Australia became the first team to win three World Cups in a row in 2007. It was also only the second time that has happened with any of the modern world cups (the other time being Italy from 1946 to 1948). Australia beat Germany, then France on home soil to claim its third title.
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The Australians became the first team to win three World Cups and extended their tournament undefeated streak to 16 games. The West Indies hosted the ninth ODI World Cup. As a result, it was the first tournament of its kind to be held on all six inhabited continents. A number of firsts occurred throughout the competition. For example, Australia's Bob Simpson played in his 100th ODI, while Mike Proctor made his debut for England.
The Australians won the first match of the series by seven wickets, with Greg Chappell scoring an unbeaten century and Jeff Thomson taking 3/28. This was followed by two more wins by the same margin to claim the title. Glenn McGrath took 14 wickets across the three matches, while Justin Langer scored 466 runs at an average of 166. His two half-centuries tied him with Mark Taylor for most scores of 50 or more during the course of the tournament.
Australia began the tournament as strong contenders after winning the previous five ICC Cricket World Cups. However, they lost their opening match against India by nine wickets. Despite this setback, they still had a good chance of defending their title until the final match when they were defeated by England. The hosts earned their third world cup title via an overall score of 1-3 (1 match drawn, 3 losses).
India's loss came as a surprise since they were expected to dominate the tournament.
Australia Australia has various team records, including most victories, greatest win %, and most consecutive wins; they were unbeaten in the 2003 and 2007 Cricket World Cup campaigns. Unsuccessful performances are also documented. For example, Australia was knocked out of the 1995 Cricket World Cup early on account of rain delays that prevented further games being played.
England England has a number of cricket records, including most losses, lowest average, and longest losing streak. They were also eliminated in the first round of the 1975 Cricket World Cup due to lack of performance and form. However, they did reach the final of the 1987 Cricket World Cup by defeating the then-current world champion India.
India India has several cricket records, including highest individual score, largest winning margin, and most sixes hit in an innings. They have also been ranked #1 by the ICC as of 2016. The Indian team is considered one of the best in history, having won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, 2000 Cricket World Cup, and 2011 Cricket World Cup. They also lost only one match during their 1999 campaign.
Pakistan Pakistan has some team records, including highest individual score, most sixes scored in an inning, and most runs scored in a single hour. They were also the only team to defeat Australia during the 1973 Cricket World Cup.
Australia has won it twice, while England is the only country from the northern hemisphere to have won it once, in 2003. We've provided a brief history of each tournament below. The notion of a World Cup tournament had been floated several times during the twentieth century, but had always been rejected. It was not until 1999 that the International Rugby Board decided to hold an annual competition called the World Cup.
The first World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand over two months time. That initial tournament included four countries: Australia, France, Scotland and Wales. It was won by Australia who claimed their first victory after three attempts. The Kangaroos beat France (who had never lost before) at the final match of the group stage with some help from their friends down under: England and Scotland both achieved victories over foreign opponents (Ireland and Japan respectively).
In 2003, England became the first country from the northern hemisphere to win the World Cup when they defeated France 25-24 in the final at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The game was very close - it went into overtime for the second time that year - and it was also marked by some ugly incidents including a coin being thrown at the French captain and someone throwing urine on an English player. In fact, eight different players scored goals in the match as it reached its climax! After his team's success, Sir Clive Woodward, who was managing England at the time, said "It's absolutely fantastic.