Hosts England destroyed Australia’s bowling unit in the last One-Day International(ODI) at Trent Bridge stadium yesterday and have proved they’re a strong contender for the World Cup next year.
England scored a record-breaking total of 481 runs
Scoring at a run rate of 9.62 runs per over, England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got off to a decent start, taking 79 balls to reach 100 runs. The duo shared a 159 runs partnership till Jason Roy got run out for 82. From there on, both Bairstow and Alex Hales struck centuries, scoring 139 and 147 runs respectively. Their wickets were followed by a collapse by the middle order besides captain Eoin Morgan who scored a quickfire 67 of 30. The England team scored a gigantic total of 481, the highest score in an ODI innings.
Previous record for the highest score belonged to England too
Since the forgettable 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup where England was defeated in the group stage, England has made a powerful comeback over the years to prove they’re among the favourites for next year’s World Cup. The biggest advantage for England is that they’re hosting the tournament so they already have a home advantage. Two years ago, they broke the decade-long record for the highest score in an innings, scoring 444 runs vs Pakistan at Trent Bridge. In reply, Pakistan was all out for 275.
Alex Hales has had tremendous success in high scoring games
Cricketer Alex Hales recently had to move from the opener position to one-down while the Bairstow joins Roy for opening. the innings Yet, it didn’t anyhow stop Alex Hales from scoring in the match versus Australia. Interestingly, Alex Hales was also the highest scorer in the previous record-breaking match against Pakistan, scoring 171 from 122 balls. What’s more, both matches were played at the Trent Bridge stadium. It seems Alex Hales and Trent Bridge are the perfect combination for a high scoring match for England.
England also won the series against Australia
So far in the five-match ODI series, England has won all the three matches and will be looking forward to clinch the series against the men in yellow. The first ODI was a low-scorer as England won the match with six overs to spare while chasing 214. The second ODI was a relatively close encounter as England scored 342, courtesy of Jason Roy’s 120 runs from 108 balls. Australia gave a fighting response scoring 304 runs. Shaun Marsh was the top scorer, scoring 131 runs.
Record score was the heaviest defeat for an ODI
Losing by 242 runs, the Australia team faced the heaviest defeat in an ODI match. Opener Travis Head was the highest scorer of the second innings, scoring 51, while the rest of the team had put up a total of 275 runs all out within 37 overs. The heavy defeat will put India under pressure as they tour England this summer to play three T20Is, three ODIs and five tests.