Australia will play arch-rivals England in the second semis of 2019 World Cup on Thursday. Australia have earlier beaten England in the league stage and would look to do an encore. Australia have a great record over England in the World Cup. The two teams have clashed 7 times in World Cup, with Australia winning it 6 times.
Cricwizz takes a look at the 7 matches England and Australia have faced each other in World Cup.
Australia beat England in 1975 World Cup semi-final
In the overcast conditions at Leeds, Australia chose to field and it paid off immediately. Gary Gilmour destroyed England top-order, reducing the opponent to 63/6. But England skipper Mike Denness staged a fightback with a knock of 27 but could not stop his team from being bowled out for 93. Gilmour took 6/14 in 12 overs with 6 maidens.
Australia did not have a great start either and were reduced to 39/6. But Gilmour could do no wrong that day and came up with a match-winning cameo of 28 not out to steer Australia to the final. Australia, however, lost the final to West Indies.
Australia beat England in 1987 World Cup final
Indian fans were expected an India-Pakistan final in this edition. But both the teams lost in the semis. Australia took on England in the final at Eden Gardens. Australia chose to bat and piled up a score of 253/5. David Boon scored 75, while Mike Veletta played 31-ball 45*.
However, England were up for the challenge. England skipper Mike Gatting and Bill Athey were leading the chase with a partnership of 69 for the third wicket. At 135/3, England looked in control and cruising.
Australian skipper Allan Border then brought himself to bowl the next over and then a Gatting’s brain fade gave the Aussies an opening.
Gatting looked for an audacious reverse sweep off the first ball of Border and just managed to nick it behind to keeper Greg Dyer. Although England kept the fight on till the end, they fell short by just 7 runs. Australia posted their maiden World Cup title.
England beat Australia by 8 wickets in 1992 World Cup
England were at their best in this edition. They defeated defending champions Australia comprehensively in 1992 WC. Australia were bowled out for 171 with Tom Moody top-scoring with 51. Ian Botham was the wrecker-in-chief, taking 4/31, including the prized wicket of Allan Border. Botham then scored 53 to help England chase down the target with 8 wickets to spare.
Australia beat England by 2 wickets in 2003 World Cup
This match is remembered for Andy Bichel’s all-round show. England were going great guns at 66/0 before first-change Bichel plotted England downfall with a haul of 7/20. England fell to 87/5 before a late-order surge saw them post 204/8.
Andy Caddick bowled the spell of his life, taking the top four Australian wickets and leaving them reeling at 4/48. At 135/8, Australia looked down and out before Bichel joined Michael Bevan in the middle.
The two played calculated cricket to take Australia across the finish line in the last over. Bevan made 74*, while Bichel scored 36-ball 34* to maintain Australia’s winning run in that World Cup.
Australia beat England by 7 wickets in 2007 World Cup
Kevin Pietersen was leading England batting in this clash. He and Ian Bell looked good to take England closer to 300. But Australia bounced back to take 3 wickets for 15 runs. England collapsed from 167/2 to 179/5 before settling for below-par 247. Pietersen made fighting 104.
Australia did not have to break much sweat as they chased down the target with 16 balls to spare. Ricky Ponting led from the front with a knock of 86 as Australia romped home with 7 wickets to spare.
Australia beat England by 111 runs in 2015 World Cup
In this World Cup clash, Aaron Finch slammed a brilliant ton to help Australia to a big total of 342/9. Finch cracked 135 off 128 balls with 12 fours and 3 sixes. He was supported well by lower-order batsmen George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell, who cracked a fifty each.
England were never in the race and had slumped to 92/6 before James Taylor launched a counterattack. However, he was left too much to do and remained not out on 98 as England folded for 231.
Australia beat England by 64 runs in 2019 World Cup
Led by Aaron Finch, Australia posted a competitive total of 285/7. Finch and David Warner posted 123-run stand for the opening wicket and looked good for a total above 300. But England pulled things back. Finch fell for 100. But the total of of 285/7 was adequate enough.
Australia reduced England to 53/4 before Ben Stokes made a spirited fightback with 89. However, Mitchell Starc bowled him with an out swinging Yorker to end England hopes. Jason Behrendorff took 5/44 in the match.