NOTTINGHAM – England set a new world record total of 481/6 as they beat Australia by 242 runs to win the third one-day international at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.
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 444/3 against Pakistan set at Trent Bridge in 2016.
World champions Australia could only manage 239/9 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 north-east county Durham, on Thursday.
England 481/6 off 50 overs (A Hales 147, J Bairstow 139, J Roy 82, E Morgan 67; J Richardson 3/92)
Australia 239 off 37 overs (T Head 51; A Rashid 4/47, M Ali 3/28)
Result: England won by 242 runs
Series: England lead five-match series 3-0