Australian Cricket Triangular Series: Fact File

Started in 1979-80 after the International Cricket Rebellion, the series has continued till 2008, and launched again in 2012. Commercially it started under Benson & Hedges banner, bringing Carlton and United in 1996, due to anti-tobacco advertising in Australia, became Carlton Series for 2000-01, then VB Series (till 2005-06) before getting its current name Commonwealth Bank Series. The hosts Australia have flourished in the series. Here are some interesting facts about the triangular series including overall most runs, wickets and partnerships, and also for visiting teams, covering till 2012 finals.

2012 CB Triangular Series Results

Fact File

    Format: Triangular Series with Round robin and best of three finals
    Host: Australia
    Started: 1979-80
    Last Tournament: 2007-08
    Relaunced: 2012
    Participants till 2012: 9 countries
    Winners: Australia (19), West Indies (5), 1 each by Pakistan, South Africa, England and India
    Most Centuries: 9 by Ponting
    Most Runs: 4048 by Ponting
    Best Bowling: 6/42 by Ajit Agarkar (vs Aus in 2003-04)
    Most Wickets: 151 by McGrath
    100+ wickets: 4 bowlers (McGrath, Brett Lee (131), Warne (127), McDermott (115)
    Highest Team Total: 368/5 (Aus vs SL 2006)
    Lowest Team Tota: 63 (Ind vs Aus 1981)
    Below 100 Total: 9 (Ind 63, SA 69, Aus 70, Pak 71, 81, WI 87, SL & WI 91, SL 99)
    Biggest Victory by Runs: 232 runs (Aus vs SL)
    Biggest Victory by Wickets: 10 wkts (NZ vs Aus, Aus vs WI, Aus vs Eng)
    Narrowest Victory: 1 run (6 times) & 1 wicket (5 times)
    Tie: 4 (Aus vs WI, 1984, Ind vs WI 1991, Aus vs Pak 1992, Ind vs SL 2012)

Most Successful Visiting Players

    Most Runs: 2782 Desmond Haynes
    Most Wickets: 74 by Michael Holding
    Most Centuries: 4 by Lara and Haynes
    Highest Team Total: 343/5 (SL vs Aus 2003)
    Biggest Victory by Runs: 206 runs (NZ vs Aus, 1986)
    Biggest Victory by Wickets: 10 wkts (NZ vs Ind, 1981)

Highest Partnerships By Wickets

    1st 237 Atapattu & Jayasuriya, 2003 vs Aus
    2nd 225 Gilchrist & Ponting, 2002 vs Eng
    3rd 224* Dean Jones & Border, 1985 vs SL
    4th 237 Ponting & Symonds, 2006 vs SL
    5th 184* Gambir & Dhoni, 2008 vs SL
    6th 137* Jacob Oram & Brendum McCullum, 2007 vs Aus
    7th 123 Michael Hussey & Brett Lee, 2006 vs SA
    8th 88* Lehmann & Brett Lee, 2002 vs SA
    9th 73* Brett Lee & Gillespie, 2005 vs WI
    10th 63 Shane Watson & Bichel, 2003 vs SL

Highest Partnerships By Runs

    237 1st (SL) & 4th (Aus)
    225 2nd (Aus)
    224* 3rd (Aus)
    213 4th (Ind)
    206 1st (Aus)
    205 2nd (WI)
    202 1st (Pak) & 4th (Zim)
    200 2nd (SL)

Most runs (500+) in a series

    686 Greg Chappell (1980-81)
    651 Viv Richards (1984-85)
    536 Viv Richards (1981-82)
    563 David Gower (1982-83)
    563 Desmond Haynes (1988-89)
    542 Mark Waugh (2000-01)
    513 Dean Jones (1990-91)
    514 Dilshan (2012)
    506 Warner (2012)

Most wickets (20 or more) in a series

    27 Glenn McGrath (1998-99)
    25 Dennis Lillee (1980-81), 20 Lillee (1979-80)
    24 Joel Garner (1981-82)
    23 Michael Holding (1983-84)
    21 Ambroes (1988-89)
    21 McDermott (1991-92)
    21 Shane Bond (2001-02)
    21 Nathan Bracken (2007-08)
    20 Kapil Dev (1985-86)
    20 Shane Warne (1993-94)
    20 Simon O’Donnell (1989-90)
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