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    Greatest Australian Innings of all time - Inside Edge Magazine

    1 Don Bradman 254 vs England, Lord's, 1930
    2 Stan McCabe 232 vs England, Trent Bridge, 1938
    3 Don Bradman 334 vs England, Headingley, 1930
    4 Dean Jones 210 vs India, Chennai, 1986-87
    5 Kim Hughes 100* vs West Indies, MCG, 1981-82
    6 Adam Gilchrist 149* vs Pakistan, Hobart, 1999-2000
    7 Steve Waugh 200 vs West Indies, Kingston, 1994-95
    8 Stan McCabe 187* vs England, SCG, 1932-33
    9 Mark Waugh 116 vs Sth Africa, Port Elizabeth, 1996-97
    10 Matthew Hayden 380 vs Zimbabwe, Waca, 2003-04
    11 Bill Lawry 130 vs England, Lord's, 1961
    12 Neil Harvey 151* vs South Africa, Durban, 1949-50
    13 Greg Chappell 131 vs England, Lord's, 1972
    14 Allan Border 98* + 100* vs WI, Port-of-Spain, 1983-84
    15 Neil Harvey 167 vs England, MCG, 1958-59
    16 Steve Waugh 102 vs England, SCG, 2002-03
    17 Neil Harvey 96 vs Pakistan, Dacca, 1959-60
    18 Steve Waugh + 120* vs South Africa, Headingley, 1999
    19 Adam Gilchrist 204* vs Sth Africa, Johannesburg, 2001-02
    20 Norm O'Neill 181 vs West Indies, Gabba, 1960-61
    21 Wayne Phillips 120 vs West Indies, Bridgetown, 1983-84
    22 Don Bradman 103* vs England, MCG, 1932-33
    23 Ian Chappell 156 vs West Indies, Waca, 1975-76
    24 Don Bradman 270 vs England, MCG, 1936-37
    25 Arthur Morris 182 vs England, Headingley, 1948
    26 Ian Chappell 97 vs West Indies, Port-of-Spain, 1972-73
    27 Keith Miller ++ 185 vs England, Lord's, 1945
    28 Greg Chappell 247* + 133 vs NZ, Wellington, 1973-74
    29 Mark Taylor 334* vs Pakistan, Peshawar, 1998-99
    30 Ricky Ponting + 140* vs India, Johannesburg, 2003
    31 Michael Bevan + 78* vs West Indies, SCG, 1995-96
    32 Mark Waugh 126 vs West Indies, Kingston, 1994-95
    33 Victor Trumper 135* vs England, Lord's, 1899
    34 Justin Langer 127 vs Pakistan, Hobart, 1999-2000
    35 Doug Walters 242 + 103 vs West Indies, SCG, 1968-69
    36 Doug Walters 250 vs New Zealand, Christchurch, 1976-77
    37 Neil Harvey 112 vs England, Headingley, 1948
    38 Victor Trumper 104 vs England, Old Trafford, 1902
    39 Neil Harvey 92* vs England, SCG, 1954-55
    40 Greg Ritchie 106 vs Pakistan, Faisalabad, 1982-83
    41 Steve Waugh 108 + 116 vs England, Old Trafford, 1997
    42 Michael Slater 176 vs England, Gabba, 1994-95
    43 Neil Harvey 133 vs West Indies, Kingston, 1954-55
    44 Bruce Laird +++ 122 vs West Indies, Port-of-Spain, 1978-79
    45 Jeff Thomson 21 vs England, MCG, 1982-83
    46 Doug Walters 112 vs West Indies, Port-of-Spain, 1972-73
    47 Matthew Hayden 119 vs India, Mumbai, 2000-01
    48 Ian Chappell 196 vs Pakistan, Adelaide, 1972-73
    49 Ken Mackay 62* vs West Indies, Adelaide, 1960-61
    50 Rick McCosker 25 vs England, MCG, 1976-77


    +equals one-day international
    ++ equals wartime Dominions match
    +++ equals World Series Cricket Super Test


    The selection panel
    Greg Baum, John Benaud, Richie Benaud,
    Ian Chappell, Mike Coward, Ian Craig,
    Alan Davidson, Warwick Franks, Eric Freeman,
    David Frith, Gideon Haigh, Ian Healy,
    Trevor Hohns, Lindsay Kline, Max Kruger,
    Tim Lane, Geoff Lawson, Sam Loxton,
    Len Maddocks, Ashley Mallett, Jim Maxwell,
    Rick McCosker, Colin McDonald, Ian Meckiff,
    Ken Meuleman, Mark Ray, Lawrie Sawle,
    Keith Slater, Mark Taylor, Tom Veivers


    Each of the 30 selectors chose their five greatest Australian innings of all time.


    Points were awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

    What do you guys think?

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    looks very good to me

    bit annoyed Pontings 2 double centuries in two matches aren't there though.

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    Don't see how Waugh's innings v England at the SCG 2002-3 is so high. It wouldn't make HIS top 5 innings IMO let alone the top 5 ever by an aussie (as some of the panal must have voted).

    His two 100s at Old Trafford in 1997 were made against a stronger attack on a pretty awful batting surface. Also the OT innings were made when the series was still on the line and other aussie batsmen had failed...unlike the SCG test which was a 4-0 massacre going into the match.

    And how the hell is Thommo's 21 at the MCG in there.

    Still these type of lists usually throw up a few strange 'uns. All subjective stuff I suppose.
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    Originally posted by raju
    Don't see how Waugh's innings v England at the SCG 2002-3 is so high. It wouldn't make HIS top 5 innings IMO let alone the top 5 ever by an aussie (as some of the panal must have voted)


    Maybe they took sense of occasion into account?


    And how the hell is Thommo's 21 at the MCG in there
    But here I think it was sense of humour
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    20...that's a rather big number :(:(:(


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    How many of these judges were alive/old enough to remember that #1 innings for example?

    One can't truly appreciate the greatness of any innings one hasn't personally witnessed. This list is a fairly pointless piece of self-congratulation really.

    To me Nathan Astle's 222 was the greatest innings I ever saw but that doesn't necessarily make it the greatest of all time...

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    the reason behind these lists is usually because they had nothing else to put in, and its just filler.

    The list is just to subjective.

    it's not like a top 20 batsmen or top 20 bowler list, where most people would have the same 10-15 names pop up constantly on every list.

    quite a pointless project.

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    Originally posted by Hard Harry
    How many of these judges were alive/old enough to remember that #1 innings for example?

    One can't truly appreciate the greatness of any innings one hasn't personally witnessed. This list is a fairly pointless piece of self-congratulation really.

    To me Nathan Astle's 222 was the greatest innings I ever saw but that doesn't necessarily make it the greatest of all time...
    How dare you doubt Richie Benaud?

    Rich knows anything and everything. Of COURSE he saw Bradmans innings. And as you may note, he appears in the selection panel there. :duh:

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    Originally posted by Mr. Ponting
    How dare you doubt Richie Benaud?

    Rich knows anything and everything. Of COURSE he saw Bradmans innings. And as you may note, he appears in the selection panel there. :duh:
    Oops! Forgot about dear Richie...

    Of course he was great mates with W.G. back in the day also

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    Originally posted by Hard Harry
    How many of these judges were alive/old enough to remember that #1 innings for example?

    One can't truly appreciate the greatness of any innings one hasn't personally witnessed. This list is a fairly pointless piece of self-congratulation really.

    To me Nathan Astle's 222 was the greatest innings I ever saw but that doesn't necessarily make it the greatest of all time...
    One innings that didn't make the list was the hundred made by Hayden in Sharjah against pakistan in the 50 degree heat. That was the same test that no one else made 50 and Pakistan were bowled out for I think 50 and 54. I watched that the condtions were severe.
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    Originally posted by Hard Harry
    How many of these judges were alive/old enough to remember that #1 innings for example?

    One can't truly appreciate the greatness of any innings one hasn't personally witnessed. This list is a fairly pointless piece of self-congratulation really.

    To me Nathan Astle's 222 was the greatest innings I ever saw but that doesn't necessarily make it the greatest of all time...
    Mate, they are the greatest AUSTRALIAN innings of all time.....I do believe some of he judeges are old enough to have seen most of those innings!

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    Originally posted by SquidAU
    Mate, they are the greatest AUSTRALIAN innings of all time
    Yeah, I know. I just mean that I've seen and remember more NZ innings than any other. If it were the top NZ innings I wouldn't nominate any before say, 1985 as I haven't seen any further back than that.

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    Originally posted by raju
    And how the hell is Thommo's 21 at the MCG in there.
    What because it isn't a batsman and because it isn't a 100 it shouldn't make the list? Considering Thommo had to be told which end of the bat to hold at the end of each over and he almost got Australia through with Border it was a great innings.
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