All Eyes Up as England Sets the New ODI Benchmark

3rd ODI, England vs Australia Series , image source- Wikipedia
3rd ODI, England vs Australia Series , image source- Wikipedia

The Trent Bridge, Nottingham cricket ground witnessed the exceptional game of cricket on 19th June 2018 as England marked the gigantic score of 481/6 against the home team Australia. Putting up the invincible target, England clinched victory by enormous 242 runs. This made them lead the 5 match OD1 series against Australia by unconquerable 3-0 and by now they are ruling the game with 4-0 lead. Australia would leave no stone unturned to just avoid the white wash ahead of 5th ODI on 24th June.

Several players were instrumental in England’s tremendous victory, lets have a brief look at the- SCORECARD

  • Jonny Bairstow- 139(92), Alex Hales-147 (92) and Jason Roy- 82(61) created a great base for the team to put up their show which was taken over by Eoin Morgan who made impressive 67 of just 30 balls.
  • In England, Adil Rashid took 4 wickets but got too heavy with runs as he gave 92 runs in 10 overs while David Ali and Moeen Ali took 2 and 3 wicket each
  • In Australian squad, only Travid Head and Marcus Stoinis were little impressive with bat who scored 51 and 47 runs respectively while the rest of the team just swung in 20s and below
  • Even the balling at Australian end wasn’t up to the mark. Richardson took 3 wickets while Agar got only 1. Rest of the bowlers remained without single wicket.
  • Alex Hales was awarded Man of the Match award for his magnificent innings.

    Alex Hales celebrating after century, Source - Wikipedia
    Alex Hales celebrating after century, Source – Wikipedia

 

New Records On The List-

  • Highest men’s ODI score ever
  • England’s largest ODI victory and Australia’s heaviest loss (in terms of runs)
  • Maximum boundaries hit in an ODI- 62
  • Bairstow has hit 4 ODI centuries in 2018 so far and that matches David Gower’s record in the year 1983
  • Eoin Morgan becomes the first batsmen to score 3k ODI runs in England and Wales
  • Bairstow and Roy recorded their 4th century opening stand which equals the England record shared by Nick Knight and Marcus Trescothick

    England team celebrating after their biggest win
    England team celebrating after their biggest win

 

Remarks from Australia’s Captain- Tim Paine

 “I’ve been playing cricket since I was a kid and that is the hardest day’s cricket of my life”

Paine said he had no regrets about putting England in to bat after winning the toss and denied that was a reason for the heavy defeat.

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing,” he said.

“I don’t think conditions or the wicket had anything to do with that result.

“We just ran into some guys that are red-hot at the moment and they put us to the sword a bit.

“The wicket was still terrific when we batted on it as well. We just didn’t execute well.

And finally he spoke-

“It was tough, I thought I had a few headaches after being hit on the head in the last game at around the 25 over mark but I had a few more today to be honest.”

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