Australia is the most successful team in the history of the game of cricket. Especially in 50-over cricket, they are the only team with five World Cup wins in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015. That is how dominant Team Australia is. The prime reason for their success over the year is the number of match-winners in the team.
Australian batters are always known for their aggressive style of batting, which makes them successful. Over the years, the likes of Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, and David Warner have been some successful names in the 50-over format. All these batters have played some incredible innings in this format. And here we will look into the most number of centuries for Australia in the 50-over cricket.
Most Centuries in ODI by Australia
5. Adam Gilchrist – 16 Centuries in 286 games
Adam Gilchrist was the man of big tournament for Australia. He also played important innings in the World Cup finals. He scored 57 runs in 2003 World Cup and a brilliant 104-ball 149 runs in 2007 World Cup, which Australia won. Gilchrist played 286 games in his 50-over career and scored 9595 runs at 35.93. He has also scored 16 centuries and 55 half-centuries for Australia.
4. Aaron Finch – 17 Centuries in 146 games
Former Australian captain, who led his country to the 2021 T20 World Cup, Aaron Finch was also a brilliant ODI batter. He was a solid batter at the top for his team and has scored runs all over the world. Although he didn’t play many games, he has good ODI numbers. Finch played 146 ODIs in his career and scored 5406 runs at 38.89. He also scored 17 centuries and 30 half-centuries.
3. Mark Waugh – 18 Centuries in 244 games
Former Australian great Mark Waugh is third on this list. Both Waugh brothers served Australia admirably and had successful cricket careers. Mark Waugh was a decent all-rounder. He played 244 ODIs in his 14-year-long career and scored 8500 runs at an average of 39.35. He also scored 18 centuries and 50 half-centuries in his career. In addition, he also took 85 wickets, with a best of 5/24.
2. David Warner – 19 ODI centuries in 141 games
David Warner is one of the most complete all-format batters from Australia in modern-day cricket. He is certainly among the best in the business in all three formats and was part of the 2015 ODI World Cup-winning team. Warner has played 141 games in his career so far and has scored 6007 runs at an average of 45.16 and a strike rate of 95.25. He is a consistent performer at the top of the list for his country. Warner has also scored 19 centuries and 27 half-centuries so far.
1. Ricky Ponting – 30 ODI Centuries in 374 games
There might not be many players who can break the record set by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting. He led Australia to successive ODI World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007, which is an “all-time” record. Ponting has played 374 matches in his career (most by an Australian) and scored 13589 runs (most for his country) at an average of 41.81. He has also scored 29 centuries and 82 half-centuries, which is also the most for Australia.