- Australia A cricket team
Infobox cricket team
county = Australia 'A'
founded = 1994-95
website = [http://www.cricket.com.au Official Website] The Australia A cricket team is a national
cricketteam representing Australia, and is the "second tier" of international Australian cricket below the full Australian cricket team. They have also played far more one-day than first-class matches; indeed they have played only two first-class games against equivalent A sides, both against South Africa 'A' in 2002-03.
In the Australian summer of 1994-95, the (then) Benson and Hedges World Series Cup was expanded to involve four teams instead of the usual three – Australia, England, Zimbabwe and Australia A (though games involving Australia A are not considered official One-day Internationals). In a shock result, the Australia A team (captained by
Damien Martynand featuring up-and-comers such as Ricky Ponting, Matthew Haydenand Greg Blewett, as well as veterans – wicket-keeper Phil Emeryand pacemen Paul Reiffeland Merv Hughes) ousted England from the series and went into the best-of-3 final against Australia. They were swept 2-0, but it was unquestionably a display of the next generation of Australia's prowess. Many of the 1994-95 A players later played for Australia.
In earlier times, Australia often sent Second XI teams on overseas tour, consisting of players on the fringes of national selection. Instances of this occurred in 1949–50 and 1959–60, to New Zealand.
eason-by-season results summary
Australia A Squad: Captained by Adam Voges
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