Rawalpindi: Bazzball style of play was at full display as ruthless England broke plenty of records as the visitors amassed huge 506/4 runs on the First Day of First Test of three match test series against Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Thursday.
On their first day of return to Pakistan to play Test cricket after 17 years, England broke several records including the most runs scored on the first day of a Test match.
Most runs on day one of a Test match
England’s 506 runs on the first day of the Test match is an all-time record for the most runs scored on day one of a Test match. They beat the 494 runs made by Australia against South Africa in Sydney in the first Test of the series in 1910.
Then, Australia finished on 494/6. Australia also made 482/5 in 86.5 overs in Adelaide against South Africa on day one of the 2012 Test, a scoring rate of 5.57.
England’s 506 runs came off a mere 75 overs with 15 overs left unused in the day, a stunning run rate of 6.75 in the day.
Four centurions on day one
Openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett aside, Harry Brook and Ollie Pope too completed hundreds, all but one of them getting to the three-figure mark at a strike rate of more than 100. This is the first time that there have been four centurions on day one of a Test match.
Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett smashed an opening stand of 233 in 35.4 overs, a scoring rate of 6.53, making it the highest run rate in an opening partnership of 200 or more runs in Test cricket.
Overall, there have only been three double-century opening partnerships in excess of six runs per over: Joe Burns and David Warner (6.29 runs per over v New Zealand in 2015) and Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers (6.22 runs per over v Zimbabwe in 2005).
England’s Harry Brook smashed six fours in an over off debutant Saud Shakeel, making it just the fifth instance of a batter hitting six fours in one over of a Test match.
Sandeep Patil v Bob Willis in 1982, Chris Gayle v Matthew Hoggard in 2004, Ramnaresh Sarwan v Munaf Patel in 2006 and Sanath Jayasuriya vs James Anderson in 2007 were the other instances.