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2005 ICC Super Series

ICC Super Series
The official logo of the Johnnie Walker Super Series
FormatTest and ODI
First edition2005
Latest edition2005
Tournament formatSeries
Number of teams2
Current champion Australia (both Test and ODI)
Most successful Australia 2 titles (Test and ODI)
Most runsAustralia Adam Gilchrist (275)
Most wicketsAustralia Stuart MacGill (9)

The ICC Super Series 2005 was a cricket series held in Australia during October 2005, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was played between Australia (the world's top-ranked side at the time) and a World XI team of players selected from other countries. The series consisted of three One Day Internationals and one Test match. Australia won all four matches.

The matches attracted small crowds and were not competitive, in part because the ICC World XI had only one warm-up game to gel as a team. The Super Series concept had been controversial from its first proposal. The ICC's intention was to showcase the world's best players and provide a close contest with Australia, who had dominated international cricket for several years. However, many fans and experts dismissed the Super Series as a gimmick, comparing it unfavourably with the 2005 Ashes Series.[1]
The ICC had intended to hold a Super Series every four years, but the concept was not repeated.


In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Australian cricket side had become completely dominant in world cricket, and had a reputation of being unbeatable. In this climate, the concept of gathering the world's best players into one team to challenge them was born, and the ICC Super Series was developed.



Team Selectors - Australia

The Australian squads were announced on 20 September, and the axe fell on the lacklustre performers on the team during the recent Ashes series. Damien Martyn was dropped from the Test side in favour of Brad Hodge but retained his one-day spot. Stuart MacGill and Shane Watson, who toured England but did not play in any of the Ashes Tests, were included in the lineup. Jason Gillespie and Michael Kasprowicz were not included in the Test squad or the ODI squad, while James Hopes received a surprise call-up for the ODI side following his 146 in a first-class game for Australia A on their tour of Pakistan in September 2005.

Team Selectors - ICC World XI

The World XI selectors named a shortlist, from which the 11 Test players were named. The selection panel comprised:[2]

The shortlist they named was: Andrew Flintoff (England), Steve Harmison (England), Michael Vaughan (England), Rahul Dravid (India), Virender Sehwag (India), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Anil Kumble (India), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan), Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan), Younis Khan (Pakistan), Mark Boucher (South Africa), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Makhaya Ntini (South Africa), Shaun Pollock (South Africa), Graeme Smith (South Africa), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), Brian Lara (West Indies), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)

The ICC World squads were announced on 23 August 2005, with additions on 23 September due to injuries to two players. Of the players in the final squads, five were from South Africa, three each were from England and Pakistan, two each were from India, Sri Lanka and West Indies, and one was from New Zealand. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh were unrepresented.

After first being reduced to 13, who travelled to Australia, the final 11 players to take the field were selected by the Chairman of Selectors, Sunil Gavaskar in consultation with the appointed team director, the coach and captain of the team, who will be appointed by the selection panel. The colour of the ICC World XI's uniform was predominantly blue and black. The coach of the team was India's former coach John Wright.

Squads for the Six Day Test Match

Australia Australia ICC World XI
Player's Name National Cricket Team Team Role Player's Name National Cricket Team Team Role
Ricky Ponting (c)  Australia RHB, RM Graeme Smith (c)  South Africa LHB, OB
Adam Gilchrist (vc)  Australia WK, LHB Mark Boucher[a]  South Africa WK, RHB
Michael Clarke  Australia RHB, SLA Rahul Dravid (vc)  India RHB, OB
Matthew Hayden  Australia LHB, RM Shoaib Akhtar  Pakistan RHB, RF
Brad Hodge  Australia RHB, OB Andrew Flintoff  England RHB, RF
Simon Katich  Australia LHB, SLC Steve Harmison  England RHB, RF
Justin Langer  Australia LHB, RM Inzamam-ul-Haq[b]  Pakistan RHB, SLA
Brett Lee  Australia RHB, RF Jacques Kallis  South Africa RHB, RFM
Stuart MacGill  Australia RHB, LB Brian Lara  West Indies LHB, LBG
Glenn McGrath  Australia RHB, RFM Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka RHB, OB
Shane Warne  Australia RHB, LB Shaun Pollock  South Africa RHB, RFM
Shane Watson  Australia RHB, RFM Virender Sehwag  India RHB, OB
Daniel Vettori  New Zealand LHB, SLA

Statistics are correct as of 19 October 2005, after the only Test match played to date by the World XI[3][4][5]

ICC World XI Test cricketers Batting Bowling Fielding
Cap Name Career Mat Inn NO Runs HS Avg 100 50 Balls Mdn Runs Wkt Best Avg Ca St
1 South Africa Mark Boucher (wicket-keeper) 2005 1 2 17 17 8.50 2
2 India Rahul Dravid 2005 1 2 23 23 11.50 1
3 England Andrew Flintoff 2005 1 2 41 35 20.50 204 5 107 7 4/59 15.29
4 England Steve Harmison 2005 1 2 1 1 0.50 183 5 101 4 3/41 25.25
5 Pakistan Inzamam-ul-Haq 2005 1 2 1 1 0.50
6 South Africa Jacques Kallis 2005 1 2 1 83 44 83.00 60 2 58 1 1/3 58.00 4
7 Cricket West Indies Brian Lara 2005 1 2 50 36 25.00
8 Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan 2005 1 2 2 2 1.00 324 7 157 5 3/55 31.40 2
9 India Virender Sehwag 2005 1 2 83 76 41.50 1 1
10 South Africa Graeme Smith 2005 1 2 12 12 6.00 3
11 New Zealand Daniel Vettori 2005 1 2 1 8 8* 8.00 162 3 111 1 1/73 111.00

Squads for the Three One-day Internationals

Australia Australia ICC World XI
Player's Name National cricket team Team Role Player's Name National cricket team Team Role
Ricky Ponting (c) Australia Australia RHB, RM Shaun Pollock (c) South Africa South Africa RHB, RFM
Adam Gilchrist Australia Australia WK, LHB Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka Sri Lanka WK, LHB
Nathan Bracken Australia Australia RHB, LFM Shahid Afridi Pakistan Pakistan RHB, LBG
Stuart Clark[c] Australia Australia RHB, RFM Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan Pakistan RHB, RF
Michael Clarke Australia Australia RHB, SLA Rahul Dravid[d] India India RHB, OB
James Hopes Australia Australia RHB, RM Andrew Flintoff England England RHB, RF
Mike Hussey Australia Australia LHB, RM Chris Gayle[d]  West Indies RHB, OB
Simon Katich Australia Australia LHB, SLC Jacques Kallis South Africa South Africa RHB, RFM
Brett Lee Australia Australia RHB, RF Brian Lara  West Indies LHB, LBG
Damien Martyn Australia Australia RHB, RM Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka Sri Lanka RHB, OB
Glenn McGrath Australia Australia RHB, RFM Makhaya Ntini South Africa South Africa RHB, RF
Andrew Symonds Australia Australia RHB, OB Kevin Pietersen England England RHB, OB
Shane Watson Australia Australia RHB, RFM Virender Sehwag India India RHB, OB
Cameron White[c] Australia Australia RHB, LB Daniel Vettori New Zealand New Zealand LHB, SLA

Status of the matches

Chris Gayle in an ODI match

The International Cricket Council declared that the matches would count as official One Day Internationals and Test matches. Some previous matches, such as the series between England and the Rest of the World in 1970, were initially regarded as Test matches, perhaps in the interests of attracting a sponsor, but later stripped of Test status by the ICC.[6] At first it was unclear whether the Super Series matches would be recognised as official internationals, but following the decision to recognise the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal match as an official ODI, the ICC decided to award official status to the Super Series matches too. Apart from fixtures in which Caribbean islands and territories of the former British empire compete together as the West Indies, this was the first official Test match not between two countries. This decision proved controversial among players and writers alike. [citation needed]

Cricket historians have generally opposed the decision because of inconsistency in that the 1970 Rest of the World series in England is not accorded Test status, although those matches were advertised as Test matches at the time. Officially, however, Test status seems unlikely to be withdrawn from the 2005 Super Test in part because of the effect on noted cricket records; for instance without the wickets taken in this match, Muttiah Muralitharan would fall slightly short of 800 career test wickets.[7] Statisticians such as Bill Frindall have said that they will not recognise the ruling and will exclude the matches from their records. Although it has been said that this "raises the possibility of two competing sets of cricket statistics being in circulation", that has always been a reality because there has never been a standard for match status and statisticians have always used their own match lists. [citation needed]

Many current and former Test cricketers also joined in the debate. For example, former Australian captain Allan Border said: "I firmly believe that this status should be restricted to matches between national sides. Test cricket is an institution that has been built up over a period of 128 years, and it should not be tampered with". (Although arguably this overlooks the anomaly related to the West Indies, as well as the fact that Australia and South Africa both competed in what are now deemed test matches in the nineteenth century prior to formal political unification.) Conversely, Tony Greig, who played for the Rest of the World against Australia in 1971–1972, said "My understanding of the status of first-class and Test cricket is related to the standard of the players. These are all Test cricketers... [The 1971–72 matches] were played like Tests and were deadly serious. "

The matches themselves were characterised by poor crowds (half empty grounds) and lacklustre performances by the World XI. Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott described the series as a "bunfight" and said that there was "nothing that resembled cricket" in it. [citation needed] The authoritative publication The Wisden Cricketer summed up the Test match as follows: " [it] was a terrible game of cricket. It had a small crowd, little meaning and was forgotten quickly." The World XI players seemed to be there more for fun than anything else. Andrew Flintoff came up with some refreshingly honest statements amidst all the bullish officials: "I've got the Super Series in two weeks' time. I can't think of anything worse," he said, adding on arrival; "I'm only here for the food."[8]

Captain Graeme Smith admitted to frustration in the aftermath of the series, saying he found it hard to deal with the fact that there weren't any repercussions to 'losing so badly'[9]

Match reports

Warm-up: Victoria v ICC World XI (2 October)

2 October 2005
ICC World XI
281/8 (50 overs)
269/9 (50 overs)
Rahul Dravid (IND) 66 (80)
Shane Harwood 4/37 (10 overs)
Brad Hodge 92 (116)
Shoaib Akhtar (PAK) 2/29 (10 overs)
ICC World XI won by 12 runs
Junction Oval, Melbourne
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Rudi Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: None
  • No coin toss. Both sides agreed to ICC World XI batting first.
  • 13 per side (11 to bat and field)

In a practice match preceding the first One Day International, a fifty over game was arranged against a strong Victorian side. The game was thirteen-a-side, but with only eleven players allowed to bat and eleven to field. Andrew Flintoff was allowed to rest, with the other World XI players all playing. By agreement the World XI batted first, but they fared badly as they collapsed from 63 for no loss to 131 for 6, with Shane Harwood taking 4 for 37. Rahul Dravid's knock of 66 off 80 balls and Shaun Pollock's cameo of 54 not out off only 38 balls rescued the innings, which finished on a competitive 281 for 8. Victoria came close in reply, with Brad Hodge top-scoring with 92 before succumbing to Muttiah Muralitharan.


First ODI: Australia v ICC World XI (5 October)

5 October 2005 (D/N)
255/8 (50 overs)
ICC World XI
162 (41.3 overs)
Simon Katich 58 (78)
Daniel Vettori (NZ) 4/33 (10 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 64 (94)
Shane Watson 3/43 (10 overs)
Australia won by 93 runs
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Simon Taufel (AUS)
Player of the match: Shane Watson (AUS)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Cameron White (AUS) made his ODI debut.

Australia won the toss and captain Ricky Ponting elected to bat first. They got off to a good start, with Gilchrist and Katich putting on 80 runs in only 14 overs before Gilchrist was bowled by Kallis. Katich and Ponting put on 48 in the next eight overs, and at 1 for 128 after 22.1 overs, Australia looked to be heading for a big score. But after that wickets fell regularly, with the spinners Muralitharan and Vettori working their way steadily through the middle order to restrict Australia to 8 for 255 at the end of their 50 overs.

The ICC World XI never looked like challenging this total. They lost five of their top six batsmen – Sehwag, Kallis, Lara, Dravid and Pietersen – for single figures, to collapse to 5 for 82 inside 22 overs. Only Sangakkara's innings gave any hope, but when he was out for 64 to leave the ICC World XI on 6 for 101, needing 7 runs an over off the last 22 overs, the game was over. Australia eventually wrapped up the ICC World XI's innings for 162 to record a comprehensive 93-run victory.


Second ODI: Australia v ICC World XI (7 October)

7 October 2005 (D/N)
328/4 (50 overs)
ICC World XI
273 (45.3 overs)
Adam Gilchrist 103 (79)
Virender Sehwag (IND) 1/20 (3 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 61 (44)
Nathan Bracken 3/43 (7.3 overs)
Australia won by 55 runs
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (SA) and Darrell Hair (AUS)
Player of the match: Adam Gilchrist (AUS)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • SR Clark (AUS) made his ODI debut.

Australia won the toss and captain Ricky Ponting elected to bat first. They got off to a good start, with Gilchrist and Katich quickly putting on 110 runs before Katich was bowled by a doosra from Muralitharan. Gilchrist and Ponting put on 63, with Gilchrist reaching his century off 73 balls, before missing a straight Sehwag delivery. Martyn and Ponting consolidated in a 103-run stand, working singles around. On 276, Ponting failed to beat Flintoff to the stumps at the other end and Martyn was bowled next ball, giving the World XI a sniff. However, Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke pushed the Australian total comfortably past 300, with 4 for 328 at the end of their 50 overs. Every bowler was taken to, except for Muralitharan, who finished with 1 for 43 off 10 overs.

The ICC World XI initially looked like challenging this total. Chris Gayle blasted a 48-ball half-century as the World XI reached 125 off only 16.1 overs. From then on however, they consistently lost wickets, due to insipid running between the wickets and a few soft dismissals, with Lara again hitting Nathan Bracken straight to Symonds at cover. The ICC World XI ended up being dismissed for 273, handing another victory to Australia.


Third ODI: Australia v ICC World XI (9 October)

9 October 2005 (D/N)
293/5 (50 overs)
ICC World XI
137 (27.5 overs)
Mike Hussey 75* (74)
Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 2/38 (10 overs)
Virender Sehwag (IND) 37 (40)
Brett Lee 4/30 (9 overs)
Australia won by 156 runs
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Darrell Hair (AUS)
Player of the match: Shane Watson (AUS)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.


Super Test: Australia v ICC World XI

14–17 October 2005 (6–day match)
345 (90 overs)
Matthew Hayden 111 (180)
Andrew Flintoff 4/59 (18 overs)
190 (47.1 overs)
Virender Sehwag 76 (82)
Stuart MacGill 4/39 (9.1 overs)
199 (65.3 overs)
Matthew Hayden 77 (120)
Steve Harmison 3/41 (12.3 overs)
144 (50 overs)
Jacques Kallis 39* (86)
Stuart MacGill 5/43 (15 overs)
Australia won by 210 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, NSW
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (SA) and Simon Taufel (AUS)
Player of the match: Matthew Hayden (AUS)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was scheduled for six days but completed in four.


The original aim was that the Super Series would be played every four years. However, immediately after the completion of the first Test match, Malcolm Speed, the ICC Chief Executive, removed it from the regular ICC schedule, noting that it may be played in the future when there is a clear world champion.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Ireland's Niall O'Brien was called up to replace South Africa's Mark Boucher, who had visa issues, however he was able to play.
  2. ^ Inzamam-ul-Haq replaced India's Sachin Tendulkar, who was originally in the Test squad, but withdrew following an injury.
  3. ^ a b Brad Hogg (who was originally called up for ODIs only) and Shaun Tait (called up for both Tests and ODIs) both withdrew from the Australian squad due to injuries. No replacement was named in the Test squad, but Stuart Clark and Cameron White were called up for the ODIs.
  4. ^ a b Dravid and Gayle replaced Tendulkar and South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs, who were both originally in the ODI squad, but withdrew due to injuries.


  1. ^ "Super Series snore?". Archived from the original on 23 August 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  2. ^ Wisden 2006, p. 1156.
  3. ^ "Players / World XI / Test caps". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  4. ^ "World XI Test Batting Averages". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 24 December 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  5. ^ "World XI Test Bowling Averages". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 21 December 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  6. ^ "The uncapped one cap wonder". ESPNcricinfo.
  7. ^ "Muthiah Muralidaran". ESPNcricinfo.
  8. ^ "Cricinfo XI: The devil is in the detail". Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Smith admits to Super Series frustration". Archived from the original on 13 April 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  10. ^ English, Peter (17 October 2005). "Super Series' future uncertain". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2013.


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