Five-time World Cup champions The Aussies have faced The Proteas just six times in the 12 editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup so far. The AUS v SA encounter has taken place across only four editions of the tournament.
AUS vs SA Head To Head All Time Records
|6-Jul-19||South Africa||10 runs||Manchester|
|25-Apr-07||Australia||7 wickets||Gros Islet|
|2/26/1992||South Africa||9 wickets||Sydney|
As we look into the AUS v SA head to head feature, the first encounter dates back to the 1992 World Cup. The Australian batsmen couldn't put up any show as they could manage to score only 170 losing nine wickets in their 49 overs (the game was shortened to 49 overs a side to rain). Kepler Wessels (81*), Andrew Hudson (28) and Gary Kirsten (49*) were more than enough to chase the total down as they won by 9 wickets.
It was really unfortunate for the Proteas that after such a resounding victory, they never won any other game against Australia in World Cups. They met for their second World Cup encounter in the Super Six stage of the 1999 World Cup. Australia chased down 272 in the last over of the match and won it by 5 wickets.
This match is known for the famous Steve Waugh quote, “You have just dropped the World Cup”, which he said to Herschelle Gibbs. Later, Waugh denied saying it. However, it turned out to be that way as Australia were crowned champions after they messed up the run-chase in the semi-finals.
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Coming to this mess up, the Proteas needed just one run to win the match in the last over and they managed to run themselves out. This ended the game in a tie and Australia progressed to the Finals of the tournament because of their rankings in the Super Six points table.
The AUS v SA rivalry continued in the 2007 World Cup as well. The Aussies posted a huge total of 377 in a league stage match and the South African batsmen fell short by 83 runs as they were bundled out for 294 in 48 overs.
The same batting unit once again failed against the Australian bowlers in the semi-final of the same tournament. This time, they were bowled out for a paltry 149 and they lost by 7 wickets inside 32 overs.
The last time they met was in the last league match of World Cup 2019, where South Africa surprised everyone defeating the the table toppers Australia by 10 runs despite not performing well in the entire tournament.
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The AUS v SA records are pretty much going the Australian way as they have lost only two against South Africa in World Cup cricket. The Highest Score belongs to Australia (377) and the Lowest Score belongs to the Proteas (149). The Biggest Victory in terms of runs goes to Australia (83) but the biggest victory in terms of wickets was managed by South Africa (9).
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