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England set unique ODI batting record in World Cup 2023 opener

England set unique ODI batting record in World Cup 2023 opener
  • PublishedOctober 5, 2023

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England’s Joe Root plays a shot during the 2023 ICC men’s cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between England and New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 5, 2023. — AFP
England’s Joe Root plays a shot during the 2023 ICC men’s cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between England and New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 5, 2023. — AFP

England on Thursday rewrote history during the ICC World Cup 2023 opener against New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad as all of its 11 players managed to reach double-digit figures.

Opting to bowl first, New Zealand’s stand-in captain Tom Latham could not have foreseen the unique batting record that England would establish. England posted a total of 282-9 in their innings, but an amazing New Zealand won by nine wickets.

This extraordinary feat had never been accomplished in the history of One Day Internationals (ODIs), spanning 52 years and 4,567 matches.

The sequence of England’s batting order during this memorable innings read as follows: Jonny Bairstow 33, Dawid Malan 14, Joe Root 77, Harry Brook 25, Moeen Ali 11, Jos Buttler 43, Liam Livingstone 20, Sam Curran 14, Chris Woakes 11, Adil Rashid 15 not out, and Mark Wood 13 not out.

This unique achievement was a testament to England’s deep batting lineup. Their aggressive approach at the crease led to wickets falling, but it also provided enough opportunities for the lower-order batsmen, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood, to reach double figures.

The decision to adopt a high-risk approach might have been influenced by New Zealand’s team composition, which featured only three frontline bowlers — Trent Boult, Matt Henry, and the versatile Mitchell Santner, known for his batting capabilities.

England’s record-breaking performance surpassed the previous record of ten batters reaching double figures in a single ODI innings, a feat achieved on five separate occasions in the past. Notably, in all those instances, the team batting second achieved this milestone.

While such records are more common in Test cricket, where there are no restrictions on overs, this historic achievement in ODIs adds a new chapter to England’s cricketing legacy in the 2023 World Cup.

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