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England beat Aussies by 242 runs to win series


Alex Hales in action. – AP/PTI
 Nottingham June 20: England set a new world record total of 481 for six as they beat Australia by 242 runs to win the third one-day international at Trent Bridge.

Victory gave 2019 World Cup hosts England an unbeatable 3-0 lead in their five-match series with the world champions.

Hundreds from Alex Hales, who made 147 on his Nottinghamshire home ground, and Jonny Bairstow, whose 139 was his fourth century in six matches at this level, helped England surpass their own previous all-time ODI record of 444 for three against Pakistan set at Trent Bridge in 2016.

World champions Australia could only manage 239 for nine in reply as they suffered their 14th defeat in 16 completed ODIs.

This was also Australia’s heaviest defeat at this level, in terms of runs, surpassing a 206-run loss to New Zealand in Adelaide in 1986.

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

The series continues at Chester-le-Street, the headquarters of northeast county Durham, on Thursday.

SCORECARD

England: J Roy run out 82, J Bairstow c Richardson b Agar 139, A Hales c Agar b Richardson 147, J Buttler c Finch b Richardson 11, E Morgan c Paine b Richardson 67, M Ali run out 11, J Root not out 4, D Willey not out 1; Extras (b1, lb8, nb3, w7) 19. Total (6 wkts, 50 overs) 481. Fall of wickets: 1-159, 2-310, 3-335, 4-459, 5-459, 6-480. Bowling: Stanlake 8-0-74-0, Richardson 10-1-92-3, Agar 10-0-70-1, Tye 9-0-100-0, Maxwell 2-0-21-0, Stoinis 8-0-85-0, Finch 1-0-7-0, Short 2-0-23-0

Australia: D Short c Ali b Willey 15, T Head c and b Ali 51, S Marsh c Plunkett b Ali 24, M Stoinis run out 44, A Finch b Rashid 20, G Maxwell c Plunkett b Willey 19, T Paine c Hales b Rashid 5, A Agar c and b Rashid 25, J Richardson st Buttler b Ali 14, A Tye not out 5, B Stanlake st Buttler b Rashid 1; Extras (lb10, w6) 16. Total (all out, 37 overs) 239. Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-95, 3-100, 4-152, 5-173, 6-190, 7-194, 8-230, 9-236, 10-239. Bowling: Wood 7-0-38-0, Willey 7-0-56-2, Root 2-0-19-0, Ali 5-0-28-3, Plunkett 6-0-41-0, Rashid 10-0-47-4 . – AFP

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