London: Powered by a brilliant 171 by opener Alex Hales, England posted the highest total in One-Day Internationals as they smashed an incredible 444 runs for the loss of only three wickets in the third match of the series against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Tuesday.
The previous best was 443/9 which Sri Lanka scored against the Netherlands at Amstelveen in 2006. This is also the highest total between two Test playing nations with the previous best being 439/2 which South Africa scored against the West Indies at Johannesburg in 2015. Records tumbled at Trent Bridge as Alex Hales, on his Nottinghamshire home ground, first broke Robin Smith’s 23-year-old record for the highest ODI score by an Englishman. Robin Smith had scored a magnificent 167 not out way back in 1993 against Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Then Jos Buttler’s 22-ball fifty, the fastest ever by an Englishman, set another national mark as England passed 400 for the second time in their history. Buttler overall scored an unbeaten 90 off 51 balls, featuring seven fours and seven sixes. England’s previous own highest total was 408/9 which they scored against New Zealand in Birmingham last year. The hosts’ skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and wisely chose to bat against Pakistan. After the loss of Jason Roy (15) at the start, it was an England show all the way along.
Hales and Joe Root (85) smashed a brilliant 248-run second-wicket partnership at a run rate of 7.83 per over to provide the platform for the middle-order to accelerate. Skipper Morgan (57 not out) and Jos Buttler (90 not out) followed up with an unbeaten 161-run fourth-wicket stand at a staggering run-rate of 13.41 to power their team to the highest total ever achieved in the 50-over format.
All Pakistani bowlers went for more than six runs per over with Mohammad Nawaz being the most economical, giving away 62 runs from his 10 overs and taking one wicket. Apart from Nawaz only Hasan Ali was among wicket-takers as the medium fast bowler scalped two.
Pakistan’s left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz, who twice took ‘wickets’ with no-balls, finished with figures of none for 110 in his 10 overs. This was the second-most expensive ODI spell behind Australian Mick Lewis’s none for 113 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006.
England currently lead the five-match series 2-0 vs Pakistan.