What a glorious day it was for the English squad and the world cricket. The third match between England and Australia will go down in history books and will be talked about for many years to come as England batsmen put the world record of the highest total in One Day International.
After winning the toss, Australia invited England to bat first hoping that their bowlers could put English batsmen under torment and could finally grab the much needed victory but very little did they know what is going to strike them.
The hosts made the best of opportunity with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow putted 159 runs partnership for the first wicket. Jason Roy was the first to go on 82. But that didn’t stopped the run-windmill.
Jonny Bairstow was then joined by Alex Hales and together they literally destroyed Australia’s bowling lineup. They made a partnership of 151 runs for the third wicket and both players scored their centuries. Alex Hales scored 147 and Bairstow scored 139.
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After after they were gone, there was no stoppage to the winding storm as English captain Eoin Morgan scored a 21 balls fifty, the fastest by an English batsman. He added 67 runs in just 30 balls and also became the highest ODI run gatherer for England with 5,443 runs and still counting.
England finally went on to reach 481/6 in 50 overs, the highest ever total in ODI history.
Anyone would crumble in front of such humongous total, so did Australia.
In reply, Australia were bowled out for 239 in 37 overs as Adil Rashid took 4 wickets for 47 runs in 10 overs. Moeen Ali and David Willey also took 3 and 2 wickets, respectively.
Many records were shattered and many were created during the 3rd ODI between England and Australia. Here is a list of the records made on Tuesday:
- Highest total in the One Day International Cricket.
- England won this match by 242 runs, which is their biggest win ever in terms of runs.
- Australia’s biggest defeat in terms of runs.
- England registered the record for most boundaries in an ODI cricket match. They hit 41 fours and 21 sixes, a total of 62 boundaries during thier innings.
- England’s skipper Eoin Morgan became the highest run gatherer for England in ODIs and also became the first batsmen to score 3,000 runs in England and Wales.
- Bairstow became the 8th player to hit 4 centuries in consecutive 6 matches after Virat Kohli, David Warner, Kumar Sangakara, Quinton De Kock, Hashim Amla, AB DeVilliers and Zahir Abbas.
- Bairstow also matched the most centuries record in a calender year by an English player of David Gower in 1983.
- Bairstow and Jason Roy made a 100 runs partnership fourth time as openers, matching the previous record by Nick Knight and Marcus Trescothick.
England is currently the best team in the world. They also grabbed the no. 1 ICC ranking at this series. Such performance came less then 12 months before they host the World Cup proves what to expect from them in this World Cup.
Australian captain Tim Paine said at post match interview, “We’re a long way off, England are red hot – the best team in the world.”
“Everyone has a plan for the World Cup. We have six guys to come back into this squad. Whereas today was as tough as it gets, today was the best place for our young team to learn.”