3rd ODI: England hit record 481 in thrashing of Australia


England posted the highest total ever scored in a men’s one-day international of 481 for six as they thrashed Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in a five-match series.
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Alex Hales (147) and Jonny Bairstow (139) both hit hundreds as, for the second time in two years at Trent Bridge, England posted a new record ODI score following their 444 for three against Pakistan at Nottinghamshire’s headquarters in 2016.
This was Australia’s heaviest defeat at this level, in terms of runs, surpassing a 206-run loss to New Zealand in Adelaide in 1986.
By contrast, England were able to enjoy their biggest victory in the format as they topped their previous ODI best — 210-run success against New Zealand at Edgbaston in 2015.
The 62 boundaries England struck in their innings was also a new record at this level, surpassing the 59 managed by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands, a non-Test nation, in Amstelveen, 12 years ago.
Faced with a massive target of 482, Australia — missing star batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, both given year-long bans for their roles in March’s ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town — slumped to 239 all out with 13 overs left in the match.
England spinners Adil Rashid (four for 47) and Moeen Ali (three for 28), with a mountain of runs behind them, shared seven wickets.
Bairstow’s hundred was his fourth in six ODIs while Hales’s century on his Nottinghamshire home ground ended a run of low scores. Meanwhile England captain Eoin Morgan became the country’s all-time leading run-scorer in this format during a 67 that featured 21-ball fifty — England’s quickest in men’s ODIs.
“It was amazing,” Bairstow told Sky Sports during the mid-innings break. “This ground is a special ground for us. It always tends to bring something exciting — what a pitch it is.” Hales added: “We’ve had some great memories here as a team and today is another special day.


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