ODI now all about batsman’s blitzkrieg: Top 10 ODI team totals so far

ODI now all about batsman’s blitzkrieg: Top 10 ODI team totals so far

Which team has amassed the most runs in a single ODI match?

Jason Roy & Jonny Bairstow
Jason Roy of England celebrates with Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

They have been known to be a more Test-playing side and adjusted less with the 50-over format despite playing it for several decades. They lost as many as three World Cup final, falling short of the targets on all occasions – by large as well as small margins. But England now are a different ODI side altogether, especially after the humiliating exit they faced in the 2015 World Cup after getting rattled by Bangladesh.

On Tuesday, June 19, England amassed 481 for the loss of 6 wickets against Australia – eclipsing their own previous and world highest of 444 for 3 against scored against Pakistan in the same Nottingham in 2016. This is not just the highest score posted by England but also one of the series of mammoth totals they have been posing in the 50-over format over the last few years. The English batting line-up is more about power now and not the robotic display of burly technicians as it was once.

Australia, on the other hand, are going through a phase which is reminiscent of the pre-Allan Border era and will need a major rebuilding to attain the height it once had. It was after 12 years that a team scored 400-plus runs against Australia (the earlier one was that game known for Gibbs’s heroics way back in 2006) and the way they lost two consecutive one-day series against England, the signals are not good for the Kangaroos.

Here we take a look at the top 10 highest scores in ODIs – a cricket variant which is looking increasingly leaning in favour of the batsmen.

1. England 481/6 in 50 overs vs Australia at Nottingham, June 2018

Alex Hales
Alex Hales of England raises his bat. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The highest-ever score posed in the 50-over variant and there were two centurions (A Hales’s 147 and J Bairstow’s 139) and as many half-centurions (J Roy 82 and E Morgan 67) who powered the home side to the mammoth total. For Australia, Andrew Tye also scored a ‘ton’ by conceding 100 runs in 9 overs while Jhye Richardson came close by conceding 85 runs in his 10.

The Kangaroos never really looked threatening in the chase that they opted and were all out for 239 runs in 37 overs to lose the game by a massive margin of 242 runs and also with that, the series. Adil Rashid took for 4 for 47 for England. This is the heaviest hammering Australia have got in ODIs since their 206-run loss to New Zealand at home in 1986.