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England smash world record ODI score against Australia

Alex Hales

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.

England stormed to a one-day global world record of 481 for six as they thrashed Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series on Tuesday. While scoring 481 in 50 overs, England also beat their own previous all-time ODI record of 444 for three against Pakistan set at the same ground two years ago.

England have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series and will now turn their attentions to a possible whitewash ahead of the remaining fixtures in Durham and Manchester.

Paine tried everything to stop the bleeding - using eight bowlers - but Bairstow and then Hales carted everything that was served up to them to all corners of the ground. On a rather flat pitch, England's power-packed batting lineup capitalised by mercilessly slaughtering the Australian bowling unit.

In reply, Travis Head scored a fluent half-century but Australia were bowled out for just 239 as England sealed an emphatic 242-run victory.

Bairstow, who opened the batting and got the home team off to a ideal start as he and Jason Roy (82) put on 159 inside 20 overs, has now scored four centuries in his last six ODI innings.

England have registered their biggest ever win in ODIs in terms of runs in the third ODI against Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

It was his fourth in his last six ODI innings - and although he was eventually caught pulling Agar to deep midwicket, having hit 15 fours and five sixes, number three Hales dovetailed and then took over to the delight of his home crowd. Mick Lewis conceded 113 runs against South Africa in the 2006 Johannesburg ODI. English batsmen looked in mood right from the start and blew away Australia to score the highest-ever ODI total. Overall, England thrashed 41 fours and 21 sixes. He has left a mark with the bat as well as by building a team of World Cup contenders. In a series of social media posts, Ganguly wrote, "To see nearly 500 runs scored in 50 overs in England is scaring me, bout the health of the game and where it's going".

An Australia attack missing injured Ashes-winning fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, were smashed to all corners of Trent Bridge with medium-pacer Andrew Tye's nine wicketless overs costing 100 runs.