Ben Stokes' England set the bar high for Test batting when they walked out on Day 1 of the first Test against Pakistan on Thursday. On an expected batting haven, the visitors piled on runs at an unprecedented rate putting Pakistan bowlers to the sword.
Here are few firsts and other unimaginable records they broke:
Crawley, Duckett go all guns blazing
After captain Ben Stokes won the toss and elected to bat, his openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett took the attack to Pakistan right away. Both of the batters were ruthless as they raced away to 100 in just 13.4 overs. By this time, Crawley slammed 11 boundaries and Duckett got six boundaries.
They then sprinted to 200 in 30.1 overs as Crawley reached his hundred in just 86 balls. Duckett, coming into the Test side after a gap of six long years, reached his hundred 105 balls.
Before Zahid Mahmood trapped Duckett leg before, England were 233 in just 214 balls at 6.53, which is the highest run rate for an opening stand in Test history.
Brook full of confidence
Harry Brook is less than a year into his nascent international career, but is already proving to be a big headache for bowlers everywhere.
Walking in at No. 5 in his second Test, the 23-year old clubbed 14 boundaries and two sixes to become the fifth England centurion on the day.
Brook reached his maiden Test hundred in just 80 balls, which is the third fastest Test hundred by an Englishman three balls more than Jonny Bairstow's counter-attacking hundred against New Zealand few months ago.
He then slammed six consecutive boundaries off left-arm spinner Saud Shakeel's 68th over, which is the only fifth time it has ever happened in Test history. The feat put Brook in company of Chris Gayle, Sandeep Patil, Sanath Jayasuriya and Ramnaresh Sarwan.
Rewriting Test batting manual
Since Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes took charge of England, they have looked almost peerless while chasing massive targets. They have chased 277, 299 and then their highest-ever score of 378 against India few months ago.
On Thursday, they proved that they are equally intimidating when they bat first by reaching 506/4 in one day with five batters scoring hundreds.
England are now the only fifth side to score 500-plus runs in a single day and the first ever team to score over 500 on the first day of a Test match.
(Stats compiled by Shweta Haranhalli)
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