Stats: England amass the highest ODI total of all time
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 21, 2018,
Jun 21, 2018, 1:47
Centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales helped England to post 481-6 on their way to a 242-run victory in the third ODI, sealing the five-match series at the earliest opportunity.
When Alex Hales, who already had a hundred to his name, hoisted Jhye Richardson for six in the 46th over it meant England had broken their previous world record total of this level - also set at Trent Bridge - of 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016.
Earlier opener Jonny Bairstow had made 139.
Skipper Eoin Morgan tucked into the scoring feast with a 21-ball half century - the fastest by an England batsman in ODIs - to become his country's leading one-day scorer.
Jye Richardson dismissed Hales (147) and Morgan in consecutive balls in the 48th over as England slowed down at the death, but the damage had been done by then and the Aussie bowling figures were particularly ugly.
The news did not impress Ganguly, who took to Twitter to express his fear for the future of cricket particularly concerning Australia. Only once in the history of List A cricket. They conceded 21 sixes against England Tuesday night - no Australian side has ever conceded more. The 31-year old now scored a record 5443 runs for England in his 6187 ODI runs. The southpaw scored a fiery 67 runs from just 30 balls in the match in which England scored 481/6 in their 50 overs.
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There was no let-up in the astonishing run-rate, however, as Bairstow - who had two scares, overturning an lbw verdict against him on 27 and then escaping a very hard chance to Marcus Stoinis at deep mid-off three runs later - powered on to a 69-ball century.
Australia could bring in off-spinner Nathan Lyon to add some experience to their attack although his one-day record is unimpressive. It is the first time England have won back-to-back ODI series against Australia since 1986-87 and, with two games to go, they now have a chance to complete their first 5-0 whitewash over them.
Morgan hit six of those maximums and, for good measure, went past Ian Bell as England's all-time record ODI runscorer.
Australia, however, were gifted a wicket when Roy ran himself out going for a needless second run.
"We've got to bat against the top and against spin", said Langer.