Australia have always been a nation that has produced quality cricketers (batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders) in their history. The Men in Yellow have produced desirable results in international cricket. More importantly, they have been a dominant force to be reckoned with in the ICC ODI World Cups.
Australia are the only team that has won as many as 5 titles, a record that remains intact. Scoring runs and playing an anchor role in the run-chase is not that easy and the ones who held their nerves managed to do it. Let’s take a look at the list of Australian cricketers who registered the highest individual score in an ODI run-chase.
1. Glenn Maxwell
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell became the talk of the town for his incredible unbeaten double-century against the Afghanistan cricket team at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He registered the highest-ever score in an ODI run-chase, accumulating 201* off 128 balls including 21 fours and 10 sixes. His match-winning knock helped Australia seal the deal by 3 wickets in the group-stage fixture of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
2. Shane Watson
Shane Watson was one of the important players in the history of Australian cricket. He is known for his imperious all-round contribution to the national cricket team during the playing days of his career. Watson registered the second-highest score in an ODI run-chase, in which he scored 185* off 96 balls against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2011. He smacked 15 fours and 15 sixes, which helped the Aussies win the game by 9 wickets.
3. Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden was one of the pivotal openers in the history of Australian cricket during the playing days of his cricketing career. The former Australian opener registered the third-highest individual score in an ODI run-chase. He scored an unbeaten 181* off 166 balls with the help of 11 fours and 10 sixes. His impressive knock came in a losing cause as New Zealand won the game by 1 wicket.
4. David Warner
David Warner is undoubtedly one of the best openers in the history of international cricket across all three formats of the game. Warner played several impactful knocks for the team when it mattered the most. He registered the fourth-highest individual score for Australia in an ODI run-chase as he chipped in with 179 against Pakistan in Adelaide in 2017. He also registered the fifth-highest individual score for Australia in an ODI run-chase which came against Afghanistan in Perth in the 2015 ODI World Cup.