MANCHESTER – England captain Eoin Morgan set a new world record of 17 sixes in an individual one-day international innings as the World Cup hosts thrashed Afghanistan by 150 runs on Tuesday.
Victory at Old Trafford saw favourites England go ahead of holders Australia to sit top of the World Cup group table on net run-rate.
Morgan’s six-hitting spree in his career-best 148 set the tone for England’s team total of 25 sixes, which was also a new ODI innings record.
The Dubliner’s innings, which featured 118 runs in boundaries, was all the more impressive as Morgan had been doubtful for this match with a back spasm suffered in England’s win over the West Indies, in which he could not bat.
“I’m getting quite old, running around with a bad back, I never thought in my wildest dreams I’d produce an innings like that!” Morgan said.
“I had an extremely bad back after the last game, but our medical staff have done wonders with medication and extensive treatment. I have pretty much been living with the physio.
“It was a special day. It’s the World Cup. We’re loving playing in it. On the big stage, it is nice to do.”
Morgan’s master-class was the centrepiece of England’s 397/6.
That was the highest total of the tournament so far, and the largest England had made at any World Cup, surpassing their 386/6 against Bangladesh in Cardiff 10 days ago.
Root was denied a second successive hundred and third of the tournament when he holed out off Naib, whose 3/68 was a creditable return in the circumstances.
But the sixes kept coming, Morgan’s 11th bringing up a hundred in 57 balls, with only Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and South Africa’s De Villiers having scored faster centuries at a World Cup.
England set the ODI team record for sixes when Moeen Ali launched the penultimate delivery of the innings, from Zadran, over long-on.