Hales bludgeons 171 as England rack-up record ODI total on way to series victory over hapless Pakistan

Alex Hales hit a new England ODI record of 171 as England made 444-3 at Trent Bridge to take an unassailable 3-0 series lead

Hales bludgeons 171 as England rack-up record ODI total on way to series victory over hapless Pakistan
Alex Hales celebrates going to 100 (image via: Stu Forster/Getty)

England's white ball cricket transformation continued to reach new heights at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, after they set a new ODI record high score of 444-3 from their 50 overs against Pakistan.

Alex Hales was the star of the show scoring 171, as Robin Smith's 23-year-standing 167* was finally passed as the highest individual score in this format for an England player. 

There were also half-centuries for Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler as the home side took an unassailable lead in the series with two games remaining following a 169-run win. 

Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler took England up to 444 (image source: getty via cricinfo)

Hales smashes his way into England record books

After losing his opening partner Jason Roy early in the piece for 15, Hales set about the Pakistan attack with authority on his home ground. 

Alongside Root, the pair added 248 for the second-wicket, which was England's highest ever ODI partnership against Pakistan on a day of records in Nottingham. 

Reaching his century from 83 deliveries, Hales sped up having passed three-figures, eventually falling for 171 from 122 balls, which included 22 fours and three maximums. 

Pakistan's fielding effort was pitiful throughout, with dropped catches and sloppy misfields helping England maintain a strong run-rate throughout. 

At the other end, Root was the perfect foil for Hales, finding the boundary eight times himself on the way to 85, his fifth-consecutive half-century in 50-over cricket for England.

Buttler and Morgan take England to quadruple-Nelson

With Hales and Root losing their wickets in quick succession, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan had 12 overs to take England to a winning total, and they did just that adding an unbeaten partnership of 161 in 72 deliveries. 

Buttler started slowly, before exploding into life during an over from Shoaib Malik, and before long he had reached his half-century from just 21 balls, a new England record.

The Lancashire wicket-keeper seems like he is over his thumb-injury, ending the innings unbeaten on 90 from 51 deliveries, plundering seven fours and seven sixes in his innings.

Eoin Morgan kept up the onslaught at the other end, finishing 57 not out from 27 balls, which included five sixes, taking the innings total to 16 maximums, a new record in this format. 

From the final ball of the innings by Hasan Ali, Buttler jabbed the ball to the cover boundary to take the total score to 444, a new international record in ODI cricket. 

Sharjeel and Amir show fight in an otherwise woeful Pakistan performance

Chasing an almost-impossible target of 445, Sharjeel Khan gave England an early scare with a belligerent 58 from 30 balls before the innings unravalled quickly. 

Sarfraz Ahmed continued his good form with 38, and Mohammad Nawaz made 34, but the game was already ended as a contest while the pair were together at the crease. 

Chris Woakes celebrates taking a wicket (image source: getty via cricinfo)

Chris Woakes was the pick of the England bowlers claiming 4-41, while Ben Stokes made a welcome return to the attack, picking up 1-14 in his four overs. 

On a day of records, the match ended with yet more entertainment, as Mohammad Amir became the first number 11 in ODI history to make a half-century. His 58 from 28 balls gave England some grief for a couple of overs before Woakes ended the game with his dismissal on another incredible day for English cricket.