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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 huge tally of 657 runs in day two of their first Test match against Pakistan, as Harry Brook smashes 27 off just one over

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

England broke more records in another pulsating session on the second morning of the first Test against Pakistan, before they were eventually 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 at Pakistan before lunch. In that time, the hosts moved without alarms to 17 without loss. It could be a grind from here.

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

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

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

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

If their total was well short of the 1,000 that Zak Crawley had joked about on the first evening, it was still their highest against Pakistan, beating 598 for nine at Abu Dhabi seven years ago. They also went past 652 for seven at 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, while equalling Ian Botham’s tally of 24 (which included two sixes and a dot ball).

This morning, Brook claimed the record all for himself, taking 27 off an over from Pakistan’s hapless leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood: 644463. He soon brought up a 115-ball 150, before swatting Naseem Shah to deep midwicket for 153. This, remember, was his second Test innings. The potential is mind-boggling.

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

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

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

Ben Stokes walked off 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 one from Naseem, and walked off 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 knock.

Will Jacks briefly showed off his class, reaching 30 in his own maiden innings before pulling Mohammad Ali to midwicket, while Ollie Robinson connected with a few to reach 37, his highest Test score since making 42 on debut against New Zealand at Lord’s.

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

Ollie Robinson managed to reach 37, his highest Test score since scoring 42 on his 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 really was a performance for the record books. In all, England crashed 86 fours and nine sixes, their highest boundary count in a Test innings, beating 88 against India at Lord’s in 1990, when Graham Gooch scored his triple-century.

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

The tempo of this match will change now, as England try to prise out wickets on a surface apparently designed to thwart bowlers of every kind. Victory here would be the greatest feather in Stokes’s cap yet.

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