Cricket World Cup 2019: England’s record at the World Cup from 1975 to 2015

England have played in all of the previous editions of the World Cup reaching the finals three times and semi-finals two, but are still in wait for a World Cup trophy.

From 1975 to 1996, England enjoyed a good run in the event, but since 1996, they have failed to make it to the semi-final stage of the tournament.

Ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in England from May 30 to July 14, here s a recap of how past England teams have fared at the World Cup.


Prudential World Cup 1975

England hosted the first-ever men s World Cup consisting of eight teams and steamrolled their way to the semi-final with 202-run win over India, 80-run win over New Zealand and 196-run win over East Africa, before they ran in to Australia, losing by four wickets. England were bowled out for 93 in the semis courtesy Gary Gilmour s 6/14 and even though they had Australia under the pump at 39/6, Gilmour made 28 off 28 to take Australia to the final against West Indies.

Prudential World Cup 1979

England made it to the final of the 1979 World Cup in what was their one of the finest performances in the tournament. They started their campaign with six-wicket win over Australia and went on to remain unbeaten in the league stages with victories over Canada (eight wickets), Pakistan (14) runs. In the semi-final, they edged out New Zealand in a close encounter by nine runs with Graham Gooch scoring 71 off 84 balls.

In the final, England ran into a rampant West Indies side who posted 286/9 courtesy Sir Vivian Richards 138* off 157 balls and Collis King s 86 off 66 balls. England were all out for 194 with Joel Garner finishing with 5/38 as England lost eight wickets for just 11 runs.

Prudential World Cup 1983

This time hosting the event, England were up and running early with wins over New Zealand (106 runs), Sri Lanka (47 runs), Pakistan (eight wickets) before losing the return fixture to NZ by two wickets. They added two more victories in the group stages defeating Pakistan by seven wickets and Sri Lanka by nine wickets to qualify for the semi-final.

However, in the semis, the vastly experienced England side surrendered meekly to an upbeat Indian side led by Kapil Dev. England were bundled out of 213 in 60 overs, before India chased down the target in a comfortable manner with six wickets in hand and 32 balls left.

Reliance World Cup 1987

In the first World Cup to be held outside of England, they did pretty damn well to reach the final. England started off with a narrow two-wicket win over West Indies then went on to beat co-host Pakistan in Pakistan by 18 runs. over minnows Sri Lanka they registered a massive 108-run win before falling to Pakistan by seven wickets. Two more wins over West Indies (by 34 runs) and Sri Lanka (by eight wickets) paved way for the semi-final. In the semi-final Graham gooch s 115 and Eddie Hemmings 4/52 lead them to a 35-run win.

In the final, against Australia, England were on track to lift their maiden title with Bill Athey and skipper Mike Gatting adding 69 runs for the second wicket in chase of 254 to win, but Gatting attempted a reverse sweep off part-timer Allan Border to depart for 41 and despite Allan Lamb s 45 off 55, England lost by seven runs.

Benson & Hedges World Cup 1992

For the second time in a row England found themselves in the final of the World Cup and for the third time they failed to clear the final hurdle, this time losing to Pakistan. England won 5 of their 8 pool stage matches, with 1 no result, and easily qualified for the semi-final, despite a surprising lost to Zimbabwe in their final group match. In the semi-final theit got the better of South Africa in a rain interrupted match. Rain interrupted play before the last ball of the 43rd over. South Africa then required 22 runs off 13 balls for victory. With 2 overs lost due to rain, the target was reduced to 22 runs from only 1 ball. In the final, Imran Khan lead Pakistan to 249/6 with 72 off 110 balls and Javed Miandad s 58 off 98 balls. For England, only Neil Fairbrother fought hard with 62 off 70 balls as England were all out for 227 with Wasim Akram claiming 3/49 and Mushtaq Ahmed picking 3/41.

Wills World Cup 1996

England had a lacklustre campaign when the World Cup returned to the sub-continent for the second time. They lost three of their five group stage matches before falling to eventual winners Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals. They started their campaign with a loss to New Zealand by 11 runs before picking up a win against United Arab Emirates by eight wickets and 49-run win over Netherlands. They went on to beat South Africa by 78 runs, before falling to Pakistan by seven wickets. Yet, they made it to the quarter-finals before belligerent Sanath Jayasuriya (82 off 44 balls) made short work of England s total of 235/8 as Sri Lanka won by five wickets and nearly 9.2 overs remaining.

ICC World Cup 1999

For the first time in the history of the World cup, England failed to go past the group stages, that too at home. They lost only to South Africa and India while claiming wins over Sri Lanka, Kenya and Zimbabwe. But that was not enough as the Alec Stewart-led side had a disappointing campaign.

ICC World Cup 2003

England forfeited their first match against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe due to security concerns and led them to their second failure in the group stages despites wins over Pakistan, Namibia and Netherlands. They lost to India and Australia in their final two league matches by 82 runs and two wickets.

ICC World Cup 2007

England managed to make it out of the group stages in 2017, but with the format change in the Super 8 they managed to win only against Associate teams of Kenya, Bangladesh and Ireland, losing to Sri Lanka (by 2 runs), Australia (by seven wickets), South Africa (nine wickets). That lost to South Africa meant England were out of the race to qualify for the semi-finals and they finished their campaign with a one-wicket win over hosts West Indies, who are also already knocked out.

ICC World Cup 2011

England had a very up and down 2011 campaign with losses against Ireland and Bangladesh, but the andrew Strauss-led side tied a match against India and made it to the next stage. They notched up wins against South Africa and West Indies, but fell to Sri Lanka the quarters with Sri Lanka hammering England by ten wickets.

ICC World Cup 2015

England went in to the 2015 World Cup as one of the favorites but failed to notch up a single win over Test-playing nations. They managed wins over Scotland and Afghanistan, but lost to Australia (by 111 runs), New Zealand (by 8 wickets) and Sri Lanka (by nine wickets) and Bangladesh by (15 runs)