England scores a record 481 runs against Australia

Alex Halels averages 73.50 from five innings at Trent Bridge including a knock of 171 against New Zealand two years ago

Alex Halels averages 73.50 from five innings at Trent Bridge including a knock of 171 against New Zealand two years ago

England posted the highest total ever scored in a men's one-day worldwide of 481 for six as they thrashed Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in a five-match series.

England's Alex Hales was the top scorer with 147, while Johney Bairstow made 139 before the team proudly walked to the pavilion for the loss of six wickets.

England failed to score any boundaries in the last four overs - but before that they struck 21 sixes during an incredible display of strokeplay.

In the same region of East Midlands, only 33KMs away, England hosted Australia at Trent Bridge for the third ODI of their ongoing five-match series.

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

The tourists, who slumped to sixth in the ICC rankings this week, their lowest in over 30 years, trail the five-match series 2-0.

Australia skipper Tim Paine opted to bowl first in batting friendly conditions.

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Australia was bowled out for 239 with 13 overs to spare in its biggest ODI defeat in terms of runs, and England's largest win.

Hales exited to a smart catch from Agar off Richardson who then found himself on a hat-trick when Eoin Morgan picked out Paine following a quickfire 67. They are intent on prevent England moving closer to a first whitewash over Australia in a series of more than three matches. "There are two games to go and still opportunities for them to score big runs so hopefully they will continue to be as hungry as they were today".

In response, Australia fell well short of the record target, making 239 all out in 37 overs.

Bairstow was happy to play second fiddle to Roy at first, the Surrey opener hitting four sixes in his 61-ball knock, including an incredible pull into the crowd at deep square leg off Billy Stanlake.

As far as the Australian bowlers are concerned, it was a day that they would like to forget pretty soon.

"McGrath, Lee, Warne, McDermott, Gillespie ...produce such ordinary stuff is nerve-wracking.good bowling is important for the survival of the game.is it dying?hopenot.I am sure they are more skillfull and better bowlers in one of most powerful nations in cricket", he added.

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