Australia Cricket PlayersAdam Gilchrist | Allan Border | Andrew Symonds | Brad Hogg | Bradley Haddin | Brett Lee | David Boon | Donald Bradman | Glenn McGrath | Jason Gillespie | Justin Langer | Mark Taylor | Mark Waugh | Mathew Hayden | Michael Clarke | Michael Hussey | Michael Kasprowicz | Mitchell Johnson | Nathan Bracken | Phil Jaques | Ricky Ponting | Shane Warne | Shane Watson | Shaun Tait | Simon Katich | Steve Waugh | stuart-clark | Stuart MacGill
Australia's ICC Champions Trophy 2006 campaign
ICC Champions Trophy 2006 Final
Australia claim Champions TrophyAfter bowling out West Indies for 138, the Aussies cruised to victory in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy. Austalia were chasing a target of 116 runs set following the D/L method after three hours of rain delay.
West Indies started off strongly scoring 80 runs in the first 10 overs, but Bracken slowed them down after bowling out Chanderpaul and Gayle. The Windies scored only 23 runs in the next 10 overs at the loss of 5 wickets. For Australia, Watson scored 57 runs and Martyn was unbeaten at 47 at the end of play. West Indies (Playing XI): C H Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R R Sarwan, B C Lara, R S Morton, M N Samuels, D J Bravo, C S Baugh, C D Collymore, I D R Bradshaw, J E Taylor.
Australia (Playing XI): A C Gilchrist, S R Watson, R T Ponting, D R Martyn, A Symonds, M J Clarke, M E K Hussey, G B Hogg, B Lee, N W Bracken, G D McGrath
ICC Champions Trophy, Mumbai: West Indies 138 all out
Australia determined to break Champions Trophy jinxAustralia's quest for their elusive Champions Trophy will face its toughest challenge when they take on the unpredictable and defending champions West Indies at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Both team captains are equally determined to win the coveted trophy. World Champions Australia, appearing in the final for the first time, have a slight edge over the Caribbeans with a five man pace attack. West Indies, who had to suffer the ignominy of qualifying to defend their title, will be helped by the convincing victory over South Africa in the semifinals. In the last four matches they played, they are 2-2, with West Indies winning the encounter in the group stages by 10 runs as Australia fell short of Windies' score of 234 for 6. West Indies (from) Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Brian Lara (Captain), Dwayne Bravo, Runako Morton, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (Wicket Keeper), Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor.
Australia (from) Shane Watson, Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken, Glenn McGrath.
ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final
First Semi-Final, AUS vs NZ: Australia in Finals
Nov 01, 2006Australia reached their first Champions Final with a 34-run victory over New Zealand in Mohali. They made 240/9 in 50 overs in the first semifinal on Wednesday and then restricted New Zealand to 206 with 4 overs to spare.
Australia recovered from 4-2 as Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds both hit 58s, but lost wickets at regular intervals. Chasing 241 for victory, the Kiwis tumbled to 35-6, Glenn McGrath taking 3-22 in a 10-over spell.
Jacob Oram (43) and Daniel Vettori (79) shared a seventh-wicket stand of 103 and the lower order kept thrashing boundaries. The loss put an end to New Zealand hopes of another shot at the title they won in Kenya six years ago. Australia (Playing XI) : Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist, Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds.
New Zealand (Playing XI) : Stephen Fleming (Captain), Nathan Astle, Lou Vincent, Brendon McCullum, Peter Fulton, Hamish Marshall, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, James Franklin, Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond.
ICC Champions Trophy semi-final, Mohali: Australia 240-9 (50 overs) beat New Zealand 206 (46 overs) by 34 runs
Australia has upper hand in first semifinal
Oct 31, 2006Australians are the clear favourites in the Champions Trophy semifinals on Wednesday against New Zealand in Mohali. Australia team (from) : Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist (wicket-keeper), Simon Katich, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Dan Cullen (replaced Stuart Clark), Glenn McGrath and Mitchell Johnson
New Zealand team (from) : Stephen Fleming (Captain), Nathan Astle, Shane Bond, James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, Brendon McCullum (wicket-keeper), Hamish Marshall, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Scott Styris, Daniel Vettori and Lou Vincent
Group A, Match 6 IND vs AUS: Just another batting practice for Australia
Oct 29, 2006Australia methodically disseminated the Indian seamers and reached the target with 6 wickets and 26 balls to spare. Watson 50, Ponting 58 and Martyn 73* all hit half centuries while Sreesanth took 2 wickets. They will meet New Zealand in the Semis.
Earlier India lost Sachin Tendulkar early for 10 (26 balls), but fought back with fifties by Virender Sehwag (65) and Rahul Dravid (52) to reach 249/8 in 50 overs. Kaif (30) and Dhoni (28) also chipped in with useful runs. The injured Yuvraj Singh and Ajit Agarkar were replaced by Shantakumaran Sreesanth and Dinesh Mongia, while Mohammad Kaif is in for Rudra Pratap Singh. Reported Earlier:
Australia is keeping the same side which beat England as they look to go beyond the semis for the first time in the tournament's history. If India lose it will be the first time since the 1975 World Cup that no subcontinental team will be in the last four of a major competition.
Australia (Playing XI): A C Gilchrist, S R Watson, R T Ponting, D R Martyn, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, M J Clarke, M G Johnson, B Lee, N W Bracken, G D McGrath
India (Playing XI): Sehwag, S R Tendulkar, I K Pathan, R Dravid, D Mongia, S K Raina, M S Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, S Sreesanth, M Kaif, M M Patel
ICC Champions Trophy, Mohali: Australia (250-4) beat India 249-8 by six wickets
India versus Australia - the Virtual QF
Oct 29, 2006India are playing Australia in their last league tie at Mohali in a do-or-die situation. In the 13 games that India played Australia after the last World Cup, they managed to win only twice - both times with the help of centuries from VVS Laxman. But VVS Laxman is not in the team, and the ODI sepecialists who replaced him are not doing any thing special for some time now. With openers Sehwag, who averages just 22.15 against them and Sachin, with scores of 5, 8, 27, 12 and 4 in the last five innings against Asutralia, things are not looking bright for the Indians.
Sreesanth, who was left out of the team might play today inplace of Agarkar who is out with an injury. Yuvraj is also out of the list, after injuring himself while playing Kho-Kho just before the all important game!
Group A, Match 3 ENG vs AUS: England faces early exit
Oct 21, 2006England lost by 6 wickets after their batting failed again in the Champions Trophy game in Jaipur. They were bowled out for 169 by Australia who reached the target in 36.5 overs. Birthday boy Damien Martyn scored an effortless 78 after Australia's top order cracked under pressure for the second consecutive match, losing 3-4. But Martyn, who hit 12 boundaries and faced 91 deliveries, combined with Mike Hussey for a match-winning partnership of 118 for the fourth wicket.
Earlier Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson, the two youngest members of the Australian team, took three wickets each after England had reached 83-0. Only Ian Bell (43) and Andrew Strauss (56) shone in a total of 169. Even a victory over West Indies is now unlikely to secure England a semi-final place. They were shot out for 125 by India at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium last Sunday in their opener. Meanwhile the win put Australia back in the hunt for a semi-final place in the tournament, with another key game to come against India on October 29.England (Playing XI): A J Strauss, I R Bell, A Flintoff, M H Yardy, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, J W M Dalrymple, C M W Read, S I Mahmood, S J Harmison, J M Anderson
Australia (Playing XI): A C Gilchrist, S R Watson, R T Ponting, D R Martyn, A Symonds, M J Clarke, M E K Hussey, M G Johnson, B Lee, N W Bracken, G D McGrath
ICC Champions Trophy, Jaipur, Australia 170-4 (36.5 overs) bt England 169 (45 overs) by six wickets
Australia, England clash in a battle for survival
Oct 20, 2006World champions Australia and 2004 finalists England clash in a sudden-death Group A Champions Trophy match on saturday. The match is slated in the North-western city of Jaipur on the day India celebrates Deepavali, the festival of lights, which is marked by ear-splitting fireworks that begin at dusk and continue for hours, leaving a dark haze of smoke and heavily polluted air.
Andrew Flintoff, captaining England against Australia for the first time, will be batting at the number 3 position. Australian captain Ponting played down the significance of the result before the Ashes, pointing out that not many of his team would be in Test action.
Both teams have lost their first of the three group league matches and must win their second one at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here to keep their challenge going for the game's second most coveted title after the World Cup. While India beat England here Sunday, defending champions West Indies stunned Australia in Mumbai Wednesday night to throw the group wide open in the eight-nation tournament. Australia will, however, start with a slight psychological edge as they have beaten England in their last two head-to-head matches. But that was three months ago and in a completely different environment, in England in the NatWest Challenge. Australia won that series 2-1 in July. Another remarkable statistic that would encourage the Australians is that in the last 22 matches they have beaten England 16 times, lost only three matches, one has ended in a tie and one in a 'no result'. Both teams will be well aware of the dew factor - and the importance of winning the toss - that will come into play for the team that bats second under lights, as it was evident when England bowled Sunday evening against India here. Australia team (from): Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), Simon Katich, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Dan Cullen, Glenn McGrath and Mitchell Johnson
England team (from): Andrew Flintoff (Captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Rikki Clarke, Paul Collingwood, James Dalrymple, Steve Harmison, Ed Joyce, Sajid Mahmood, Jon Lewis, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Read (Wicket Keeper), Andrew Strauss and Michael Yardy
Group A, Match 2 WIN vs AUS: Jerome Taylor's trick gives Windies 10 run victory
Oct 18, 2006Jerome Taylor (4-49) bowled Mike Hussey and Brad Hogg, trapping Brett Lee lbw in between as the Aussies ended on 224-9 in their 50 overs chasing Windies score of 234-6.
After struggling initially at 63/4, Brian Lara and Ruanko Morton put on a great partnership to bring their total to a decent 234. Morton remained not out at 90 and Lara was dismissed at 71 caught by Symond off a ball by McGrath. For the Aussies, Bracken took two wickets and McGrath, Clark, Lee and Watson picked up one each. The world champions were on course to reach their target when Adam Gilchrist (92) and Michael Clarke (47) added 101 but they fell in quick succession. Australia now face a crunch clash with England in Jaipur on Saturday, with the losers facing elimination. Australia (Playing XI): A Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), S Watson, R Ponting (Captain), D Martyn, M Clarke, A Symonds, M Hussey, B Hogg, B Lee, N Bracken, G McGrath
West Indies (Playing XI): C Gayle, R Morton, R Sarwan, B Lara (Captain), D Bravo, W Hinds, M Samuels, D Smith, C Baugh (Wicket Keeper), I Bradshaw, J Taylor
ICC Champions Trophy Group A, Mumbai: West Indies 234-6 (50 overs) bt Australia 224-9 (50 overs) by 10 runs
Australia start as favourites against Windies
Oct 17, 2006A crack line-up makes world champions Australia clear favourites but countering a slow and unpredictable track could pose a big challenge when they clash with title holders West Indies in their ICC Champions Trophy group A clash here tomorrow.
The Australians yet to win the tournament in the past - stand head and shoulders above the Carribeans in all departments of the game and will be keen to launch their campaign on a triumphant note at the Brabourne Stadium. The bowlers expecially spinners, regular or part-time - have managed to extract lot of help in the last two matches on these early-season pitches, with even a part timer offie like South African captain Graeme Smith turning the ball square against New Zealand in yesterday's Group B opener that saw neither team crossing the 200-run mark. The heat and humidity factor may also work against the Aussies who, however, have made it a point to practice extensively in the mid-day sun whenever the chance has come their way.
While West Indies would bank on their non-regular slow bowlers Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels if selected and Ramnaresh Sarwan if the pitch shows signs of aiding the spin bowlers, Australia have left arm wrist spinner Brad Hogg, off break exponent Andrew Symonds and left arm orthodox slow bowler Michael Clarke to do the needful. The players from the land of the kangaroos have a pretty good past record against the Caribbeans, recording 14 wins in 19 encounters between the two sides in this decade. Where the Windies hold a slight upper hand is in the fact that they have already played four matches in the competition while the Aussies have not featured in any tie so far and had to be content with playing practice ties in Mumbai against India s domestic teams which lacked the arsenal to pose any real threat. Australia team (from): Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), Nathan Bracken, Dan Cullen, Michael Clarke, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Brett Lee, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds.
West Indies team (from) : Brian Lara (Captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Carlton Baugh (Wicket Keeper), Fidel Edwards, Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuels, Wavell Hinds.
ICC Champions Trophy Cricket 2006
Oct 7 to Nov 5 2006Qualifying round
Australia Team1. Rickey Ponting (Captain), 2. Nathan Bracken, 3. Michael Clarke, 4. Dan Cullen, 5. Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), 6. Brad Hogg, 7. Michael Hussey, 8. Mitchell Johnson, 9. Simon Katich, 10. Brett Lee,11. Glenn McGrath, 12. Damien Martyn, 13. Andrew Symonds, 14. Shane Watson
Australia Match SchedulesCurrent ODI Ranking: 1
October 18, 2006 vs Qualifier 2 Mumbai
October 21, 2006 vs England Jaipur
October 29, 2006 vs India Mohali
Australia Past ICC Champions Trophy RecordMatches Played: 8
Matches Won: 4
Matches Lost: 4
Performance in 2004: Semi-Finalists
Performance in 2002: Semi-Finalists
Performance in 2000: Quarter-Finalists
Performance in 1998: Quarter-Finalists