England beat Australia by 242 runs in 3rd ODI, win series

Alex Hales

Alex Hales scooped a one-handed catch to remove Travis Head England v Australia 2nd ODI Cardiff

England stormed to a one-day worldwide world record of 481 for six as they thrashed Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series on Tuesday. Thanks to twin tons by Alex Hales (147) and Jonny Bairstow (139) England managed to score 481 in their stipulated 50 overs.

Skipper Morgan also joined the party, with 67 from just 30 balls, enabling England to comfortably surpass the previous record total of 444-3, which they achieved in August 2016 at the same venue in a match against Pakistan.

England leads the five-match series 2-0. England opening pair of Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow added 159 runs together before Roy was dismissed for 82.

The news did not impress Ganguly, who took to Twitter to express his fear for the future of cricket particularly concerning Australia. Surrey had hammered the gargantuan total against Gloucestershire at The Oval during the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy.

It was his fourth in his last six ODI innings - and although he was eventually caught pulling Agar to deep midwicket, having hit 15 fours and five sixes, number three Hales dovetailed and then took over to the delight of his home crowd.

Bairstow plays a shot during the one-day worldwide on Tuesday.

Batting first, England scored 481/6, the highest-ever ODI score.

This was England's biggest win over Australia in the history of ODIs.

"It's just a case of relaxing and watching the ball". On the sort of pitch that most batsmen would like to whisk to Paris for the weekend - and most bowlers would like to never see again - England gorged and feasted on runs until they dripped down their chins. Bairstow reached his sixth hundred in 69 balls.

Moeen, who was dropped from the Test team after a hugely hard winter in Australia and New Zealand, has taken eight wickets in the first three games of the series, including three today.

"There were some outstanding performances and we were relentless both with the bat and the ball", he said. Apart from the batsmen-friendly tracks, the fielding restrictions and heavier bats are just additions that suppress the bowlers even more. This Australia attack, missing at least three first-choice seamers as it is, is not the strongest and the relatively short boundaries meant that, a couple of times, top-edges carried for sixes.

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