It’s that time again! With the Cricket World Cup now in the rearview mirror, the focus turns to Test match cricket as England and Australia go head-to-head in a battle for The Ashes. These two countries have been bitter rivals in multiple individual and team sports, so we’ve decided to take a look at the biggest clashes from years gone by.
Fred Perry v Jack Crawford
Back in 1933, Fred Perry took on Jack Crawford in an epic encounter in the US National Championships. Crawford was looking to claim a first grand slam after winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon title, however, Perry claimed a remarkable win over the Australian.
Greg Norman v Nick Faldo
Over an eight-year period, Australian Greg Norman and Englishman Nick Faldo played out one of the great golfing rivalries of all time. One of the two was ranked number one in the world during that time, with one of the best encounters coming at the 1996 Masters. Norman had a six-shot lead over Faldo at Augusta National, however, a crazy Sunday afternoon saw Faldo pip the Australian to take the green jacket.
2003 Rugby World Cup final
England became the first European side to lift the Rugby World Cup with a dramatic 20-17 win over Australia in 2003. The scores were level at 14-14 at full time, with Jonny Wilkinson’s late drop goal sealing World Cup glory for Clive Woodward’s side.
2005 Ashes series
The 2005 Ashes series between the two countries is regarded as one of the best sporting encounters of all time. England came out on top in the five-match series 2-1 to lift the urn for the first time since 1987.
Ricky Hatton v Kostya Tszyu
After a heated build-up, Ricky Hatton took on one of Australia’s greats in Kostya Tszyu back in 2005. The pair put on a classic in Manchester, with Hatton taking a shock win thanks to an 11th round stoppage.
Australia's Ashes whitewash
Australia have defeated England 5-0 in the Ashes series on three occasions. The first came back in 1920-21 and they repeated the historic feat in 2006-07 and in 2013-14.
Vicky Pendleton v Anna Meares
Two of the greatest sprint cyclists of all time were involved in a fierce rivalry on the track. The pair’s rivalry has been labelled as one of the greatest in cycling history, with both Vicky Pendleton and Anna Meares coming out on top over one another at major events.
Australia's Rugby League dominance
Australia and England have met in the Rugby league World Cup final on eight occasions. The Aussies have dominated the sport, winning the tournament 11 times compared to England’s three, with the latest triumph coming back in 2017.
England's dramatic commonwealth netball gold
England stunned Australia to take Netball gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Aussies were clear favourites heading into the final, however, Tracey Neville’s side claimed a 52-51 victory in the final second thanks to Helen Housby’s score.
England run riot at Trent Bridge
England broke the world record ODI score against their bitter rivals in 2018. Eoin Morgan’s side posted an incredible 481/6 off their 50 overs before bowling their opponents out for just 239. The result was also the biggest margin of victory ever recorded.
England dominate the World Cup semi-final
The semi-final of this year’s Cricket World Cup saw England take on Australia at Edgbaston and the home side simply dominated. Having won the toss, the Aussies were bowled out for 223. England’s opening batsmen then made 124 and despite both then getting out, an unbroken partnership of 79 between Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan saw the home side secure a dominant eight-wicket victory.
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