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4 talking points from Trent Bridge

Eoin Morgan of England Eoin Morgan of England
Isaac Mcdaniel | 22 June, 2018, 10:17

Hales showed tremendous power but also nice placement and shot selection.

In reply, Travis Head scored a fluent half-century but Australia were bowled out for just 239 as England sealed an emphatic 242-run victory.

21 - Sixes hit by England, bettering their previous record of 16 that they hit against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in 2016.

England might even have scored 500 had not Hales and Morgan - returning after being ruled out in Cardiff with a back spasm - been dismissed off successive balls.

A sequence of events - starting with his suspension last September following a night out in Bristol which left team-mate Ben Stokes facing a charge of affray - saw Hales lose his opener's slot.

Only Jhye Richardson (3/92 off 10 overs) and Ashton Agar (1/70 off 10) did any damage with the ball, with Andrew Tye (0/100 off nine) becoming the second Aussie to concede 100 runs in an innings.

Moeen was among those who got little or no chance to join in the fun as batsmen.

England leads the five-match series 2-0.

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He fell short of that milestone today, being run out for 82, but Bairstow, Hales and Morgan were on hand to inflict the punishment.

"It's frightening to think that England probably should have got 500", England's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson said on Test Match Special. "It's just a case of relaxing and watching the ball".

"For us to get bowled out in the 37th over on the best batting track in the world - there were huge missed opportunities there for some of our batters".

"Each opposition gives you different challenges, each bowler is going to give you different challenges - you look at Stanlake at 6ft8in compared to Richardson who is smaller, skiddier". That's the nature of players round the world. "It's just a case of maintaining your consistency, doing your same things day after day, and keep enjoying it, and that's what I'm doing at the moment".

Despite the heavy loss, Langer said it wasn't the time to make wholesale changes to the team but hinted Nathan Lyon could get a first match on tour. What a special day.

The game of cricket was always defined by the battle between willow and cherry but off late, it has been more about the former and it won't be good for the game in the long run.

In the must-win encounter, Paine won the toss and elected to chase and the decision drooped from the outset as Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow took the bowling by the scruff of their necks and pulverized them.

"That was extraordinary. Some of the best striking I've seen to be honest", he said.

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