England V Australia One Day International Lord's: Here's 5 Great Past Encounters (VIDEO)

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England and Australia's One Day International series this year has drawn criticism and been accused of acting as a meaningless precursor to next year's Ashes series.

With the three-Test series against South Africa the cricketing highlight of the summer for the national team, facing the Aussies could present an unnecessary sideshow.

However whenever England and Australia meet in sport, sparks tend to fly and the cricket is the epitome of the two nations' great sporting rivalry.

Here are some ODI highlights between the two...

GREG CHAPPELL RATTLES ENGLAND, 1983

BICHEL BOTHERS ENGLAND (2003)

PIETERSEN'S 91 (2005)

THIRD ODI, 2009

WATSON OBLITERATES ENGLAND (2011)