David Warner and Travis Head combined to break a 19-year record as Australia beat England in a 221-point win to secure a whitewashed one-day streak on Tuesday.
Warner and Head joined forces for 269 runs to beat the highest ODI partnership by an Australian pair at the MCG, eclipsing the 225 posted by Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting against England in December 2002.
As Warner marked his first international centenary since January 2020, Head hit his third ODI ton to bolster his bid to open next year’s 50+ World Cup in India.
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Warner compiled 106 runs from 102 balls, including eight fours and two sixes, and Head hit 152 of 130, scoring 16 fours and four sixes along the way.
Head’s cent was his first since the birth of his baby girl in September – and he celebrated it appropriately by swinging his Gray-Nicolls bat like a newborn.
“Party in style!” said Fox Cricket commentator Mark Howard.
Head was relieved to have reached the triple when he spoke to Fox Cricket after the game.
“I haven’t had a lot of runs since he was born, it’s so nice to contribute, and yeah, it’s nice to be at bat with Davey,” Head said.
“Obviously our partnership has been a good one so far. He’s looked after us and I hope many more will continue.”
Australia went 5-355 but a rain delay meant England were on 364 to win.
The visitors were bowled for 142 in 31.4 overs, with Jason Roy leading with 33.
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A bad dose of luck for James Vince, who was hit twice in the groin by Josh Hazlewood, put salt in England’s wounds.
A combination of the destruction inflicted by Warner and Head, England’s T20 World Cup hangover and a deplorable crowd meant the game looked no more competitive than a joint nets session.
But such is the nature of the world cricket calendar that a few days go by without a match being played.
Australia beat England by six wickets in the first ODI of the series, 72 runs in the second game and 221 runs on Tuesday.
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