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CWC Memories: England v Australia

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Ahead of the England v Australia ODI series, we look at their meetings at the ICC Cricket World Cup

For over 140 years, England and Australia have been old foes in international cricket.

They’ve faced each other in 346 Test matches, 142 ODIs and in more recent times, 15 T20Is.

Seven of the 142 ODIs have come at the ICC Cricket World Cup and with their latest ODI series kicking off at the Oval tomorrow, we look back at those seven World Cup clashes. 

18 June 1975 (Leeds)
Australia won by four wickets 

A simply sensational spell of bowling from Gary Gilmour was the catalyst for Australia’s semi-final win over England in their first-ever men’s Cricket World Cup meeting in 1975.

Gilmour, playing in his first game at the tournament at the semi-final stage, finished with figures of 6/14 from 12 overs as he helped skittle the hosts for just 93.

There looked to be hope for England as they had Australia 39/6, only for Gilmour to prove the hero with the bat, too, scoring an unbeaten 28 to lead them to victory.

Australia’s Gary Gilmour takes 6-14 to win the World Cup Semi Final
ICC CWC 1975; England (93) v Australia (94-6). Australia won by 4 wickets

9 June 1979 (Lord’s)
England won by six wickets

England got their revenge at Lord’s four years later with a four-wicket win in the group stage of the 1979 World Cup.

Good bowling from the hosts helped restrict Australia to 159/9 from their 60 overs, before Graham Gooch (53) and captain Mike Brearley (44) got them to their target with 12.5 overs to spare.

8 November 1987 (Kolkata)
Australia won by seven runs

Their next meeting at the Cricket World Cup came on the biggest stage of all, the 1987 Final.

It was Australia who got one over their arch rivals and claimed their first men’s Cricket World Cup title in the process.

Australia, batting first, finished on 253/5 from 50 overs, thanks to 75 from Player of the Match, David Boon, and an unbeaten 45 from Mark Veletta.

Solid knocks from Gooch (35), Bill Athey (58), Mike Gatting (41) and Allan Lamb (45) put England in a good place in their chase.

However, following Gatting’s dismissal – famously trying to reverse-sweep Allan Border – wickets began to tumble and England fell seven runs short of their target.

Australia win their first ICC Cricket World Cup after Gatting goes cheaply
ICC CWC 1987; Australia (253-5) v England (246-8). Australia won by 7 runs

5 March 1992 (Sydney)
England won by eight wickets

A Sir Ian Botham-inspired England thrashed Australia by eight wickets when they met at the 1992 World Cup in Sydney.

Botham took 4/31 with the ball to help dismiss Australia for 171, before hitting 53 with the bat.

He was helped by 58 from fellow opener Gooch and 30* from Robin Smith as England made amends for their 1987 Final defeat.

Ian Botham
Ian Botham

2 March 2003 (Port Elizabeth)
Australia won by two wickets

Andy Bichel was Australia’s saviour with bat and ball when they met England in Port Elizabeth in 2003.

He dismissed seven England batsmen to finish with figures of 7/20 from 10 overs, the second-best figures in the tournament’s history, as England made 208/8.

Australia were struggling in reply at 135/8, only for Bichel (34* from 36) and perennial finisher Michael Bevan (74*) to perform a rescue act.

70 Days to Go, Andy Bichel #Magnificent7

8 April 2007 (Antigua)
Australia won by seven wickets

Despite a century from Kevin Pietersen, England fell to another World Cup defeat at the hands of Australia in 2007.

Pietersen’s innings of 104 from 122 balls helped England finish on 247 in Antigua.

In reply, 86 from captain Ricky Ponting and a half-century from Michael Clarke ensured victory for the world champions by seven wickets.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen

14 February 2015 (Melbourne)
Australia won by 111 runs

The old rivals’ most recent meeting at the Cricket World Cup came in Melbourne on Valentine’s Day 2015.

It was all Australia that day, as 135 from Aaron Finch and 5/33 from Mitchell Marsh subjected England to a 111-run defeat.

Australia finished their innings on 342/9 thanks to Finch’s innings and half-centuries from George Bailey (55) and Glenn Maxwell (66).

There was something for England to cheer about, however, as Steve Finn claimed a hat-trick in the final over.

In reply, James Taylor was left stranded at the crease on 98* as March’s five-for helped dismiss England for 231.

Man of the Match- Aaron Finch – AUS vs ENG
Man of the Match- Aaron Finch – AUS vs ENG

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