England rewrite the record books on opening day of first Pakistan Test

England rewrote the record books on a jaw-dropping day in Rawalpindi, piling up an inconceivable total of 506 for four in just 75 overs of outright domination.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the notable achievements along the way.

Most runs scored on day one of a Test

England would have been over the moon to reach stumps on their tea total of 332 for three, but with confidence soaring through their line-up and Pakistan’s bowlers labouring from the off, they had their sights set higher. Just before bad light intervened they usurped Australia’s first-day record of 494 runs. With 15 overs lost to the gloom, they could have realistically trumped the record for any day of Test cricket – 588 scored jointly by England and India on day two of the 1936 Old Trafford Test.

Fastest century by an England opener

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Zak Crawley was in fine form for England (Anjum Naveed/PA)

Awesome foursome

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Ben Duckett also celebrated a century (Anjum Naveed/PA)

Harry’s full house of fours

Brook had the luxury of walking in with 286 runs already on the board – not the kind of luxury England number fives have often had in recent times. But he played conditions magnificently and upped the ante even more in the 68th over when he clobbered Saud Shakeel for a boundary off each of his six deliveries. No English player has ever managed that feat before, but Bob Willis, Matthew Hoggard and James Anderson have all been on the receiving end in the past.

Know your boundaries

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Harry Brook hit two sixes in his innings (Anjum Naveed/PA)

Stokes’ cameo

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Ben Stokes will hope to join the hundred club (Anjum Naveed/PA)

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