Stats: Top 10 Highest individual scores for Australians in ODIs


David Warner
David Warner of Australia celebrates after reaching 100 runs. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

When the opposition gives you a second life on the cricket field make the best of it like David Andrew Warner did. After the kind of knock, the Australian opener played today this could certainly become a saying in the folklore of the game. He was batting on zero tried to drive Mohammad Amir, the ball took the outside edge and flew to second slip where Azhar Ali dropped a tough chance and David Warner made them pay the worst price for it.

He played an exceptional knock scoring runs against all the Pakistani bowlers and all around the wicket. He made the best use of field restrictions flying the ball over the head of the fielders in the ring and getting boundaries. Surprisingly he didn’t score a single six by the time he reached his half century off 34 balls which is his fastest in ODIs. To clear his intentions and give an idea to the opposition of how things would move here on, he slog swept Mohammad Hafeez for a six and in the same over danced down the track to hit another over long on.


Warner took 44 another deliveries to get into triple figures, his 13th century in ODI cricket and 6th in the ongoing 2016-17 season. He upped the ante of his innings after entering the triple figures and got to his 150 in just 107 balls. At this point, the fans present at the Adelaide Oval could sense a double century. He got the second life when batting on 130 as Amir dropped a skier. Warner soon raised the bat again on reaching his 150, the 5th in ODI cricket to equal Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most 150+ scores in ODI cricket.

His knock finally ended when Babar Azam took a low catch at point and Warner was on his way back after scoring 179 runs in 128 balls. He had by then also recorded the highest partnership for Australia for any wicket the 284 highest stand with Travis Head and the second highest opening partnership in ODIs.

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He was pretty close to bettering the highest ODI score for an Australian in ODIs and fell short by just 6 runs. Shane Watson’s 185* against Bangladesh in the World Cup 2011 is still the highest by an Aussie batsman followed by Matthew Hayden’s 181* against New Zealand. Warner takes the third as well as the fourth highest score with his knocks of 179 and 178 against Pakistan and Afghanistan respectively.

Here is the list of highest individual scores for Australians in ODIs:

Player Runs Balls 4s 6s SR Opposition Ground
SR Watson 185* 96 15 15 192.7 v Bangladesh Dhaka
ML Hayden 181* 166 11 10 109.03 v New Zealand Hamilton
DA Warner 179 128 19 5 139.84 v Pakistan Adelaide
DA Warner 178 133 19 5 133.83 v Afghanistan Perth
ME Waugh 173 148 16 3 116.89 v West Indies Melbourne
DA Warner 173 136 24 0 127.2 v South Africa Cape Town
AC Gilchrist 172 126 13 3 136.5 v Zimbabwe Hobart
RT Ponting 164 105 13 9 156.19 v South Africa Johannesburg
SPD Smith 164 157 14 4 104.45 v New Zealand Sydney
DA Warner 163 157 13 2 103.82 v Sri Lanka Brisbane

(All stats updated till 26th January 2017)