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England rewrite record books

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A record-breaking and ruthless England beat Pakistan by 169 runs in the third one-day international at Trent Bridge to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. 

The record books took a battering in Nottingham, where England blasted a world record one-day international total of 444-3 and Alex Hales struck a record 171 on a historic night.

Nottinghamshire right-hander Hales passed Robin Smith's 167 not out - set during England's defeat to Australia at Edgbaston in 1993 - with 171 in 121 balls, a score which included 22 fours and four sixes, in the 37th over of England's innings.

Jos Buttler, who was unbeaten on 90, smashed the fastest half-century for an England player in an ODI, requiring just 22 balls to do so.

A stand of 248 for the second wicket between Hales and Joe Root (85), fireworks from Buttler and Eoin Morgan's unbeaten 57 were too much for Pakistan.

Full scorecard: England vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI

Their reply never remotely threatened England's composure, despite number 11 Mohammad Amir's remarkable half-century - the equal of Buttler's, also off 22 balls.

Amir's 58 contained the last record of a remarkable day, the highest ODI score by any number 11, as Pakistan nonetheless faltered to 275 all out in 42.4 overs.

Unbeaten in all their nine limited-overs matches so far this summer, England are therefore Royal London Series winners - having taken a 3-0 lead with two to play.

Buttler and Eoin Morgan (57no) took the sixes tally to 16, their century stand blitzed in only 43 balls, as England eclipsed Sri Lanka's previous record high of 443-9, which came against Holland and had stood for 10 years.

Buttler sealed the deal by hitting the final ball of the innings over cover for four off Hasan Ali and then took his cue to race to that fastest half-century - with six sixes and three fours.

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Opener Sharjeel Khan responded for Pakistan with 58 from only 30 balls.

But after being dropped by Hales off Mark Wood on 42, he became the last of three new-ball victims for Chris Woakes (4-41) as England prevailed by 169 runs.

Hales had hit 22 fours and four sixes from 122 balls. His fourth ODI hundred marked a return to form after his poor end to the Test summer - while Root took his sequence of successive ODI half-centuries to five.

England were helped by slipshod fielding after Morgan won the toss on a glorious afternoon, with Jason Roy's departure to a gloved pull behind off Hasan barely checking momentum.

The introduction of spin briefly did so. But when Wahab Riaz returned, Hales completed his 50 with a fine pull.

He sliced an edge high but just short of third-man off Wahab, and then in the same bowler's next over pulled a no-ball into the hands of deep square-leg - therefore escaping twice, on 59 and 72.

Mohammad Nawaz's first five overs remarkably yielded only 11 runs. But Hales clubbed 11 of the 13 off his next, and then 19 of the 20 when Azhar Ali chanced an over of his own leg-spin.

Hales was past his hundred by the time Azhar had a chance of revenge, but he put down a sharp chance at extra-cover off Yasir Shah.

But one more precious four later, Hales was pinned in the crease - sparking a second standing ovation in a matter of minutes, as he walked off. Root fell in the next over, edging behind off Nawaz.

There was some cruel treatment to come for the slow left armer, as the sixes began to rain into a cloudless sky and England's pedigree big-hitters gorged 135 in the last 10 overs.

There were 26 runs in one over from Shoaib Malik, including four Buttler sixes to sprint past Paul Collingwood into the record books.

Pakistan's frazzled misery was summed up when Yasir dropped a simple catch at point to reprieve Morgan on 14 off Wahab, and even more so when the left-armer bowled Buttler with a no-ball.

It became a formality that England would pass their previous highest total of 408 for nine - set against New Zealand at Edgbaston last year - and from the last ball, Buttler made them world-record breakers too.

Pakistan breezed into three figures by the 14th over, even after the top three all holed out off Woakes.

Two wickets then fell for two runs, to Ben Stokes - bowling in a white-ball international for the first time since being dispatched for four consecutive sixes in the World Twenty20 final - and then Liam Plunkett.

But Amir weighed in memorably with a defiant 50, completed with three successive sixes off Adil Rashid as his and Yasir's 10th-wicket stand of 76 proved easily Pakistan's best.

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