Pakistan move to number five in ODI rankings

Shaun Marsh

Shaun Marsh's call-up to the Australia side saw Glamorgan bring in fellow Australian Usman Khawaja as a replacement

England broke their own record for the highest ODI score in men's cricket when they hammered 481/6 off 50 overs against Australia.

Of course beating anyone clad in Australian gold is always a boon to the Englishman but you have to wonder whether, despite two defeats, this experience for their young players will do them more good next year than the home side.

Less than two years ago they were ranked no.1 heading into an away series against South Africa.

Morgan joined in the fun as he struck a 21-ball half century - the fastest by an England batsman in ODIs - to become his country's leading one-day run scorer.

Why England are playing Australia at all, other than for an erroneous commercial calculation, is a puzzle to this correspondent.

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If England win, it will be the first time they have won back-to-back ODI series against Australia since 1986-87. The team needs to win at least one of its three remaining games in the series to improve their ranking.

"Hopefully Bill will be right for the next game", said the 34-year-old Marsh after scoring his first ODI century in almost five years.

"We know we need to improve a fair bit to get that win". We'll have to be better in a few days' time.

Paine should be fit to lead the side in Nottingham despite having stitches inserted inside and outside his mouth after a legside delivery from Andrew Tye in Cardiff reared up on the second bounce to hit the gloveman flush in the face.

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