If winning Cricket World Cups is an art, Australia is a Picasso. Without Australia the ODI Cricket World Cup is incomplete. So far, Australia has won 5 ODI Cricket World Cup titles, and batsmen like Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and Matthew Hayden have played a huge role in it. Whenever the World Cup begins, the Australian batters get back their form miraculously and thrash every team on their way. Let’s learn about the players with the most runs for Australia in World Cup.
The 2 times World Cup-winning captain, Ricky Ponting conquers the chart of the most runs for Australia in the World Cup. From 1996 to 2005, Ponting was a part of 5 Australian World Cup squads, while leading the team on 3 occasions. The batting stalwart amassed 1743 runs in 46 matches at an impressive average of 45.86, which is 2nd most in WC history. In the course of the event, Ponting hit 7 fifties and 5 centuries, which also includes the match-winning 140* off 121 balls against India in the 2003 World Cup finals in Johannesburg, aided Australia to post 359 runs and win the match by 125 runs.
One of the best openers to play for Australia, David Warner finds himself in 2nd spot on the elite list of most runs for Australia in the World Cup. featuring 29 games, the Southpaw aggregated 1527 runs at a captivating average of 56.55. The 36-year-old contributed abundantly to Australia’s successful 2015 WC campaign, making a tally of 345 runs in 8 matches.
The greatest ever wicket-keeper to play the ODI World Cup, Adam Gilchrist stands 4th on the list of most World Cup runs for Australia with 1085 runs in 31 matches. The legendary batsman averaged 36.16, while his strike was a boasting 98.01. Gilchrist scored 8 fifties in his WC career and his sole century came in the final of the 2007 WC against Sri Lanka, 149 in 104 balls at a freaking strike rate of 143.26.
The Man whose runs were crucial for his team’s 1999 World Cup triumph, Mark Waugh accumulated 1004 runs in 22 games, the 5th most World Cup runs for Australia. His average of 52.84 was fancy and a decent strike rate of 83.73 does justice to the format. The ace batter demonstrated class and resilience, making 4 fifties and as many as centuries.
An Australian charismatic opener who instilled fear in bowlers in his 15 years of ODI career (1993-08), Matthew Hayden is featured in 6th position on the tally of most runs for Australia in the World Cup. Playing in his typical fashion of getting quick runs, he mustered 987 runs in 22 matches at a healthy average of 51.94. His supreme show of the World Cup was 158 off 143 balls against West Indies in the Super 8 stage of the 2007 WC.
List of Most Runs for Australia in World Cup
Ricky Ponting has made the most runs for Australia in World Cup, 1743 runs in 46 innings.
David Warner has scored the most World Cup runs for Australia among active players (1527).
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