The 1975 Cricket World Cup was played from 7th June to 21st June 1975 in England. 8 nations took part in this championship and were divided into 2 groups A and B. Australia was placed in Group B along with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies. This cup was finally won by the West Indies.
Group match against Pakistan
Australia played its first match of the 1975 Cricket World Cup against Pakistan on 7th June 1975. The venue of this match was the Headingly Stadium in Leeds. Australia won the toss and decided to bat. Alan Turner scored 46 runs, Greg Chappell scored 45 runs while Ross Edwards was unbeaten on 80 in 94 deliveries. Naseer Malik from Pakistan took 2 wickets for 37 runs in 12 overs. In 60 overs, Australia scored 278 runs for 7 wickets. In reply, Pakistan was all out for 205 runs in 53 overs. Majid Khan scored 65, Asif Iqbal scored 53 and Wasim Raja 31. Dennis Lillee took 5 wickets for 34 runs and was named Man of the Match. Australia won the match by 73 runs.
Group match against Sri Lanka
Australia’s second match was against Sri Lanka on 11 June 1975. The venue for this match was the Oval in London. Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field. In 60 overs, Australia scored 328 runs for 5 wickets. Alan Turner scored 101, Rick McCosker scored 73, Doug Walters scored 59 while Greg Chappell scored 50. Alan Turner and Rick McCosker made a partnership of 182 runs for the 1st wicket which became a World Cup record. In reply, Sri Lanka scored 276 runs for 4 wickets in 60 overs. Michael Tissera scored 52 and Sunil Wettimuny was retired hurt on 53. The Man of the Match was Alan Turner. Australia won the match by 52 runs. >
Group match against West Indies
Australia’s third match was against West Indies on 14 June 1975. The venue for this match was the Oval in London. West Indies won the toss and put Australia to bat. At one stage, Australia was 5 wickets for 61 runs but recovered to 6 wickets for 160 runs. In 53.4 overs, Australia was all out for 192. Ross Edwards made 58 while Rod Marsh was unbeaten on 52. Andy Roberts took 3 wickets for 39 runs. West Indies scored 195 runs for 3 wickets in 46 overs. Roy Fredericks scored 58 while Alvin Kallicharan top scored with 78 and was chosen as the Man of the Match. West Indies won the match by 7 wickets.
Semi-final against England
Australia played its semi-final match against England on 18 June 1975. The venue of this match was the Headingley Stadium in Leeds. Australia won the toss and decided to field. England was all out for 93 in 36.2 overs. Mike Denness and Geoff Arnold were the only batsman to reach double figures. Gary Gilmour took 6 wickets for 14 runs while Max Walker took 3 wickets for 22 runs. Australia recovered from 6 wickets for 39 runs to 6 wickets for 94 runs in 28.4 overs. Doug Walters was unbeaten on 20 and Gary Gilmour was unbeaten on 28. Due to an all-round performance, Gilmour was chosen as Man of the Match. Australia won the match by 4 wickets.
Final against West Indies
The final match of the 1975 Cricket World Cup was played between Australia and West Indies at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Australia won the toss and decided to field. In 60 overs, West Indies scored 291 runs for 8 wickets, with Clive Lloyd top scoring with 102 in 85 deliveries. Gilmour took 4 wickets for 48 runs. In reply, Australia was all out for 274 in 58.4 overs. Ian Chappell top scored with 62 and Keith Boyce took 4 wickets for 50 runs. Clive Lloyd was declared as Man of the Match. West Indies won the match by 17 runs.