England’s ballistic batting sets new ODI world record as Australia crumble

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    Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Alex Hales ripped into a placid Australian attack on a perfect Trent Bridge batting strip this morning to set a new ODI world record of 6-481, breaking their own mark of 3-444 set two years ago on the same ground.

    The trio were simply magnificent with Roy slamming 82 off 61 with seven fours and four maximums, only to be outgunned by Bairstow’s 139 off 92 with 15 fours and five sixes, and again by Hales’ 147 also off 92 with 16 fours and five maximums.

    Collectively that was 368 runs, normally a top total in its own right, off just 245 with 38 fours and 14 sixes.


    Eoin Morgan added his two bob’s worth with the fastest England ODI half-century in history off just 21 deliveries, taking the skipper to 6187 career runs, well ahead of the closest Englishmen; Ian Bell’s 5416 and Paul Collingwood’s 5092.

    In the end, England smashed 41 fours and a world record 21 sixes.

    Nasser Hussain and Mike Atherton, two former England captains, were in the commentary box and were told the 21 sixes were more than both of them hit in their entire careers.

    Hussain played 88 ODIs and struck 15 sixes, Atherton 54 for one – much mirth in the box.

    But no mirth for Australia, who could only manage 239 from 37 before being bowled out. It was a black day.

    It became their fifth successive series loss, and their biggest hiding in history by 242 runs.

    The attack was all over the shop. Every one of the eight bowlers has been told all their lives that line and length is all that matters, but there was blow all line and length.

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    Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar was the most economical with 1-70 off 10, while paceman Jhye Richardson bowled the only maiden early, and was on a hat-trick late in the carnage to finish with 3-92 off 10.

    The rest went for plenty headed by D’Arcy Short’s 11.50 an over, AJ Tye’s 11.11, Marcus Stoinis’ 10.62, and Glenn Maxwell’s 10.50.

    Only Shaun Marsh, Travis Head and keeper Tim Paine didn’t bowl.

    The big difference between the two sides was England’s batting ability to beat the field, while the Australians found fieldsmen like magnets.

    Sure the Australians are missing Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood – no team in the world can afford such losses.

    But what’s left aren’t knuckling down to do the job they are being handsomely paid to do.

    There are no excuses for batting collapses, there’s no excuse for Maxwell running out Stoinis like he did this morning, and there’s no excuse for bowlers representing their country bowling like seven-year-old kids who have never been coached.

    That’s rubbish, and must be number one priority for new coach Justin Langer to address.

    Anyone who plays for Australia must play like an international, or have their papers stamped never to play again.

    It’s as simple as that, put up or shut up.

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    • June 20th 2018 @ 9:03am
      bowledover said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:03am | ! Report

      This “experiment” is proving rather costly..

      Unfortunately, Short isn’t proving up to the challenge and Paine isn’t either (1) able to play down the order or (2) able to play as an ODI batsman at this level. Perhaps its a mixture of both.

      The series is lost now…and in spectacular fashion. Surely time to think about trialling another way? Carey, Khawaja, and Lyon maybe?

      • June 20th 2018 @ 9:17am
        Justsaying said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:17am | ! Report

        This is what happens when we have bit and pieces allrounders in the team and we ignore specialists like Khawaja, Lyon and others. England has specialists batsman like Hale’s shinning but we keep our best top order batsman out

      • June 20th 2018 @ 10:08am
        Paul said | June 20th 2018 @ 10:08am | ! Report

        so you’ve cast your expert eye over Short and decided he’s no good after 2 games? Give the guy a chance. The bloke who’s underperformed is Finch in this series, given his experience and form but I don’t see any mention of dropping him.

        Paine’s made runs at the top of the order in domestic cricket, so maybe that’s where he should be tried. Not sure how Khawaja going to get a run when he’s not in touring party.

        • June 20th 2018 @ 2:02pm
          ozinsa said | June 20th 2018 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

          Finch is playing out of position to accommodate Head (who is meant to be an all rounder but didn’t get a bowl in this carnage). I like what Paine is trying to do in a difficult role but he is a patent weakness in ODI’s. Get Carey in and hand the captaincy to Finchy opening the batting. Choose to bat first and at least bring some scoreboard pressure with a 300+ score. Easy in hindsight but this is where England recently scored 444 and was a place they loved to bat.
          So much wrong with the performances in this series. Time for Langer to step into the job and make a couple of tough calls.

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            June 21st 2018 @ 1:00pm
            Matt H said | June 21st 2018 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

            Head is not an all rounder. He’s a batsman who can bowl a bit. Like, for example, Mark Waugh was. Maxwell is the same. Agar is a bowler who bats a bit. Stoinis is the only true all rounder in the team at the moment.

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        June 20th 2018 @ 10:29am
        Ryan H said | June 20th 2018 @ 10:29am | ! Report

        I don’t know what made them think Short would be a success at 50-over level given his records would indicate he is a top-class BBL opener at this stage, but nothing more.

        Khawaja still should’ve been one of the first batsmen picked in this side given his short-form dominance domestically in the last few years – even as far back as 2013/14.

        Not having Carey in this lineup at number seven is starting to prove costly, and I am a huge fan of Tim Paine and what he has done for the test side since returning.

        • June 20th 2018 @ 11:35am
          Bowledover said | June 20th 2018 @ 11:35am | ! Report

          I am a huge fan of Paine as well and he brings some real authenticity to the media side of things.

          I just think Carey is the better short form option and should be tried given the series is done.

          In respect to Short – i want him to succeed, but i also want a strong team. He came into the ODI side on t20 form, not odi form. I may be wrong but though Khawaja was in the uk already, so could be parachuted in?

          I also expected more of Finch but the bloke gets moved around like deck chair. It seems he needs to open to have the big impact we need him to have.

        • June 20th 2018 @ 12:07pm
          George said | June 20th 2018 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

          But ‘even as far back as 2013/14’ the likes of Ronan judged him by different standards.

        • June 20th 2018 @ 12:38pm
          Stephen said | June 20th 2018 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

          Ryan H the fact is that khawaja is our best openign batsman along with warner and finch is down on form so why don’t we just get khawaja in. What frustrates me is that we have such a good batsman playing county cricket smashing runs when he can be playing for us. And we also need to stop preparing wickets that are destroying the limited versions of cricket. Not only are batsmen given all the advantages it teaches them poor technique for test cricket which usually give something for the bowler. I k now all the naysayers will argue that the Aussies had the same use of the pitch etc etc but surely those of us that have played and loved the game want to see something there for speed,seam or spin.

    • June 20th 2018 @ 9:09am
      Rats said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:09am | ! Report

      Every game is a learning curve when you are playing with your B team without main batsmen and bowlers.
      But what is concerning is the quality of reserved bowlers Aus have at the moment. There used to be a time when reserved AUS players could walk into any other international side but cant find a place in their own team.. such was the quality of products from Australia cricket factory..
      IPL causing the downfall of indian youngsters.. indian cricket pundits and BCCI knows it.. but they don’t care..
      Big bash is slowly and silently killing AUS cricket. AUS pundits and CA would realise it soon and will take some action.. for God’s sake stop sending your players to IPL.. it’s not helping your players in any way.. just stressing them physically and mentally.
      But the players won’t admit it.. because too much money is involved..

      • June 20th 2018 @ 9:20am
        Justsaying said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:20am | ! Report

        Head, short, finch, the key batters have all struggled this tour, drop short and bring Khawaja in to open with finch and have marsh at 3, our top order is a joke right now

        • June 20th 2018 @ 9:59am
          I no said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:59am | ! Report

          The last 2 games if finch opened I wouldn’t have been surprised if he got a 100 he definitely should open short is terrible.

        • June 20th 2018 @ 10:10am
          Paul said | June 20th 2018 @ 10:10am | ! Report

          why not drop Finch? He’s batted worse than Short who’s only played 2 games

          • June 20th 2018 @ 12:40pm
            Stephen said | June 20th 2018 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

            Finch has had a terrible series and IPL campaign but i would still get him and khawaja to open, its guys like short or head who for me are under more of the pump. How khawaja is not there is mind blowing. If we don’t get the right players then Australian cricket will become officially irrelevant, watch the drop off in viewers, spectators the works. Should be some new ashes somewhere to represent the death of Australian cricket

      • June 20th 2018 @ 9:29am
        Pope Paul VII said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:29am | ! Report

        Although England and India have had 20/20 longer and still go alright.

        • June 20th 2018 @ 9:48am
          Rats said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:48am | ! Report

          the problem is when you take T20 too seriously..
          Indian youngsters are facing this problem now. They are confused, They dont’ know if they need to concentrate on first class cricket to catch selectors eyes or use the short cut of IPL and perform awesome one season, get ODI call.
          What this does is,,, it adds too much pressure on these youngsters to perform in a 20 over match.. mental pressure to get selected in team in IPL.. then pressure to perform.. U19 cricketers are facing this pressure.. Instead of going to first class cricket, relax, learn, cherish and take the proper route to national side they burden themselves with IPL tension.
          Very soon Aussie youngsters will feel this pressure.

          • June 20th 2018 @ 1:46pm
            Paul said | June 20th 2018 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

            That’s a really interesting post Rats. Not sure it entirely explains why our ODI side is going badly, but it gives another perspective on cricket in India.

      • June 20th 2018 @ 11:00am
        James said | June 20th 2018 @ 11:00am | ! Report

        That is such a bs and pathetic excuse. This is the Australian team and it had the highest number of runs scored against them in an odi ever. Not Afghanistan not Ireland but Australia is the worst odi bowling team ever. That is embarrassing.

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      June 20th 2018 @ 9:14am
      mds1970 said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:14am | ! Report

      Come back Smith, Warner and Bancroft. All is forgiven.

      • June 20th 2018 @ 9:18am
        Justsaying said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:18am | ! Report

        They should never be suspended for that long, we over reacted and other nations are laughing at us

        • June 20th 2018 @ 10:37am
          JayG said | June 20th 2018 @ 10:37am | ! Report

          Very true. Case in point is SL captain’s recent ball tampering conviction. I’m willing to bet SL board will take no other action over the 1 Test ban ICC has handed down

        • June 20th 2018 @ 1:11pm
          13th Man said | June 20th 2018 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

          Agree completely, the suspension was far too long and we made way to big a deal over it! But you know whose at fault? The public. The outcry from the public was so severe that CA had to act accordingly. Only those in the know with cricket realised that in the grand scheme of things ball tampering is a 1 match offence not one year.
          Anyway we reap what we sow and were without our two best batsmen for a year so results like this our bound to be inevitable.
          Plenty of work for JL.

    • June 20th 2018 @ 9:41am
      Pope Paul VII said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:41am | ! Report

      Khawaja is a great one day player and it’s a crime him not being in the side but I can’t see him hauling in 481.

      Lyon definitely should be in the side also, which would lower the target.

      Not sure who else they could have picked of the seamers with all the premier fast bowlers out of action? Chadd “Leo” Sayers? Copeland?

      On the bright side, I once went for 81 off 9 overs, so thanks guys for making me feel better.

      • June 20th 2018 @ 12:43pm
        Stephen said | June 20th 2018 @ 12:43pm | ! Report

        I agree Pope, its a crime khawaja is not getting picked specially at a time when we need solid top order batting, look what hales did at number 3, khawaja is now a explosive type batsman like that who can destroy attacks. Also get Lyon in there too. And also when are we going to look at Head’s performances with the bat? I’m a big fan of him – fantastic batsman but you can’t bat in the opening slot and continually not contribute… in saying that he isn’t the only problem… resting players doesn’t work yet CA continue to do it… The state of Australian Cricket is an absolute farce, can somebody tell me the last player to score 1000runs in a shield season or take 50wickets consistently a season?

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        June 21st 2018 @ 1:04pm
        Matt H said | June 21st 2018 @ 1:04pm | ! Report

        Tremain? Neser can come back in, he did alright in the first games.

    • Roar Guru

      June 20th 2018 @ 9:46am
      Hoy said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:46am | ! Report

      The team seems to be in a spiral of self doubt and guilt. They don’t know how to play anymore… By cheating, the guilty party have robbed the Australian team of the ability to go for the throat, to play hard edged cricket. They are seemingly apologetic about it all, and overcompensating in meekness…

      That’s how it seems to me.

      And I also agree with Rats to an extent. But I also see the Pope’s point as well… but I will say this… in 20/20, when good balls go for big runs, there is no great incentive to bowl to a plan, and you only have what? 5 over for a plan anyway? With players playing more and more 20/20, which, lets face it, we stink at, at times, bad habits creep… batsmen slog because they have to, and when they get out, “oh well, I scored 13 off 10”, and bowlers just thunder in and hurl and hope.

      That is how it seems to me.

      Long road back.

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      June 20th 2018 @ 9:49am
      JamesH said | June 20th 2018 @ 9:49am | ! Report

      Hard to blame the batsmen. They mostly got starts but were dismissed trying to keep the run rate up. 481 runs worth of scoreboard pressure will do that. It’s simply eye-watering to even think about. At least they had a dip.

      The thing that strikes me is that Australia doesn’t seem to have a plan of attack against England’s top 3. They know how Bairstow and co play but for some reason still seem to give them room to free their arms. Cramp them up, change up the pace. Do something before they force you to do something.

      I hope Paine steps aside for the next two games to give Carey a run. I also hope we bat first. Tye has had an absolute mare and might have to make way for Neser.

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