Mumbai v Australia - Day 1
MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Matthew Hayden of Australia in action during day one of the Tour Match between Mumbai and Australia played at Brabourne Stadium on September 30, 2004 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
Mumbai v Australia - Day 1

Australia, as one of the best cricketing nations in the world, have had some memorable victories over the years.

Test cricket has been the pinnacle of the sport for as long as it has existed, and while Australia have always been near the top, they haven’t always been the best.

That has created some classic underdog moments over the years, as well as some miraculous series victories which simply weren’t expected.

Playing overseas against other top countries is always seen as a difficult challenge at the best of the times, while playing in the sub-continent sees Australia lose far more than they win.

But that doesn’t mean they haven’t ever picked up wins in that part of the world.

Series against the West Indies at times have also been incredibly difficult, while facing the swinging ball in England hasn’t always been Australia’s best friend.

Let’s count down Australia’s top five Test series victories of all-time.


5. 1998 tour of Pakistan

This would prove to be Australia’s final visit to Pakistan for 24 years, a drought finally brought to an end by their 2022 tour of the nation.

Australia hadn’t won a single Test in Pakistan since 1959 heading into this series, losing six and drawing another seven Tests against the sub-continent nations in tours over an almost 40-year period.

All up, they clung onto a drawn series in 1964, but lost the remaining series against Pakistan in Pakistan in 1979, 1982, 1988 and 1994.

40 years between wins in Pakistan looked like it would continue when Mark Taylor’s team hit the ground in Pakistan, but it took just a matter of days for that to no longer be the case.

Australia would knock Pakistan over for just 269 in their first innings of the series opener in Rawalpindi with Stuart MacGill the chief destroyer, taking 5 for 66.

In response, Michael Slater and Steve Waugh both hit centuries as Australia piled on 513 from over 170 overs, before knocking over the hosts for just 145 to claim a famous victory by an innings and 99 runs.

There would be no results in the second and third Test of the series, with Australia piling on 599 in the second Test on the back of Mark Taylor’s 334 not out, before the final test saw Pakistan run out of time, winding up on 5 for 262 chasing 419.

But it was a 1-0 victory for Australia, and that was all that counted as they ended a mammoth drought in Pakistan.