Australian Test cricket captain list

Captain Captaincy record
M|W|L|D(T)
Win %
D Gregory
1877-79
3|2|1|0 66.66%
W Murdoch
1880-90
16|5|7|4 31.25%
T Horan
1885
2|0|2|0 0.00%
H Massie
1885
1|1|0|0 100.00%
J Blackham
1885-94
8|3|3|2 37.50%
H Scott
1886
2|0|2|0 0.00%
P McDonnell
1887-88
6|1|5|0 16.66%
G Giffen
1894-95
4|2|2|0 50.00%
G Trott
1896-98
8|5|3|0 62.50%
J Darling
1899-1905
21|7|4|10 33.33%
H Trumble
1902
2|2|0|0 100.00%
M Noble
1903-09
15|8|5|2 53.33%
C Hill
1910-12
10|5|5|0 50.00%
S Gregory
1912
6|2|1|3 33.33%
W Armstrong
1920-21
10|8|0|2 80.00%
H Collins
1921-26
11|5|2|4 45.45%
W Bardsley
1926
2|0|0|2 0.00%
J Ryder
1928-29
5|1|4|0 20.00%
W Woodfull
1930-34
25|14|7|4 56.00%
V Richardson
1935-36
5|4|0|1 80.00%
D Bradman
1936-48
24|15|3|6 62.50%
W Brown
1946
1|1|0|0 100.00%
A Hassett
1949-53
24|14|4|6 58.33%
A Morris
1951-54
2|0|2|0 0.00%
I Johnson
1954-56
17|7|5|5 41.17%
R Lindwall
1956
1|0|0|1 0.00%
I Craig
1957-58
5|3|0|2 60.00%
R Benaud
1958-63
28|12|4|11(1) 42.85%
R Harvey
1961
1|1|0|0 100.00%
R Simpson
1964-78
39|12|12|15 30.76%
B Booth
1965-66
2|0|1|1 0.00%
W Lawry
1968-71
25|9|8|8 36.00%
B Jarman
1968
1|0|0|1 0.00%
I Chappell
1971-75
30|15|5|10 50.00%
G Chappell
1975-83
48|21|13|14 43.75%
G Yallop
1978-79
7|1|6|0 14.28%
K Hughes
1979-84
28|4|13|11 14.28%
A Border
1984-94
93|32|22|38(1) 34.40%
M Taylor
1994-99
50|26|13|11 52.00%
S Waugh
1999-04
57|41|9|7 71.92%
A Gilchrist
2000-04
6|4|1|1 66.66%
R Ponting
2004-10
77|48|16|13 62.33%
M Clarke
2011-15
47|24|16|7 51.06%
S Watson
2013
1|0|1|0 0.00%
S Smith
2014-18
34|18|10|6 52.94%
T Paine
2018
1|0|1|0 0.00%

Glossary: M-Tests as captain, W-Won, L-Lost, T-Tie, D-Draw

About Australian Test captains

Much of Australia’s success as a cricketing nation has to be attributed to their production line of talented cricketers, who are also the reason for the level of captaincy success achieved by Ricky Ponting and some of his predecessors (Steve Waugh, Chappell brothers, among others).

Steve Waugh and Ponting, in particular, led Australia during their golden era (1999-2007) and are no wonder among the most successful Australian Test captains with winning percentages of 71.92 and 62.33 respectively.

Don Bradman, who led Australia from 1936 to 1948, holds the second-highest win percentage of 62.50 for an Australian captain, though he led his country in a considerably less number of Test matches (24) compared to Waugh (57) and Ponting (77). Allan Border holds the distinction for the most Tests as Australian captain (93).

Another of the conspicuous aspects of the Australian captains is that they have also been great batsmen, and the supposed baggage of captaincy hasn’t affected their batting. Ponting, again, is a prime example of a captain who boasts a magnificent Test batting record.

This Tasmanian right-hander amassed 6542 runs in his 77 Tests as captain. He made 19 centuries and 35 half-centuries and finished his career as the second-highest run scorer in Test cricket. Steve Waugh, along with Ponting, is one of the 13 batsmen who has made more than 10000 runs in the longest format of the sport.

The Australian Test side of last five years have not been as great as they were under Waugh or Ponting’s captaincy, but Michael Clarke and Steve Smith have been able successors.

Smith is another Australian captain who has been a prolific batsman around whom the Australian batting line-up has revolved in the last two years. His one-year suspension for his role in the ball-tampering scandal leaves a huge hole in the Australian batting line-up and has led to Tim Paine becoming Australia’s 46th Test captain.

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