Unusual Limited Overs Matches in Australia – Part 3

World XI Matches

17. World Cricket Tsunami Appeal, Asia XI v ICC World XI, MCG, January 10, 2005

The Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 affected hundreds of thousands of people across South East Asia and beyond, in terms of cricket nations India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were affected with the Sri Lankan team abandoning a tour of New Zealand that was occurring at the time.

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This match was 50 overs per side and was given one day international status – the first time a match not featuring two cricket nations was given this status. Some cricket statisticians don’t acknowledge this as an international match and it is hard to imagine Glen McGrath batting at number 6 for Australia in an ODI as he did in this match.

The significance of this decision to recognise this match as an international match is probably better understood when put in the context of the next entry on this list.

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Both sides were made up of current players with the ICC World XI containing Australians, New Zealanders and West Indians including Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Brian Lara plus Darren Gough and the Asian XI featuring players from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka including Sachin Tendualker, Muttiah Muralitharan, Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly. The scorecard is here.

Ricky Ponting thrilled the crowd of 70,101 with a century at better than a run a ball and won the man of the match award. The match raised $17 million for the Tsunami Appeal.

This match was meant to be one of two World Cricket Tsunami Appeal matches but the second, due to be held in Kolkota in February, was first rescheduled to April and then cancelled.

16. ICC Super Series, Australia v ICC World XI, Docklands, Melbourne, October 5,7,9, 2005

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Due to Australia’s dominance of both Test match cricket and One Day cricket across the preceding 5 or so years years, the ICC decided to hold the ICC Super Series with a World XI taking on Australia in 3 One Day matches under the roof of the Docklands stadium in Melbourne followed by a 6 day Super Test at the SCG. To give the matches credibility and gravitas they were conferred international status – following the precedent that was set by the Tsunami Appeal match.

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The World XI featured Chris Gayle, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendaulker, Jaques Kallis and Muttiah Muralitharan plus two tormentors form the recently completed 2005 Ashes in England – Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Peitersen.

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Shaun Pollock hugs Brian Lara for reasons unknown.

The 3 matches drew crowds of 18,000, 29,000 and 31,000 people. Australia dominated the series and won 3-0. Batting first in each match Australia ran up a total that proved beyond the World XI and none of the three matches were close with the margins being 93 runs, 55 runs and 112 runs. The World XI batting line up was limp in it’s efforts and failed to make 200 in two matches and in the final match was bowled out for just 137 in 28 overs.

Shane Watson was named Man of the Match in the first match (8 & 3/43) and the third match (66* & 4/39), while Adam Gilchrist was Man of the Match in the second match for his century and was also named Man of the Series.

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Some interesting notes from the Australian line up was Simon Katich opening – that brief period of time I have tried to erase from my memory – plus Mike Hussey and Shane Watson batting at number 7 and number 8 respectively.

KP had a series to remember scoring 2 and 16 (batting at number 8) and was omitted from the 3rd match.

Behind the facade of disinterest Chris Gayle was extremely excited about playing in the ICC Super Series
Behind the facade of disinterest Chris Gayle was extremely excited about playing in the ICC Super Series

Another thing these matches had was the short lived Super Sub. One player could be replaced by the 12th man or Super Sub at a point in the game but each team 11 players bat and field. Makes sense? Not really, and I can’t be bothered explaining it any further as it was as pointless as it was shortlived.

Cameron White made his ODI debut in the first match as the Super Sub

First match White was Super-subbed for Damien Martyn to field but did not bowl. Second match White was Super-subbed to field  for Simon Katich and bowled 3 overs for 22 runs. Third match White made it into the starting XI but didn’t bat or bowl. So in his first 3 ODIs Cameron White bowled 3 overs and did not bat. Super.

Shane Watson souvenirs a stump
Shane Watson souvenirs a stump

The highlight – Mike Hussey hitting the roof at Docklands stadium, a feat that had previously been thought to be unachievable.

15. Victoria v World XI, Junction Oval, October 2, 2005

What could be stranger than a country playing against a World XI? A state playing against a World XI in a warm up tour match at a suburban venue that is now considered unfit for cricket.

The Junction Oval in St Kilda is apparently so dilapidated that it’s not even fit for a dog to poo on it let alone for it to host a first class cricket match for Victoria [except that there will be a World Cup warm up match there between UAE and Afganistan in February]

The Junction Oval in it's hey day when it hosted cricket matches.
Makhaya Ntini and the Junction Oval in it’s hey day when it hosted cricket matches.

Thankfully that wasn’t the case back in 2005 and 13 of the world’s best cricketers took on the might of Victoria featuring Michael Klinger, Brad Hodge, Dave Hussey, Cameron White, Mick Lewis and Shane “Stickers” Harwood.

There was no toss and the ICC World XI batted first (perhaps that was a mistake – they had to chase in each game against Australia) and slumped to 7/195 before captain Shaun Pollock saved there blushes with a half century to lead the team to 281. KP’s tour started brightly with 5.

KP had a day out at the Junction Oval with 5.
KP had a day out at the Junction Oval with 5.

In reply Victoria manged 9/269 thanks to 92 to Brad Hodge and 62 to Michael Klinger and fell just 13 runs short of victory against a team of the world’s best cricketers.

14. Australia v World XI, MCG, March 21, 1996

This match was arranged for the centenary of the Victorian Cricket Association and $25,000 prizemoney was on offer. The match was held just 4 days after Australia had lost the 1996 World Cup final to Sri Lanka in Lahore,Pakistan.

The Australian team was similar to the line up in the World Cup final with squad players Michael Slater, Shane Lee and Jason Gillespie replacing Ricky Ponting, Stuart Law and Glenn McGrath.

The World XI featured current players from the World Cup including Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana and Arivinda de Silva  from the victorious Sri Lankan team plus South Africa’s Shaun Pollock and Jonty Rhodes and Zimbabwean’s Heath Streak and legspinner Paul Strang.

Victorian hero Dean Jones who hadn’t played for Australia for 2 years played for the World XI against Australia. He scored a century, brought up with a six of Mark Waugh in the last over, which the ACB claimed to be his only international century at the MCG. However this match was not classed as a One Day International although the ACB and VCA did initially include it in their records.

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Dean Jones scores a century against Australia at the MCG

Australia chased down the World XI’s 210 comfortably and Dean Jones was Man of the Match for his hundred. The games was televised by Channel 9 and 35,561 people attended the match.

I can’t find any video footage of this match but if you find some let me know.

13. Bradman XI v World XI, SCG, 18 December, 1994

This was a charity match which, if I remember correctly, was organised to raise money to build the Bradman Museum in Bowral. If you know otherwise please let me know.

The teams consisted of former international cricketers, a few celebreties like Fatty Vautin (a year after ‘that’ catch), Ernie Dingo and Gary Sweet plus current cricketers notably Brian Lara and Australian Women’s cricketer Zoe Goss. And it was these two players who provided the moment everyone remembers from this match, when Zoe Goss dismissed Brian Lara – here it is.

Here are the full teams and 1 hour highlights of both innings can be watched here and here.

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One strange thing about the match was why did the teams wear outfits that looked like baseball uniforms? It was a charity cricket match for the greatest cricketer of all time, Sir Donald Bradman. Was it Ian Chappell’s idea? He does love baseball.

Graeme Pollock was man of the match for his 89 off 71 balls for the World XI but it was the Bradman XI that won by 1 run. 17,500 spectators made it to the SCG and approximately $150,000 was raised.

Jeff Dujon and man of the match Graeme Pollock

12. World Legends of Cricket in Australia, Australian Masters v World Masters, March 1998

In the mid 1990’s there seemed to be a bit of a push to get a “Masters” circuit running with former legends of the game much in the way there is a seniors tour for golf and tennis. There had been a 4 game South Africa Masters v World Masters series 6 months prior to this and a World Legends Cup in May 1999.

The promoters of this three match series of Australia Masters v World Masters, whoever they were, didn’t quite hit the mark. Despite attracting a decent contingent of legends from overseas the Australian XIII was underwhelming with fewer big names and more fringe players. For example Trevor Chappell played in these matches rather than Greg.

There was also the venues for the matches. Rather then being played at international venues the three matches were played at Princes Park in Melbourne – a venue better known as home of Carlton Football Club but which did host some Victorian Shield matches in the mid 1990’s, North Sydney Oval in Sydney and Coffs Harbour.

The crowd at Princes Park was a miserable 1000 people. It improved a little in NSW with 5000 at Coffs Harbour and 6500 at North Sydney.

 

I do recall listening to the first match on ABC radio but as far as I remember these matches weren’t broadcast on Channel 9 or another TV network. I can only imagine whoever organised this series of matches lost a lot of money.

 

 

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One thought on “Unusual Limited Overs Matches in Australia – Part 3”

  1. I vividly remember the Dean Jones century against Australia, this was around the time he was agruably the country’s best cricketer at state level but was considered to old to play for his country, this was cemented my belief in the “Victorian Cricketers don’t get a fair shake” conspiracy theory.

    A decade later this honor would be bestowed upon fellow Victorian Brad Hodge.

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