England break yet more records with their highest score in Asia after amassing 657 runs

England break yet more records with their highest score in Asia after amassing a mammoth 657 runs on day two of their first Test match against Pakistan as Harry Brook smashes 27 in just one over

  • England broke several records with a total of 657 runs on the second day of the Test
  • They added 151 in 26 overs to their 504 for six overnight in a pulsating session
  • It has become England’s highest total against Pakistan, hitting 598 for nine
  • Harry Brook took the record with 27 off an over from Pakistan’s Zahid Mahmood

England smashed several records in another pulsating session on the second morning of the first Test against Pakistan, before eventually being bowled out for 657 – their highest total in Asia.

Such was the rate at which they had scored – their innings lasted just 101 overs – that they still had 20 minutes to bowl in Pakistan before lunch. At that time, the hosts moved to 17 without a loss. It can be a laugh from here.

But this was about England going wide as they added 151 in 26 overs to their overnight 504 for six.

England broke several records on the second morning of the first Test against Pakistan

Harry Brook broke Ian Botham's record when he smashed 27 runs in just one over on day two

Harry Brook broke Ian Botham’s record when he smashed 27 runs in just one over on day two

If their total was well short of the 1,000 Zak Crawley had joked about on the first night, it was still their highest against Pakistan, hitting 598 for nine in Abu Dhabi seven years ago. They also went past 652 for seven in Chennai in 1984-85 – their previous Everest in Asia.

The highlight was more brilliance from Harry Brook, who on Thursday had become the first England player to score six fours in a Test over, as he equaled Ian Botham’s tally of 24 (which included two sixes and a dot ball).

This morning, Brook took the record for himself, taking 27 from an over off Pakistan’s unlucky leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood: 644463. He soon brought up a 115-ball 150, before hitting Naseem Shah to deep midwicket for 153. Remember this. , was his second Test innings. The potential is overwhelming.

Brook built on his success on Thursday when he became the first England player to score six fours in a Test over

Brook built on his success on Thursday when he became the first England player to score six fours in a Test over

Ben Stokes departed with an 18-ball 41 after lifting his first ball down the ground for a six

Ben Stokes departed with an 18-ball 41 after lifting his first ball down the ground for a six

By then Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone had already come and gone, Stokes in the first over after lifting his first ball down the ground for six. Moments later, he gave himself room, only to miss a straight from Naseem, and departed with an 18-ball 41.

Livingstone began with two singles, before hammering Zahid for a straight six, but he too fell to his own extravagance, launching Naseem to deep midwicket and finishing with nine in his first Test.

Will Jacks briefly showed his class, reaching 30 in his own first innings before pulling Mohammad Ali to midwicket, while Ollie Robinson linked on a few to reach 37, his highest Test score since his debut against New Zealand at Lord’s.

Ollie Robinson managed to reach 37, his highest Test score since scoring 42 on debut

Ollie Robinson managed to reach 37, his highest Test score since scoring 42 on debut

He and Jimmy Anderson both fell to Zahid, who finished with four for 235 from 33 overs – the most runs conceded in an innings by a Test debutant.

It was truly a performance for the record books. In all, England smashed 86 fours and nine sixes, their highest boundary tally in a Test innings, and hit 88 against India at Lord’s in 1990, when Graham Gooch scored his triple century.

There was more. Resuming at 6.50 an over, England became the first team in Test history to score better than a run a ball in the first innings of a match.

The tempo of this match will change now, as England look to win wickets on a surface seemingly designed to thwart bowlers of all stripes. Victory here would be the biggest feather in Stokes’ cap yet.

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