Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
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Roy ton helps power England into 4-0 lead over Australia

Roy ton helps power England into 4-0 lead over Australia

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But it proved to be a comfortable target for the hosts, who eased to victory with 32 balls to spare thanks to an opening stand of 174 from Jason Roy (101) and Jonny Bairstow (79).

England mounted their second-highest successful run-chase to secure a six-wicket victory over Australia in the fourth one-day worldwide, at Emirates Riverside.

Asked for his reaction to the openers" superlative batting, Morgan said: "If it does become the "normal', that would be awesome - because it creates an unbelievable tone at the top of the order".

"To see nearly 500 runs scored in 50 overs in England is scaring me.about the health of the game and where it's going", tweeted former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

Eoin Morgan's men took an unassailable 3-0 lead in Nottingham on Tuesday when they posted a new world record total at this level of 481 for six.

Earlier, Aaron Finch (100) and Marsh (101) both hit hundreds in Australia´s 310 for eight, with Marsh´s following his 131 against England in Cardiff last weekend. Jointly they added 159 runs so far.

Australia skipper Tim Paine admits his side missed out on a great chance to beat England after failing to build on a superb start with the bat. "We didn't take wickets [early] which is an area we hope to improve, but we certainly controlled the run-rate", he said.

"We've got to keep learning and take things out of the game, this will hold them in good stead".

But it is the latest record-breaking feat at Trent Bridge, a year out from the World Cup in England, that has sent shock waves through the world of cricket, given a total of 500 - once thought to be utterly unobtainable in a 50-over game - now appears to be in sight.

"We've always looked at series like this, and games with one day in between, as quite rigorous for the bowlers. The way they are playing is reminiscent of how we used to play in our day with Gilly, Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting at the top".

England's victory prospects seemed as bright as the evening sun - and the incongruous floodlights - as Roy brought up his hundred with an huge six over midwicket off Nathan Lyon, from his 81st delivery.

The England Lions will now play a one-day tri-series against India A and West India A starting June 22.

"We've been a little bit too wide or too full at different times and not just hanging in there and making them hit really good shots". I was in Johannesburg when Australia got 400 and South Africa then got it, but that was just brutal.

"I could have got us to a lot more".

"I think we've still got to stick to our strengths, but just find a way to stay in the contest for longer", Finch added, after Australia's 15th defeat in 17 completed ODIs.

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