Cricket World Rewind: #OnThisDay - Bairstow, Hales school Australia with highest ODI total at Trent Bridge
June 19, 2018 - Despite England slowing down in the last five overs and missing the ambitious 500-run mark by 19 runs, the Eoin Morgan-led side made history with the highest ODI total of 481.
You look at the Australian playing XI in the match that went down the annals of cricketing history and you look at the names of players who took Australia to the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup and you'd struggle to find similarities in both the teams.
The time gap was only one year but Australia were playing with a different team altogether, under a different captain and with a different approach, in the wake of the sandpaper-gate controversy and in the absence of two of their gun players Steve Smith and David Warner. D'Arcy Short and Travis Head opened the batting for them with Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis following at 3 and 4.
Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell were the two ever-present faces in the XI, with Tim Paine captaining. The bowlers included Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake. The leaders of the pace battery, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, were both injured or not too keen on ODI Cricket at that juncture and were not part of the squad.
Australia arrived on the England shores in 2018 for 6 white-ball matches - a 5-match ODI series and a one-off T20I. To their credit, the team fought well in the first match, conceding a defeat by a narrow margin of 3 wickets.
In the next match, the margin of defeat was 38 runs. Still, Australia were in the game at various points during the match. By the time the third ODI arrived, Australia could not take any more beating and were pushed on the back foot.
When Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow started pounding boundaries, it was clear that the Australian bowlers had no effective response to the onslaught on a Trent Bridge batting beauty. The same venue where the Eoin Morgan-led side had broken the record for the highest total in ODIs just a couple of years ago in 2016 against Pakistan.
England had then piled up 444 runs on the board on a similar type of pitch. The team wasn't holding back one bit then, and they surely weren't holding back now.
The opening pair led the charge as England were 79 for no loss at the end of the powerplay. There was no reason to dial back and the two kept going. The partnership finally ended in the 20th over with the score at 159.
The entertainment did not stop, with Alex Hales (147 off 92) now out to the pitch to partner Bairstow (139 off 92). As the score crossed 300 in just the 32nd over, it looked very likely that the record for the highest ODI score would be broken.
The milestone was shortly achieved. And, with that, all eyes were now firmly set on the 500-run record in anticipation of it being breached for the first time in ODIs. However, after the dismissals of Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan, England did lose some pace, particularly in the last five overs, and fell 19 runs short of the much-coveted target.
Even then, they made history with the highest ODI total of 481. The team achieved an innings run rate of 9.62 - the 6th highest in an ODI innings.
Skipper Eoin Morgan, who surpassed Ian Bell to take his tally to 5443 ODI runs, took just 21 balls for his half-century - the fastest by any England batsman then.
This was just the second instance of England putting together two 150+ partnerships in an ODI innings.
Australia had no chance of making a match out of it. Opener Travis Head was their only batsman to score a half-century as the team was bowled out for 239 within 37 overs, to concede a 242-run loss.
This was their biggest loss in ODI history and the 5th highest for a full member nation. England had every reason to celebrate as they not only registered the highest ODI total of all time but also their biggest ODI win.
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