As Australia take on New Zealand in today’s Cricket World Cup Final (which we will of course win; right?), let’s just remind ourselves of our absolute awesomeness in taking our previous four titles.
That magical first one, in 1987
The moment when Australia’s cricketing fortunes had turned a corner. The rank outsiders go from shamozzle to world champions in the space of a couple of weeks. Alan Border; you absolute legend. Dean Jones, Craig McDermott and Steve Waugh turned out to be a bit of alright too, hey.
My, what a big beer you have Tugga.
But we had to wait 12 years to win the second one
And look who took us all the way there in 1999 – a battle hardened Steve Waugh. And now we have fancy stripey jackets and a certain earringed champion leg spinner to show off, too. Oh, and a shiny new trophy. And look at that young scallywag far left – Ricky Ponting back when he was a little bit naughty, getting into drunken late night fights in Kings Cross.
And now we were on a roll, with Cricket World Cup #3 in 2003
A by then mighty Australian team smashed India by 142 runs in Johannesburg thanks to an imperious innings of 140 by a much reformed (and now skipper) Ricky Ponting.
Ohh, ahh (Glenn McGrath) and… Jazz hands! Is this some kind of Aussie cricket celebratory interpretive modern dance routine? Yes. Yes it is. It’s what you do when Glenn McGrath takes the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in the World Cup Final.
And who wouldn’t want to hug a Hoggy and a Binga on that incredible day in 2003? Looks life Boof was instrumental in guiding things back then, too.
Yep, he was. And we reckon there will be a mirror image photo taken tonight, again starring Boof (Darren Lehmann and Damien Martyn celebrate after Lehmann caught Zaheer Khan of India to complete the Australian victory in the Cricket World Cup Final of 2003).
What’s that Skip? Another Cricket World Cup is ours?
And yet another one. Cricket World Cup #4 in 2007
It had become a habit. This time a crazy final against Sri Lanka in the Caribbean, finishing in moonlight. And just when you think our current team is an all-new batch compared to 8 years ago, there’s Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Mitch Johnson (we miss you, Simmo).
Such grace in joy. But in the Caribbean we dropped the interpretive dance routines in favor of opera singing. (Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist gets airborne after taking a catch to dismiss Sri Lankan batsman Upul Tharanga while Matthew Hayden joins in.)
UPDATE: And now, Cricket World Cup #5
Still going with the Kings and going hard!! Love Australia xxx pic.twitter.com/M0ChhSonad
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) March 29, 2015
Boof, aka Darren Lehmann, the mastermind of Australia’s 2015 Cricket World Cup triumph, posted this on Twitter at sunrise on the day after his boys trounced the Kiwis in the final. Rumour has it they were very #thirsty.
Well done, ‘Straya!