England score record first-day Test total against Pakistan

The previous record for runs on the first day was the 494 Australia accumulated against South Africa in Sydney in 1910



England's Zak Crawley celebrates after scoring a century during the first day of the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Thursday. — AP
England's Zak Crawley celebrates after scoring a century during the first day of the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Thursday. — AP

By AFP

Published: Thu 1 Dec 2022, 3:57 PM

England became the first team to score 500 runs on the opening day of a Test match Thursday, putting Pakistan to the sword in Rawalpindi.

Four English batsmen scored centuries as the tourists cantered to 506-4 at the close of play.

The previous record for runs on the first day was the 494 Australia accumulated against South Africa in Sydney in 1910.

More than 500 runs in a day has only been achieved on four other occasions — three times by England and once by Sri Lanka — but never on the opening day of a Test.

The record is the 588 England ran up on day two of a Test against India in 1936.


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