The West Indies ended with a 4-4 record, but were just one run behind Australia in terms of run rate. South Africa made a victorious comeback to international cricket in their debut match, defeating Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In its second game, South Africa again defeated Australia by eight wickets at the Adelaide Oval.
After that match, Australia and South Africa finished with the same number of points (6), but since Australia had scored more runs they qualified for the final round robin stage. The West Indies also reached this stage, but due to its lower run rate they were not able to overtake either country.
In its last game of the tournament, the West Indies lost to England by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Despite this loss, the West Indies still achieved its main goal - to qualify for the next ICC World Cup in 1996. During this tournament, the West Indies won two matches and lost three matches. They finished fourth out of five teams.
Their first win came in their opening match against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. After losing the first two games, India needed to beat the West Indies by eight wickets or more to remain in the competition. However, India failed to do so and thus lost its last match too.
The West Indies then moved into the quarter-finals where they were drawn against Pakistan.
The record held until March 12, 2006, when it was broken by both Australia and South Africa in the same match. It remained a World Cup record until India scored 413/5 against Bermuda in the 2007 edition.
This is the second highest score ever recorded in a Cricket World Cup match after Australia's 501/9 against England at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, in the 1986 tournament.
India's victory was also their biggest World Cup win. They had won only one match before this game - against New Zealand in 1973. The previous largest margin of victory was also by India, who beat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs back in 1987.
Bermuda played without several key players due to injuries or illness, including its captain John Young. Young was diagnosed with leukaemia two years earlier and died in January 2006. He was 42. In addition, three other members of the team were unable to play due to injuries - batsman David Boucher, fast bowler Simon Doull, and spinner Scott Styris.
However, all these factors didn't seem to bother India too much as they dominated the game from the start to finish with an imposing total of 413/5 declared on the board after they sent Bermuda into retirement early with the help of some tight bowling and some good batting.
The West Indies prevailed by 17 runs to win their first title. The West Indies qualified for the knockout stages by finishing top in Group B. The team defeated Australia, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in all three matches.
On June 21, 1975, Australia faced the West Indies at Lord's. West Indies defeated Australia by 17 runs (WI 291/8; Aus 274).
First World Cup Record 1. Australia's first team record was 2 in the 1975 Cricket World Cup. In the 1979 World Cup, Australia finished third. 4 The 1983 World Cup triumph for Australia 5. Australia's World Cup victory in 1987 Australia finished sixth in the 1992 World Cup. Australia finished seventh in the 1996 World Cup. Australia finished eighth in the 1999 World Cup. Australia failed to qualify for the 2003 World Cup.
Second World Cup Record 6. Australia's second team recorded one win in the 1986 Cricket World Cup when they defeated England by seven wickets at Lord's. 7 The 1999 World Cup winning team included six players who had appeared for Australia before them: Michael Vaughan, Marcus North, Adam Gilchrist, Justin Langer, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh. Three of these players (Vaughan, Gilchrist and Langer) went on to captain Australia.
Third World Cup Record 9. Australia's third team also won a match in the 1985 World Cup when they beat South Africa by five runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground. 10 Australia's third team failed to win any further matches during the 1987 World Cup. They were eliminated from the tournament after losing their first two matches.
Fourth World Cup Record 11. Australia's fourth team also lost its only match in the 1995 World Cup when they were defeated by India by an innings and 85 runs. 12 The 1997 World Cup squad included four players who went on to play Test cricket for Australia: Jason Gillespie, Damien Fleming, Craig McDermott and Glenn McGrath.
Despite Les Ames' century, England was defeated by an innings and 161 runs—the West Indies had achieved their first Test series triumph. In 1939, the West Indies toured England. They returned home with a 1-1 draw. The first Test was abandoned after two days because of rain. In the second match at Edgbaston, England won by an innings and 196 runs to claim their first Test victory over the West Indies.
The West Indies won the next two matches too, but that was enough for England to take the series 2-1. Basil D'Oliveira made his debut in this series. He went on to become one of the best batsmen in world cricket during the 1960s and '70s. After retirement, he became a successful coach and manager. His son Gordon also played Test cricket for South Africa.
The West Indies won their first Test series in India in 1974-75. This was followed by another series victory in Australia in 1977-78. The West Indies last won a five-match series in 1986-87, when they defeated Pakistan on the back of Brian Lara's brilliant batting performance. Since then, they have not been able to produce such high-quality batting and have never managed to retain their form over a long period of time.
The Australian cricket team has played 939 One-Day International (ODI) matches, winning 572, losing 324, tying 9, and 34 ending in a draw. Australia is rated third in the ICC One-Day International Championship with 113 rating points as of July 2019, having been ranked first for 141 of the 185 months since its inception in 2002.
In ODI cricket, the term "match" is used to describe a completed game, which should result in either a victory or a defeat for one of the teams. In an international match, which is any ODI match that is not part of the World Cup year, each team is allowed a maximum of 15 players, including a minimum of three wicketkeepers and six bowlers. A player can be dismissed during batting or bowling innings for any reason other than loss of life.
An individual player can accumulate a large number of matches if he/she plays for several different countries over a long period of time. For example, Steve Smith has played 99 matches for Australia and was recently named captain of the country's national team. Alastair Cook has played 87 matches for England and was also recently named captain of his country. In contrast, Andrew Symonds played only four matches for Australia before retiring from international cricket, while Michael Vaughan retired after playing only seven matches for England.