Centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales helped England to post 481-6 on their way to a 242-run victory in the third ODI, sealing the five-match series at the earliest opportunity. Riding on brutal centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales, the hosts created history by amassing the highest ODI total of all time.
Bairstow struck three fours off quickie Jhye Richardson's first over and Roy tucked into Billy Stanlake, pulling him for a six as England reached 38-0 after five overs. In Cardiff and Nottingham, their bowlers were dispatched for over 820 runs. Only once in the 56-year history of List A cricket - when Surrey scored 496 for 4 against Gloucestershire at The Oval in 2007 - has any side scored more.
It was a remarkable day of shot-making by England's batsmen though as they carved an ODI record 62 boundaries, including 21 sixes.
In the intervening years, they have developed into the most exciting, destructive and successful one-day team in the world. They smashed their own previous record of 444 (against Pakistan at the same venue in 2016) and comfortably registered the highest ODI total of all time. Bairstow reached his sixth hundred in 69 balls. The wheels fell off for Australia.
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"As good as the wicket was, to score 481, we saw a batting masterclass there from Bairstow, Roy and Hales", the former Australia captain told Sky Sports Cricket.
Australia captain Tim Paine, who won the toss, used eight bowlers but was unable to stem the torrent of runs.
England notched their 2nd consecutive ODI series win against the world champions. The southpaw scored a fiery 67 runs from just 30 balls in the match in which England scored 481/6 in their 50 overs. And after Short chipped one to mid-on, Head poked a return catch to Moeen Ali and Shaun Marsh lofted to long-on.
"There were some outstanding performances and we were relentless both with the bat and the ball", he said. The top three are a huge asset to have. Apart from the batsmen-friendly tracks, the fielding restrictions and heavier bats are just additions that suppress the bowlers even more.