Hales storms England to record-breaking 444-3


August 31, 2016
England's Alex Hales celebrates his century during the third one day international cricket match, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England, yesterday. (AP Photo)


England smashed a world record-breaking 444-3 against Pakistan in their third one-day international (ODI) yesterday, after opening batsman Alex Hales hit England's highest individual ODI score with 171.

Hales struck 22 fours and four sixes in a 122-ball blitz at his home ground in Trent Bridge, beating Robin Smith's 23-year-old England record of an unbeaten 167 against Australia.

Jos Buttler (90 not out) also punished Pakistan's bowlers by notching England's fastest ever ODI half century in just 22 balls. Captain Eoin Morgan, who won the toss and opted to bat, profited from a dropped catch to remain unbeaten on 57.

Together with Joe Root (85), who hit his third successive half century of the series, Hales added 248 runs off 190 balls as England bettered the previous world record of 443-9, set by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands in 2006, when Buttler hit a four off the last ball.

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