STATS: The records that tumbled in England’s victory over New Zealand
England beat New Zealand by the barest of 76-run margins to level their T20 series at 2-2 with one game to play and broke a whole stack of the men’s team records along the way. Here’s a list. Everyone loves lists.
England’s highest T20I total: 241/3 v New Zealand, Napier, today
Previous best: 230/8 v South Africa, Mumbai, 2016
Today’s effort is neither as significant nor as funny as the truly bonkers successful run-chase against South Africa in the last World T20, but it is undeniably bigger. That’s just maths.
England’s highest T20I partnership: 182, Dawid Malan & Eoin Morgan v New Zealand, Napier, today
Previous best: 159, Ravi Bopara & Alex Hales v West Indies, Trent Bridge, 2012
A lot of people will describe today as a good one for England given their impressive victory and whatnot, but is any day on which Ravi Bopara and Alex Hales are struck from the record books a good one? No. No it is not. Shame on Malan, shame on Morgan.
England’s fastest T20I 50: 21 balls, Eoin Morgan v New Zealand, Napier, today
Previous best: 22 balls, Jos Buttler v Australia, Edgbaston, 2018
A lot of people will describe today as a good one for England given their impressive victory and whatnot, but is any day on which Jos Buttler is struck from the record books a good one? No. No it is not. Shame on Morgan.
England’s fastest T20I 100: 48 balls, Dawid Malan v New Zealand, Napier, today
Previous best: 60 balls, Alex Hales v Sri Lanka, Chittagong, 2014
A lot of people will desc… okay, that’s enough of that. Only one rival for Malan to overhaul and he’s done it easily. By 12 balls. That’s two whole overs. Ten per cent of a T20 innings. Twelve per cent of a Hundred innings. That’s a landslide. Hales must now live with the ignominy of having scored England’s slowest ever T20I century. Technically this was already true, of course.
Highest T20I partnership for a non-opening pair: 182, Dawid Malan & Eoin Morgan v New Zealand, Napier, today
Previous best: 166, Mahela Jayawardene & Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) v West Indies, Bridgetown, 2010
Is that a thing? Highest partnership by a non-opening pair? Absolutely not. But there it is, we’ve put it here anyway just because we can. Have absolutely no recollection of the Jayawardene-Sangakkara partnership that has been knocked off this most convoluted of perches, but bet it was real pretty.
Most 50+ scores in first nine T20Is: 6, Dawid Malan, England
Previous best: No idea tbh
Haven’t checked this one. Must be true, though, surely. And if it isn’t then someone on Twitter will correct it for us soon enough. Thanks in advance, hivemind!
Highest T20I score by an England captain: 91, Eoin Morgan v New Zealand, Napier, today
Previous best: 80*, Eoin Morgan v New Zealand, Hamilton, 2018
Only the ninth half-century by an England captain in T20Is, which seems pretty low really. Morgan extends his lead over Paul Collingwood to 6-3 in this particular contest. One must never say never, but seems unlikely Collingwood will catch him now. The highest T20I score by a non-Morgan, non-Collingwood England captain is a 46 from Jos Buttler against the Aussies last year. Below that trio things very quickly get very silly: Andrew Strauss (33), Michael Vaughan (27), Alastair Cook (26), Stuart Broad (18*), Graeme Swann (0*), James Tredwell (DNB).
Most sixes in a T20I innings by an England batsman: 7, Eoin Morgan v New Zealand, Napier, today
Tied with: Ravi Bopara v Australia, 2014; Eoin Morgan v India, 2014; Eoin Morgan v Australia, 2015; Jason Roy v India, 2018
Should England worry about the apparent mental block that prevents Morgan hitting an eighth six in an innings?
Sachin Tendulkar thanks medical staff after returning home from hospital
Tendulkar was admitted to hospital last week after revealing he had tested positive for Covid-19 and had been in quarantine at home.
New Zealand name squad for their Test tour of England
New Zealand have named a 20-player squad for their tour of England, with three uncapped prospects in the group.
Jamie Porter hoping for England call after picking James Anderson’s brain
Porter was close to his England debut against India three years ago but has fallen down the pecking order.
ICC pressing ahead with plans for T20 World Cup in India despite Covid-19 spike
Acting chief executive Geoff Allardice says the ICC is “not anywhere near” activating any contingency plans.
Matt Parkinson takes positives from England tour despite lack of game time
Parkinson did not see competitive action in Sri Lanka or India.
Ponting sheds light on Smith’s Delhi Capitals role
Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting has given some insight into where Steve Smith would fit into his side.
Akhtar ‘wouldn’t call De Kock a cheat’ but run-out not in the ‘spirit of cricket’
Shoaib Akhtar has had his say on Quinton de Kock’s controversial actions during the run-out of Fakhar Zaman.
Sarah Taylor set for playing comeback in The Hundred with Welsh Fire
Taylor put her cricketing career on hold in September 2019 when announcing her international retirement.
Eoin Morgan believes there is still room for all three formats
England 50-over World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan...