David Warner and Travis Head racked up a partnership record 269 with Melbourne Cricket Ground before England were beaten for just 142 as Australia won a 3-0 ODI series sweep by inflicting a record 221 run defeat to his opponents.
Head scored 152 while opening partner Warner made 106 as they hit their third and 19th ODI Hundreds respectively and overtook the 225-run partnership Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting shared against England. England at the MCG in 2002.
A few rain showers reduced the game to 48 overs per team, with Australia posting 355-5 before England were handed a revised 364 to avoid a first clean sweep in a multi-match ODI series since being beaten 5-0 in India in October. 2011.
They couldn’t handle it, bowled in 31.4 overs and at one point lost six wickets for 38 runs as Australian bowlers played where England had previously failed.
There was a slight return to form for Jason Roy (33 of 48), who hit six bounds at the top of the order as Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood smothered the ball over the place, but second best goalscorer was James Vince with 22 as Jos Buttler’s side crumbled 57-1 and were beaten at a venue where they won the T20 World Cup on November 13.
This ODI series had a term-ending feel for England after that T20 triumph, with Buttler’s side thoroughly beaten in all three matches, with a six-wicket loss in Adelaide and 72 losses in Sydney before the mayhem from Melbourne.
A number of tame, bat-weary dismissals followed England guilty of bowling short and wide after opting to play in wet and dark conditions.
The bowling offense was duly punished by Head and Warner, whose alliance was not broken until the 39th when Olly Stone (4-85) brushed off both players in the space of four deliveries.
Head, Warner marvels England at MCG
Head was given one in four lives with Liam Dawson unable to hold on to a strong chance on David Willey’s second bowling slip then canceled out one in nine lbw dismissal with Chris Woakes’ delivery which was found to have thrown the outer leg stump.
Head then reached his century from 91 balls before Warner finished his from 96 as they became only the second pair, after Indians Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, to share two stands over 250 ODI cricket runs, having knocked out Pakistan for 284 in Adelaide in January 2017.
The fast Englishman Stone had stunning numbers of 0-65 after seven overs but then struck twice in his eighth, with Warner well held by Willey at deep midwicket and Head rolled the slog.
Stone then picked up wickets in his ninth and 10th overs, as he ended cameos from Steve Smith (21 of 16) and Mitchell Marsh (30 of 16), while Dawson (1-75) had Marcus Stoinis ( 12) Caught point back from the first delivery after the second rain break.
A score of 400 seemed achievable for Australia as Head and Warner flew and even though they completed 45 races short of that mark, they still amassed the highest ODI score at the MCG.
England slump after Roy regains hint of form
Dawid Malan was promoted to fly-half with Phil Salt having been taken out of play under concussion protocol after hitting his head on the pitch, but the southpaw went for one after edging Josh Hazlewood behind while aiming to don a frontier cover reader.
Roy, however, looked as confident as he had for a long time despite Hazlewood and Cummins generating extravagant stitching motion and steadily beating the inside and outside edge.
Roy swept four leg side bounds and also hit two offsides before being pinned lbw by Cummins in the 13th and Sam Billings (7) attempted a back attempt to the same bowler two overs later.
Vince also perished on the draw midway through the 23rd, before leg spinner Adam Zampa (4-31) caught Buttler (1) at backspot and pinned Woakes (0) lbw from back-to-back deliveries in the 24th.
England were 95-7 when Moeen Ali, called up to the squad as a substitute for Salt with a concussion, skied Zampa long-range to fall for an 18 from 31 in which he was dropped twice.
Sam Curran (12) and Dawson (18) brought England back to triple figures but that was scant consolation with Zampa ending the game when he casted Stone.
England’s white-ball side return to action in South Africa from late January for three ODIs, with the focus now on red-ball cricket as Ben Stokes’ Test team heads to Pakistan for a three-match series, starting in Rawalpindi on Thursday, December 1. Watch all matches live on Sky Sports.