Benson & Hedges Challenge
|Benson & Hedges Challenge|
|Administrator||Australian Cricket Board|
|Format||One Day International|
|Tournament format||triangular round robin followed by a final|
|Number of teams|| Australia
|Most runs||Dean Jones (227)|
|Most wickets||Wasim Akram (8)|
The Benson and Hedges Challenge was a One Day International cricket tournament played at the WACA Ground in Perth, Western Australia from 30 December 1986 to 7 January 1987 as part of the 1987 America's Cup Festival of Sport.
This tournament saw the first matches played under floodlights at the WACA Ground with four of the seven matches being day/night games. In addition, the pitch square had been relaid prior to the 1985-86 season and had now had a full year to settle. The seating areas had also been redeveloped with concourse seating installed and a new two-tier grandstand built at the Swan River end of the ground. However, this grandstand was still under construction for the duration of the competition and was unable to accommodate spectators.
The team uniforms for the tournament were based on the official shirts for the 1986-87 America's Cup being held concurrently in Fremantle. Each team's main colour made up the bottom half of the shirt, their secondary colour made up the top half and a white stripe surrounded the shirt over the chest. The official logo of the tournament was based on a 12-metre class yacht with a white cricket ball half doubling as the spinnaker.
Prizemoney for the tournament was $3000 for winning and $1500 for losing in the group stage, $10 000 for finishing runners-up and $20 000 for winning the tournament, a total of $61 000.
Allan Border (captain), Glenn Bishop, David Boon, Simon Davis, Dean Jones, Craig McDermott, Ken MacLeay, Geoff Marsh, Greg Matthews, Simon O'Donnell, Bruce Reid, Steve Waugh, Mike Whitney, Tim Zoehrer
Viv Richards (captain), Winston Benjamin, Jeff Dujon, Joel Garner, Larry Gomes, Tony Gray, Gordon Greenidge, Roger Harper, Desmond Haynes, Michael Holding, Gus Logie, Malcolm Marshall, Richie Richardson, Courtney Walsh
- Pakistan v West Indies - 30 December 1986 (day/night)
- Australia v England - 1 January 1987 (day/night)
- Australia v Pakistan - 2 January 1987 (day/night)
- England v West Indies - 3 January 1987 (day)
- Australia v West Indies - 4 January 1987 (day)
- England v Pakistan - 5 January 1987 (day/night)
- England v Pakistan - 7 January 1987 (day)
Javed Miandad was named by Rod Marsh as the Benson and Hedges Challenge Champion (the name given to the Player of the Match in the Final) and was awarded an 18ct gold Longines Conquest watch, then valued at $15 000.
- Pakistan's shock win over the West Indies in the opening match of the Challenge
- Ian Botham hitting Australian fast-medium bowler Simon Davis for 26 runs in an over
- John Emburey catching Ken MacLeay at long-on overhead, one-handed and falling backwards. The catch was named as Channel Nine's Classic Catch of 1986-87
- Dean Jones scoring centuries on consecutive days against England and Pakistan
- Dean Jones and Steve Waugh adding 173 for the 4th wicket against Pakistan, then an Australian ODI 4th wicket record
- Asif Mujtaba guiding Pakistan from 6 for 129 to 9 for 274 against Australia
- England defeating a full-strength West Indies side to ensure an England-Pakistan final with two group matches to spare
- Gordon Greenidge scoring his first international century in Australia
The Challenge was England's second tournament victory of the 1986-87 Australian summer. They had retained The Ashes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 28 December 1986 and would go on to win the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup against Australia and the West Indies.