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Travis Head and David Warner scored brilliant hundreds and forged a record opening stand- 269 runs - to power Australia to a thumping 221-run victory over England in the third ODI at the MCG. Australia put on a formidable total of 355/5 in 48 overs, leaving England to chase 364 (as per the DLS method).

When they returned, spinner Adam Zampa (4-31) led England's rout as the visitors were bundled out for 142 in 31.4 overs, their heaviest defeat in the 50-overs format, chasing a revised target of 364 under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

On a day when batting records were broken at the MCG, only 10,406 fans filled the stadium, which can hold 100,000.

"It's been fantastic, all three games," Pat Cummins, his first series in charge of the Australia ODI squad, said.

"Everything has really clicked, the bowlers have all wanted to bowl and the batters have been fantastic.

"Good to finish it off



here, that's just about the best ODI I've been a part of."

Earlier put in to bat, Australia got off to a flying start, with Head and Warner relishing England's jaded attack's steady supply of short-of-length deliveries.

With a four off Chris Woakes, Head raced to a 91-ball century, his third in one-day internationals, and went on to make a career-best 152, which included four sixes and 16 fours.

Warner needed 97 balls to bring up his 19th century, ending a century drought that dated back to early 2020.

In the 39th over, Olly Stone (4-85) finally broke the stand, dismissing both openers in four balls.

England, who defeated Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final in Melbourne on Nov. 13, were equally unimpressive in the batting department. Jason Roy topscored for them with a battling 33, but they lost wickets at regular intervals and were never in the chase due to a lack of partnership.
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