Web Desk(June 20, 2018): England posted the highest total ever scored in a men´s one-day international of 481 for six as they thrashed world champions Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in a five-match series.
Alex Hales (147) and Jonny Bairstow (139) both hit hundreds as, for the second time in two years at Trent Bridge, England posted a new record ODI score following their 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016.Bairstow´s hundred was his fourth in six ODIs while Hales´s century ended a run of low scores.
Meanwhile England captain Eoin Morgan became the country´s all-time leading run-scorer in this format during a 67 that featured a 21-ball fifty — England´s quickest in men´s ODIs.
This was Australia´s heaviest defeat at this level, in terms of runs, surpassing a 206-run loss to New Zealand in Adelaide in 1986.By contrast, 2019 World Cup England were able to enjoy their biggest victory in the format as they topped their previous ODI best — 210-run success against New Zealand at Edgbaston in 2015.
Faced with a massive target of 482, Australia — missing star batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, after the former captain and his deputy were both given year-long bans for their roles in March´s ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town — slumped to 239 all out with 13 overs remaining.England spinners Adil Rashid (four for 47) and Moeen Ali (three for 28), with a mountain of runs behind them, shared seven wickets.