Milestones in the Australian Tri Series
West Indies won this Series after beating England in the finals. Viv Richards scored the most runs (485), while Dennis Lillee was the highest wicket taker (20 wickets). The match between Australia and West Indies was the first ever ODI in cricket history. It was in this Series that red and white balls were used in different venues.
Australia were the winners of this tournament after beating arch rivals New Zealand. India took up the third place. Once again, Dennis Lillee took the maximum wickets (25), while Greg Chapell (686) was the highest run getter.
It was a keenly contested final between both teams. New Zealand wanted six runs from the last ball, but they were thwarted by an underarm delivery by Trevor Chapell. In subsequent matches, all underarm deliveries were declared No Ball.
The West Indians once again proved their mastery of the game by defeating Australia in the finals. Pakistan took the third spot. Vivian Richards (536) and Joel Garner (24) were the top players on this Series.
This Series generated a huge controversy in the media. Australia won the final qualifying match against WI on the basis of a superior NRR. This match didn't last the full 50 overs because of rains. However, the final was won by West Indies. The Australian media alleged that the West Indies had lost the match to help the Aussies reach the finals ahead of the Pakistanis. Clive Lloyd, who was unwell and skipped the qualifier, filed a libel case against The Age. He won that case and received $100,000 as damages from the newspaper.
Australia once again denied victory to the New Zealanders in this epic series. Despite taking the third spot, Englishmen David Gower and Ian Botham became the top batsman and the top bowler, respectively.
New Zealand created a world record in this Series when they successfully chased 297-6 in response to England's 296-5 at Adelaide. This record stood intact until 1992.
West Indies got the better of Australia in this Series. Kepler Wessels was the highest scorer in the 1983-84series. On the other hand, Michael Holding of West Indies took the maximum wickets (27). Pakistan took the third spot in this tournament.
The first ever ODI tie happened in this series only after Carl Rackmann was run out while attempting the winning run.
West Indies was the first team to enter the finals after winning all the 10 qualifying matches. Though it lost to Australia in the first final, the West Indies won the next two fixtures and won the series 2-1.
This series rankles the Aussies even today. In the final match, the Kiwis beat the Kangaroos by scoring 206 runs. The latter could score only 70 runs. This is the worst loss suffered by any Australian side in the ODI format.
West Indies, 4-time Tri Series champions could not reach the finals for the first time. England beat the Kangaroos 2-0 and clinched the title. The Englishmen also won the Ashes Trophy for the same year.
Desmond Haynes powered his team for a dramatic victory over the Aussies by hitting Steve Waugh for a six. Aussie fans did not like the result and booed loudly. The ICC later changed the rules for interrupted matches.