Bairstow had 'really good fun' at Trent Bridge

Alex Hales

Alex Hales

England shattered the world record for the highest ODI score on Tuesday, piling up an astonishing total of 481-6 against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Alex Hales made 147 off 92 balls and Jonny Bairstow 139 off 92.

Roy struck his 82 runs off just 61 balls and Morgan needed just 30 balls to compile his 67. In Cardiff and Nottingham, their bowlers were dispatched for over 820 runs. Surrey had hammered the gargantuan total against Gloucestershire at The Oval during the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy.

It proved to be a hugely expensive mistake as Bairstow continued the red-hot form which has seen him score four centuries in his last six innings. The pitch is unlikely to allow the sort of free-scoring that England managed in Nottingham and the highest score in the Royal London One-Day Cup at the Riverside was 299.

During the process, the hosts went past their own record of 444 runs they put up against Pakistan in an ODI in 2016.




Australia captain Tim Paine, who won the toss, used eight bowlers but was unable to stem the torrent of runs. But he was back to his best at his home ground in Nottingham and reached three figures even quicker than Bairstow, his seventh global ton coming off 62 balls.

Chasing the mammoth total was never going to be easy and the feat proved too much for Australia who were bowled out for 239 to slump to their biggest ever margin of defeat - usurping a 206-run loss to New Zealand in Adelaide 32 years ago.

Adil Rashid has developed into a classy performer for England but the contributions of Moeen Ali in this series have been just as important to the team's success.

In the process, he surpassed former England cricketer Ian Bell's 5416 ODI runs. A day after he had admitted - quite rightly - that he was likely to be the man to make way once Ben Stokes returned, he provided a strong case for his retention with a 62-ball century; the sixth-fastest in England's history, all of which have come since the 2015 World Cup. The top three are a huge asset to have. "I know they are a really inexperienced attack and we just kept talking about what we could do and what we said we would do and trying to keep it calm and simple", Paine added.

"The wicket was still terrific when we batted on it as well".

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