Mega World Cup clash: England v Australia

Eoin Morgan (AP)
Eoin Morgan (AP)

London - England and Australia meet in a Cricket World Cup group clash at Lord's on Tuesday, with the home side looking to bounce back from their surprise 20-run loss to Sri Lanka.

History is against them, however, with Australia having won five of the previous seven World Cup encounters between the arch-rivals.

A look back at those encounters:

1975: Gilmour's great day

Headingley: 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.

1979: Boycott's double strike

Lord's: 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.

1987: Gatting's reverse helps Australia win final

Kolkata: 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.

1992: Botham downs the Aussies again

Sydney: 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.

2003: Bichel's match

Port Elizabeth: 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.

2007: Australia quicks in the wickets

North Sound: 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.

2015: Finch runs riot

Melbourne: 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.

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