Australia is the most successful cricket playing nation but, as would be expected, they’ve hard to fight real battles to stay at the top. One of most memorable matches featuring Australia took place in 1999 in the British city of Birmingham. Facing a very stubborn South Africa in a world cup semi-final, Australia had to dig really deep to advance to the final. Despite the great efforts of their quality players including the legendary Shane Warne, the match ended in a draw but, courtesy of Australia’s tournament record, they advanced to the finals and actually won the cup.
Another Australia Vs South Africa classic
The English were probably the greatest foes that the Australians knew for a long time but South Africa have taken that place in recent times and a match featuring both teams is guaranteed to produce fireworks.
That’s exactly what happened when the two teams met in a One Day International (ODI) in Johannesburg in 2006. By this time, Australia was the team to beat and it was expected that they would devour South Africa.
True to expectations, the Aussies started strongly and, with a world record of 434 losing 4 wickets in 50 overs, they seemed to have crushed South Africa. But what makes this match most memorable is the resilience that South Africa showed. South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs engineered the greatest recovery in ODI tournaments to lead South Africa to a really unexpected win.