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Cricket World Cup: Past ODI classics between old foes England and Australia

Cricket World Cup: Past ODI classics between old foes England and Australia
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England beat Australia 5-0 in their series last summer.

England meet Australia in a World Cup encounter on home soil on Tuesday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some classic one-day international meetings between the two countries.

England (234 for seven) beat Australia (233 for eight) by four wickets, Sydney, 1987

Cricket – England v West Indies – West Indies in England 1988 (2nd Test) Venue Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood
Allan Lamb was the matchwinner for England (PA Archives)

England batsman Allan Lamb was the hero after putting aside his scratchy form to smash 18 off the final over in the World Series Cup, a three-team mini-tournament involving West Indies, on enemy soil. The hosts had posted 233 but England, and Lamb in particular, were struggling needing 32 off the last three overs. The South African-born batsman entered the final over 59 not out having hit just one boundary but proceeded to smash Bruce Reid for a six, two fours and a couple of twos using Phil DeFreitas' bat – one he had borrowed from Lamb earlier in the tour – to win with a ball to spare.

Australia (253 for five) beat England (246 for eight) by seven runs, Kolkata, 1987

Cricket – Marylebone Cricket Club v Rest of the World XI – Rest of the World XI in England 1987 -Venue Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood
Mike Gatting's dismissal was costly for England (PA Archives)

A World Cup final memorable for Mike Gatting's reverse-sweep dismissal which turned the momentum Australia's way on their way to winning their first tournament. England's run-chase was going well at 135 for two when Gatting (41 off 44) opted to reverse occasional spinner Allan Border and top-edged the ball heading down the leg side up off his shoulder and into the wicketkeeper's gloves. The batting stuttered, losing five wickets for 65 runs, and ultimately fell short.

England (253 for six) beat Australia (252) by four wickets, Melbourne, 2007

Paul Collingwood's unbeaten century guided England to victory in Melbourne
Paul Collingwood's unbeaten century guided England to victory in Melbourne (Gareth Copley/PA)

An unbeaten century from Paul Collingwood put England, hammered 4-0 in the Ashes Test series Down Under, ahead in the best-of-three tri-series final. The Durham all-rounder, who produced a stunning catch and two run-outs in Australia's innings, arrived at the crease with his side 15 for three in the sixth over. His knock guided England to a position of needing 31 off 29 balls and fittingly he hit the winning runs with three deliveries remaining to finish 120no off 133 balls.

Australia (301 for nine) beat England (300 for eight) by one wicket, Brisbane, 2014

Another Test whitewash (5-0) left England looking for some ODI relief but there was to be none in this second match of a five-game series. Eoin Morgan's 106, 68 from Ian Bell and 49 from Jos Buttler helped the tourists to 300. Chris Jordan, Tim Bresnan and Joe Root all took two wickets as Australia slipped to 244 for nine with six overs remaining. However, last man Clint McKay hung on for 27 minutes, making two off nine balls, to allow James Faulker to complete a match-winning innings of 69no, including five sixes and three fours as the hosts won with three balls to spare.

England (208 for nine) beat Australia (205), Old Trafford, 2018

The last time the two sides met in a ODI was last summer's nail-biter in Manchester, where Jos Buttler's brilliant unbeaten century on his home ground edged England home to their first 5-0 one-day whitewash over Australia. Chasing a modest 206 the hosts slumped to 114 for eight when Adil Rashid (20) combined for 81 with Buttler. The leg-spinner was out with 11 required, Buttler hit the next ball for six to bring up his century and number 11 Jake Ball survived an Ashton Agar over to allow his team-mate to see his side home with nine balls to spare hitting 110no.

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