‘Absolute carnage’ - Twitter in awe of England’s record-breaking win over Australia
England hammered Australia by 242 runs to win the third one-day international at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.cricket Updated: Jun 20, 2018 08:28 IST
Alex Hales (147 off 92 balls) and Jonny Bairstow (139 off 92 balls) led the way as England posted the highest-ever total of 481/6 during the third ODI encounter against Australia at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. The total surpassed England’s previous record of 444 which they scored two years ago against Pakistan, also at Trent Bridge.
In reply, Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals and with spinners Adil Rashid (4-47) and Moeen Ali (3-28) sharing seven wickets between them, the visitors slumped to a 242-run defeat – their heaviest loss ever in limited overs cricket. Thanks to this win, England are currently 3-0 up in the five-match series.
It was also a special day for England skipper Eoin Morgan as he slammed a 21-ball half century - the fastest by an England batsman in ODIs - to become his country’s leading ODI run scorer.
“It’s a day for everyone in that changing room to be very proud of,” Morgan said at the post-match press conference. “The way we operated and the level of intensity we brought to the game was on a different level to what we have produced in any performance over the last three years.
“The 50-over game has moved forward dramatically over the last three or four years and we have put ourselves in a position to adapt wherever we have gone,” he added.
The cricket fraternity were stunned by England’s batting performance and a number of past and present cricketers took to Twitter to express their feelings about the extraordinary feat. Here’s a look at some of the tweets -
I hope England enforce the follow on ...— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 19, 2018
Too see almost 500 runs scored in 50 overs in england is scaring me ..about the health of the game and where it’s going..Australian bowling getting treated this way whatever the conditions may be is not acceptable..A country of lillee,thompson,benaud.— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) June 19, 2018
Another outstanding performance from @englandcricket And to think some people were climbing into and criticising this highly talented group of players after losing one game to Scotland a week ago.....— Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) June 19, 2018
First Published: Jun 20, 2018 08:21 IST