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1993–94 Australia Tri-Nation Series

1993–94 World Series
Date9 December 1993 – 25 January 1994
Result Australia won the series
Player of the seriesShane Warne (Australia)
 Australia  New Zealand  South Africa
Allan Border Ken Rutherford Kepler Wessels
Most runs
Mark Waugh (391) Andrew Jones (318) Gary Kirsten (312)
Most wickets
Shane Warne (20) Chris Pringle (16) Fanie de Villiers (15)

The 1993–94 Australia Tri-Nation Series (more commonly known as the 1993–94 World Series) was a One Day International (ODI) tri-series cricket tournament in Australia. The host nation's cricket team played matches against New Zealand and South Africa at six venues across Australia.

The tournament featured a quadruple round-robin tournament, with the matches being split into two groups of six matches each, and two test matches in the South African series being played at the halfway point. After twelve matches were played, Australia finished on top and took on South Africa, which finished just ahead of New Zealand by net run rate after they were both tied at seven points apiece.

In the final series, after losing the first match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia went on to win the remaining two matches played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, winning 2-1 and recording their eighth title. Mark Waugh, from Australia, finished as the leading run scorer of the tournament, with 391 runs, while teammate Shane Warne was the leading wicket-taker, with 20 wickets.


 Australia[1]  New Zealand[2]  South Africa[3]

Tournament summary

First half

The series began in Melbourne under a warning, after the debacle of the warm-up match between Victoria and South Africa, which saw the run-ups being covered by rubber mats.[4] The South Africans won the opening match of the tournament by seven wickets, with a 140-run partnership between Kepler Wessels (70) and Hansie Cronje (91) securing the victory. This was despite Australia bringing in Shane Warne after Tim May was ruled out with a hamstring muscle strain.[5] After the match at Adelaide Oval between New Zealand and South Africa was washed out without a ball being played,[6] Australia recorded their first victory of the series as they defeated New Zealand by eight wickets. This was due to part to Glenn McGrath and Warne each taking four wickets as they bowled New Zealand out for only 135, and in part to Matthew Hayden scoring a half-century in what was first ODI in Australia.[7]

When the tournament moved to Sydney, Australia recorded their second victory in a row with a rout of South Africa on a pitch that Captain Allan Border called "shocking". This was after South Africa was bowled for 69, with Paul Reiffel taking four wickets for 13 runs in his eight overs to lose by 103 runs.[8] Australia went on to win the match played at Melbourne, with the host team winning by 3 runs over New Zealand on the back of a 81-run innings from Mark Taylor, as Steve Waugh tore a hamstring and was ruled out for the first two tests against South Africa.[9] In Hobart, South Africa could only muster 7/147 from their fifty overs on what The Age described as a 200-run pitch. This was helped by good bowling from man-of-the-match Gavin Larsen (2/12) and Chris Pringle (3/28). New Zealand, with Brendan Young the top scorer with 74, chased the target with four wickets to spare.[10]

Second half

After the first two tests of the South African series were played in Melbourne and Sydney, the tournament restarted at the Gabba, in Brisbane, for the second half of the tournament. New Zealand, with the partnership of Shane Thomson (68) and Chris Cairns (70), would get to 7/256, which would be the highest score of the tournament. They would go on to win by nine runs in a revised target of 227, despite Peter Kirsten (97).[11] South Africa would suffer another defeat, this time to Australia only one day later, as 98 runs in 158 minutes from Dean Jones led Australia to a 48-run win.[12] The following match, played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, saw a controversial not-out call when umpire Steve Davis rejected a straight forward catch from Ken Rutherford batting to Shane Warne. Allan Border stated that it was an out and called for the umpires to use common sense. This call would later be costly, with Rutherford scoring 65 and, with the help of Chris Pringle who took four wickets, leading New Zealand to a 13-run win over Australia.[13]

Two matches were then played at Perth's WACA. In the first match, three wickets from Brian McMillan and Allan Donald (two being in the first over) helped South Africa record a five-wicket victory with twenty overs left to spare as they chased down the 151 set by New Zealand.[14] The second match was another South African victory, this time over a weakened Australia, which didn't have Ian Healy as wicket keeper, as he had been replaced by Tim Zoehrer.[15] Other health issues included Peter Kirsten being hit on the side of the face, with X-ray scans showing two fractures of his cheek bone.[16] The final match of the group stage saw an 121-run partnership between Boon and Dean Jones, as they led Australia to 3/217 on a slow outfield. In response, New Zealand could muster only 166, with Bryan Young the top scorer with 45, as Warne took three wickets. This meant that South Africa qualified through to the finals by net run rate.[17]

Final series

The final series of matches started at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with Craig McDermott being brought back into the lineup for Australia, while Peter Kirsten was put in the lineup for South Africa despite the facial bone fractures he received in the previous match.[18] In the opening match, a century from Gary Kirsten and a five-wicket haul from Richard Snell guided the visitors to a 28-run victory, as they opened up a 1-0 series lead heading into the Sydney matches.[19] The first match of two at the Sydney Cricket Ground saw an partnership of 175 between Mark Waugh (107) and Jones (79) as they led Australia to 6/247 from their fifty overs. "Purple patch" performances from bowlers Warne (3/4 from 15 balls) and McDermott (3/6 from eight balls) would help in bowling out South Africa for 178, 69 runs short of the target. This was despite a half century from Jonty Rhodes.[20][21] The final match saw Australia win by 35 runs in Border's 100th match as captain in the tri-series. Half centuries from Mark Waugh (who was named player of the final series) and Boon got Australia to 223, which South Africa wouldn't reach as they only scored 9/188.[22]

Points table

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
1  Australia 8 5 3 0 0 10 0.363
2  South Africa 8 3 4 0 1 7 −0.066
3  New Zealand 8 3 4 0 1 7 −0.435
Source: Cricinfo


9 December (D/N)
189 (45.5 overs)
 South Africa
3/190 (48.4 overs)
Michael Slater 73 (69)
Fanie de Villiers 3/30 (7.5 overs)
Hansie Cronje 91* (147)
Craig McDermott 2/31 (10 overs)
South Africa won by 7 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Bill Sheahan (AUS) and Terry Prue (AUS)
11 December
Match abandoned
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
  • Constant rain throughout the day saw the match being Abandoned.
12 December
New Zealand 
135 (48.2 overs)
2/136 (38.5 overs)
Chris Cairns 31 (67)
Shane Warne 4/25 (10)
David Boon 51* (90)
Chris Pringle 1/18 (8)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Bill Sheahan (AUS) and Tony McQuillan (AUS)
Player of the match: Shane Warne (Australia)
14 December (D/N)
9/172 (50 overs)
 South Africa
69 (28 overs)
Ian Healy 38 (60)
Craig Matthews 3/23 (10)
Hansie Cronje 20 (47)
Paul Reiffel 4/13 (8)
Australia won by 103 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Darrell Hair (AUS) and Peter Parker (AUS)
Player of the match: Paul Reiffel (Australia)
16 December (D/N)
5/202 (50 overs)
 New Zealand
9/199 (50 overs)
Mark Taylor 81 (129)
Richard de Groen 2/40 (10)
Shane Thomson 42 (41)
Shane Warne 4/19 (10)
Australia won by 3 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Leonard King (AUS) and Tony McQuillan (AUS)
Player of the match: Shane Warne (Australia)
18 December
South Africa 
7/147 (50 overs)
 New Zealand
6/148 (44.1 overs)
Bryan Young 74 (116)
Craig Matthews 4/38 (10)
New Zealand won by 4 wickets
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) and Steve Randell (AUS)
Player of the match: Gavin Larsen (New Zealand)
8 January
New Zealand 
7/256 (50 overs)
 South Africa
8/219 (39 overs)
Chris Cairns 70 (54)
Allan Donald 2/38 (8)
Peter Kirsten 97 (108)
Chris Pringle 3/38 (8)
New Zealand won by 9 runs (revised)
Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: Col Timmins (AUS) and Ian Thomas (AUS)
Player of the match: Peter Kirsten (South Africa)
  • Rain restricted the South African innings to 39 overs.
9 January
9/230 (50 overs)
 South Africa
182 (46.5 overs)
Dean Jones 98 (124)
Dave Rundle 4/42 (9)
Gary Kirsten 51 (88)
Glenn McGrath 4/24 (8.5)
Australia won by 48 runs
Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: Darrell Hair (AUS) and Tony McQuillan (AUS)
Player of the match: Dean Jones (Australia)
11 January (D/N)
New Zealand 
9/198 (50 overs)
185 (48.3 overs)
Ken Rutherford 65 (90)
Glenn McGrath 3/29 (10)
David Boon 67 (121)
Chris Pringle 4/40 (9.3)
New Zealand won by 13 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) and Steve Randell (AUS)
Player of the match: Chris Pringle (New Zealand)
14 January
New Zealand 
150 (44.2 overs)
 South Africa
5/151 (30.3 overs)
Tony Blain 32 (46)
Allan Donald 3/15 (8.2)
Peter Kirsten 50 (83)
Chris Pringle 3/24 (8.3)
South Africa won by 5 wickets
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: Daryl Harper (AUS) and Ric Evans (AUS)
Player of the match: Allan Donald (South Africa)
  • The key used for the pitch report got stuck in a crack of the pitch used the ODI and was there for a few days afterwards
16 January
South Africa 
7/208 (50 overs)
126 (41 overs)
Gary Kirsten 55 (102)
Mark Waugh 2/26 (7)
Mark Taylor 29 (56)
Richard Snell 3/27 (7)
South Africa won by 82 runs
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: Bill Sheahan (AUS) and Terry Prue (AUS)
Player of the match: Dave Callaghan (South Africa)
19 January (D/N)
3/217 (50 overs)
 New Zealand
166 (47.5 overs)
Dean Jones 82 (120)
Willie Watson 1/33 (10)
Bryan Young 43 (96)
Shane Warne 3/28 (10)
Australia won by 51 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Peter Parker (AUS) and Steve Randell (AUS)
Player of the match: Dean Jones (Australia)

Final series

21 January (D/N)
South Africa 
5/230 (50 overs)
202 (48.5 overs)
Gary Kirsten 112* (137)
Glenn McGrath 2/52 (9)
David Boon 45 (78)
Richard Snell 5/40 (9.5)
South Africa won by 28 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Bill Sheahan (AUS) and Terry Prue (AUS)
23 January (D/N)
6/247 (50 overs)
 South Africa
178 (45.5 overs)
Mark Waugh 107 (111)
Allan Donald 4/40 (10)
Jonty Rhodes 52 (59)
Craig McDermott 3/39 (8.5)
Australia won by 69 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Darrell Hair (AUS) and Steve Randell (AUS)
25 January (D/N)
8/223 (50 overs)
 South Africa
9/188 (50 overs)
David Boon 64 (98)
Fanie de Villiers 2/41 (10)
Jonty Rhodes 43 (68)
Shane Warne 2/36 (10)
Australia won by 35 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Darrell Hair (AUS) and Steve Randell (AUS)


Mark Waugh finished the tournament with the most runs in the series, 524, which included a century in the second final against South Africa. He finished ahead of fellow Australian batsmen David Boon and Dean Jones. South African players Gary Kirsten and Hansie Cronje rounded out the top five.[23] Shane Warne ended the series as the leading wicket taker, with 20 wickets from ten matches. He was followed by fellow Australian Glenn McGrath, who ended up with the same number of wickets as Kiwi bowler Chris Pringle. South African Fanie de Villiers and Australian Paul Reiffel rounded out the top five.[24]

Most runs

Player Team Matches Innings Not Out Runs HS Average 100s 50s
Mark Waugh  Australia 11 11 1 395 107 39.50 1 2
David Boon  Australia 11 11 1 381 67 38.10 0 4
Dean Jones  Australia 7 7 0 318 98 45.43 0 3
Gary Kirsten  South Africa 8 8 0 312 112* 39.00 1 2
Hansie Cronje  South Africa 10 10 1 284 91* 31.56 0 1

Most wickets

Player Team Matches Overs Runs Wickets Average BBI
Shane Warne  Australia 10 80 265 20 13.25 4/19
Glenn McGrath  Australia 8 71.5 276 16 17.25 4/24
Chris Pringle  New Zealand 7 63 219 16 13.69 4/40
Fanie de Villiers  South Africa 10 92 298 15 19.87 3/30
Paul Reiffel  Australia 11 89.5 291 12 24.25 4/13


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