The Australian team is one of the most dominant forces in international cricket. The country's vivid cricket culture along with the torrential talent it possesses has turned it into a cricket powerhouse. The Australian team is the only team to have won the Cricket World Cup five times. Here is a throwback to the World Cup final of 1987 where Australia grabbed the first trophy of the five that they were about to end up with.
It was November 8, 1987 and the Eden Gardens in Kolkata made the stage for Ashes archrivals England and Australia to clash in the Reliance World Cup Final. Australian captain Allan Border won the toss and chose to bat first. David Boon opened the innings beautifully to hold the team together as he scored 75 runs. Geoff Marsh, Dean Jones, Allan Border and Mike Veletta chipped in with runs to get Australia to a decent total of 253 in their 50 overs.
England came out to bat, looking to win their first-ever World Cup but the Australian bowlers were in no mood to let that happen. England got a very decent start as Graham Gooch and Bill Athey solidified the innings with captain Mike Gatting contributing with 41 runs. It was a downward spiral from there for the English as only Allan Lamb held his end of the wicket with the remaining batsmen falling cheaply. Led by Steve Waugh and Allan Border's two wickets each, Australia managed to contain the England batters inside Australia's total. England ended their 50 overs at 246/8 and Australia won its first World Cup. David Boon was adjudged the Player-of-the-Match because of his innings-defining 75 at the top of the order.
This was only the first World Cup the Australian team won. The 2000s were going to be an even brighter time for the team as it won three World Cups in a row. The streak started in the 1999 World Cup and lasted until the 2007 World Cup. One of the greatest teams of all-time, these teams included legends like Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden and many more iconic players. Under Michael Clarke's leadership, the team captured another World Cup in 2015.