Halestorm launches record ODI total

England opener Jonny Bairstow on his way to 139 at Trent Bridge on Tuesday as the home side scored a record 481-6 in a one-day international, defeating Australia by 242 runs to seal victory in the five-match series. The home side's top scorer was Ale
England opener Jonny Bairstow on his way to 139 at Trent Bridge on Tuesday as the home side scored a record 481-6 in a one-day international, defeating Australia by 242 runs to seal victory in the five-match series. The home side's top scorer was Alex Hales, with 147.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • England one-day captain Eoin Morgan said "the sky's the limit" for his record-breaking side, with a total of 500 firmly in their sights after their rout of Australia.

Morgan's men posted an ODI record of 481 for six at Trent Bridge en route to a 242-run thrashing of their arch-rivals to go an unbeatable 3-0 up in the five-match series.

Man of the match Alex Hales top-scored with 147 on his Nottinghamshire home ground, just as he had done when making 171 in England's 444 for three - the previous ODI record total - against Pakistan at Trent Bridge two years ago.

Opening batsman Jonny Bairstow made 139 on Tuesday, his fourth ton in six ODIs that included a century in a shock loss to Scotland just before this series. Morgan, who missed the second ODI in Cardiff on Sunday with a back spasm, smashed England's fastest 50 at this level, off just 21 balls.

"I think (we're) definitely very close (to 500)," he said after England, next year's World Cup hosts, cemented their place at the top of the ODI rankings in style. "In the position we found ourselves today, with six overs to go, we'd have never imagined - certainly after that game against Pakistan - that we'd come close, pass, maybe stare down the barrel of scoring 500.

"The sky's the limit with these guys."

Former England captain Michael Atherton, commentating for Sky, labelled the match a "perfect storm" in that a talented England batting line-up were able to make the most of a good pitch on a ground with relatively short boundaries, while facing an inexperienced attack.

World champions Australia were without their injured Ashes-winning fast-bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. And their hopes of chasing down a daunting target were not helped by the absence of banned Steve Smith and David Warner, two of the world's best batsmen.

The fourth ODI in Chester-le-Street takes place today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline 'Halestorm launches record ODI total'. Print Edition | Subscribe