England goes ballistic, posts record 481

Hope Soto
June 21, 2018

England stormed to a world record 481 for six as they demolished Australia's bowling attack in the third match of their ODI series at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Tuesday.

Paine used eight bowlers in an effort to stem the tide of runs, with Alex Hales (147), Jonny Bairstow (129) and Jason Roy (82) setting the platform a mammoth total at the ground where the Test side were bowled out for 60 before lunch on their last visit three years ago.

Bairstow struck three fours off quickie Jhye Richardson's first over and Roy tucked into Billy Stanlake, pulling him for a six as England reached 38-0 after five overs.

For Australia it was the stuff of which nightmares are made, and Andrew Tye was made to suffer more than anyone. Only once in the history of List A cricket.

Bairstow smashed his fourth ODI century in 2018 and Hales took England past their old record with a six, the 21st of the innings. The pitch is unlikely to allow the sort of free-scoring that England managed in Nottingham and the highest score in the Royal London One-Day Cup at the Riverside was 299.

In reply, Australia were bowled out for 239 as England registered their highest-ever win in terms of runs over their arch-rivals.

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Australia could only make 239 all out, lasting just 37 overs.

The 242-run defeat was Australia's heaviest defeat in 47 years and 915 games of one-day cricket, surpassing a 206-run loss to New Zealand in 1986. A day after he had admitted - quite rightly - that he was likely to be the man to make way once Ben Stokes returned, he provided a strong case for his retention with a 62-ball century; the sixth-fastest in England's history, all of which have come since the 2015 World Cup. Bairstow reached his sixth hundred in 69 balls.

England notched their 2nd consecutive ODI series win against the world champions.

Eoin Morgan has now become the highest run-getter for England in ODIs going past Ian Bell's 5416 runs and becomes the first player to score 3,000 runs in England in ODIs.

"Just woke up and saw the score in England". Suffice to say, all pretence of maintaining a balance between bat and ball disappears in such circumstances.

The potency of the spinners has been one of most striking differences between the teams, with England claiming 15 dismissals through spin and Australia just one.

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