David Warner and Travis Head shared 269 runs for the opening wicket as the duo smashed centuries to help Australia defeat England by 221 runs (D/L) in the third and final ODI in Melbourne. Warner smashed 106 while Head registered his career-best score of 152 to power the Aussies to a total of 355/5, their highest against England in the format. With the same, the hosts inflicted a clean sweep 3-0 over the recently crowned T20 World Cup champions.
Speaking about how the dead rubber panned out, captain Jos Buttler won the toss and opted to field first. Head smacked 16 fours and four maximums in 130 deliveries while Warner hit eight fours and two sixes in 102 balls. Mitchell Marsh played a cameo of 30 off 16 to take his side to a mammoth total of above 350. Pacer Olly Stone snared four scalps but went for 85 runs in his ten-over spell.
Chasing 356, out-of-form batter Jason Roy top-scored for his side with his knock of 33 as it turned out to be a one-sided affair. No other English player got going against the quality bowling line-up of the Aussies. Skipper Pat Cummins and Sean Abbott took two wickets apiece but it was spinner Adam Zampa yet again who tormented the visitors.
The leggie took figures of 4/31 in 5.4 overs as Buttler and his team got bundled out for just 142 in 31.4 overs while chasing a revised target of 364 in 48 overs. The hosts won the encounter by 221 runs (DL) at the ‘G’ to complete the whitewash. Head won the Player of the Match while Warner grabbed the Player of the Series award for his 208 runs.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from the 3rd ODI between Australia and England:
355/5 – Australia registered their highest ODI total of 355/5 against England. Their previous best of 342/9 came in the 2015 World Cup opener at the same venue (MCG).
51.27 – Travis Head has scored 923 runs in 18 innings at an average of 51.27 and a strike rate of 106.58 with three centuries and six half-centuries as an opener in ODIs.
152 – Head recorded his best score of 152 in ODIs. His previous best of 128 came against Pakistan in the year 2017.
19 – David Warner has now slammed the second-most number of centuries (19) for Australia in the ODI format. He surpassed Mark Waugh’s tally of 18 tons. Ricky Ponting tops the chart with 29 hundreds.
795 – Head and Warner have shared 795 runs for the opening wicket in seven innings at an average of 113.57 with three-century stands and the highest of 284.
221 – England suffered their heaviest defeat in terms of runs (221) in ODIs. Previously, they had lost by 219 runs to Sri Lanka in Colombo (RPS) in the year 2018.
44 – Warner equaled Joe Root at the second position for most tons (44) amongst the active players in international cricket. Virat Kohli occupies the first spot with 71 centuries to his name.
30 – Adam Zampa has taken the joint-most ODI wickets (30) with Akeal Hosein amongst the full members in 2022.
68 – Warner smacked his first international century in 68 innings. His last three-figure mark came against India in an ODI in January 2020.
11 – Spinner Zampa equaled Mitchell Starc for picking up the most wickets (11) for the Aussies in a three-match series. Starc had also snared 11 scalps against the West Indies in the year 2021.
10 – Warner has now hit the second-most hundreds (ten) for the Kangaroos in ODIs on home soil. He went past Adam Gilchrist and Steven Smith, both having nine tons each. Ponting is on top for smashing 13 centuries.