England vs Pakistan 3rd ODI: Hales stars as England shatter numerous records at Trent Bridge

Hales holds the record for the highest ODI score by an England batsman

Hales holds the record for the highest ODI score by an England batsman

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It was a records galore in the third ODI between England and Pakistan in Nottingham, with numerous individual and team records being broken in the hosts’ 169-run win, which also saw them take an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Alex Hales stole the show when it came to individual records as he made a career-best 171, which is the highest score by an England batsman in ODI history. It was also the second-highest score against Pakistan in ODIs behind India batsman Virat Kohli’s 183 in the 2012 Asia Cup.

England, as a team, made 444/3, which is the highest ODI total in history as it surpassed the previous record of 443/9 set by Sri Lanka against Netherlands in Amstelveen in 2006. It was also the highest score against Pakistan in ODIs, easily beating the 392/6 South Africa made in Centurion in February 2007.

Choosing to bat first, England lost opener Jason Roy early on for 15, but Hales and Joe Root more than made up for it as they amassed a 248-run stand, the highest partnership for any wicket against Pakistan and England’s third-highest partnership in ODI history.

During the partnership, Hales raced past his fourth ODI century and blitzed past the 150 mark, while Root surpassed his half-century.

Hasan Ali provided the breakthrough Pakistan so sorely needed as he trapped Hales lbw for 171, which came off 122 balls, which included 22 boundaries and four sixes.

Root, meanwhile, was on his way back to the pavilion soon after as he was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammad Nawaz for 85, which came off 86 deliveries and included eight boundaries.

Root scored his 17th ODI fifty

Root scored his 17th ODI fifty

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Despite losing Hales and Root in quick succession, England didn’t back down as wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and captain Eoin Morgan continued to take the attack to Pakistan in the form of an unbeaten 161-run stand.

Buttler and Morgan both brought up their half-centuries as England ended up finishing on 444/3 off their 50 overs.

Buttler made the fastest ODI fifty by an England player

Buttler made the fastest ODI fifty by an England player

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Buttler ended the innings on 90 not out, which came off 51 balls and included seven boundaries and seven sixes, while Morgan remained undefeated on 57 off 27 deliveries, which included three boundaries and five sixes.

Morgan struck three boundaries and five sixes during his unbeaten knock of 57

Morgan struck three boundaries and five sixes during his unbeaten knock of 57

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Hasan was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Nawaz chipped in with one.

Chasing a record-breaking target of 445 to win, Chris Woakes dealt Pakistan a big blow early in their innings as he removed opener Sami Aslam for eight.

Woakes continued to trouble Pakistan’s top order as he took out captain Azhar Ali for 13 before getting rid of Sharjeel Khan for 58, which came off 30 balls and included 12 boundaries and a six.

Sharjeel scored a valiant 58

Sharjeel scored a valiant 58

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Once Sharjeel was back in the pavilion, Pakistan’s middle order buckled under the mounting pressure and they were ultimately left reeling at 199/9, which they managed to reach courtesy of wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed’s 38 and Nawaz’s 34.

Teetering on the brink of a huge loss, Mohammad Amir sprung a major surprise as he smashed a magnificent and entertaining half-century during his last-gasp 76-run partnership with Yasir Shah.

Amir ended up making 58, the highest score by a No. 11 batsman in ODI history, off 28 balls, which included five boundaries and four sixes, before he was dismissed caught and bowled by Woakes.

Amir provided some fireworks towards the end of Pakistan's innings

Amir provided some fireworks towards the end of Pakistan’s innings

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Woakes was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Adil Rashid snapped up two and Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali claimed one wicket each as Pakistan were bowled out for 275 and failed to win their ninth consecutive ODI series in England. The last time they won on English soil was back in 1974.

Azhar was less than impressed with his team’s performance, and said: “Exceptional innings from Alex Hales and Jos Buttler. Our fielding, on a wicket like this, it needs to support the bowlers and that didn’t happen. It’s hard to control the flow of runs on a wicket like this if you don’t pick up wickets. We need to pick ourselves up.

“The Test team is doing so well for the last five or six years, but the one-day team hasn’t played well for the last two or three years. Once their batsmen are going like that, all you can do it keep things simple, but all credit to the England team.”

Morgan was delighted to have broken a plethora of records and won the series, and said: “A momentum knock from Alex Hales on his home ground, our innings was based around that, not to undermine Joe Root’s part in that. He’s shaped up well and more often than not has kept a really good attitude. The records are hugely important, we are not just a side that likes batting second. We probably have a group of 17 or 18 players who have played in the last year or so and could have played. The success of the international team is driving all of that.”

Hales was named Man of the Match, and said: “A special venue, always guaranteed high scoring games. I didn’t know about the record, as Jason Roy got 160-odd at The Oval and came close. The improvements we’ve shown in the last few years, I’m not sure how long that record will stand. We always talk about it as a team, we haven’t reached our full potential yet, still more to come. A tough few weeks personally, but I haven’t felt out of form with the white ball, so I’m going to enjoy tonight. But we want to be ruthless and win 5-0.”

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