England and Australia meet in a World Cup group clash at Lord’s today with plenty riding on it — especially for the stumbling hosts.
It will be the eighth time the old rivals have faced off in World Cup fixtures, with Australia having won five of the previous seven meetings between the arch-rivals.
HEADINGLEY 1975: GILMOUR’S GREAT DAY
England 93 (Gilmour 6-14) v Australia 94-6 Australia won by 4 wickets
Gary Gilmour took six for 14 as England were bundled out for just 93 in a sensational semi-final during the inaugural World Cup.
The left-arm paceman’s work was far from finished, with Australia 39-6 when he came in to bat. But Gilmour’s 28 not out helped see Australia into the final.
LORD’S 1979: BOYCOTT’S DOUBLE STRIKE
Australia 159-9 v England 160-4 (Gooch 53) England won by 6 wickets
An Australia side weakened by the absence of its World Series Cricket ‘rebels’ were held to 159-9 as Geoffrey Boycott, best known as an opening batsman, took 2-15 with his medium-pacers while bowling in a cap.
KOLKATA 1987: GATTING’S REVERSE HELPS AUSTRALIA WIN FINAL
Australia 253-5 (Boon 75) v England 246-8 (Athey 58) Australia won by 7 runs
England were making steady progress chasing their target, at 135-2 in the final, when captain Mike Gatting tried to reverse sweep opposing skipper Allan Border’s occasional left-arm spin, only to be caught behind off a top edge for 41. The innings then fell away as Australia won their first World Cup.
SCG 1992: BOTHAM DOWNS THE AUSSIES AGAIN
Australia 171 (Moody 51; Botham 4-31) v England 173-2 (Gooch 58, Botham 53) England won by 8 wickets
Ian Botham reserved many of his best performances for Australia and the England great produced another fine all-round display in this match, taking four wickets and following up with a fifty at the top of the order.
PORT ELIZABETH 2003: BICHEL’S MATCH
England 204-8 (Bichel 7-20) v Australia 208-8 (Bevan 74 no) Australia won by 2 wickets
Andy Bichel was not a regular in the Australia side but he seized his chance this day with a stunning 7-20 in South Africa.
Even so, Australia were on the brink of defeat at 135-8, only for renowned ‘finisher’ Michael Bevan (74 not out) and Bichel (34 not out) to share an unbroken stand that saw them win with two balls to spare.
NORTH SOUND 2007: AUSTRALIA QUICKS IN THE WICKETS
England 247 (Pietersen 104, Bell 77; Bracken 3-33, Tait 3-41, McGrath 3-62) v Australia 248-3 (Ponting 86, Clarke 55 no) Australia won by 7 wickets
England were well set at 164-2 but wickets fell steadily after Glenn McGrath dismissed Ian Bell despite a hundred from Kevin Pietersen.
Ricky Ponting (86) and Michael Clarke (55 not out) were then in the runs as Australia won comfortably.
MELBOURNE 2015: FINCH RUNS RIOT
Australia 342-9 (Finch 135, Maxwell 66, Bailey 55; Finn 5-71) v England 231 (Taylor 98 no; Marsh 5-33) Australia won by 111 runs
Aaron Finch hit a century on his home ground as Australia opened their campaign in style.
England’s crushing defeat was made worse when James Taylor was denied a hundred on World Cup debut hundred after an umpiring error saw James Anderson run out when the ball should have been dead during a review.
London 2019: Finch and Behrendorff-Starc combined powers Australia
Aaron Finch loves playing against England in a World Cup fixture, doesn’t he? David Warner and Aaron Finch put 123 on scoreboard for the 1st wicket. Usman Khawaja was the next one to depart as Australia found themselves on 173 for 2.
Wickets started falling at regular intervals and Australia were bundled over for 285 in 50 overs. In reply, England were taken aback by the sheer pace of Australian bowlers and were 53/4. Ben Stokes steadied the ship but wickets kept tumbling and England could never got hold of the game.
A 5-fer for Jason Behrendorff and 4-fer for Mitchell Starc meant a convincing victory for Australia as they won by 64 runs.
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