During today’s match against Pakistan in the World Cricket Championship, England made history.
On Thursday, England made history by becoming the first team in all of sports to score at least 500 runs on the opening day of a test match. During the first day of the Rawalpindi Test against Pakistan, England’s first innings reached the landmark score of 500 runs in the 75th over.
Crawley (122 runs off 111 balls), Duckett (107 runs off 110 balls), Pope (108 runs off 104 balls), and Brook led England to a score of 500 runs on the first day of a test match (101no off 81).
The 494 runs that Australia amassed against South Africa in Sydney in 1910 was the previous record for the most runs scored on the opening day of a match. Only four previous times have more than 500 runs been scored in a single day: three times by England and once by Sri Lanka. However, this feat has never been accomplished on the first day of a test match. The score of 588 that England posted on day two of a test match against India in 1936 remains the record.
While opening partner Duckett notched a maiden hundred from 105 in his first red-ball appearance for his country since 2016, Crawley completed an 86-ball hundred, which was the fastest by an England opener in Test cricket. The pair put on 233 for the first wicket on a placid pitch after England’s captain, Ben Stokes, declared the innings to be in good shape.
In the second session of the match, Pakistan made a brief comeback when they removed Duckett, Crawley, and Joe Root (23) within the space of 53 runs. However, this effort was ultimately unsuccessful.
On a field very similar to the one that was played against Australia earlier this year, leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood, who was making his professional debut, was the most successful bowler for Pakistan, taking two wickets for 160 runs.