Zak Crawley’s marathon innings was delivered to an finish by the unlikeliest bowlers on Saturday night. Half-time spinner Asad Shafiq managed to get him stumped this ending his innings on 267, which is now a part of the all-time top-10 scores by an England batsman in Check cricket — above the likes of Geoffrey Boycott, Joe Root, and Ben Stokes. However apart from the unimaginable knock that stretched over 4 periods and two days, the opposite issue that added to Pakistan woe on the Ageas Bowl was the epic fifth-wicket stand of 359 runs between Crawley and Jos Buttler that itself broke a plethora of information.
359 runs stitched by the pair is now the best fifth-wicket stand for England in Check cricket, surpassing the earlier better of 254 between KWR Fletcher and AW Greig towards India in 1973.
4th The partnership can be the joint-fourth highest fifth-wicket stand in Check cricket on the earth alongside Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan (towards New Zealand in Wellington in 2017). They’re preceded by SG Barnes and Don Brandman’s 405 towards England in 1946, GS Blewett and Steve Waugh’s 385 towards South Africa in 1997 and Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman’s 376 towards Australia in 2001.
sixth The stand is now England’s sixth highest partnership for any wicket and second highest on this century after Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes’ 399-run stand for the sixth wicket towards South Africa in 2016, which can be the second-highest English partnership for any wicket.
ninth The partnership is now the ninth highest stand in England and fifth-highest by a house pair after 411 by MC Cowdrey and Peter Could (towards West Indies in 1957), 382 by Len Hutton and M Leyland (towards Australia in 1938), 370 by D Compton and WJ Edrich (towards South Africa in 1947) and 369 by Ok Barrington and JH Edrich (towards New Zealand in 1965).
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