England Australia 242 481 Trent Bridge world record 2018
England celebrate their historic 242-run win over Australia at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

England thrashed Australia by 242 runs in the third ODI of the ongoing series, at Trent Bridge. England now have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5-ODI series. Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales both scored hundreds, Jason Roy got 81, and Eoin Morgan scored the fastest fifty by an England batsman. England put up 481 for 6, bettering their own world record of 444 for 3, which they had set against Pakistan at the same ground two years ago. They hit 21 sixes in all, one short of the existing world record.

Australia were then bowled out for 239, conceding a 242-run defeat. We have discussed the statistical highlights of England’s score earlier. Here is a list of ‘milestones’ Australia set during this embarrassing defeat:

Biggest margins of defeat in ODIs batting first between Test-playing nations
Margin Winner Score Against Score Venue Season
272 runs South Africa 399/6 Zimbabwe 127 Benoni 2010-11
258 runs South Africa 301/8 Sri Lanka 43 Paarl 2011-12
257 runs South Africa 408/5 West Indies 151 Sydney 2014-15
245 runs Sri Lanka 299/5 India 54 Sharjah 2000-01
242 runs England 481/6 Australia 239 Trent Bridge 2018

England’s win was the fifth-largest in ODI history when both sides were Test-playing nations and 12th-largest overall. The top two entries involve a Test-playing nation beating an Associate Nation:
- 290 runs (New Zealand beating Ireland at Aberdeen, 2008)
- 275 runs (Australia beating Afghanistan at Perth, 2014-15)

England’s victory is their largest while batting first. Their previous best was 210 runs, achieved three years ago, when they scored 408 for 9 and bowled out New Zealand for 198 at Edgbaston.

Biggest wins for England batting first
Margin England Against Score Ground Season
242 runs 481/6 Australia 239 Trent Bridge 2018
210 runs 408/9 New Zealand 198 Edgbaston 2015
202 runs 334/4 India 132/3 Lord’s 1975
198 runs 363/7 Pakistan 165 Trent Bridge 1992
196 runs 290/5 East Africa 94 Edgbaston 1975

This is also Australia’s worst defeat while chasing. Their previous biggest margin of defeat was 206 runs, against New Zealand at Adelaide way back in 1985-86.

Biggest defeats for Australia batting second
Score Against Score Australia Ground Season
242 runs England 481/9 239 Trent Bridge 2018
206 runs New Zealand 276/7 70 Adelaide 1985-86
196 runs South Africa 289/7 93 Cape Town 2005-06
164 runs West Indies 255/8 91 Perth 1986-87
159 runs New Zealand 307/8 148 Auckland 2015-16

The previous largest margin of victory in an England-Australia match dates back to 1998-99: Australia scored 272 for 5 at Melbourne and bowled out England for 110, thus winning by 162 runs.