England set an unusual record in the first ODI of the World Cup.

England set an unusual record in the first ODI of the World Cup.

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 got off to a fantastic stat-based start with England achieving a format first.

In England’s total of 282/9, all 11 batters reached double figures, making Jos Buttler’s team the first in the history of the international format in both the men’s and women’s game.

Statisticians the world over were licking their lips and sharpening their stat sharpies over the unusual feat, yet Buttler and the England coaching staff would have preferred not to have seen their innings go in such a direction, with only Joe Root going past 50 in a strong batting line-up that featured genuine all-rounders as low as No.9.

Root’s 86-ball 77 was the pick of England’s knocks, with Buttler also looking in good form with his 43 off 42 balls.

However, an England side missing the injured Ben Stokes would have preferred a higher first-innings total than 282/9 to kick off their campaign, especially on such a good batting surface in Ahmedabad.

In the past, five teams came within one batter of reaching the total.

West Indies men were the first to come close to breaking the record, with No.11 Courtney Walsh the only player not to reach double figures in a 37-run loss to Australia in 1991.

And it was Australia’s men who came the closest, with Steve Smith’s duck against India earlier this year the only one of 11 Aussie contributors not to score at least ten.


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