The England cricket team broke numerous records in the sport of cricket when they scored 500 runs on the first day of the first test match they played against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. At the same time when players like Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, and Harry Brook were registering hundreds, bazz-ball was in full swing. On that particular day, there was only time for 75 overs, and England ended up with a total of 506 runs. The cricketing community from all over the world has provided a wide variety of responses in response to the brave batting displayed by the England side. Even the legendary cricket player Wasim Akram of Pakistan shared his thoughts on England’s performance on Twitter.
The tweet by Wasim Akram perfectly encapsulated the manner in which England shocked the rest of the cricketing world. The great Pakistani fast bowler, who has himself set some of the most impressive records in the history of world cricket, was quoted as saying, “Now I have seen everything 500 in 74 overs.”
When Harry Brook hit 101, England had already amassed a score of 506/4 against the helpless bowling of Pakistan. Ollie Pope had racked up 108 points, Crawley had 122, and Duckett had 107 in an earlier round.
After making his debut against Bangladesh in 2016, Duckett reached this significant milestone in his first Test match in six years. After only scoring 110 runs in four games, he was eventually taken out of the lineup.
Crawley, who is only 24 years old, reached his third Test century in his 29th outing by hitting the Pakistani fast bowler Naseem Shah to the cover boundary in the first session. However, he had to overturn a leg-before decision using the review system first.
The lanky 1.96-meter (six-foot-five) hitter displayed his purpose right from the off by smashing three boundaries off of Naseem’s first over of the day. He then brought up his half-century with another off spinner named Zahid Mahmood.
He fell nine runs short of the opportunity to become the first England batsman to achieve a century before lunch. This narrowly prevented him from making history.
There have been seven batsmen from England who have made a century before lunch during a test, including the current captain Ben Stokes, although none of them have done so on the opening day.
After a string of England’s visiting players fell ill on Wednesday with an unknown infection, England’s strong batting performance on the opening day of the test was the perfect way to get things off to a good start in their first match in Pakistan in 17 years.