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Australia dominate the history books

Australia have an outstanding history in the Cricket World Cup. In the 12 held so far, they have won the tournament on five occasions – including three consecutive wins between 1999-2007. However, they have struggled for form of late which provides a huge opportunity for the other contenders.

Sri Lanka became the first host to win the Cricket World Cup in 1996, an achievement which India matched in 2011, Australia in 2015 and most recently England in 2019.

Star players of the Cricket World Cup

The previous player of the tournament winners, shown in the table below, is full of legendary names who have lit the Cricket World Cup alight over the years. No player has won this prestigious award more than once.

The World Cup in 2019 featured many proven match winners with each competing side having star players, but it was Kane Williamson who wrote himself into the history books.

Previous winners of the Cricket World Cup

Year

Winner

Runner Up

Host Nation(s)

1975

West Indies

Australia

England

1979

West Indies

England

England

1983

India

West Indies

England

1987

Australia

England

India, Pakistan

1992

Pakistan

England

Australia, New Zealand

1996

Sri Lanka

Australia

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

1999

Australia

Pakistan

England, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands

2003

Australia

India

Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe

2007

Australia

Sri Lanka

West Indies

2011

India

Sri Lanka

Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka

2015

Australia

New Zealand

Australia, New Zealand

2019

England

New Zealand

England

Previous player of the tournament

Year

Player

Nationality

Stats

1992

Martin Crowe

New Zealand

456 runs

1996

Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka

221 runs and 7 wickets

1999

Lance Klusener

South Africa

281 runs and 17 wickets

2003

Sachin Tendulkar

India

673 runs

2007

Glenn McGrath

Australia

26 wickets

2011

Yuvraj Singh

India

362 runs and 15 wickets

2019

Kane Williamson

New Zealand

578 runs