England struck a world record one-day international total of 444 for three on Tuesday, as they crushed Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge.
Jos Buttler four brought the biggest cheer of the night, despite the exploits of Nottinghamshire player Hales, showed the specialness of the moment. Four of the previous five highest scores all came with a caveat.
Root and Hales put on 248 for the second wicket, England’s third-highest ever ODI partnership, playing in their own styles. Hales was agricultural at times, using his sheer power to muscle boundaries, while Root was all about touch and placement.
With this latest record, the hosts passed their previous highest total of 408 for nine, made against New Zealand last year, while captain Morgan got to his half-century off 24 deliveries as he and Buttler shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 161.