SURREY batsman Will Jacks scored a century off just 25 balls – including six sixes in an over – against Lancashire yesterday.
It is thought to be the fastest hundred of all time against proper bowling in a match between professional teams.
Jacks, 20, confirmed his reputation as one of England’s most promising and destructive young batsmen with his remarkable assault in a T10 tournament at the ICC Academy ground in Dubai.
The 6ft 4ins right-hander struck 11 sixes and nine fours and dispatched a single over by former England left-arm spinner Stephen Parry for 37 runs – six sixes and a wide.
Jacks reached his century in the sixth over as his efforts helped Surrey total 176 in their ten overs and win by 95 runs.
Jacks said: “I just went out to try to have some fun.
“I didn’t think about the century until I was on 98 – it all happened quite quickly!”
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The match is part of champions Surrey’s warm-up for the county season which begins on April 5 although they don’t start until April 11 with a match against Essex.
Jacks made his debut for Surrey last summer and played regularly in all three formats. His one century in 2018 was 121 from 100 balls in a 50-over match against Gloucestershire.
He was impressive enough to be chosen as a replacement for the England Lions tour to India during the winter after two other players were dropped for disciplinary reasons.