ICC Champions Trophy 2004

2004 - England

Winner: West Indies

The 2004 ICC Champions Trophy was held in England in September 2004. Twelve teams, including the 10 Full Members, together with Kenya, and - making their One Day International debut - the USA, competed in fifteen matches spread over sixteen days at three venues - Edgbaston, The Rose Bowl and The Oval.

The ICC Champions Trophy was won by the West Indies in front of a sell-out Oval crowd. Ramnaresh Sarwan was named the player of the tournament.

The format followed was similar to the previous edition. The teams were split into four pools of three teams each. Each team played the other two teams in its pool once, and the four teams that lead in each pool proceeded to the semi-finals. The pool structure was as follows:

  • Pool A: Australia, New Zealand, United States
  • Pool B: South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh
  • Pool C: Pakistan, India, Kenya
  • Pool D: Sri Lanka, England, Zimbabwe

The first semi-final was played between the hosts England and the world champions Australia. Michael Vaughan missed out on a maiden ODI century, but his classy 86, to go with his 2 for 42 with the ball, formed the backbone of England's innings as they romped to a six-wicket victory against Australia and booked a place in the final. The skipper, along with Marcus Trescothick (81) and Andrew Strauss (52), sealed the fate of Australia as they compiled 262 runs in response to Australia's 259. With this win, they ended Australia's 14-match winning streak, dating back to January 1999.

Pakistan, after a thrilling victory over arch-rivals India and crushing Kenya in the pool matches, looked all set for a sure victory over West Indies in the next semi-final at the Rose Bowl. The real answer, as it turns out, is that in this game there is no such thing as a sure thing. Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq chose to bat first on a pitch renowned for favoring the chasing team and had to pay a heavy price when West Indies beat Pakistan by seven wickets. The low-scoring match saw Pakistan being choked for just 131. A gusty half-century by vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan took his team home to book their place in the final.

A valiant century by Marcus Trescothick in the final went in vain as West Indies proved that victory belonged to the side who wanted it the most. For a shell-shocked England, still heady from their efforts against Australia, it was almost too much to take in, as from the depths of 147-8; Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw forged an unbeaten ninth-wicket stand of 71 to ensure a two-wicket victory. The Caribbean bowlers had earlier totaled England for 217. Brian Lara would later say that the hurricanes that lashed the Caribbean islands inspired his team to play to their potential in the ICC Champions Trophy, where they pulled off the surprise win. He hoped that this success would act as a spur for a new generation of Caribbean cricketers.