EOIN MORGAN admits he will face a monumental selection dilemma when Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes returns to one-day action later this summer, but the England skipper insists he is “privileged” to be part of a battling line-up that is continually setting new records.

England claimed a resounding six-wicket win over Australia at Emirates Riverside yesterday, with their total of 314-4 breaking the previous record for the highest total recorded in a One-Day International at Chester-le-Street.

Chasing down Australia’s score of 310-8, England reached their target with more than five overs to spare, with opener Alex Roy leading the way as he smashed an 81-ball hundred.

The victory came just two days after England posted a new world-record score of 481-6 at Trent Bridge, and once again saw Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales dominate at the top of the order.

Jos Buttler chipped in with a quick-fire half-century to seal things, and with Morgan and Joe Root boasting a host of international experience, England’s top order has an extremely powerful look.

However, with next year’s World Cup on home soil focusing minds, the question of what to do with Stokes is becoming harder and harder to solve. The Durham all-rounder has been sidelined since tearing his hamstring in the second Test against Pakistan, but is expected to return for the ODI series with India in the middle of next month.

“It’s not a problem at the moment because we don’t have to choose, but down the line it’s going to make for a tough decision,” said Morgan. “It’s not something I’m looking forward to making, but I’m pleased we’re spoiled for guys in such good form at the moment.

“I’ve been in teams before where there have been guys that can’t get a run, so it’s a very privileged position for us to be in at the moment.”

England are especially strong at the top of the order, with Roy and Bairstow combining in front of a sold-out Riverside yesterday to put on 174 for the first wicket.

Their partnership ensured their team-mates were able to coast to victory after they departed, and with both players having scored centuries in the last two games, Morgan could hardly wish for a stronger opening partnership.

“They’ve really found a new gear or level of intensity,” said the England skipper. “The way they’re playing creates an unbelievable tone at the top of the order.

“The form the two guys are in is phenomenal, but then Alex came in and was the same. As a team, we’re very hungry at the moment and we’re feeding off each other.”

Aaron Finch was one of two Australian centurions, but the tourists’ score of 310-8 never looked like being big enough to put England’s in-form batting order under significant pressure.

In the end, England chased down their target with 32 balls to spare, and with his side staring down the barrel of a potential whitewash at Old Trafford on Sunday, Finch admits Australia are having to take on the best one-day side in the world.

“The way they are playing with the bat, they are coming hard and putting a lot of pressure on our young bowlers,” he said. “That’s probably showing a bit. They are getting off to such fast starts, and that means they’re able to play at their own tempo right through their innings.

“The tone they are setting in one-day cricket is the benchmark in the world. They are playing like the number one team in the world.”

England will head to Old Trafford on Sunday looking to complete a series whitewash, but Morgan insists the thought of piling yet more embarrassment on the Australians is not uppermost in his mind.

“5-0 doesn’t really make a lot of difference,” he said. “It’s just another opportunity to put in another really strong performance. We’ll have to adapt to some different conditions over in Manchester, and we have to keep this momentum going.”