Taking A Look At The Highest Scores In One-day International Cricket

England’s total of 498 for four buy tickets against the Netherlands was a world record for both one-day internationals and all List A cricket.

The assault in Amstelveen, powered by centuries from Jos Buttler, Phil Salt and Dawid Malan, means England broke their own previous record of 481 and now have the top-three totals in ODI history.

Here, the PA news agency looks at those innings and the rest of the top 10.498 for four v Netherlands, 2022

Jason Roy fell in the second over but Salt and Malan put on 222 for the second wicket to lay a firm platform for a final 20 overs of total carnage.

Buttler’s 47-ball hundred was one delivery outside his own England record – and made it only the third ODI innings in history to feature three tons, with South Africa posting the previous two and AB De Villiers contributing to both.

Buttler and Liam Livingstone then took 84 off the final five overs, Buttler finishing 162 not out and Livingstone one ball away from De Villiers’ world record for the fastest ODI fifty on his way to 66 from 22 balls.

England’s total also beat Surrey’s List A record of 496 for four against Gloucestershire in 2007.481 for six v Australia, 2018

Openers Roy and Jonny Bairstow put on 159 inside 20 overs at Trent Bridge and, after Roy fell for 82, Alex Hales joined fellow centurion Bairstow in a stand of 151.

Buttler made just 11 on that occasion but captain Eoin Morgan crashed 67 off 30 balls, including six sixes, as he and Hales put on 124 before falling to successive deliveries.

England then bowled Australia out for 239 to win by 242 runs, a national record margin.444 for three v Pakistan, 2016

Hales went big against Pakistan at Trent Bridge (Tim Goode/PA)

Hales was the key man in another Trent Bridge masterclass, smashing 171 off 122 balls – an England record at the time, since broken by Roy with 180.

He dominated a stand of 248 with Joe Root (85) before Buttler and Morgan powered to 90 and 57 respectively in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 161.

Three early wickets for Chris Woakes soon snuffed out Pakistan’s reply and they limped to 275 all out in 42.4 overs as England won by 169 runs.

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Herschelle Gibbs got the better of Australia in a memorable match (Matthew Impey/PA)

Sri Lanka have the highest ODI total by any nation other than England – also against the Netherlands at Amstelveen, with Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan hitting hundreds in a score of 443 for nine and an eventual 195-run win.

South Africa occupy the next three places on the list with 439 for two against the West Indies in 2015 – with centuries for Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw and De Villiers – and two scores of 438.

The first of those came in a memorable one-wicket win over Australia in 2006, in which Australia’s 434 for four ranks eighth among all ODI totals. Ricky Ponting hit 164 in that innings before Herschelle Gibbs drove the chase with 175 and Mark Boucher added a decisive unbeaten half-century.

Quinton De Kock, Faf Du Plessis and De Villiers all made centuries in the Proteas’ 438 for four against India in 2015, while the top 10 is completed by scores of 418 by South Africa against Zimbabwe in 2006 and India against the West Indies in 2011 – both five wickets down – with England alongside thanks to 418 for six against the Windies in 2019.

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Thanks Geoff, afternoon everyone and welcome to the most daunting run chase in history.Netherlands must chase 499 to win

That is the highest List A innings score ever recorded. The best in men’s ODI cricket was England’s 481 against Australia at Trent Bridge. The best in women’s ODIs was New Zealand’s 491 against Ireland in Dublin.

The best in all domestic 50-over cricket was Surrey’s 496 against Gloucestershire in 2007.

Now, there is a new holder. Not quite to the 500, but top of the tree.

What a display of hitting. Livingstone scored 66 from 22. Buttler 162 from 70. England hit 26 sixes today, which means 156 runs by that method alone.

And don’t forget, Netherlands won the toss and asked them to bat.

That’s it for me. Tim de Lisle will be the one to take you through the chase, such as it might be in the circumstances. The rest of you, take a deep breath and lie down.There’s confirmation of the record in black and white white and black. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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50th over: England 498-4 (Buttler 162, Livingstone 66) England start the last over 23 short of making 500. Buttler hits a couple of deuces before finding one more six, his 14th of the innings, over midwicket. That leaves England on 488 with two balls to come, and Livingstone so nearly gets them there. The final ball of the day goes over midwicket for six. The second-last ball of the day falls just short, for four.

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49th over: England 477-4 (Buttler 151, Livingstone 56) Having not seen strike in several overs, Buttler can’t break a de Villiers record either. A deuce, a single, and eventually he raises his 150 from 65 deliveries. One slower than ABDV. None too shabby. But Logan van Beek bowls a really good over, nailing his yorkers to keep the scoring to seven runs.

48th over: England 470-4 (Buttler 146, Livingstone 54) Everybody is trying to break an AB de Villiers record. His mark for the fastest 50 is 16 balls. Livingstone goes to 46 off 13 when he smashes Snater over cover. But his next attempt at a six goes miles up in the air, comes down behind square leg, and while it gets dropped by Bas de Leede making up a lot of ground, it only nets Livingstone two runs. He then misses out twice as Snater outsmarts him with slower balls that evade the bat. By the time Livingstone belts another six down the ground, he’s taken 17 balls and the record remains unbroken.

If you’re playing along at home, that is obviously the second-fastest all time, and the fastest for England.

47th over: England 457-4 (Buttler 146, Livingstone 42) Now Buttler, with 146 from 62 balls, can’t get on strike. Livingstone bashes a couple of fours from van Beek, and he has 42 from 12 balls. This is wild.

46th over: England 446-4 (Buttler 145, Livingstone 33) Boissevain to Livingstone, and that may not be the match-up you want.

Four. Six. Six. Six. Four. Six.

Mick Lewis’ record is still intact, if you’re worried. That was 113 conceded during South Africa’s 438 chase. But Phillipe Boissevain, who started so well in his first few overs, has gone for 108 wicketless runs today.

Most of Livingtone’s shots in that over are smeared over midwicket, with a couple over long-off. Goodness. 32 from the over.

45th over: England 414-4 (Buttler 145, Livingstone 1) Truly bizarre cricket. Out comes Livingstone on a hat-trick, drives a single to defuse the delivery. One left in the over. Seelar tries to dart through a yorker. Buttler crushes it over long-off for six more! Lucky 13 for Buttler. He could break the AB de Villiers record for the fastest 150 here. Got two balls to spare, or three to equal it.WICKET! Morgan lbw Seelar 0, England 407-4

What the actual? England have over 400, and Pieter Seelar is on a hat-trick. The Netherlands skipper hits his counterpart captain on the pad first ball. It looks like that one his pitched outside the left-hander’s leg stump, so the umpire says no. Seelar reviews, as is his perogative, and DRS says: Roxanne, you have to put on three red lights.WICKET! Malan c de Leede b Seelar 125, England 407-3

Finally, something for Netherlands. Malan lifts the spinner over the leg side, behind square, but needs another couple of metres on the shot. It comes down just inside the rope and requires a good catch. You would think that would bring Liam Livingstone to the crease, but Eoin Morgan sends himself out instead.

44th over: England 401-2 (Malan 121, Buttler 138) Dawid Malan finally gets in on the act, lifting Boissevain straight over the sight screen. The length was there to hit. But Buttler doesn’t care about the length. Or the line. He’s not to the pitch of his next big swing. It lands short of him, spins away from him, outside off stump. And he still cross-bats it over wide long-on for six. Raises the 400. Requires another replacement ball as that one isn’t coming back. That makes 12 sixes for Buttler.

43rd over: England 385-2 (Malan 114, Buttler 129) This is absolute carnage. It’s the cricket version of the last half hour of The Blues Brothers. Another six for Buttler to start the 43rd over, belting Snater over long-off. He goes off side again for four runs over cover. It feels like the over calms down with some wides, singles, twos, but it still costs 17 runs. We’re now looking at 400 as a formality.Century! Buttler 101 from 47 balls

42nd over: England 368-2 (Malan 113, Buttler 114) Short, easy, and swatted away. Dutt provides the length, Buttler goes back and pummels it. The third century in this England innings. And that is the second-fastest century ever scored for England in one-day cricket.

The fastest? That was Buttler too, in 46 balls. What is now the third-fastest was Buttler in 50. So he has the full podium now.

He celebrates with another six, punted over the leg side off the spinner. Then another one, just to be sure. Then a single to keep the strike.

He’s 114 from 50 balls. He’s hit 10 sixes. And he’s gone past Dawid Malan’s score, after coming out in the 30th over, when Malan came out in the second over.

41st over: England 346-2 (Malan 112, Buttler 93) Ten overs to go. How big are we going?


Biggest hit of the day from Buttler, picking up van Beek’s attempt at a yorker and lamping it over the sightscreen, into the trees again. The ground staff find the ball, in the end, and van Beek’s attempt at the wide yorker concedes a wide, then returns him a dot ball. Comparatively that’s a great result for Netherlands.

The bowler tries the same again, and Buttler gets a fat inside edge for two runs to fine leg. Wide again, chased again, squeezed to deep backward for two. Then a good yorker, one that Buttler can only keep out. Give him four runs in three balls and it feels like a win.

40th over: England 334-2 (Malan 110, Buttler 83) The stand-up scoop from Buttler! Shapes to scoop, expecting a length ball from de Leede, who instead bowls a slow bouncer. The leg-stump line though gives Buttler time to adjust to the length, and catch up to the ball with his scoop shot. Four runs over fine leg. Next ball, same delivery, same shot, same result.

It doesn’t stop there. Pace on, at the stumps, and Buttler plays a whip shot over midwicket for six. Such clean timing, creamed away. Then another slow bouncer, this time outside the off stump, and Buttler dabs it gently through deep third.

That makes 20 runs from Buttler’s last five balls. Bas de Leede has gone for 65 from 30.

39th over: England 313-2 (Malan 110, Buttler 63) A bit ropey again from Buttler, slicing van Beek through cover for four, then immaculate control from Malan, lifting the bowler over wide long-on for a one-bouncer. Wides, singles, 13 from the over, van Beek at least has a wicket today but has conceded 52 runs in his seven overs.

38th over: England 300-2 (Malan 105, Buttler 57) Aryan Dutt tries to slow things down. Does a decent job, two from the first ball and singles after that, Buttler unable to get a switch hit away to end the over. Seven runs is a win for the orange team at this point.

That’s 300 for England. They’ve added 48 in the last four overs. So, 400 is very much on the cards unless wickets fall.It’s rather a pleasant day to watch a spot of cricket. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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37th over: England 293-2 (Malan 103, Buttler 52) The helicopter takes off! Just about, anyway. That whipping action with the wrists, that allows Buttler to lift a yorker length delivery over long off for a huge six. Extraordinary. Shane Snater the unlucky bowler. Four singles besides. Buttler gets a half-century in 27 balls.

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