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England set record cricket total

Posted by Warren Fyfe on August 30, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

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Hales hits highest ODI score by an Englishman

England posted the highest ever one-day international total and Alex Hales struck a record 171 in the third ODI against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

The hosts hit 444-3, beating the 443-9 posted by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands in 2006.

Jos Buttler also scored England’s fastest ever 50 – from 22 balls – in an innings of 90 not out.

Pakistan seamer Wahab Riaz’s figures of 0-110 are the second most expensive in ODI cricket.

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Hales’ record-breaking innings

Robin Smith’s 167 against Australia in 1993 was the previous highest score by an Englishman.

Hales had made just 7 and 14 in his previous one-day innings against Pakistan but he played positively from the start after England won the toss and batted first on a good pitch.

Despite Jason Roy’s early dismissal to a short Hasan Ali delivery, Hales’ aggressive nature saw him register a 55-ball half-century, before earning a reprieve on 73 when he was caught off a no-ball.

His fourth one-day century was brought up from 83 deliveries but Hales continued to accelerate, launching Hasan over midwicket to break Smith’s 23-year record.

Hales targeted the on-side and left-arm seamer Wahab came in for particular punishment as the Notts man struck 44 runs from 26 deliveries.

He was trapped lbw by the next ball but left the field having hit 22 boundaries and four sixes.

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Alex Hales had previously made 7 and 14 against Pakistan in the ODI series

Buttler and Morgan break record score

Joe Root played a supporting role to Hales, making 85 from 86 deliveries, but England could have stumbled once he fell in the 37th over.

However Buttler kept up the pressure on Pakistan with a succession of powerful shots all around the ground.

He struck a towering six over long-on and scooped Hasan to fine leg as he registered his half-century.

England captain Morgan added to the carnage by striking a Wahab delivery into the crowd for six as England passed their previous highest one-day total of 408.

Buttler struck the final ball of the innings over extra cover for four to finish on 90 not out and register a remarkable, unbeaten 161-run partnership with Morgan.

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Eoin Morgan (left) made an unbeaten 57 while Jos Buttler finished on 90 not out

More to follow.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/37225767

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