ENGLAND SET NEW ODI RECORD OF 444

Brief scores: England 444-3 (Alex Hales 171, Jos Buttler 90 not out, Joe Root 85, Hasan Ali 2-74) beat Pakistan 275 (Sharjeel 58, Amir 58, Woakes 4-41) by 169 runs

NOTTINGHAM: England piled up a world record One-Day International total of 444 for three against Pakistan after Alex Hales and Jos Buttler ran riot at a sunkissed Trent Bridge on Tuesday.

Buttler struck the last ball of the innings for four to take Eoin Morgan’s men past Sri Lanka’s 443 for nine against Netherlands in July 2006.

Hales plundered 171, the highest individual limited-overs score by an England batsman, before Buttler reached his fifty off 22 deliveries, also an England record.

The hosts passed their previous highest total of 408 for nine, made against New Zealand last year, while captain Morgan got to his half-century off 24 deliveries as he and Buttler shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 161.

Hales flayed four sixes and 22 fours in his 122-ball knock to surpass Robin Smith’s 167 not out against Australia in Birmingham in 1993.

Caught off a no-ball on 72 and dropped on 114, the 27-year-old right-hander passed Smith’s score by pulling Hasan Ali to the midwicket boundary.

The bowler trapped him lbw with the next delivery to end a second-wicket stand of 248 with Joe Root, who fell soon after for 85, but the pain was far from over for the Pakistan bowlers.

Buttler hammered six sixes and three fours to get to his halfcentury and finished 90 not out off 51 balls while Morgan ended unbeaten on 57.

Sharjeel Khan continued at the start of Pakistan’s chase as he sped to a 26-ball fifty. Latching on to anything short, he pulled with some style – taking four boundaries in a row off Mark Wood – before picking out deep square-leg to give Chris Woakes the third of his opening spell.

Ben Stokes, who had not been able to enjoy himself with the bat, was given his first bowl of the series after overcoming the calf injury he sustained in the Test series. A leading edge from Babar Azam gave him a wicket. Liam Plunkett again pushed up the speedgun, finding Malik’s outside edge, and it was just a case of how long the lower order could prolong things into the evening.

Amir provided some final entertainment for those who stayed to the end, bringing up his fifty with three consecutive sixes off Adil Rashid. He and Yasir added 76 in seven overs for the last wicket as it briefly became a little messy from England until Amir top edged a return catch to give Woakes his fourth.

England have never been through a season unbeaten in limited-overs cricket since the game changed to white balls in this country and have only one previous whitewash in a series of at least five matches. Both of those are now very much on the cards.

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