Cricket World Cup 2019 – All Australia records at World Cup – most runs, wickets, catches, wins and more
(From left) Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden (AFP Photo)

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 gets underway from May 30 in UK. Defending champions Australia have just about managed to put themselves among the favourites on the back of consecutive ODI series victories over India and Pakistan. They are the most successful team in the history of the tournament having won it a record five times. With the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, it won’t be a big surprise if they manage to win yet another silverware.

As part our of series looking at the history of each time at the World Cup, today we revisit their past performances and key players from 1975 to 2015.

  • Australia’s leading run-getter in the world cups is Ricky Ponting with 1743 runs in 46 matches at 45.86 with five centuries and six fifties. He’s followed by Adam Gilchrist (1085) at 36.16 and Mark Waugh (1004) at 52.84 at second and third spot respectively in the list.

 

  • Ponting’s five centuries is also a tournament record for Australia followed by Mark Waugh (four) and Matthew Hayden (three). 2015 World Cup winning captain Michael Clarke and Gilchrist have struck eight fifties each – the joint most for Australia.

 

  • Hayden’s tally of 659 runs at the 2007 World Cup is most by an Australian batsman in a single edition. He struck three centuries and a fifty averaging 73.22.

 

  • Andrew Symonds who averages an astonishing 103 from 13 innings has the best average among the Aussies. Clarke follows with at second with 63.42 at second followed by Steve Smith (56.87)

 

  • Ponting, the three-time world cup winner, has hit the most no. of sixes with 31 followed by Hayden (23) and Gilchrist (19). He also jointly holds the record for most sixes in an innings alongside Gilchrist with eight which he smashed against India in the 2003 World Cup final.

 

  • David Warner blasted 178 off 133 against Afghanistan in the 2015 edition which is the highest by an Australian at the event. Hayden with 158 vs West Indies in 2007 and Gilchrist with 149 vs Sri Lanka in 2007 final complete the top-three.

 

  • Glenn McGrath leads the wicket charts with 71 scalps in 39 matches spread across four editions. His tally is also the all-time best in world cup history. He averages 18.19 and boasts of an economy of 3.96. Next on the list is Brett Lee with 35 wickets in 17 matches followed by Brad Hogg who took 34 wickets in 21 matches.

 

  • McGrath also holds the record for most wickets in an edition – 26 wickets at 13.73 at the ICC World Cup 2007. Shaun Tait with 23 wickets (WC 2007) and Lee with 22 wickets (WC 2003) occupy the second and third spot respectively

 

  • With 7/15 vs Namibia in February 2003, McGrath also has the all-time bowling figures in world cup history. Andy Bichel emulated his tally in the same edition with seven wickets against England but McGrath edges ahead having given five less runs.

 

  • Nathan Bracken has the best bowling average of 16.12 among the bowlers with 10 matches being the minimum cut-off. Lee (17.97) and McGrath (18.19) are at the second and third position respectively.

 

  • With a minimum cut-off of 10 matches, Lee has the best strike-rate among the bowlers with 23.5 in 17 matches followed by Shaun Tait (24) and Bracken (26.8)

 

  • Gary Gilmour and McGrath each have two five-wicket hauls – the joint most among the Australians. Mitchell Marsh, Alan Hurst, Ken MacLeay, Andy Bichel, Starc, Dennis Lillee, Damien Fleming, Brett Lee and Craig McDermott are the others to have taken the five-wicket haul

 

  • Gilchrist, with 52 dismissals (45 catches, 7 stumpings) leads the wicketkeeping charts followed by Brad Haddin’s 29 (all catches) and Ian Healy’s 21 (18 catches, three stumpings)

 

  • For a non-keeper, Ponting has also taken the most catches – 28 – which is also the most by any player in the history of the showpiece event

 

  • Warner and Smith combined to add 260 for the second wicket against Afghanistan in Perth in March 2015 which is the highest ever partnership for any wicket by an Australian pair at the quadrennial tourney.

 

  • Ponting’s 46 world cup appearances is also the most from his country. He has also led them in 29 matches which is also a world cup record.

 

  • Overall, Australia have played 85 matches, winning 61, losing 21, one ending in a tie and two producing no results.

 

  • 417/6 is vs Afghanistan is Australia’s and World Cup’s highest team total. Their biggest victory margin (in terms of runs) also is against Afghanistan – 275 runs which is a world cup record.