England Beat Australia with World Record ODI Total

England defeated Australia in their third one day international match with a world record score of 481/6, at Trent Bridge, on the 19th of June, 2018. The visiting Australian side only managed 239 runs in 37 overs in reply, before being bowled out. England have now effectively won the five-ODI series against their opponents, with three straight victories and two matches remaining to be played. England were previous holders of the record for the most runs scored in an innings of an ODI, where they scored 444 runs against Pakistan, two years ago.


Australia won the toss and elected to field, as captain Tim Paine seemed determined to try and pull one back for his team after losing the first two matches rather comprehensively to the on-song English side. However, from the onset of this match, it became very clear that the diminished bowling attack that did not have among it names like Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazelwood, stood no chance against an England team that was playing at top levels of confidence at home. At one stage, it looked as if England would cross the 500-run mark, but even though they did not manage a single boundary in the last four overs of their innings, they had set their opponents the most formidable target yet.


The English opening pair of Bairstow and Roy got off to a flying start, scoring 82 runs off of 61 deliveries and 139 runs off of 92 deliveries respectively. Then came Alex Hales, who almost got to the 150-run mark, but fell short with 147 runs in 92 deliveries. His partnership with Eoin Morgan looked set to rewrite Cricket history books, but when Morgan fell after a quick knock of 67 runs off of 30 deliveries, it seemed as though they would have to settle for the damage already caused to the Australian team.


The Australian bowling attack showed that it was inexperienced, yet again, with Paine using eight bowlers to rein in the English batsmen, but with four of them going for more than 10 runs per over in the overs that they did bowl. Of most note among the bowlers in this regard was Andrew Tye, who went for 100 runs off the nine overs that he did bowl.

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