New Delhi: England on Tuesday tore apart the Pakistan bowling line up to set up a new world record by scoring the highest ever total in One Day Internationals (ODIs). Batting first in the third ODI at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England scored a mammoth 444/3 in their allotted 50 overs.
Alex Hales went on to score the highest individual score by an England batsman scoring 171 off 122 deliveries, knocking Robin Smith’s unbeaten 167 against Australia in 1993 off the top spot. Hales smashed 22 hits to the fence and four over it. Jos Buttler contributed with 90 off 51 balls, scoring the fastest fifty by an English batsman on his way.
Joe Root played the role of a strike rotator with a responsible 85 off 86 deliveries.
The highest ODI total prior to England’s blitzkreig was 443 by Sri Lanka against Netherlands in 2006, with South Africa close third at 439 against West Indies at Johannesburg in January 18, 2015.