England thrash Australia, racks up record ODI score


England thrash Australia by 242 runs and seal the series at Trent bridge 3-0 before racking up a world record 481/6 – the highest men’s ODI score of all time. This is Australia’s heaviest defeat and a record biggest victory and loss in terms of runs.

The previous world record was also held by England of 444/3 against Pakistan in 2016 on the same ground. However the highest ODI total is 490/4 by New Zealand Women.

As it happened:

England’s world-record total was founded on the back of a wonderful opening partnership of 159 between Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, built on by a magnificent 147 from No.3 Alex Hales, given the afterburners by captain Eoin Morgan’s 30-ball 67, and only didn’t breach 500 when Joe Root and Moeen Ali failed to get going at the end. Jos Buttler’s contribution was a mere run-a-ball 11, which says something about the depth of power in this England side.

Australian bowlers were hammered right, left and center. The captain Tim Paine used 8 bowlers within 25 overs but none could stop the English side.Their frontline bowler, Andrew Tye gave away a century in just 9 overs. Jhye Richardson picked up 3 wickets but couldn’t contain the batsmen, he gave 92 runs in his 10 overs.

The Australian side without their star batsmen – Steve Smith and David Warner were clearly not up to the task. They slupmed up to 239 with 13 overs left in the match. The English spinners took 7 wickets between themselves (Rashid 4-47, Ali 3-28 ) to secure a 242 run victory.

England hit 62 boundaries in their innings which is a new world record. They surpassed Srilanka’s previous record of 59 boundaries against Netherlands.

Australia have earlier slipped to number 6 in the ICC ODI rankings their worst in 34 years.

#1: Biggest wins for England (by runs):
242 v Aus, Trent Bridge, 2018 *
210 v NZ, Edgbaston, 2015
202 v Ind, Lord’s, 1975
198 v Pak, Trent Bridge, 1992
196 v East Africa, Edgbaston, 1975

#2 Heaviest defeat for Australia (by runs):
242 v Eng, Trent Bridge, 2018 *
206 v NZ, Adelaide, 1986
196 v SA, Cape Town, 2006
164 v WI, Perth, 1987
159 v NZ, Auckland, 2016

#3 Biggest losses for a Full Member side (by runs):
272 Zim v SA, Benoni, 2010
258 SL v SA, Paarl, 2012
257 WI v SA, Sydney, 2015
245 Ind v SL, Sharjah, 2000
242 Aus v Eng, Trent Bridge, 2018 *