England breaks Sri Lanka's record for most runs in ODIs


England struck a world record one-day global total of 444-3 as they crushed Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Resolute half-centuries by Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow led England to a four-wicket victory against Pakistan and a 4-0 lead in the five-match one-day global series on Thursday.

Alex Hales, on his Nottinghamshire home ground, made an England ODI record 171.

Hales admitted he was not aware of the record he broke at the time he broke it, adding: "No I didn't know about it.I knew I was sort of close Jason Roy got 160-odd at the Oval and was close, so I knew I was closing in".

30/8/16 England's Alex Hales celebrates his century Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Stokes missed the eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in July, but will be back in action at Old Trafford after playing his part in the one-day worldwide series triumph over Pakistan.

And that has proven the case so far, with England romping to victory in the first three matches to seal the five game series.

England swashbuckling opener Alex Hales has expressed that he felt satisfied to have scored a monumental knock of 171 at Trent Bridge after going through "a tough few weeks" in the ongoing series against Pakistan. England lead the five-match series 3-0. South Africa, Johannesburg, 2006 418-5 South Africa vs. Zimbabwe, Potchefstroom, 2006 418-5 India vs.

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali praised Hales and Buttler but accepted his own side's fielding had been well below the required standard.

Next ball, Hales hoisted Shah for six.

A year and a half ago, right after the 2015 World Cup debacle, if someone had said England would be one of the better teams in ODI cricket and would also post a world record score, that someone would have been given the "you are out of your mind" look.

England left out pace bowlers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, with their places taken by left-arm quick David Willey and all-rounder Chris Jordan.

Then Rashid signed off with the wicket of Azhar, whose hard work culminated only in a tame chip to long-off from the final ball of the leg-spinner's 10 overs.

But he was merely delaying the inevitable and Amir was last man out when caught and bowled by Woakes.