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Australia vs England – The rivalry that Rules Cricket

If you are a cricket fan, then Fantasy Cricket League would be an exciting game to participate in. Fantasy Cricket is an online game where a team of real cricket players is selected virtually. You will be able to score points in the fantasy cricket app as per the performance of the selected players in the real matches. You have to be at the top of the leaderboard to win the tournament.

Fantasy Cricket League has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. It is not easy to win in fantasy cricket. You need to be aware of all the recent changes being made in the team as well as the form of the players before selecting them. You have to go through the statistics to do well in the game.

Fantasy Cricket League is played on several fantasy cricket app and fantasy cricket sites. Many youngsters, as well as adults, take part in the fantasy cricket game. It is easy to play fantasy cricket and win cash daily. Fantasy Cricket is a strategy game all about selecting the perfect team with the best bowlers and batsmen.

How to play Fantasy Cricket?

Fantasy Cricket game is based on bowling and batting orders. Even a small change in any of the orders could create a huge impact on the game. The concept of fantasy cricket is to select a team of 11 players and 3 substitutes. In some fantasy cricket websites, the selection is limited to 5 batsmen, 3 bowlers, 2 all-rounders, and 1 wicket-keeper. This pattern is not present on all the fantasy cricket sites. 

Fantasy Cricket can be played on all three international formats of cricket, namely ODIs, Test cricket, and T20s. 

History of Australia-England Rivalry

There have been several encounters between Australia and England in the history of cricket. Let us have a look at some of the spicy rivalry matches between both the teams.

1975 – ICC World Cup Semi-final

This was the first meeting of the Australia cricket team and England cricket team in a world tournament. Australian cricket players had put up a great performance. Gary Gilmour displayed his bowling skills and sent back the top batting order of England to the pavilion. His figures at the end of the match were 6/14. England team got bundled for 93. Australia was tottering back at 39/6. Gary Gilmour scored an unbeaten 28 and offered an amazing all-round performance due to which Australia cricket team was in the finals.  

1987 – World Cup Series

England’s middle-order had failed. Allan Lamb and Phil DeFreitas were on the crease with 32 runs needed off the last 3 overs. Then the runs came down to 17 off the final over. Australia cricket team thought that they had won this game as Allan Lamb had not hit any fours. Allan Lamb took Phil DeFreitas bat and gave the reason that his bat was ridiculous as he wasn’t able to hit any boundaries with it. Allan Lamb hit 18 runs in the last over of Bruce Reid – 2, 4,6,2,4, and had one ball to spare. 

1993 – Second ODI

This was the match that summed up all the gaps between both the teams in the early 1990s. England cricket team was in a poor form except for Robin Smith, who played the best innings of his life by scoring 167* form 163 balls. No other players from the England team managed to support him well. The final total of England was 277. It was a comfortable win for the Australia cricket team due to Mark Waugh (113) and Alan Border (86*), with nine balls remaining.  

2003 – ICC World Cup Group Stage

This was the deciding match for England. The England cricket team had to win against Australia to qualify for the next stage. England’s team led by Naseer Hussain was in the conquering position with Australia’s 8 wickets down and still 73 runs remaining. Andy Bichel came to bat who had taken 7 wickets for 20 runs earlier. He joined Michael Bevan, the master run-chaser, in putting up an unbeatable partnership. Bevan hit the winning runs with 2 balls remaining.  

2004 – ICC Champions Trophy Semi-final

England cricket team had put up an excellent show for the crowd with their bowling as well as batting performance. England captain Michael Vaughan scored a classy 86, and Andrew Strauss scored unbeaten 52. England cricket team was able to put up a good fight against the Australian cricket players. England won by six wickets against Australia and had the chance to win the ICC Champions Trophy. Their dreams were shattered as they lost the finals against West Indies. 

2005 – Third ODI

Australian cricket players managed to put up a mighty score of 253. England cricket team had stuttered to 160/6, after which Kevin Pietersen came out to bat. He scored a stunning knock of 91* off 65 balls against the fast bowlers of Australia cricket team. England won the match by three wickets due to the brilliant knock by Kevin Pietersen. 

2007 – One-Day Series Final

England had lost the test series against Australia, and it was also seen tough for them in the one-day series that followed. England cricket team was back in form after defeating New Zealand in the semi-finals. Paul Collingwood scored unbeaten 120 in the run-chase against the Australian cricket players. England got the taste of victory by defeating Australia by 4 wickets at the end of the harrowing tour. 

2014 – Second ODI

England cricket team was eager for this match after test-series whitewash. Australia’s cricket team was not ready to accept it. England cricket team put up 300 on the scoreboard with a brilliant knock of 106 by Eoin Morgan. England was able to reduce Australia for 244-9, which seemed like a game over for Australia. But James Faulkner came out to bat with Clint Mckay, and Faulkner hit the winning runs in the last over to get Australia to victory. 

Ashes Series

‘The Ashes’ series was born in 1882 between Australia and England, where both the teams battle for a tiny six inches perfume jar that is 135 years old. Since 1882, both the teams have pledged to play this gentlemanly series every four years. Ashes is a 5-match test series between Australia cricket team and the England cricket team. 

Australia didn’t lose a single ashes series between 1989 and 2002-03. This was a complete sweep where Australia won eight consecutive times in Ashes. The credit for these wins goes to some of the best Australian cricket players such as Mark Taylor, Ricky Ponting, the Waugh Twins, Allan Border, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Mathew Hayden, and Adam Gilchrist. 

England cricket team squared the ledger by winning 5 series of the last 7. The credit for these victories goes to Andrew Flintoff and Michael Vaughan. The credit also goes to Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson, whom the Australian cricket players find unplayable in the English conditions. 

Important Events for Australia-England Cricket

The most important event for Australia and England is the Ashes Series. It is a test cricket series that is played between Australia and England since 1882. The Ashes series is held by the team that has won the test series most recently. The trophy is retained by the team that had won it if the series is drawn.

Australia cricket team and England cricket team have been playing the Ashes series since 1882 after every 4 years. The team that wins the series takes the Ashes cup home. From 1989 to 2002-03, Australia had won 8 consecutive times and kept hold of the Ashes cup for the entire time. 

The most significant event for Australia and England is the Ashes Series other than the ODIs and World Cup Series. 

Notable Players of Australia Cricket Team

Sir Donald Bradman
He was known to be the greatest batsmen of all time. Bradman had a batting average of 99.94 in test cricket, which is known to be the biggest achievement in cricket. The highest score of Don Bradman was 334.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting was very famous for his pull-shots. No other player was able to time the ball so well when it comes to pull-shots. Once, the centuries of Ricky Ponting was compared with Sachin Tendulkar centuries as Ponting had scored 71 centuries together in test and ODIs.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne is famous as the spin king. It was very difficult for every batsman to understand his deliveries. He had surpassed 1000 wickets together in tests and ODIs.

Notable Players in England Cricket Team

Kevin Pietersen
He was a gifted batsman in the England cricket team. Kevin has scored 8181 runs in tests, 4440 runs in ODIs, and 1176 runs in T20s.

Sir Ian Botham
He was the best all-rounder for England cricket team in the Ashes. He had scored 5200 runs in tests, and 2113 runs in ODIs. Sir Ian Botham took 383 wickets in tests and 145 wickets in ODIs.

James Anderson
James Anderson has shown impeccable bowling skills for the England cricket team. He has taken 506 wickets in tests and 269 wickets in ODIs.

Highlights about recent matches for Australia and England

Australia

The most recent match for the Australia cricket team was the 1st Test against New Zealand. It is a 3-match test series in which Australia is leading by 1-0. Before playing against New Zealand, Australia played 3-match T20 series and 2-match Test series against Pakistan. Australia won the T20 series by 2-0 and the Test series by 2-0 against Pakistan.

England

The most recent match for the England cricket team was the 2nd Test against New Zealand. It was a 2-match test series in which New Zealand won by 1-0. Before playing the Test series, England played a 5-match T20 series against New Zealand in which England cricket team won by 3-2.

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