Alex Hales stars as England thrash Australia to win ODI series

The third game of the one-day series turned out to be the lowest ebb for Australia in the format as England piled on a record-breaking 481 runs at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Tim Paine and co. have not been able to put up a fight against a strong England side, who seem to create new records with each game they play in one-day cricket.

Chasing a mammoth score of 482 runs, D’Arcy Short perished quickly after a flurry of boundaries. Travis Head and Shaun Marsh added 68 runs to stage a fightback for Australia. Head played well to notch up 36-ball 50. Marsh failed to repeat his good form in this game. Moeen Ali came into the attack and got rid of Head to see Australia lose their second wicket. It was always a tough ask for Australia to chase down a mammoth score. Moeen picked up his second wicket as Marsh failed to clear the man at long on. Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell failed to get going in their innings as the visitors were bundled out for 239 runs in 37 overs.

For England, Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers with for wickets.

Earlier in the day, England got off to a brisk start as Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow added 159 runs for the opening wicket. Australia broke the partnership as Roy was run-out due to a terrible mix-up with Bairstow. He scored 82 off 61 balls with the help of seven fours in his innings. Bairstow continued his rich vein of form and notched up yet another hundred. He scored 139 runs off 92 balls with the help of fifteen fours and five sixes.

Alex Hales was under some pressure coming into this game and quickly settled in his innings. England looked in a strong position at 253 for 1 with Bairstow and Hales at the crease. The duo added 151 runs to see England cross the 300-run mark in the 33rd over. Alex Hales looked in no mood to slow down as he scored a brilliant hundred to help England post a record-breaking 481 runs in 50 overs. He scored 147 runs off 92 balls at his home ground. Eoin Morgan also chipped in with 37-ball 60 runs to see England score over 140 runs in the last 12 overs.

For Australia, Ashton Agar was the only bowler who conceded less than eight runs an over. Alex Hales was named player of the match for his belligerent century.

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