England vs Australia Rivalry: The Ashes rivalry is the second most intense and thrilling rivalry in cricket after India-Pakistan. The rivalry is set to take center-stage yet again in the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. England and Australia are ready to take on each other at Edgbaston on Thursday.
This rivalry dates long back in history. The World Cup history tells that Australia has the advantage against England. Australia are five-times World Cup champions and England are still awaiting their maiden title.
England vs Australia Rivalry: The home conditions can suit England and especially, the ground, where England have won their last two games handsomely. However, there is something different about an England-Australia game.
They both played in the group stages where Australia win the game by 64 runs despite Stokes’ brilliance. Australia was dominant and both their departments clicked to put England in trouble.
Australia and England have played 8 games against each other in World Cups. Australia have won 6, while England have won just 2. Australia are unbeaten in the last 4 matches against England. Last time England beat Australia in a World Cup game was back in 1992 Australia and England played each other for the first time in 1975 where Australia beat England by 4 wickets England delivered revenge to Australia with a 6 wicket win in the 1979 edition of the World Cup.
In 1987, Australia-England played a close encounter, but Australia held their nerve to win the match by 7 runs, and win their maiden World Cup title In the 1992 World Cup, which was played in Australia, England defeated Australia by 8 wickets. England ended up as the runner-up at the World Cup.
The arch-rivals met again in the 2003 World Cup and Australia clinched a victory by 2 wickets in a close encounter. They met again in 2007 and this time Australia was more clinical and won the game by 7 wickets.
In 2015, Australia came out on top and beat England by a huge margin of 111 runs. Finch scored a hundred in this game.
The last meeting was at Lord’s in this edition of the World Cup where Australia beat England by 64 runs.
They say numbers don’t lie, but well, they do sometimes. Expect this game to be a cracker!