This is a list of the people who have been the official Australian captains in Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals cricket teams.
Australia participated in the first Test match in cricket in 1877, the first One Day International in 1971 (both against England) and the first Twenty20 international in 2005 (against New Zealand). In addition to officially sanctioned international matches and tours organised by the Australian Cricket Board (now known as Cricket Australia), there have been two major rebel Australian sides. In the 1970s many of Australia's leading players signed up for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket and played in a number of SuperTests against other international sides. Then in the mid-1980s there were two rebel Australian tours to South Africa, which was at that time banned from official competition because of the apartheid regime then in force there. The captains of those Australian sides are also listed below.
This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Australian cricket team for at least one Test match (not including vice-captains and other players who have deputised on the field for any period of time during a match where the captain has been unable to play). Where a player has a dagger (†) next to a Test match series in which he captained at least one Test, that denotes that player deputised for the appointed captain or were appointed by the home authority for a minor proportion in a series. The dagger classification follows that adopted by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack .
The table of results is complete up to the fourth Test against India in January 2021.
|Australian Test match captains|
|1|| Dave Gregory ||1876–77||England||Australia||2||1||1||0|
|2|| Billy Murdoch ||1880||England||England||1||0||1||0|
|3|| Tom Horan ||1884–85||England||Australia||2||0||2||0||0.00|
|4|| Hugh Massie ||1884–85†||England||Australia||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|5|| Jack Blackham ||1884–85†||England||Australia||1||1||0||0|
|6|| Tup Scott ||1886||England||England||3||0||3||0||0.00|
|7|| Percy McDonnell ||1886–87||England||Australia||2||0||2||0|
|8|| George Giffen ||1894–95||England||Australia||4||2||2||0||50.00|
|9|| Harry Trott ||1896||England||England||3||1||2||0|
|10|| Joe Darling ||1899||England||England||5||1||0||4|
|1902–03||South Africa||South Africa||3||2||0||1|
|11|| Hugh Trumble ||1901–02†||England||Australia||2||2||0||0||100.00|
|12|| Monty Noble ||1903–04||England||Australia||5||2||3||0|
|13|| Clem Hill ||1910–11||South Africa||Australia||5||4||1||0|
|14|| Syd Gregory ||1912 1||South Africa||England||3||2||1||0|
|15|| Warwick Armstrong ||1920–21||England||Australia||5||5||0||0|
|16|| Herbie Collins ||1921–22||South Africa||South Africa||3||1||0||2|
|17|| Warren Bardsley ||1926†||England||England||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|18|| Jack Ryder ||1928–29||England||Australia||5||1||4||0||20.00|
|19|| Bill Woodfull ||1930||England||England||5||2||1||2|
|20|| Vic Richardson 4||1935–36||South Africa||South Africa||5||4||0||1||80.00|
|21|| Don Bradman ||1936–37||England||Australia||5||3||2||0|
|22|| Bill Brown ||1945–46||New Zealand||New Zealand||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|23|| Lindsay Hassett 1||1949–50||South Africa||South Africa||5||4||0||1|
|24|| Arthur Morris ||1951–52†||West Indies||Australia||1||0||1||0|
|25|| Ian Johnson ||1954–55||England||Australia||4||1||2||1|
|1954–55||West Indies||West Indies||5||3||0||2|
|26|| Ray Lindwall ||1956–57†||India||India||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|27|| Ian Craig ||1957–58||South Africa||South Africa||5||3||0||2||60.00|
|28|| Richie Benaud |
|29|| Neil Harvey ||1961†||England||England||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|30|| Bob Simpson ||1963–64||South Africa||Australia||4||1||1||2|
|1964–65||West Indies||West Indies||5||1||2||2|
|1966–67||South Africa||South Africa||5||1||3||1|
|1977–78||West Indies||West Indies||5||1||3||1|
|31|| Brian Booth ||1965–66†||England||Australia||2||0||1||1||0.00|
|1969–70||South Africa||South Africa||4||0||4||0|
|34|| Ian Chappell 3,4||1970–71†||England||Australia||1||0||1||0|
|1972–73||West Indies||West Indies||5||2||0||3|
|1973–74||New Zealand||New Zealand||3||1||1||1|
|35||Greg Chappell 4||1975–76||West Indies||Australia||6||5||1||0|
|1976–77||New Zealand||New Zealand||2||1||0||1|
|1981–82||New Zealand||New Zealand||3||1||1||1|
|1982–83||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||1||1||0||0|
|37|| Kim Hughes ||1978–79†||Pakistan||Australia||1||1||0||0|
|1983–84||West Indies||West Indies||5||0||3||2|
|38|| Allan Border ||1984–85||West Indies||Australia||3||1||1||1|
|1985–86||New Zealand||New Zealand||3||0||1||2|
|1989–90||New Zealand||New Zealand||1||0||1||0|
|1990–91||West Indies||West Indies||5||1||2||2|
|1992||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||3||1||0||2|
|1992–93||New Zealand||New Zealand||3||1||1||1|
|1993–94||South Africa||South Africa||3||1||1||1|
|39|| Mark Taylor ||1994–95||Pakistan||Pakistan||3||0||1||2|
|1994–95||West Indies||West Indies||4||2||1||1|
|1996–97||South Africa||South Africa||3||2||1||0|
|40|| Steve Waugh ||1998–99||West Indies||West Indies||4||2||2||0|
|1999||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||3||0||1||2|
|1999–2000||New Zealand||New Zealand||3||3||0||0|
|2001–02||South Africa||South Africa||3||2||1||0|
|2002–03||Pakistan||Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates||3||3||0||0|
|2003||West Indies||West Indies||4||3||1||0|
|41|| Adam Gilchrist ||2000–01†||West Indies||Australia||1||1||0||0|
|42|| Ricky Ponting ||2003–04||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||3||3||0||0|
|2004–05||New Zealand||New Zealand||3||2||0||1|
|2005–06||South Africa||South Africa||3||3||0||0|
|2008||West Indies||West Indies||3||2||0||1|
|2008–09||South Africa||South Africa||3||2||1||0|
|2009–10||New Zealand||New Zealand||2||2||0||0|
|43|| Michael Clarke ||2010–11†||England||Australia||1||0||1||0|
|2011||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||3||1||0||2|
|2011–12||South Africa||South Africa||2||1||1||0|
|2011–12||West Indies||West Indies||3||2||0||1|
|2013–14||South Africa||South Africa||3||2||1||0|
|2014–15||Pakistan||United Arab Emirates||2||0||2||0|
|2015||West Indies||West Indies||2||2||0||0|
|44|| Shane Watson ||2012–13†||India||India||1||0||1||0||0.00|
|45|| Steve Smith ||2014–15†||India||Australia||3||2||0||2|
|2015–16||New Zealand||New Zealand||2||2||0||0|
|2016||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||3||0||3||0|
| 2017–18 5||South Africa||South Africa||3||1||2||0|
|46|| Tim Paine ||2017–18†||South Africa||South Africa||1||0||1||0|
|2018–19||Pakistan||United Arab Emirates||2||0||1||1|
A number of players have also served as vice-captain(s) in the test side including:
This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Australia national cricket team for at least one One Day International (ODI).
The table of results is complete up to the third ODI against West Indies in July 2021.
|Australian One Day International captains|
|Number||Name||Period of captaincy||Played||Won||Lost||Tied||No result||Winning rate|
|2||Ian Chappell 6||1972–1975||11||6||5||0||0||54.55%|
|16||Ricky Ponting 7||2002–2012||229||164||51||2||12||76.03%|
Ricky Ponting was Australia's first captain in Twenty20 Internationals. On occasions when Ponting was unavailable, vice-captain Adam Gilchrist filled the role. In December 2007, Ponting was rested from the team to give the younger players exposure. Although vice-captain Gilchrist was in the team, 26-year-old Michael Clarke was selected as captain. Ponting called him the "obvious choice" and Clarke had been predicted to be the next full-time captain of Australia once Ponting stepped down from the captaincy.With Gilchrist's retirement from all forms of representative cricket at the end of the 2007–08 season, Clarke was promoted to the regular vice-captain's position. Thereafter, Cameron White was promoted as the captain, but George Bailey has taken over the captaincy in the two match series against India.
This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Australia national cricket team for at least one Twenty 20 International (T20I). A total of eleven players have captained Australia in T20Is, of which Aaron Finch is most successful captain, with 22 wins.
The table of results is complete up to the fifth T20I against West Indies in July 2021.
|Australian Twenty20 International captains|
|Number||Name||Period of captaincy||Played||Won||Lost||Tied||No result||Winning rate|
Captains of World Series Cricket teams (during the Packer split) and of the Rebel Australian XI to visit apartheid South Africa in 1985–86 are as follows:
Ian Chappell captained the WSC Australians in five Supertests in 1977–78, winning one and losing four. His brother Greg Chappell took over for a sixth Supertest, which the WSC Australians won. In 1978–79 in Australia Ian Chappell captained the WSC Australians in four Supertests, winning one, losing two and drawing the other one. In the same season in the West Indies, Ian Chappell went on to captain in five Supertests, winning one, losing one and drawing three.
Kim Hughes captained a Rebel Australian XI to South Africa in 1985–86. He captained his Australian XI in 3 Rebel "Tests", losing one of them and drawing the other two. He also captained in another rebel tour in 1986–87 in 4 Rebel "Tests", losing one of them and drawing the other three.
This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Australian women's cricket team for at least one women's Test match (not including vice-captains and other players who have deputised on the field for any period of time during a match where the captain has been unable to play). Where a player has a dagger (†) next to a Test match series in which he captained at least one Test, that denotes that player deputised for the appointed captain or were appointed by the home authority for a minor proportion in a series.
The table of results is complete up to the only Test against England in July 2019.
|Australian women's Test match captains|
|2||Mollie Dive||1947–48||New Zealand||New Zealand||1||1||0||0|
|3||Una Paisley||1956–57||New Zealand||Australia||1||1||0||0|
|4||Muriel Picton||1960–61||New Zealand||New Zealand||1||0||0||1|
|6||Miriam Knee||1971–72||New Zealand||Australia||1||0||1||0|
|7||Wendy Blunsden||1974–75||New Zealand||New Zealand||1||0||0||1|
|8||Anne Gordon||1975–76||West Indies||West Indies||2||0||0||2|
|10||Sharon Tredrea||1978–79||New Zealand||Australia||3||1||0||2|
|1989–90||New Zealand||New Zealand||3||1||0||2|
|14||Belinda Clark||1994–95||New Zealand||New Zealand||1||0||0||1|
|15|| Karen Rolton ||2005–06||India||Australia||1||1||0||0|
|16|| Jodie Fields ||2009||England||England||1||0||0||1|
|17|| Alex Blackwell ||2010–11||England||Australia||1||1||0||0|
|18|| Meg Lanning ||2015||England||England||1||1||0||0|
|19|| Rachael Haynes ||2017–18||England||Australia||1||0||0||1|
This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Australian women's cricket team for at least one women's One-Day International. Australia won the World Cup in 1977–78, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1997–98 and 2004–05.
The table of results is complete to the third ODI against New Zealand in October 2020.
|Australian women's ODI captains|
This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Australian women's cricket team for at least one women's Twenty20 International.
|Australian women's Twenty20 International captains|
This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Australia Under-19 cricket team for at least one match. Where a player has a dagger (†) next to a Test match series in which he captained at least one Test, that denotes that player was captain for a minor proportion in a series.
The table of results is complete to the one Test against Sri Lanka in 2019.
|Australian Under-19 Test match captains|
|4||Jamie McPhee||1983–84||Sri Lanka||Australia||3||1||0||2|
|1984–85||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||1||0||1||0|
|6||Geoff Parker||1986–87||New Zealand||New Zealand||3||2||0||1|
|7||Stuart Law||1987–88||West Indies||Australia||1||0||1||0|
|8||Matthew May||1988–89||New Zealand||Australia||3||2||0||1|
|10||Jamie Cox||1990||West Indies||West Indies||3||2||0||1|
|12||Nathan Ashley||1992–93||New Zealand||New Zealand||2||0||1||1|
|15||Clinton Peake||1995–96||New Zealand||Australia||3||2||1||0|
|19||Nathan Hauritz||2000–01||Sri Lanka||Australia||2||2||0||0|
|20||Tim Welsford||2000–01†||Sri Lanka||Australia||1||1||0||0|
|26||Will Sutherland||2017||Sri Lanka||Australia||1||0||0||1|
|27||Baxter Holt||2019||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||1||0||1||0|
This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Australia Under-19 cricket team for at least one Under-19 One Day International. The table of results is complete to the 2012 ICC Under-19 World Cup. Australia won the World Cup in 1987–88 and 2001–02.
|Australian Under-19 ODI captains|
|5||Dean Reynolds||1984–85 to 1986–87||12||10||0||2||0|
|6||Geoff Parker||1986–87 to 1987–88||12||11||0||1||0|
|17||Nathan Hauritz||1999–2000 to 2000–01||3||2||0||1||0|
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