England thumped the strongest victory against Australia in the third ODI at Nottingham. The win by 242 is the by far one of the heaviest in ODI history. The home team also nicked the accolade of becoming the highest scorer in ODI, striking 481 runs off 6 wickets. In reply, Australia scored 239 runs, scrambling against England. With the high score, England becam the only team in ODI history to reach the mark of 450 runs. It is only once in first class cricket any team scored 496 runs. It was the match between Surrey and Gloucestershire played at The Oval in 2007.
England plundered 21 sixes and 41 fours in the match. With the win, it sealed the five-match ODI series with a lead of 3-0. England batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales scored 139 runs and 147 runs respectively to boost the score. While, Eoin Morgan thumped the quickest half-century in ODI history. For Bairstow, it was his fourth ODI century in last six innings he played. His batting average of 65.76 in ten consecutive matches is the highest in the format.
The opening stand between Jason Roy and Bairstow was for 19.3 overs, bringing 159 runs. In the next stretch of second wicket partnership, Alex Hales and Bairstow played until the 35th over, hauling the score to 310. Bairstow knocked 5 sixes and 15 fours in the innings until put down by Aston Agar. Hales played until the 48th over, striking 16 fours and 5 sixes. The player hauled the score to 459 runs together with Morgan, who was sent back to pavilion in the next ball. Morgan knocked 67 off 30 balls.
Australia started the chase with the wicket of D’Arcy Short in the fourth over. The second wicket partnership between Travis Head and Shaun Marsh hauled the score to 95 until the 13th over. Head played 39 balls to knock 51 runs becoming the highest scorer of the innings. Marcus Stoinis knocked 44 runs off 37 hauling the score to 173. Australia faced a total wobble in the innings losing wickets with no partnerships. England bowlers wrapped up the innings in 37 overs as Australia had no batsmen to scramble further.
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