In the 1990’s every ODI tournament or series meant a different uniform, here is the collection from 1995 – 1999.
February 1995: Centenary tournament in New Zealand – New Zealand, Australia, India, South Africa
Greg Blewett and Ricky Ponting made their debuts in this tournament. Australia made it to the final against New Zealand and won comfortably thanks to 3/19 to man of the match, Tim May.
Uniform: Some interesting stuff going on here: A white version of the Australian flag across each shoulder and arm. Tubby’s yellow hat look nice too.
April 1995: West Indies v Australia – played in whites
Australia lost the one day series 4-1
December 1995 – January 1996: World Series Cup – Australia, Sri Lanka, West Indies
Australia won the best of 3 finals against Sri Lanka convincingly. A series remembered for Bevan’s last ball four against the Windies and for Ian Helay telling Arjuna Rantangu, the Sri Lankan captain, he couldn’t have a runner for being fat – or words to the that effect. Shane Lee made his debut.
Uniform: The first season for numbers on the back of playing shirts
March 1996: World Cup
In the first Australia played out a couple of classics to make the final. They chased down 289 against New Zealand in the quarter final thanks to a Mark Waugh century, then produced a miracle as the Windies collapsed spectacularly to win the semi final. Australia came unstuck in the final to a majestic allround display from Arivinda de Silva.
Mark Waugh won two man of the match awards.
Uniform: Note coach Bob Simpson in full playing uniform, baseball coach style.
August 1996: World Series in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka, Australia, India, Zimbabwe
Safety concerns meant Australia did not travel to Sri Lanka for the World Cup but just 5 months later they did travel there for this 4 team tournament. Mark Taylor missed this series due to back surgery and so Ian Healy captained the side. Shane Warne also missed due to a finger injury. One Day Internatioanl debuts were given to Brad Hogg, Jason Gillespie and Darren Lehmann.
Australia made the final but lost to Sri Lanka.
October 1996: Triangular one day series in India – India, Australia, South Africa
Australia were woeful not winning any of their 6 matches against India or South Africa. They got closest in the last match, falling 5 runs short of 280 odd to defeat India. Adam Gilchrist made his debut for an injured Ian Healy.
South Africa won all 6 of their preliminary matches but then lost the final to India. Would it be appropriate to mention something about choking at this point?
December 1996- January 1997: One Day Series – Australia, West Indies, Pakistan
Australia continued to plumb new depths of ineptitude in one day cricket, missing the final of the home triangular tournament for the first time since 1979/80. Pakistan were the eventual winners.
Uniform: Pakistan mainly in blue – unusual. Green has usually been their colour.
April 1997: South Africa v Australia
A rare bright spot in one day cricket for Australia in the 2 years after the 1996 World Cup. Australia defeated South Africa 4-3 in a 7 match series that saw Australia use 3 captains – Mark Taylor, Ian Healy and Steve Waugh. Michael Di Venuto and Adam Dale made their debuts.
May 1997: England v Australia – series played in white
Australia lost the three match series preceding the Ashes 3-0. Matthew Elliott played his sole ODI and Justin Langer one of his 8. Mark Taylor stepped down after two games and Steve Waugh captained the team in the final match. Adam Gilchrist played as a batsmen.
December 1997 – January 1998: One Day series – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
Australia overhauled it’s one day team, dropping Mark Taylor and Ian Healy for good and making Steve Waugh captain, Adam Gilchrist took the gloves and Ian Harvey and Paul Wilson debuted.
The new look Australian’s struggled through the preliminary rounds just scraping into the finals by beating New Zealand in the last match.
South Africa had beaten Australia each of the four times they met in the round robin stage and won the first final but Australia finally broke through and won the remaining two finals to win the series. South Africa choking?
Uniform: South Africa with red and teal for the kiwis. Also numbers on trousers
February 1998: New Zealand v Australia
Australia lead this 4 match series 2-0 after 2 matches but New Zealand fought back to tie the series at 2-2. Why no 5th game?
March 1998: Triangular Cup in India – India, Australia, Zimbabwe – played in whites.
Australia lost to India but defeated Zimbabwe each time they met. The final was India and Australia and Australia managed to turn the tables and defeat India. According to Steve Waugh the Australian’s weren’t given the trophy or prizemoney for winning the tournament.
April 1998: Triangular Cup in Sharjah – India, Australia, New Zealand
Nothing screamed pointless ODI tournament in the 1990s like the venue being Sharjah. Immediately after the tour of India, Australia won through to the final against India but were outplayed by a Sachin Tendaulker masterclass in the final.
Uniform: Looks a bit South African to me.
October 1998: ICC knockout event in Bangladesh
Australia bowed out immediately from this precursor to the Champions Trophy losing their first match to India, due to another Sachin Tendaulker century.
November 1998: Pakistan v Australia – played in whites
Australia won this series 3-0 after chasing down 315 in the final match thanks to centuries to Gilchrist and Ponting. Andrew Symonds made his one day debut.
January 1999 – One Day Series – Australia, England, Sri Lanka
Steve Waugh was injured for all but two matches of this series so vice captain Shane Warne captained the team – his one stint at the Australian captaincy. Warne led Australia to victory over England in the finals.
April 1999: West Indies v Australia
The 7 match series that ended 3-3 with one tie. The tie was an controversial result with play abandoned due to spectators running onto the ground before the match had finished.
May 1999 World Cup
After a shaky start losing to New Zealand and Pakistan in the group stage Australia did it the hard way beating Zimbabwe, India and South Africa in the Super Six stage to make the semi finals. In one of the most memorable games of ODI cricket Australia advanced to the final after Australia and South Africa tied in the semi final.
Australia easily accounted for Pakistan in the final.
August 1999: Triangular Cup in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka, Australia, India
Australia make the final against Sri Lanka but were defeated by a batting masterclass by wicket keeper, Romesh Kaluwitharana.
September 1999: Zimbabwe v Australia
Unsurprisingly Australia won all three matches in this series, notably a field of 9 slips was set at one stage.
Uniform: By then end of the 1990s Australia was starting to use it’s own ODI uniform at all tournaments.