Records fall at MCG as Head and Warner put England to the sword

A number of records were broken on Tuesday at the MCG as Australia’s Travis Head and David Warner put England to the sword with a superb opening combination in the third and final One-Day International in Melbourne. The two put up 269 for the first wicket, virtually matching their own record for the best opening stand by Australia in Men’s ODIs, which they set against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval in 2017.

Records fall at MCG, Head and Warner put England to the sword

It was the ninth-highest opening partnership in Men’s ODI history, comfortably surpassing the 182 achieved by West Indies greats Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes against the Aussies in 1981 as the largest opening combination at the legendary Melbourne stadium.

They also surpassed Australia’s Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist’s 252 for the greatest partnership on any wicket at the MCG, and are now one of just two pairings – along with India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly – to have collaborated for more than two centuries of more than 250 in ODI cricket. Warner was finally out for 106 in the 39th over, and Head quickly followed suit with an ODI career-high 152 off three Olly Stone deliveries.

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