England in Record ODI Win

England made the highest one-day international total in history as they crushed Australia by 242 runs to seal the series at Trent Bridge.

By Sports Reporter

The hosts scored 481-6 in 50 overs – eclipsing their own own record of 444-3, set against Pakistan at the same venue in 2016.

Alex Hales hit 147 and Jonny Bairstow 139 as England briefly threatened to post 500 in the third ODI.

Australia were bowled out for 239 in 37 overs as Adil Rashid took 4-47.

England’s win, which gave them an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with two games to play, came only 11 days after New Zealand made the highest total in a women’s ODI – 490-4 against Ireland in Dublin.

While the innings of Hales and Bairstow, which both lasted 92 balls, laid the platform, skipper Eoin Morgan who provided the late impetus with a rapid 67.

The left-hander hit a 21-ball half-century – the fastest by an England player – in becoming his country’s all-time top ODI run-scorer.

“This is a poor Australian side who have been utterly dismantled,” said BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

“It was ruthless from England. The wheels fell off for Australia.”

The result was England’s biggest ODI win and Australia’s heaviest defeat in terms of runs.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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