Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

England extends record ODI total in 242-run win vs Australia

England extends record ODI total in 242-run win vs Australia

By contrast, this was England's biggest victory in the format, topping their 210-run win against New Zealand at Edgbaston in 2015.

Australia captain Tim Paine depicted England's batting as a portion of the "best striking I've at any point seen". England beat their own record (59) - jointly held along with Sri Lanka - which they achieved against Pakistan at the same venue in 2016.

While the innings of Hales and Bairstow, which both lasted 92 balls, laid the platform, skipper Eoin Morgan provided the late impetus with a rapid 67.

England bowled out Australia for 239.

Not only did England manage to rack up a world-record 481/6 in their 50 overs, but also bowled Australia out for just 239 to take the game and the series.And former Australia stars Shane Warne and Michael Clarke weren't too pleased with the performance from the boys.

"I've been playing cricket since I was a kid, and that's the hardest day's cricket I've ever had in my life".

Once again it was spin that did the damage with Adil Rashid taking 4-47 and Moeen Ali 3-28.

Captain Eoin Morgan joined in the fun as he struck a 21-ball half century - the fastest by an England batsman in ODIs - to become his country's leading one-day run scorer.

"What was most pleasing was the level of intensity we operated at, and continued to operate at throughout the whole game", said Morgan, who hopes to lead England to a maiden World Cup title next year. In 20-overs cricket you can get away with it as it's more condensed, but in 50 overs you have a lot more time in the game than you think. The 242 winning margin was the best in England's history, and the worst in Australia's.

Australia, needing nearly 10 an over to get close to their target, played their shots but were never likely to get close to saving the series.

"Everything we tried didn't work and everything they tried came off".

In the meantime, the Barmy Army also plundered the highest ever ODI score of 481 runs.

Andrew Tye went for 100 from nine overs, Richardson may have taken three wickets, but his ten overs cost the Aussies 92 runs and Marcus Stoinis was taken for 85 from his eight overs.

Jason Roy, who made 120 in England's 38-run win in the second ODI in Cardiff on Sunday - a match Morgan missed because of a back spasm - could have had back-to-back hundreds but instead ran himself out on 82. 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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