New Delhi: World Cup defending champions Australia will be looking to defeat arch-rivals England in the semi-final and continue their winning streak in the penultimate match of the ICC tournament.
West Indies and Australia have dominated the cricketing world since the World Cup started in 1975. Australia have maintained their unbeatable record in semi-finals since that year, though they won their first trophy in 1987 under the captainship of Sir Allan Border.
Australia's record in men's World cup semi-finals:
1975 – ✅
1987 – ✅
1996 – ✅
1999 – 🤝
2003 – ✅
2007 – ✅
2015 – ✅
2019 – ❓
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 11, 2019
Australia have qualified for semi-finals on seven occasions prior to this World Cup, and have won every time, with the exception of 1999.
In 1999, the Kangaroos had defeated South Africa in the league stage and qualified for the semi-finals, only to again meet the Proteas in the knockout round. The match was tied between the two teams, but Australia proceed to the finale with a better points tally.
Later, the Australians captured the cricketing world with their super dominance and went on to win three consecutive World Cups (1999, 2003, 2007) and today, hold five titles under their belt.
Meanwhile, competitor England, who are touted to have invented the game, have never won the World Cup. This year’s favourite and host, England reached the semi-finals post defeating India in a crucial encounter in the league stage.
A battle of prestige, the two Ashes-playing sides will be looking to win the match and lock horns with New Zealand in the finals.
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