England v Australia: Hosts Make Record 481-6 in 242-Run Victory

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

England World Record 481

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 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.

Australia are without their first-choice bowling attack in this series – Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins are sidelined with injury – but England have done this before at Trent Bridge.

Their 444-3 against Pakistan – last year’s Champions Trophy winners – came just 12 months after they chased down 349-7 to beat New Zealand in 2015.

And coming less than 12 months before they host the 2019 World Cup – they play Pakistan at Trent Bridge in the group stages – this was another indicator that they deserve their tag of pre-tournament favourites.

Holders Australia, who are ranked sixth in the world, are second favourites but on the evidence of this performance they have much work to do.

Their bowling was flogged and, for the third time in the series, their batting faltered against England spinners Rashid and Moeen Ali.

How the record was broken

England appeared on course for something special when openers Jason Roy, who made 82, and Bairstow added 159 for the first wicket inside 20 overs.

Bairstow was happy to play second fiddle to Roy at first, the Surrey opener hitting four sixes in his 61-ball knock, including an incredible pull into the crowd at deep square leg off Billy Stanlake.

Australia, needing almost 10 an over to get close to their target, played their shots but were never likely to get close to saving the series.

Only Travis Head was able to pass 50 as Rashid excelled once again and Moeen Ali took 3-28. This was the first time England’s spinners have taken seven wickets against Australia in an ODI.

The pair now have 17 wickets between them in three matches in comparison to Ashton Agar’s combined figures of 1-150 in 24 overs for Australia.

While England’s fielding was tidy – Rashid and Moeen took a caught-and-bowled each and Bairstow effected a neat run-out – Australia were made to pay for their mistakes, in particular Marcus Stoinis’ drop to reprieve Bairstow on 30.

“It’s as close as we’ve ever been to a perfect day,” said Morgan. “It’s as complete as performance as we’ve produced over the past three years.

“Everybody needs to be credited. The level of intensity is something we haven’t reached before.

“With the ball and the field there was no let-up. It’s a huge credit to the guys.

“If we continue to improve at the rate we have in the past three years, we’ll put ourselves in the best possible position to win the World Cup.”

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