England vs Australia 3rd ODI: Hales, Bairstow lead the way as records tumble at Trent Bridge

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Alex Hales is all smiles after bringing up his sixth ODI century

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Alex Hales struck a breathtaking 147, while Jonny Bairstow hammered a sparkling 139 as England annihilated Australia by 242 runs in the third ODI in Nottingham.

England’s margin of victory was their largest in ODIs, while it was Australia’s worst loss in the 50-over format.

With England’s win giving them an unassailable 3-0 series lead, it marked Australia’s fourth consecutive ODI series loss. The last time this occurred was back in 1984.

Being put in to bat first, England came out firing on all cylinders as Bairstow and Jason Roy amassed a 159-run partnership in just under 20 overs, during which both batsmen raced past their half-centuries.

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Jason Roy scored his 12th half-century in ODI cricket

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With England cruising, Australia were in desperate need of a wicket, and it was D’Arcy Short who provided the breakthrough as he ran out Roy for 82, which came off 61 balls and included seven boundaries and four sixes.

Despite getting a much-needed breakthrough, Australia were punished again by Bairstow and Hales as the duo put together a 151-run stand, during which Bairstow brought up his hundred and Hales his fifty.

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Jonny Bairstow celebrates after scoring his sixth ODI hundred

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With the pair having taken England’s score past 300, the pressure was mounting on Australia to fight back.

Ashton Agar managed to remove Bairstow for 139, which came off 92 deliveries and included 15 boundaries and five sixes, while Jhye Richardson took out Jos Buttler for 11.

However, Hales and England captain Eoin Morgan halted Australia’s charge as they forged a 124-run partnership, during which Hales surged past his century and Morgan scored the quickest fifty by an England player in ODI history as he needed just 21 balls to bring up the milestone.

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Eoin Morgan struck the fastest fifty by an England player in ODI cricket

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Hales ended up making 147 off 92 balls, which included 16 boundaries and five sixes, before he was caught by Agar at deep midwicket off the bowling of Richardson.

Richardson struck again the very next ball as Morgan was caught behind for 67 off 30 balls, which included three boundaries and six sixes.

During his innings, Morgan also surpassed Ian Bell as England’s highest ODI run-scorer.

With Moeen Ali chipping in with 11 towards the end of the innings, England finished on 481/6, which broke the record for the highest score in ODI history.

Richardson was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Agar chipped in with one.

Chasing 482 to win, Australia lost Short early on as he was caught by Moeen at mid-on off the bowling of David Willey for 15.

Travis Head and Shaun Marsh made up for the loss of Short with a 68-run stand, during which Head registered his half-century.

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Travis Head struck his eighth ODI fifty

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However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was caught and bowled by Moeen for 51, which came off 39 balls and included seven boundaries.

Marsh fells shortly after for 24, but Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis steadied thing with a 52-run partnership before Finch was clean bowled by Adil Rashid for 20.

Australia began to lose wickets at regular intervals after Finch’s dismissal as Rashid tore through their middle and lower order.

With none of the Australian batsmen able to put up a fight, they ended up being bowled out for 239.

Rashid was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Moeen took three and Willey claimed two.

Australia captain Tim Paine admitted his side were completely outplayed, and said: “That was some of the best striking I’ve seen. Hats off to the English boys, they are red-hot. On a positive side we are getting some games into the young guys.

“That was the hardest day I’ve had in 16-17 years. It was tough, no matter where we put the field they hit the gaps. They are the yardstick of 50-over cricket. Twelve months is a hell of a long time in cricket so things can turn for you quickly. We have six guys who potentially will come back in and some will have depth and experience.”

Morgan was delighted with his side’s performance, and said: “Certainly a day for everyone in that changing room to be very proud of. The level of intensity was different to anything we’ve done in the last three years. It was as close to a complete performance as we’ve got to. Guys were relentless. A day to be proud. It’s never a case of them just getting scores, they operate at the strike-rate the team wants them to.

“There are two more opportunities to score big runs. [Selection] is a good headache to have. It really does keep the playing XI on their toes. Nice place to be with a year until the World Cup. When we get to Durham we’ll reassess the bowlers and how they travel. Will be a case of managing the bowlers.

“We are 3-0 up but two more opportunities to win games of cricket. The way we look at it is that we need to be on top of our game if any trends change by next year. We have put ourselves into a position to adapt.”

Hales was named Man of the Match, and said: “As good as it gets, personally and from the team perspective. A special day. You’d have to rank it up there as better [than 2016], we are in a really good headspace as a team. The pool of talent is as good as it’s been in one-day cricket. We have to perform day in day out. You are always striving to improve.”

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