England hit ODI world record 481 in thrashing Australia
20 June, 2018, 17:47 | Author: Carla Brady
And just when Australia thought it could not get any worse, Morgan came to the crease and blitzed England's fastest half-century, and became the country's record ODI runscorer in the process.
England set a new world record total of 481 for six as they beat Australia by 242 runs to win the third one-day worldwide at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. Riding on sensational centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales, England smacked the Aussies all over the park, on the way to record total of 481 runs in 50 overs.
But an attack missing injured Ashes-winning fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, struggled for line and length in overcast conditions on a ground favouring swing bowling, with medium-pacer Andrew Tye's nine wicketless overs costing 100 runs.
Bairstow, who opened the batting and got the home team off to a ideal start as he and Jason Roy (82) put on 159 inside 20 overs, has now scored four centuries in his last six ODI innings. They won the first three matches at the MCG, the Gabba and the SCG but stumbled to a defeat in the fourth game of the series at Adelaide Oval when Australia reduced them to 8 for 5 batting first.
England bowled out Australia for 239. Once again it was spin that did the damage to Australia with England tweaker Adil Rashid taking 4-47 and Moeen Ali 3-28.
Ashton Agar looked to have trapped Bairstow lbw for 27 but he was reprieved on review with the ball shown to be going over the stumps and he was then dropped by Marcus Stoinis four balls later at deep long-off.
"What was most pleasing was the level of intensity we operated at, and continued to operate at throughout the whole game", said Morgan, who hopes to lead England to a maiden World Cup title next year.
Hales's 92-ball blazing innings, featuring 16 fours and five sixes, ended when he was caught in the deep off Jhye Richardson.
"That was extraordinary, some of the best striking I've seen, to be honest, so you've got to take your hat off to the England boys", said Australia captain Tim Paine.
This is also the second highest score ever in List A cricket. Mick Lewis' 0-113 (recorded in 2006 in Johannesburg) remains the record.
The mammoth total topped the previous record of 444, made by England against Pakistan two years ago, also in Nottingham, by some 37 runs and Ponting was effusive in his praise of Eoin Morgan's side. Although they are some way behind the all time record (56 by Sri Lanka), this is the third highest number of fours recorded in England's ODI history.
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