Ben Duckett became the first Nottinghamshire batsman to score a century for England since Stuart Broad in 2010 as he hit a super-fast 107 from 110 balls in a record-breaking day in Rawalpindi.
The tourists first test match for seventeen years in Pakistan included a bludgeoning batting display started by Duckett and his opening partner Zak Crawley who were incredibly 174 without loss by lunch.
That alone a record, England lost their first wicket for 233 when Duckett finally succumbed to Mehmood LBW. By then, Crawley already had his hundred, in just 86 balls, before eventually being bowled for 122.
Trent Rockets star Joe Root lasted just 31 balls for 23 runs before Ollie Pope reached his century, Harry Brook became England’s fourth centurion of the day, scoring his 101 in just 81 balls.
With Brook and Ben Stokes at the crease for day two, England reached an astounding 506/4 from 75 overs which is the most runs scored on day one of a test match. It’s also the first time a team has scored four tons on the first day of a test match, whilst amongst other records set, Crawley & Duckett achieved the fastest double century stand in test history.
In all England play three matches in Pakistan with four days to play in Rawalpindi, a week on Friday the two sides face off in the second test at the Multan Cricket Stadium before finishing the series with the final five days starting Saturday 17th December in Karachi.
Meanwhile back home, the fixtures have been announced by the ECB for the 2023 domestic summer season.
Nottinghamshire open up their County Championship division one campaign with a trip to Hampshire on April 6th.
The Notts Outlaws host Derbyshire Falcons in the first T20 Blast match of the summer on Friday 26th May at Trent Bridge whilst the 50 Over team will start their Royal London Cup campaign in August with a trip to Essex. Full fixtures are here.
Some other fixtures to look out for next summer, England Women will take on Australia in the Ashes from Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th July at Trent Bridge, England men take on New Zealand in a T20 International on September 5th before a One Day International between England and Ireland on September 23rd.
Also, following a name change, women’s outfit known formerly as Lightning, are now called The Blaze, and they’ll be playing at Trent Bridge next summer in both the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the Charlotte Edwards Cup. Full fixtures of all matches at Trent Bridge are on the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club website here.
*Main image @btsportcricket Ben Duckett celebrates his maiden century for England.