England has broken records left, right, and centre in the first innings of their Test series against Pakistan. This article will discuss the records set by the English team during the innings.
Highest Test Innings Run rate
During their massive 657 all-out, England’s run rate was 6.50. In a Test inning of more than 100 overs, it is the quickest run rate for any side. The previous record was 5.36, set by Sri Lanka in 2001 against Bangladesh, when they scored 555 for 5 in 103.3 overs.
England’s Highest First Innings Total
The first-innings score for England in Rawalpindi was 657. It surpasses their previous record against Pakistan of 598-9 in Abu Dhabi in 2015 and is England’s fifth-highest Test cricket score ever. It is England’s second-highest score away from home, behind 849 against the West Indies in Kingston in 1930.
Second Highest Score in Pakistan
It was the second-highest Test total ever against Pakistan. The highest total ever against the host side in a Test match in Pakistan is 675 for India in the 2004 Multan match. Overall, It was the fifth-highest test score against Pakistan.
Fifth-Highest Test Runs in an Innings in Boundaries
England scored 398 runs off boundaries, ranking fifth among all teams in a Test inning. Along with being the highest by any team against Pakistan, they are also the most boundary runs England has ever scored in a Test inning, surpassing the 372 against South Africa in 2016. Harry Brook was the main contributor, who scored 120 of his 153 runs in boundaries.
Fourth Fastest Test 150
Harry Brook took 115 balls to complete his 150. It is the quickest 150 by a batter in Test cricket history and the fastest by England Batter. Ben Stokes’ previous record for England was 135 balls against South Africa in 2016.
Most runs in an over by England Batter
Harry Brook scored 27 runs off Zahid Mahmood in the 83rd over. This was the highest runs ever scored by an England batter in an over during a Test match. Earlier, Brook smashed 24 runs off Saud Shakeel by hitting six fours in an over. By scoring 27, he surpassed the previous mark of 24 runs, which Ian Botham and himself shared.
It was a run feast in Rawalpindi, and England took the most out of the conditions with the new approach. The pitches in Pakistan will be similar to the ones in Rawalpindi, and we can expect England batters to break some more records in the remaining matches.