
2015 ODI World Cup Win and Ashes in 2013–14 and 2017–18
2021 T20 World Cup; Ashes in 2019 and 2021–22
Won the first ever Benaud-Qadir Trophy against Pakistan