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England set new ODI world record total of 481/6 against Australia

England set new ODI world record total of 481/6 against Australia

CRAIG BROUGH

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England's cricket team demolished Australia in the third match of their ODI series at Trent Bridge.

England set a new one-day international world record total of 481/6 as they thrashed Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. The victory gave the 2019 World Cup hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Hales and Bairstow in three figures

Centuries from Alex Hales, who made 147, and Jonny Bairstow, whose 139 was his fourth century in six ODI matches, helped England to surpass their previous all-time ODI record of 444/3 against Pakistan set in 2016. Captain Eoin Morgan joined in as he struck a 21-ball half century, the fastest by an English batsman in ODIs. In response, the Baggy Greens could only manage 239/9 in reply, suffering their 14th defeat in 16 ODIs.

Remarkable game for England

Australia, who elected to bowl first, apparently were never in the hunt to reach England, as they were bowled out in 37 overs for 239 runs, making this the Baggy Greens’ heaviest defeat at this level. Morgan, who will lead England into a home World Cup next year, said it was a day to be proud.

"There were some outstanding performances and we were relentless both with the bat and the ball," the English captain said. "It’s certainly a day to be proud. The top three are a huge asset to have. There are two games to go and still opportunities for them to score big runs so hopefully they will continue to be as hungry as they were today."

Scoreboard

England 481/6 off 50 overs (Hales 147, Bairstow 139, Roy 82, Morgan 67; Richardson 3/92)

Australia 239 off 37 overs (Head 51; Rashid 4/47, Ali 3/28)

 

 

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