England have set a world record one-day international total of 444 for three against Pakistan in Nottingham. Alex Hales and Jos Buttler ran riot to eclipse the previous record of 443 for nine set by Sri Lanka in 2006.
Hales plundered 171, the highest individual limited-overs score by an England batsman, before Buttler reached his fifty off only 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 Eoin 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 innings at Trent Bridge to surpass Robin Smith’s 167 not out against Australia in Birmingham in 1993.
He shared a second-wicket stand of 248 with Joe Root, who scored 85 before Buttler hammered six sixes and three fours to finish 90 not out off 51 balls. Morgan ended unbeaten on 57.
England have vastly improved their performances in limited overs cricket in recent years but surpassed even their wildest expectations with Tuesday’s astonishing achievement.
Pakistan made a brave fight of the chase, with opener Sharjeel Khan striking a gutsy 58, but the tourists were eventually bowled out for 275 in 42.4 overs to give England a 169-run victory.