A batsman runs, dives, and gives his best to make some runs for his team. When he scores a half-century, he tries to convert it into a century. But many times, he falls 5 to 10 runs short of getting a century. Unluckily, sometimes batters get out on the 90s and miss the chance of scoring a tonne. We have observed that Australian batters have scored most 90s in their career compared to other nations. Hence, today we will list the top ten Australian batsmen with the most nineties in their career.
10. Allan Border
Allan Border is a former left-handed middle-order batsman who made his test debut in December 1978 against England. He played for Australia from 1978 to 1994 and retired as Australia's leading run-scorer in Tests and ODIs. Allan was a part-time left-arm orthodox spinner; he took over 100 international wickets. Allan Border is in the tenth position on the list, with seven nineties in his career.
9. Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor is a former left-handed middle-order batsman; started his international cricket journey in December 1989 against Sri Lanka. Taylor was at his best in tests, played 104 matches, and scored over 7,500 test runs at an average of 43. He was an excellent slip fielder and took 157 catches at slip. Mark is in the ninth position on the list with seven nineties in his career.
8. David Boon
David Boon is a former right-handed batsman; he made his first international appearance in February 1984 in an ODI match against West Indies. Boon had a cricket career of 12 years, playing 104 tests and 181 ODIs. He has scored over 13,000 international runs and is in the eighth position with eight nineties in his career.
7. Dean Jones
Dean Jones was a right-handed batsman; he made his international debut in January 1984 in an ODI match against Pakistan. Jones played ten years for Australia and scored over 9,000 international runs in 52 tests and 164 ODIs. He died in September 2020 from a stroke. Jones is in the seventh position on the list with eight nineties in his career.
6. Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist is a former left-handed wicket-keeper batsman. He is one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen of all time. Gilchrist was an aggressive batsman and a record-breaking wicket-keeper who played 12 years for Australia. He made his first international appearance in October 1996 in an ODI match against South Africa and is in the sixth position on the list with nine nineties in his career.
5. Michael Slater
Michael Slater is a former right-handed batsman who made his international debut in June 1993 in a test match against England. Slater played in 74 tests and 42 ODIs; scored over 6,000 international runs with 14 centuries. He was infamous for getting out on the nineties in 9 out of 23 times and hence, is in the fifth position on the list with nine nineties in his career.
4. Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh is a former right-handed batsman and a prominent right-arm medium-fast bowler who captained the winning team of Australia in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Waugh was the test captain with 41 wins and a winning ratio of 72%. He is one of the only twelve batters to have scored over 10,000 test runs and is in the fourth position on the list, with 11 of nineties in his career.
3. Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke is a former right-handed batsman and the winning captain of Australia in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He scored 36 international centuries; regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of his time. Clarke was a part-time left-arm orthodox bowler taking 88 wickets. He is the first captain of the T20Is for Australia; he is in the third position with 11 nineties in his career.
2. Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden is a former powerful left-handed opening batsman, famous for scoring runs quickly in every format. Hayden played for 16 years and, to date, holds the record for the highest individual score for Australia in tests (380). He scored over 14,000 international runs with 40 centuries. Hayden is in the second position on the list with 11 nineties in his career.
1. Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting is a former right-handed batsman and is considered one of the greatest captains in international cricket history. Ponting holds several records, with one of them being that his score of 242 against India was the highest individual innings in tests in a losing cause. He played for Australia from 1995 to 2012; is in the first position with 13 nineties in his career.