Cricket World Cup scorecards reprinted to go up to 500 because of England’s explosive batting line-up


ENGLAND’S explosive batting has forced World Cup organisers to reprint scorecards to go up to 500.

Jonny Bairstow and Co chased 358 against Pakistan and won by six weeks on Tuesday, having set the record  last year with 481 against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are part of England’s powerful batting group

And ECB chief executive Tom Harrison revealed that the scorecard limits were going to be hiked up, having previously reached only 400.

Harrison was quoted by the Daily Telegraph saying: “Cricket is constantly evolving.

“A great example of this was last night. It (England beating Pakistan) was the fifth highest successful run chase ever. We have had to change the scale of the scorecards for the World Cup so we go up to 500.

“We had to reprint the whole things because we think this is the tournament where the 500 run barrier will be breached for the first time in 50 over cricket.”

Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow has been slapped on the wrist for striking his stumps in anger during England’s win over Pakistan on Tuesday.

Bairstow wanted to become the first England batsman to make a one-day 200.

Captain Eoin Morgan was also disciplined by match referee Richie Richardson yesterday and banned from tomorrow’s fourth ODI against Pakistan at Trent Bridge for England’s appalling over-rate.

We had to reprint the whole things because we think this is the tournament where the 500 run barrier will be breached for the first time in 50 over cricket.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison

But he was probably going to be rested anyway, with Jos Buttler taking over the reins.

Since the last World Cup, England have smashed batting records with the likes of Bairstow, Buttler, Jason Roy and Alex Hales piling up huge scores.

So much so that organisers of this summer’s tournament are printing scorecards to include the option of 500 for the first time.

It is surprising no England batsman has passed the magic double-hundred barrier.

India’s Rohit Sharma has got there three times — including an incredible 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014 — with the feat achieved eight times in total.

Roy’s England record of 180 against Australia in Melbourne in January 2018 is joint-24th on the all-time list.

Yorkshire star Bairstow, 29, said: “I was cross because I wanted to see it through until the end and go on to get 160, 170 and potentially 200.

“It shows how much I want to do well for this side.

“That’s where we’re at as players at the moment — there’s competition to get the 150s and beyond.”

Chris Woakes took 4-67 as Pakistan piled up 358-9, only for England to knock that off with 5.1 overs to spare.

The 30-year-old added: “If you go at six an over, that’s a good effort these days on most surfaces. Sometimes you must be willing to leak a few boundaries to get a wicket.”

Seamer Woakes also revealed how Jofra Archer’s near-certain inclusion in the 15-man World Cup squad has impacted the other bowlers.

He explained: “Someone will unfortunately miss out. Everyone knows that so it’s creating a good competitive edge.”



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