Australia Vs England rivalry in World Cup is 6 match old, playing all matches in 6 different editions before 2015 World Cup. England won two matches, both at group stage, in 1979 and 1992. Australia has won a Final (1987), a semifinal (1975), a Super Eight (2007) and a group match. Except the 1992 and 2007 World Cup, when they met last, matches other four have been very close, so close that in 1975 it appeared England may save even their 93 runs. Check the details of their six meetings in the last 10 editions of ODI World Cup.
Past Meetings In World Cup Editions
1975: Aus won the Semifinal
1979: Eng Won the Group match
1987: Aus won the Final
1992: England won the Group Match
2003: Australia won the Group Match
2007: Australia won the Super Eights match
1983, 1996, 1999, 2011: Did Not Meet
Match 1: 1975 Semifinal: Australia def England by 4 wickets
A thrilling low scoring match where sent to bat first England could not cross 100 runs, but they ensured Australia sweat too. Australians were 6/39 from where Doug Walters (20) and Gary Gilmour (28* run a ball) helped them reached the final.
- Scores: Eng 93, Aus 94/6
Big Partnerships: 54* 7th Walters, Gilmour
Match turners: Gary Gilmour with ball and bat
Best bowling: 6/14 in 12 overs by Gilmour, 3/22 by Max walker for Aus, 3/29 by Old and 2/30 by Snow for England.
run outs: None
MOM: Gary Gilmour
Facts: Below 100 scores, best bowling of World Cup
Match 2: 1979 Group A: Eng def Aus by 6 wkts
- MOM: Graham Gooch
Score: Aus 159/9, Eng 160/4
High Scores: Gooch 53
Best Bowling: 2/15 Geoff Boycottt
100+ Partnership: 108 3rd Brearley, Gooch
Match 3: 1987 Final: Australia def England by 7 runs
A closely fought match where English batsmen just fell short by 7 runs as David Boon’s 75 and good support from Australian middle order kept the English batsmen at bay. Athey scored 58, Captain Gatting 41 and Lamb 45, but rest failed to score against Simon O’Donnell (1/35), Border (2/38), Steve Waugh (2/37). There was no century partnership, but Australians had two partnerships 0f 75 and 76, respectively for 1st and 2nd wicket.
- MOM: David Boon
Score: Aus 253/5, Eng 246/8
Match 4: Group: 1992 Eng def Aus by 8 wkts
Defending Champion Australia was the host. But Ian Botham (4/31) adapted better as except opener Tom Moody’s 51 no other Australian could score. Chasing the small total, Botham (53) started the English Chase with captain Gooch (58) and added 107 runs for 1st wicket. After that the formality was completed by Robin Smith (30*) and Graeme Hick (7*). For Australia, McDermott (0/29) and Whitney (1/28) tried but they had not much to defend as England won with 55 balls remaining.
- MOM: Ian Botham
Score: Aus 171, Eng 173/2
Match 5: 2003 Group: Aus def Eng by 2 wkts
In the match dominated by bowlers from both sides, Michael Bevan, one of the greatest finisher in ODI history, took Australia home with 2 balls remaining. Exceptional devastation of 7/20 in 10 overs by Andy Bichel saw England scoring only 204/8 with Alec Stewart (46) and Flintoff (45) being the top scorer.
In reply, Australians were in trouble as Caddick’s (4/35) spell left them at 4/48. Lehmann (37) tried to stay with Bevan (74*), but his wicket saw another quick flow of wickets as Australia reached 135/8. But, Bichel was the man of the day as his quick fire 36-ball unbeaten 34 runs helped Bevan add unbeaten 73* runs for the 9th wicket and Australia won with 2 balls remaining.
- MOM: Andy Bichel
Score: Eng 204/8 Aus 208/8
Match 6: 2007 Super Eights: Australia won by 7 wickets
England lost to Australia in the Super Eights and failed to reach the Semifinals, while Australia went on to complete the rare hattrick of World Cup wins. Decision to bat first backfired as England saw a complete collapse. Even the partnership of 140 runs for 3rd wicket between opener Ian Bell (77) and Kevin Pietersen (104) could take them only to 247. Bracken (3/33), Shaun Tait (3/41) and McGrath (3/62) were responsible for the collapse.
While chasing, Australians won with 16 balls remaining with 112 runs 3rd wicket partnership from Captain Ponting (86) and Clarke (55*). Flintoff (1/35) tried, but could not get much help from other bowlers.
- MOM: Shaun Tait
Score: England 247 (49.5/50 ov); Australia 248/3 (16 balls remaining)