Gone are the days when 275 was considered a really good score in ODIs The players of the current generation are looking to surpass all limitations in cricket, and break all the records set by the previous generations. Back in the day when scoring 300 immediately meant a win for the batting side, nowadays chasing 300 has become a regular habit for the teams. Thus, England have made it a habit to score more than 350. Besides, they have scored in access of 400 on numerous instances. Star player Jos Buttler has his eyes set on a total of 500.
England broke their own record for the highest ODI total ever of 481 on Friday as they almost touched the 500 mark by scoring 498/4 in their allotted 50 overs. Buttler, Dawid Malan and Phil Salt took the dutch bowling to the cleaners as they all reached 100 runs mark with ease. Jos Buttler played the most destructive innings of the match, scoring 162 off just 70 balls hitting 7 fours and 14 sixes.
Talking to the reporters after the game, Buttler made it clear that the England Team is always ready to push boundaries and are eyeing to clear the 500 mark pretty soon.
“We’ve come close one time before this and the message in the team is to try to keep pushing boundaries and taking the team forward, take the game on,” Buttler told reporters.
England won the match by 232 runs as the Netherlands skittled for 266 runs in their chase. The English team holds the record for the Top 3 highest team totals in ODI of 444, 481 and 498 respectively.
“Is it a matter of time before we make 500? I don’t know. We’ll keep trying to do it. It’s a tough thing to try to achieve. It’ll probably have to happen on a belting wicket at a small ground. “I think the biggest thing, irrelevant of the score, is the mentality we are showing as a team. We keep trying to better that and be better as a team when we play. We know that stands us in good stead.”