Australia hit highest World Cup total of 417

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Perth: Australia hit the highest World Cup score in tournament history on Wednesday when they made 417-6 against Afghanistan at the WACA in Perth.

The four-time champions went past the previous best of 413-5 made by India against Bermuda in 2007.

It was the third 400-plus total at this World Cup after South Africa twice went through the barrier — 408-5 against the West Indies and 411-4 in the game with Ireland.

Earlier David Warner made Australia’s highest World Cup individual score of 178 beating the 158 of Matthew Hayden against West Indies at Antigua in 2007.

He was just seven short of Shane Watson’s record in all ODIs of 185 not out against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2011.

Warner’s 260-run second wicket partnership with Steve Smith, who went on to 95, was an Australian ODI record beating the 252 of Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson against England at Centurion in 2009.

Glenn Maxwell hit a rapid 88 off just 39 balls with six fours and seven sixes. (AFP)

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