In sensational innings, the England cricket team broke its own record for the highest ODI score in men's cricket by smashing an unbelievable 481/6 off 50 overs against arch-rivals Australia at Nottingham yesterday. England posted this humongous score thanks to the lightning knocks by Alex Hales (147 runs) and Jonny Bairstow (139 runs).
With this, England broke its own record of 444/3 against Pakistan at Nottingham in 2016. Even in the 2016 epic match, Alex Hales had hit 171 runs. England's latest run haul is second highest ever in ODI cricket history, after New Zealand women's team's 490/4 against Ireland on June 8, 2018.
Yesterday, Australia, played without David Warner and Steve Smith who were banned due to the ball-tampering scandal. The Kangaroos deployed as many as 8 bowlers to control the destruction of the English batsmen on a flat pitch but in vain.
Chasing a mammoth total, Australia was bowled out for just 239 runs, giving a 242 margin victory to England. The hosts have clinched the ongoing series with a 3-0 lead. Currently, England is ranked number 1 in the ICC ODI rankings, while Australia slipped to number 6, their lowest since 1984.