England batsman Harry Brook hit a stunning feat in his first Test match against Pakistan on Thursday. The Yorkshire-born cricketer scored an impressive century against a team captained by Babar Azam. Most importantly, Brook slammed six boundaries on more than one occasion while facing Pakistani medium-paced Saud Shakeel. With this, he became the fifth player and the first English cricketer in Test history to accomplish this feat. Previously, Sandeep Patel, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chris Gayle had crossed six boundaries in one area.
The incident occurred in over 68 of Rawalpindi’s first innings cricket stadium in Pakistan. Brook maintained an unbeaten 101 off just 81 balls at the end of the day’s match. The 23-year-old smashed 14 boundaries and two sixes on the first day of the First Test. England captain Ben Stokes, on the other hand, remained off the field after scoring 34 quick runs.
The first day of the Test also proved to be a great day for the visiting team. The English side scored the most points – 506, on the opening day of the test match. The previous record for most runs on the first day of a Test was 494. This figure was set 112 years earlier by Australia during a match against South Africa. Captained by Ben Stokes, the team overtook Australia’s total in the 78th minute of the match.
Earlier, Captain Stokes had won the toss and decided to bat first. The decision did not confuse many and the English players took advantage of the seemingly dead pitch in Rawalpindi. Earlier this year in March, the Rawalpindi stadium was officially rated ‘below average’ by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after a Test match between Pakistan and Australia resulted in a lackluster draw.
Back in the England cricket team, Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett put up a powerful opening partnership of 233 to earn their team a solid start. Duckett, playing his fourth Test match, was first left in the encounter after taking a huge knock of 107. Crawley made 122 and returned to the dressing room soon after Duckett was dismissed. England wicket-keeper Ollie Pope joined the party and claimed his second Test century.
Naseebin was picked up by Pakistani violinist Zahid Mahmood on the first day. Pacers Muhammad Ali and Haris Rauf each batted one wicket each.
The second test match of the series will be played in Multan on December 9.