506 runs, four tons – one ‘extraordinary’ day… but England still robbed of all-time Test record – Fox Sports

Bazball reached what could be its pinnacle as England smashed four centuries in one day in the highest day one total ever seen in a Test, despite a virus sweeping through the squad before facing Pakistan.
Zak Crawley (122) blasted the fastest ever century by an England opener to begin proceedings in the first Test at Rawalpindi, with he and Ben Duckett (107) storming to 0-233 in just 35.4 overs.
But after the fall of Joe Root for 23, the storming pace resumed, with Ollie Pope (108) and Harry Brook (101*) reaching triple figures before England ended the day 506-4 off 75 overs, for a ridiculous run rate of 6.75.
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England’s 506 runs was the second-most scored on any day of a Test by one team, falling short of Sri Lanka’s 509 on day two against Bangladesh at Colombo (PSS) in 2002. The record could have been theirs if bad light had not stopped play.
Sri Lanka’s record came off 104 overs, not today’s 75.
Ben Stokes was not out, on 34, having helped England break a 112-year-old record for the most runs on the first day of a Test — beating Australia’s 494-6 against South Africa at Sydney.

Brook’s 80-ball century was the equal-25th fastest in Test history, with England coach Brendon McCullum fittingly holding the record at 54 balls.
It was also the first time four batters scored hundreds on day one of a Test.
England also became the 24th team in Test cricket history to score at least four hundreds in an innings. The most recent before this was Pakistan against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2019.

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England hadn’t done it since 2007 when Alastair Cook, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell and Matt Prior all reached triple digits, though that match was drawn.
The all-time record is five centuries, held by Australia against the West Indies in Kingston in 1955, and Pakistan against Bangladesh in Multan in 2001.
England’s fiery batting — with 73 boundaries and three sixes — lifted the gloom over the start, which hung in the balance Wednesday after several of the tourists came down with a mystery virus.

As if the punishment from the top three wasn’t enough, Brook — playing only his second Test — cracked six consecutive boundaries off one over from debutant spinner Saud Shakeel. He is only the fourth batsman to score six consecutive boundaries in a Test, following West Indians Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan, and Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya.
It capped a highly entertaining day for a crowd of 6,000 that included around 150 “Barmy Army” fans.

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And England have set their sights on even more runs.
“It was obviously a very good wicket to bat on,” said Crawley. “Hopefully, we can go on tomorrow and get more runs.”
Debutant leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood was the most successful Pakistan bowler with 2-160 on an unresponsive wicket.
“The pitch was similar to the one we had against Australia, but it should have been a bit more supportive,” said Pakistan head coach Saqlain Mushtaq, referring to the Test played earlier this year that yielded 1,187 runs for the loss of just 14 wickets over five days.
Crawley took just 86 balls to bring up his third Test ton, which included 21 boundaries to put England on track for a monster first innings total.

The 24-year-old drove Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah to the cover boundary to reach his third Test century in his 29th match, but not before overturning a leg-before decision via review a ball earlier.
The lanky 1.96m batter showed his intent right from the start of the match, hitting three boundaries off Naseem’s first over of the day, and bringing up his half-century with another off spinner Zahid Mahmood. That came off just 38 balls.
Duckett, who hit 15 boundaries, wasn’t far behind Crawley in bringing up his maiden Test ton in a run-a-ball innings to have Pakistan reeling on an admittedly flat deck.

Duckett put on 233 for the first wicket with Crawley — an England record for the first wicket against Pakistan. It beat the 1962 stand of 198 between openers Geoff Pullar and Bob Barber in Dhaka, then East Pakistan.
On his way to three figures he narrowly missed a chance to become the first England batter to score a century before lunch, falling nine short.
Seven England batters, including current captain Ben Stokes, have scored a century before lunch in a Test – but none on the first day.
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England’s robust batting was the ideal start to the Test – its first in Pakistan for 17 years – after the start hung in the balance Wednesday when several of the squad came down with a mystery virus.


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