Australia A cricket team

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Australia 'A'
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Founded: 1994–95
Official website: Official Website

The Australia A cricket team is a cricket team representing Australia and is the second team of the Australian cricket team. They have also played far more one-day than first-class matches; indeed they have played only three first-class games against equivalent A sides, against South Africa A in 2002–03 and Pakistan A in 2009.

In the Australian summer of 1994–95, the (then) Benson and Hedges World Series Cup was expanded to involve four teams instead of the usual three – Australia, England, Zimbabwe and Australia A (though games involving Australia A are not considered official One-day Internationals). In a shock result, the Australia A team (captained by Damien Martyn and featuring up-and-comers such as Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden and Greg Blewett, as well as veterans – wicket-keeper Phil Emery and pacemen Paul Reiffel and Merv Hughes) ousted England from the series and went into the best-of-3 final against Australia. They were swept 2–0, but it was unquestionably a display of the next generation of Australia's prowess. Many of the 1994–95 A players later played for Australia.

In earlier times, Australia often sent Second XI teams on overseas tour, consisting of players on the fringes of national selection. Instances of this occurred in 1949–50 and 1959–60, to New Zealand.

In One Day Cricket, Australia A's team colours were the same as Australia's, except reversed with Dark Green instead of Bottle Green and Yellow instead of Wattle Gold and featuring a capital letter A.

Season-by-season results summary[edit]

Australia A matches Against first-class teams Tour matches against international team List A matches Against international teams
Season Venue W D L W D L W L NR W L NR
1994–95 Australia - - - - - - - - - 3 5 0
1995–96 Australia - - - - - - - - - 1 0 0
1996–97 Australia - - - - - - - - - 1 1 0
1997–98 Australia - - - 0 1 0 - - - 0 2 0
1998 Scotland 0 2 0 - - - - - - 5 0 3
Ireland - - - - - - - - - 5 2 0
1998–99 Australia - - - - - - - - - 2 1 0
1999 United States - - - - - - 4 1 0 - - -
1999–2000 Australia - - - - - - - - - 2 0 0
2000–01 Australia - - - 0 1 0 - - - 1 1 0
2001–02 Australia - - - - - - - - - 2 0 0
2002–03 South Africa - - - - - - 5 1 0 - - -
Australia 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 3 1 0
2003–04 Australia - - - 0 1 0 - - - 1 1 0
2004–05 Australia - - - - - - - - - 2 2 0
2005–06 Pakistan - - - - - - 1 3 1 - - -
2007–08 Pakistan - - - - - - 1 3 1 - - -
2008–09 India - - - - - - 0 0 2 - - -
2009–10 Australia 1 1 - - - - 2 1 0 - - -
2010 Australia - - - - - - 3 2 1 - - -
2010–11 Australia - - - 0 1 0 - - - - - -
2011–12 Australia - - - 0 1 0 - - - - - -
2012–13 Australia - - - 0 1 0 - - - - - -
2013 Zimbabwe/South Africa 1 1 1 - - - 3 2 0 - - -
2013-14 Australia - - - 0 1 0 - - - - - -
2014 Australia 0 3 1 - - - 4 3 0 - - -
2015 India 1 1 0 - - - - - - - - -

Former Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

Australia A captain: Usman Khawaja

Vice-captain: Matthew Wade

Name Role State
Usman Khawaja * (c) Batsman QLD
Matthew Wade * (vc) Wicket-keeper VIC
Sean Abbott ^ Fast bowler NSW
Ashton Agar * Spin Bowling All-Rounder WA
Cameron Bancroft Batsman WA
Cameron Boyce ^ Leg-spin Bowler QLD
Joe Burns * Batsman QLD
Nathan Coulter-Nile ^ Fast bowler WA
Pat Cummins * Fast Bowler NSW
Andrew Fekete Fast bowler TAS
Callum Ferguson ^ Middle-Order Batsmen SA
Peter Handscomb Wicket-keeper VIC
Travis Head Middle-Order Batsmen SA
Chris Lynn ^ Middle-Order Batsman QLD
Nic Maddinson Opening Batsman NSW
Glenn Maxwell * Middle-Order Batsman VIC
Stephen O'Keefe * Spin Bowling All-Rounder NSW
Gurinder Sandhu Fast bowler NSW
Marcus Stoinis Middle-Order Batsman VIC
Adam Zampa ^ Leg-spin Bowler SA

* Holds an international test cap

^ Limited overs matches only